The Experiential Learning Transcript is a unique tool available to students pursuing the MINOR in Community Leadership. It is a tangible record of the student’s dedicated commitment to the intentional study and practice of leadership;Following completion of LDR 3003 (Intro to Leadership) and throughout the remainder of one's time at UNF, students who pursue the Minor in Community Leadership use the ELT to document their co-curricular leadership learnings in the context of activities on and off campus, out-of-classroom experiential activities that are part of course curricula, as well as leadership learning experiences that ensue in context of personal/family life events. Through reflective practice, The ELT enables the student to identify leadership learning outcomes and competencies on a wide array of activities that serve as venues for leadership practice, including: employment, community service, study and travel abroad, internships, and engagement in a host of campus and community organizations and projects.1
The ELT might be described as an online journal where students practice experiential learning by documenting their developing understanding of their emerging leadership style in the context of real world experience, informed by an expanding body of "classroom knowledge" and “reflective practice.” The very process of drafting the reflective narratives for the ELT postings provide the occasion for the real “learning experience,” as learning outcomes associated with particular activities become more meaningful and mindful to the student. Without that process, simply “doing” the activity by itself can often miss the deeper learning that ensues upon subsequent reflection. When possible, students are encouraged to reflect with others about their leadership activities, as continued reflection elicits deeper and expanding meaning and more fertile learning outcomes.
Students seeking the Minor in Community Leadership are urged to regularly post their learning experiences to the ELT. All entries are reviewed and validated by the Taylor Leadership Institute. Overtime, the ELT becomes the student’s database of reflected leadership practice that will substantially inform the student’s Leadership Capstone presentation during the final course for the Minor, LDR 4263 (Practicum in Community Leadership), generally taken in the final term prior to graduation. There is no limit to the number of postings that a student can have on their ELT. A minimum of five postings is required prior to admission to the final Practicum Course and a total of 12 postings is required prior to presentation of one's Leadership Capstone at the end of the Practicum course.
Prior to posting to the ELT, students are required to attend a one-hour workshop to learn how to use the ELT. These workshops are offered each Fall and Spring Term by the Taylor Leadership Institute and are posted to the Institute’s website under UPCOMING EVENTS.
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