Experiential Education

Many definitions of experiential education exist. The Office of Experiential Education uses the following definition:  Experiential education is a planned pedagogy centering on an authentic experience to strengthen students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities, paired with student reflection. Some common examples of experiential education include internships/co-ops, clinical placements and other field-based experiences, projects with community/industry partners, and undergraduate research. These experiences often occur outside of traditional classrooms, but can also take place in classrooms and in online spaces through strategies such as simulations, role plays, virtual experiences, etc. The Office of Experiential Education is focused on undergraduate experiences and is inclusive of both credit-bearing and co-curricular experiences.

Additional Purdue Resources for Experiential Education Practitioners

Innovative Learning – see their website for an overview of a wide variety of services. Have a specific question or just want to talk to someone to figure out how they can help you? Email innovativelearningteam@purdue.edu


Service-Learning Office – see the website to learn about resources and programs, or contact director Lindsey Payne directly.


Office of Undergraduate Research – see the website to learn about resources and programs, or contact director Amy Childress directly.

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