You’ll learn more standing ankle-deep in a swamp, than reading about it in a book. Not only is it more fun, but research shows that hands-on experiences outside the classroom are highly beneficial. So don’t be surprised if one of your classrooms is actually a boardroom. Or if you discover that instead of a final exam, you’re working a canned food drive. Or if your alarm wakes you on the first day of school… in France.
Community-Based Experiential Learning (CBEL). It’s taking what you learn in the classroom and applying it in the community. CBEL gives Georgia College students a unique opportunity to help people and organizations in our community and to refine critical thinking skills, It's the experience that adds true value to a Georgia College education and it gives our students real-world experience that better prepares them to take on the world after they graduate. Here are a few of the ways Georgia College students apply critical thinking outside of the classroom:
Students learn by applying classroom knowledge to community projects.
Students veer off the beaten path to the Oconee River Greenway to collect data on plat diversity in different parts of the area.
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