Office of Experiential Learning

About OEL

The Office of Experiential Learning Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Experiential Learning at Hanover College is three-fold: to bridge theory and practice through providing meaningful experiential opportunities for students, to be a resource for faculty in helping to incorporate experiential education in the class room, and to provide a centralized data source of experiential learning information for the College.

What is Experiential Learning?
Theorists such as Dewey, Kolb, and others have indicated that when students can move from being passive learners to active learners, a higher brain function is employed. Learning is enhanced when formal classroom instruction is integrated into the student's life through experiences (both in and outside of the classroom setting), thoughtful reflection, the ability to form abstract concepts and, the application of what has been learned into the learner's life. When students become active learners, they own the learning process; it involves the whole person and they become immersed in their learning. When experiential learning takes place, learning becomes personal (Kolb). When learning becomes personal in such a manner, it transforms lives and students develop a hunger for learning and a thirst for knowledge; they want to keep learning. Studies indicate that when these things happen in a college setting, retention and graduation rates go up. Not only do retention rates go up, but members of such a college "take responsibility for lifelong inquiry, transformative learning and meaningful service," (Hanover College Mission Statement).

Benefits of Experiential Learning

  • Incorporate classroom theories with applied learning experiences.
  • The development of competencies and experience related to career goals and major.
  • Increase self-confidence and knowledge of your interests, abilities, and values.
  • The exploration of career goals with professionals in the field to determine if the field is the right choice.
  • Gaining practical experience that employers look for when hiring college graduates.
  • Taking responsibility for your own learning and create a more rewarding college experience.
  • Developing job search skills such as interviewing techniques.
  • Establishing a network of professional contacts, mentors and references for after graduation.
  • Gives students a competitive advantage upon graduation.

Experiential Learning opportunities at Hanover and who to see:
Grants for Students
Richter Grant - David Harden (
STAR Grant - David Harden (
Parents' Association Spring Term Experience Endowment Award - David Harden (
The Aastik Pokhrel Award - David Harden (

Internships and Stipends
Academic Internship - David Harden (
BSP Internship - BSP/Betsy Johnson (
Internship related to Senior Theses - Faculty
Career Connections - David Harden (
Non-Academic internships - David Harden (

Student Teaching - Education Department (
Business Scholars Program - Business Scholars Program (
Study Abroad - Dr. Uschi Appelt (
City Semester - The Career Center/Margaret Krantz (

Current Internships information

Coming soon.

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Hours and Location

David Harden


Hendricks Hall, Room 115

Office hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.