2013-2014 FellowsExperiential Learning Fellowship Information
Goals of the program:
- Provide Brandeis students with peer advocates for academic Experiential Learning
- Create new Experiential Learning opportunities
- Promote student leadership development
- All fellows must attend a bi-monthly fellows meeting, which are focused on leadership development and collaborating on ongoing Experiential Learning projects
- Each Fellow is required to hold weekly office hours for 2 hours
- Attend pre-fall semester training and spring retreat
- Dedicate an additional 2 hours a week for EL ongoing projects (may vary depending on project deadlines)
- Optional: Participate on an Experiential Learning Committee
- Critical Analysis and problem-solving
- Professional communication skills
- Development and management of diverse, intercultural community groups
- Academic service project development and course assistance skills
- Project management knowledge
Connections to opportunities
Building relationships with faculty
Connect to students
Networking with community organizations
Leave your Legacy
Mentor younger students
Development of professional skills
Experiential Learning Fellows are also knowledgeable about the experiential opportunities available for Brandeis undergraduates. They work to make these possibilities bigger and better, as well as, make sure students can take advantage of them. They also support faculty in the development and/or implementation of experiential components, practicum, and courses.
Experiential Learning Fellowship
Experiential Fellows are outstanding Brandeis student leaders who have engaged with, supported, promoted and facilitated Experiential Learning at Brandeis. Fellows have a demonstrated passion for experiential learning pedagogy and wish to share their transformative experiences and to advocate for the methodology at Brandeis.
Experiential Learning Fellows
|Brittany Ritell||Business, Film Studies, Journalism||Thursday email@example.com|
|Avishek Neupane||Computer Science, Business, Economics||Monday 9:50am-11:firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dan Boyle||Biochemistry, Classical Studies||Wednesday email@example.com|
|Jen Mandelbaum||Health, Science, Society and Policy (HSSP), Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies||Thursday 11:30-1:firstname.lastname@example.org|
|So Hyun Shin||Philosophy, Legal Studeis||Thursday email@example.com|
|MacRegga Severe||Biology, Health, Science, Society and Policy (HSSP)||Monday firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Zoe Oppenheimer||Education Studies, Hebrew, NEJS||Thursday 2:15-4:email@example.com|
|Shimon Mazor||Economics, Anthropology||Thursday 8:50-10:firstname.lastname@example.org|
Meet your 2013-2014 Experiential Learning Fellows!
Dan is a rising junior from Boston, Massachusetts. He is a Biochemistry and Neuroscience double major with a Classical Studies minor, but that's subject to change. His favorite Experiential (EL) course so far is Professor AOKO's Art and Architecture of Ancient Rome, which he took in the Spring of his first year and is the reason he is a classics minor. It was a lecture course, but when she read from Homer and Virgil it was like performance art and even her reviews of Greek architecture kept all 50 students engaged. And of course, all of his laboratory experiences have helped him refine his scientific interests.Jen Mandelbaum '14
Jen Mandelbaum is from Londonderry, NH. She is double majoring in Health: Science, Society, and Policy and Women’s and Gender Studies. Her favorite Experiential Learning (EL) course so far has been the practicum for Professor Conrad’s Health, Community, and Society” class. She loved working on projects with community partners like Mount Auburn Hospital and Healthy Waltham and learning more about the work that these wonderful organizations do. Her work with in the fall with Healthy Waltham led her to intern there in the spring. Her most transformative EL experience was leading healthy cooking workshops as part of her internship at Healthy Waltham. She enjoyed teaching kids about cooking and seeing the connections they were making between what they were growing in the gardens and the recipes they were making. Her favorite part of these classes was when she would chat with the kids during the cooking lessons and they would tell her that they tried the recipes they made the previous week at home. She especially liked when they told her how they changed the recipe to incorporate their favorite ingredients. This internship helped her to better understand how kids think about their food environment. The real-world experience she has gained through EL at Brandeis has been wonderful, and she is very excited to share her love for EL as an ExCEL Fellow this year!
Avishek Neupane '14Avishek Neupane’14, majors in Computer Science and Business and minors in Economics. He is from Kathmandu, Nepal. His campus involvements include Experiential Learning and DeisImpact.
His favorite Experiential Learning (EL) course so far has been the Justice Brandeis Semester (JBS) in Web Applications and Social Networks with Pito Salas and Tim Hickey. He had to transition from programming in Java to Ruby in just 1 week. In this process, he realized that programming skills are transferrable; languages might change but the concepts behind programming apply to any language. In addition, the class followed the experiential learning model of Do, Reflect, Apply and Repeat. At the end of each week the class would have a presentation and reflection session on what happened that week and what is planned for next week. This not only improved his presentation skills, but also helped him look back at how his team worked and what could be done to improve the team dynamics for next iteration. Furthermore, the class had daily implementations of new course materials in student’s incubator projects. This helped Avishek become a faster learner as now he was applying his classroom content into his real world incubator project right away. During JBS Avishek not only learned Web Development with Ruby on Rails but also learned life skills such as time management, public speaking, working in groups, quick application of content, setting goals for iterations. All these soft skills(content skills) and hard skills(life skills) helped his team incrementally develop their project to create a fully functioning website in just 10 weeks!
This JBS learning experience also exposed to him the practical applications of Computer Science and connected his Computer Science major with his Business major. Being from Nepal, Avishek has been exposed to realities of poverty and has been curious about how he can contribute to make a positive impact for the unprivileged people in the society. Using Experiential Learning he has been able to connect his learning experiences @ Brandeis to his motivation of making positive impact back home.
Besides the JBS, Avishek has learned a lot from other experiential courses like The Art of Public Speaking and Sociology of Empowerment. He has had internships in TripAdvisor and EMC where he has had the opportunity to reflect, apply and improve his soft skills and hard skills in a professional setting.
Overall, Avishek’s has taken advantage of experiential learning opportunities at Brandeis. He has seen himself incrementally develop himself with Experiential Learning opportunities.
He really looks forward to spread the knowledge/benefits/passion of EL @ Brandeis!
Zoe Oppenheimer '14
Zoe Oppenheimer is from Long Island, New York. She is an Education Studies major with minors in Elementary Education, Hebrew Language and Literature, and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Her favorite Experiential Learning (EL) course that she has taken so far is Teaching and Learning Reading in Elementary and Preschools with Deb Moriarty. She loved learning about strategies to teach children how to read through Deb’s interactive lessons and then developing and strengthening her skills through her weekly practicum at Stanley Elementary School. Zoe’s most transformative EL experience has been participating in the Brandeis-Middlebury School of Hebrew, an intensive summer language immersion program. She signed the language pledge at the beginning of the summer and committed to only using Hebrew for the entirety of the program. Speaking Hebrew in class, as well as with her friends during meals and other activities gave her the chance to learn Hebrew, not only from books, but also from real-life conversations and experiences. She has learned so much from her EL classes and experiences during her first two years at Brandeis and is thrilled to be an ExCEL Fellow this year!