ETEAL logo

Useful Links

Contact us

If you'd like to add your input to the Quality Enhancement Plan, or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jess Boersma (


Students examine a crab up close as part of their Applied Learning Experience

ETEAL: Experiencing Transformative Education through Applied Learning


The purpose of UNCW’s QEP, “ETEAL: experiencing Transformative Education through Applied Learning,” is to improve applied learning outcomes through the application of research-based instructional strategies vital to promoting highest quality learning experiences.

The primary methodology for improvement will be through a three part approach, which includes faculty/staff workshops in applied learning pedagogy through participation in the annual Applied Learning Summer Institute and ongoing collaboration with the Applied Learning & Teaching Community. The third part of the approach involves requirements for integration of QEP-supported initiatives into the curriculum. The effects on student learning will be measured through critical reflections of instructors and students. Although intended outcomes will be specific to each experience, they will align with the UNCW Learning Goals of Critical Thinking, Inquiry, and Thoughtful Expression.

News and Announcements

News Spotlight

UNCW Faculty and Staff Internship Brown Bag Forum
Career Services, ETEAL, and University Studies are teaming up to host aninternship/field experience brown bagforumfor all UNCW faculty and staff who organize and supervise internships, practicums, and field experiences. During this event, we'll discuss how to maximize the educational impact of these important experiences through the use of intentionality and critical reflection. Please join us on Wednesday, 8 Oct., from 12-1:30 in CH 132. And bring your lunch! Questions, comments, suggestions? Contact Thom Rakes, Jess Boersma, or Cara Cilano.

ETEAL-Supported Instructors in the Spotlight!
Evaluation of Michigan's Probation Program
Recently Kristen DeVall(Former ALTC Fellow) and Christina Lanier(Current instructor of an ETEAL-supported Applied Learning course) were awarded a contract by the Michigan Supreme Court to conduct an evaluation of Michigan's Probation Program. You can read more about the project here.
Study Abroad Experiences in Swansea
Bill Bolduc, who taught an ETEAL-supported experience in Spring of 2014, has collaborated with his students to produce a video promoting UNCW's study abroad program. You can read more about this and see the video itself here.

  • Applied Learning at Wildsumaco Station in Ecuador
    Dr. Arbogast and 9 undergraduate students from UNCW just returned from an exciting 3 week trip to the Tropical Andes of Ecuador, part of the Summer 2014 Tropical Ecology and Biodiversity (Biol 480) Course offered at the University. The group studied at the new Wildsumaco Biological Station, a partnership between UNCW, Francis Marion University (FMU) and the Wildsumaco Wildlife Sanctuary. Faculty & students from UNCW, FMU, and a scientist from the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC, filled the biological station's capacity of 18 people. It was a great trip! Here are a few images to give you a feel for this amazing place! See more Photos and hear more about the trip on the Wildsumaco facebook page.
  • Fall 2014 Call for Proposals
    We are now accepting proposals for ETEAL funding in Spring 2015 and beyond! Grab your RFP form here and tell us your idea for an Applied Learning Pedagogy Initiative.
  • ETEAL Website Construction
    The ETEAL Website is currently being revised and restructured to better suit the needs of Faculty and students. As such, things will be changing around here rapidly and new content will be added every day. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the ETEAL Website, please contact Robert Hicks at
  • New Fall 2014 Event Calendar
    Our new Fall 2014 ALTC and ETEAL Event Calendar is up and we're adding events everyday. Please check back here regularly to see what's going on and how you can get involved with ETEAL and Applied Learning!

UNC Wilmington | 601 S. College Road, Wilmington NC 28403 | 910.962.3000 | About this Site | Copyright Notice | Feedback | Page maintained by:  R. Hicks [hicksr AT uncw DOT edu]