Make your education memorable – these courses are a few past examples that showcase Experiential Learning at JCC. They're designed to engage you mentally and physically, and give you the chance to make connections for yourself.
U.S. History: Up Close & Personal (HIS 8508)
Offered Fall 2011, W 2:40-5:25 p.m.
Explore the history around you in Western New York and see how history gets made, from the bottom up. Engage in place-based, hands-on learning in the classroom and in the field. (Honors option available for eligible students.)
Mechanics of Energy Systems (MCT 2270)
Offered Fall 2011, M & W 6:30-9:15 p.m., and Spring semesters on the Jamestown Campus
Learn about energy conservation devices, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics through traditional laboratory experiments as well as student-designed projects (such as fueling a vehicle with diet soda and antacids!).
Science Connections (INT 2800)
Offered Spring semesters on the Jamestown Campus
Engage in science outreach by designing and presenting hands-on science investigations for third grade students in this interdisciplinary course.
European Union (POL 2860)
Offered Fall 2011, T & R 2:40-3:55 p.m.
Take part in a simulation of EU decision-making bodies and learn about the history, politics, and economics of the European Union. The 25th annual simulation will take place in Exeter, England, in January of 2012. (Honors option available for eligible students.)
What kind of an activity can result in experiential learning? With the right kind of preparation, any of these!
· Facilitating an after-school program
· Hiking a portion of the Appalachian Trail
· Providing tax assistance for low-income families
· Studying in Japan
· Working at a CSA or develop a rural food lot
· Traveling and performing with an orchestra or band
· Organizing a neighborhood clean-up day
· Helping with a political or social campaign
· Developing a web site for a local business
· Preparing and serving food at a soup kitchen
· Facilitating activities for a senior center
· Running a workshop at a prison or jail
Experiential learning involves three steps: hypothesizing about an activity, doing something new or different, and then reflecting on what you did and what you’d do differently next time. If you’re interested in turning an activity into a learning experience, be sure to check out the reflective practice framework for guidance!