Experiential Learning Project

Working with diverse groups of schools, instructors, and students to design and create openly licensed experiential learning components for online general education courses.

Discovering New Experiences

To support our mission, and to encourage ongoing innovation in online learning, TEL is launching its Experiential Learning Project. Through the Experiential Learning Project, we will work with a diverse set of schools and institutions, instructors, and students to design and create openly licensed experiential learning modules for online general education courses.


To create affordable online education that promotes learner agency and leads to demonstrable mastery in specific subject domains.

Project Goal

Work with stakeholders to create open experiential learning content for online GenEd courses.

Designing the Framework

TEL’s experiential learning framework allows educators to integrate real-life participation models found outside of the classroom with traditional general education courses. Modules will provide students the opportunity to work individually or collaboratively on real-world projects, to demonstrate subject/skill mastery gained through their participation, and to have a genuine impact in their local communities.

In order to have the broadest impact possible, and to provide equitable access to un(der)served populations, we are designing an experiential learning framework that:


Encourages individual learner agency


Provides project/learning choices that allow for individualization based on individual students interests and skills


Promotes centrifugal learning by pushing student exploration outside of the “classroom”


Connects students to real-world applications of learning in their local communities.


Emphasizes constructed knowledge over information memorization.


Supports varying levels of online connectivity and provides access to both digital and print version of module materials.

Serving Diverse Communities

With communities in mind, this framework is designed to be adaptable to diverse student bodies, and diverse school/institution models; including fully online and blended learning.


  • Inner-city public schools
  • Rural public schools
  • Charter Schools
  • Private Schools


  • Homeschool student working with a parent or family member
  • Homeschool students working participating in co-op environments

Project Timeline


Over the course of the next six months, TEL is committed to achieving great things with the Experiential Learning Project. Check out our upcoming milestones on the timeline below!

JUNE 2019

Complete the Design and prototype of TEL’s Experiential Learning Framework

August 2019

Complete experiential learning modules for three pilot courses: Introduction to Communication, American Government, and Introduction to Computer Science.

September 2019

Launch pilots with participating high school and homeschool partners.

Host an inaugural Experiential Learning Conference, experienceED, in Oklahoma City

January 2020

Publish research findings from the pilot semester and host a series of webinars to discuss the findings with participating schools.