The mission of Experiential Learning and Teaching at Brandeis is to help students learn from their experiences and to create experiences from which students will learn. We create deep, reflective and transferable learning outcomes by partnering with both faculty and students.

Experiential Learning and Teaching at Brandeis comes in many forms: Community Engaged Learning, EL Practicum Courses, Academic Internship Courses, Labs, Language Classes, Theater and Fine Arts, and many EL Designated Humanities and Science courses. Often, Experiential Learning takes place outside of the classroom and in the field where students apply their knowledge to hands-on experiences.

But just as often, Experiential Learning and Teaching at Brandeis can be found in a traditional classroom. Through active learning and reflective processes that connect theory to practice and facilitate the synthesis of new ideas,  Brandeis faculty incorporate Experiential Learning Principles into their daily teaching. This innovative pedagogy allows students to broaden, deepen and enrich their relationship to the content/subject matter and gives students the opportunities to actively apply and connect their learning to their own life experiences.

 

 

Director
Daniel Langenthal
dlangent@brandeis.edu
781-736-2697

Daniel received his MBA from Heller, his MA in Jewish communal Service from Hornstein and an MS in Outdoor Education from UNH. He is an experienced Organizational Consultant and Outdoor Educator, who has worked as a trainer, consultant and educator at many universities. He also founded and continues to serve as Chair of the Board of an Israeli non-profit dedicated to improving intercultural awareness among all Israeli citizens through experiential and diversity programming/learning at Israeli colleges and universities.

Assistant Director
Alyssa Stalsberg Canelli
acanelli@brandeis.edu

Alyssa received her Ph.D. in English literature from Emory University and also holds an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from New York University and a B.A in English from Smith College. Her research specialities include postcolonial and global anglophone literatures, global Englishes, gender and sexuality studies, 19th century American literature and translation studies. She has over 10 years of experience teaching literature, literary theory, composition and sociolinguistics, using experiential learning pedagogy. In addition, Alyssa has extensive experience with curriculum development, editing, consulting and communications.