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Applied Learning

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What is Applied Learning?

Applied learning refers to an educational approach whereby students learn by engaging in direct application of skills, theories and models. Students apply knowledge and skills gained from traditional classroom learning to hands-on and/or real-world settings, creative projects or independent or directed research, and in turn apply what is gained from the applied experience to academic learning. The applied learning activity can occur outside of the traditional classroom experience and/or be embedded as part of a course of study or program.

Applied Learning Resources


SUNY Applied Learning Guidance to Campuses (PDF)

SUNY Applied Learning Campus Plans: Part II (PDF)

SUNY Applied Learning Campus Plan: Parts V-VII (PowerPoint)


Definition of Applied Learning/Experiences (SUNY Buffalo State Definition) (PDF)

Applied Learning PowerPoint (PowerPoint)

Applied Learning Buffalo State Report: Part I (PDF)

Applied Learning Buffalo State Report: Parts II-IV (PDF)

Applied Learning Buffalo State Report: Parts V-VII (PDF)

Applied Learning Survey Compilation (Excel)

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