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Experiential Learning Opportunity

Access the Bridges Individual ELO Proposal form

Access the Bridges Individual ELO Verification form

You will pursue Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELOs) while at Duquesne. Most majors have ELOs embedded in them, but all students have the option to seek approval of an Individual ELO. If you have an ELO embedded in your major, an Individual ELO will enrich your learning and enhance your resume or graduate school applications. If your major does not include an approved ELO as one of the requirements for the major, you can use an "Individual ELO" to satisfy this experiential learning graduation requirement.

Individual ELOs must be approved by one of your School Designees by the fourth week of the current academic term. You are strongly encouraged to secure approval before then if possible. School Designees include department Chairs, program Directors, and Associate Deans.

Policies

  • The Bridges Experiential Learning Opportunity is a graduation requirement. If you have reached your senior year without having already met the requirement, speak with your advisor to solidify a plan for doing so.
  • For ELOs which are embedded in academic majors as requirements, the sponsoring academic department will demonstrate the integration of the ELO learning outcomes and provide an assessment plan. For Individual ELOs, you and your ELO Director provide explicit strategies for achievement of the learning outcomes and an assessment plan.
  • Each program should also offer guidance on the preferred year/term in which to complete an ELO and on preferred options as applicable.

Bridges ELO learning outcomes

Experiential Learning Opportunities will meet outcomes 1-3, and possibly 4 and/or 5. Upon completion of the experiential learning requirement you will:

  1. Integrate and extend knowledge from your academic study to their experience in local and global communities;
  2. Demonstrate abilities to communicate and collaborate effectively in varied contexts;
  3. Develop your civic identity by describing your learning and its import for participation in your local and global communities;
  4. Explain social determinants of inequality;
  5. Demonstrate evidence of adjustment in your attitudes and beliefs because of working within and learning from others in diverse workplaces, communities, or cultures.

Student responsibilities
You

  • complete the Bridges Individual ELO Proposal, including a comprehensive description of the proposed experience and how it meets the learning outcomes as stated above (see question #1 and #2 on the proposal);
  • identify a Director of the ELO, who must sign the proposal;
  • submit the proposal to the student's School Designee;
  • register for any course that is related to the ELO during the regular registration period for the academic term, if the ELO involves a Duquesne course;
  • complete the ELO and any corresponding activities/assignments, including the Verification Form below, by the last day of classes for the given semester to allow sufficient time for final grading or verification of the experience.

Director Responsibilities
The Director

  • assists the student in formulating a plan for their ELO ;
  • reviews the student's Individual ELO Proposal and provides feedback;
  • signs the student's proposal;
  • monitors the student's progress during the project in a manner specified in the proposal;
  • verifies the student has met the requirements of the Individual ELO and met all required Learning Outcomes and goals as described in the proposal by submitting the Verification Form.

School Designee Responsibilities
The School Designee

  • reviews the Individual ELO Proposal;
  • signs the proposal when it is satisfactory and provides copies to the student, Director, the student's advisor, and the Bridges Steering Committee;
  • notifies the student and Director in the event the proposal is not satisfactory, identifying areas for improvement.