Bring Learning to Life: Curricular Integration
In response to faculty, employer, and student endorsement of experiential learning as the most
useful element of student preparedness, Murray State’s next QEP is Bring Learning to Life. The
purpose of Bring Learning to Life is to improve experiential learning outcomes through the
implementation of learning experiences in which students apply knowledge and skills learned in
the classroom in a real-world setting. Consistently, studies show that experiential learning is
related to an increase in student engagement, retention, recruitment, academic success, and
preparedness for further work or study in the discipline.
Goal: each program must identify an experience-rich activity in the areas of service learning,
undergraduate research, internships, study abroad, or containing an embedded course or co-
curricular project. The identified experience-rich activity does not necessarily have to be one
that is required of all students, but all students must have the opportunity to engage in the
The designated experience-rich activity must meet the following criteria:
- Involve the application of knowledge and skills in a real-life setting, typically outside of
the classroom, resulting in a final product.
- Involve a third party outside of the traditional faculty-student interaction. This third
party must be able to provide feedback on the final product.
- Initiate with a reflection by students on their existing skills/knowledge and what they
hope to gain by the experience.
- Conclude with a reflection by the student on the experience and feedback on the process.
- Assessment of the student reflections will be conducted by a central scoring team using a
rubric that accommodates all disciplines and types of experiences. Results will be
reported to programs and to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
- Student learning must be directly assessed. This assessment will consist of student
evaluation by faculty, supervisors, and/or third-party clients. Such direct measures may
be folded into SLO assessment. Existing assessment strategies (as approved by the
University Assessment Committee) for experience-rich activities or courses already in
place can provide direct measures of student learning and complement the assessment
described above. For example, Student Learning Outcome reports related to the activity
or course can serve as documentation of assessment. Modifications to the activity or
course due to the assessment results must be communicated to the Office of Institutional
- The Office of Institutional Effectiveness will coordinate assessment of the third party
feedback and student feedback on the process.
- The Bring Learning to Life QEP is a five-year program. At the mid-point of the QEP,
department chairs will be asked to complete a questionnaire regarding the impact and
effectiveness of the QEP.
- Department curriculum committee and department chair complete application
- Application reviewed and approved by Experiential Learning Co-coordinators and
Experiential Learning Advisory Committee