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OSU Honors xL: Experiential Learning
OSU Honors xL: Experiential Learning
Experiential learning allows students to earn honors credit for meaningful, substantive activities that take them beyond the classroom.
A wide range of specified activities (arranged under the headings Academics, Arts, Leadership, Study Away, and Service) can qualify for honors points, and students can earn up to eleven points (equivalent to hours) through experiential learning activities. These points can be used toward the general honors award (GHA), to maintain active status, and/or toward additional hours needed for the honors degree after completion of the GHA and departmental/college awards. Students may earn up to three points for a single activity in a single semester and up to six honors points total in any one xL category (Arts, Academics, Leadership, etc.).
Students wishing to pursue experiential learning credit begin by browsing a list of approved activities. Then, they submit a proposal via our online proposal form. All students whose proposals are accepted are added to an Experiential Learning Online Community, which offers information about experiential learning, links to useful resources, and dropbox access.
Participating students complete an orientation, take an online quiz, attend an essay-writing workshop, prepare a reflective essay, and submit a verification form.
Fall Activity Deadlines
Proposals for activities to be undertaken in the Fall semester must be submitted no later than Friday of week 3 of the Fall semester. Mandatory workshops will held in weeks 5 and 13. Reflective essays regarding activities completed in the Fall semester are due on or before the Monday of week 15. Verifications forms are due the Friday of week 16. (Please note that OSU marching band participants should adhere to the Fall deadlines above even though their commitments extend into December.)
Spring Activity Deadlines
Proposals for activities to be undertaken in the Spring semester must be submitted no later than Friday of week 3 of the Spring semester. Mandatory workshops will held in weeks 5 and 13. Reflective essays regarding activities completed in the Spring semester are due on or before the Monday of week 15. Verifications forms are due the Friday of week 16.
Winter-Term Activity Deadlines
Winter-term activities should be proposed as soon as possible but may be proposed any time during the Fall semester up until the Friday of week 16. Students planning to undertake winter-term activities should attend the mandatory Fall workshops in weeks 5 and 13, if at all possible, but alternative arrangements can be made if required. (Contact Dr. Miller or Dr. Frohock for details.) Reflective essays and verification forms for activities completed during the winter term are due no later than the Friday of week 3 of the Spring semester.
Summer Activity Deadlines
Activities to be undertaken over the summer should be proposed as soon as possible but may be proposed any time during the Spring semester up until the Friday of week 16. Students planning to undertake summer activities should attend the mandatory Spring workshops in week 5 and 13, if at all possible, but alternative arrangements can be made if required. (Contact Dr. Miller or Dr. Frohock for details.) Reflective essays and verification forms for summer activities are due by Friday of week 3 of the following Fall semester.
Study Away Deadlines
Students who intend to study away should propose their trip for experiential learning credit as soon as possible or any time up to (a) the start of the trip, for intersession trips or (b) Friday of week 3, for semester-long trips. Because study away experience can have time schedules that differ from the OSU calendar, required reflective essays will be due no later than 4 weeks after the conclusion of the study-away program.