"Joy in Learning": Dartmouth's Experiential Learning

Dartmouth students take a special delight in their work, both in and out of the traditional college classroom. Unique opportunities to explore and engage with course material around the world makes Dartmouth a place where active learning is truly valued.

"More than any historical datum, any statistical result, any interpretation of a text, we need to convey to our students a sense of joy in learning -- joy in participating in the life of the mind; joy in achieving competence and mastery; joy in entering the adult world of obligations, intimacies, and relationships; joy in experiencing the diversity of our community; joy in engaging in the converse among our several generations."

-- James O. Freedman, 1987


"Students will learn and experience firsthand how fossils, archaeological sites, and living model systems are used collectively to reconstruct and interpret the path and circumstances by which we became human. A course extension in South Africa will be offered to enable direct experience with the sites, organisms, and challenges discussed in class."

-- Excerpt from the ANTH 70: Experiencing Human Origins and Evolution class syllabus

The Rassias Method

Question 20: What are your most prized possessions?
Rassias: Love and discovery.

Question 23: What faults do you tolerate?
Rassias: Ignorance. One can always learn.

Question 25: What is your motto?
Rassias: Not a motto, but a way of life, having all five senses firing away on all cylinders and seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching the differences of each moment.

-- Excerpt from the "Proust Questionnaire," 2007

"Telling My Stories"

"This course offers students the unique opportunity to study the prison system from two distinct perspectives: theoretical and practical.  For one class each week, students will study the history of prisons and women's incarceration in an active learning classroom.  For the other half, students will travel to Sullivan County House of Corrections, in Unity, NH, and participate in a performance program for women inmates there."

-- Excerpt from the WGSS 59: Telling my Stories class syllabus

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Experiencing Human Origins and Evolution, South Af...

Professors Jerry DeSilva and Nate Dominy with anthropology students on site in South Africa, December 2016.   

Cathy Li ’17 (right) shows a fossil of ‘Australopi...

Cathy Li '17 (right) shows a fossil of Australopithecus sediba she uncovered during the dig to a researcher from the University of Witwatersrand (left) and Olivia Wieber '19.

ALPS All-Language Programs

Professor John Rassias with Jack Aley '66 during an All-Language Programs class.

It's criminal : a tale of prison and privilege

Professor Pati Hernandez with students and incarcerated women at WGSS final project performance at the Sullivan County House of Corrections, Unity, NH.

It's criminal : a tale of prison and privilege

Professors Ivy Schweitzer & Pati Hernandez with students and incarcerated women at the Sullivan County House of Corrections, Unity, NH.