Loyola Experience Initiatives
The Center for Experiential Learning supports two different "Loyola Experience" initiatives through the learning portfolio program. These initiatives are, The Loyola Experience Culminating Portfolio and the Engagement Key.
What is the Loyola Experience?
The Loyola Experience is a collection of a student's integrated academic, spiritual, and social experiences which are intended to build their knowledge, skills, and values, and complement their unique talents, gifts, and desires. It is not just one experience, but really a collection of a student's experiences over several years – classes, student organizations, community engagement, internships, study abroad, leadership opportunities, and more.
About the Engagement Key
The Engagement Key focuses on a student's Engaged Learning experience. Engaged Learning supports the mission of Loyola University Chicago by embedding opportunities for student's to explore the many different forms of experiential learning, such as service-learning, academic internships, undergraduate research, public performance, and fieldwork, as part of their academic coursework. Engaged learning courses are indicated on LOCUS and have been pre-approved to fulfill the Engaged Learning graduation requirement.
For students to receive an Engagement Key, they must complete the Engagement Key reflection (otherwise known as the Engaged Learning reflection) during or after their Engaged Learning course that asks them to critically reflect and connect Loyola’s Jesuit mission to the Engaged Learning experience through the use of their learning portfolio. The Center for Experiential Learning Portfolio Program coordinates the distribution of the Engagement Key each fall and spring semester. Fall semester reflection submissions are due Sunday, November 19, 2017.
About the Culminating Portfolio
The Loyola Experience Culminating Portfolio is an opportunity for Loyola Juniors and Seniors to demonstrate their learning and experiences in a digital learning portfolio. In doing so, they are eligible to earn either a commemorative frame that displays all four of their Loyola Experience keys OR a coveted Loyola Experience diploma frame!
Students submit a series of reflections related to the Loyola Experience, which are reviewed by a committee of Loyola faculty and staff to determine the top portfolios. Fall semester portfolio submissions are due Sunday, November 19, 2017.