Engaged Learning Initiative (ELI)

FHU’s Engaged Learning Initiative (ELI) is a program dedicated to enhancing the academic experience of the FHU undergraduate student. The ELI connects the classroom with the real world – from theory to applied practice. Our ELI develops practical knowledge and skills, so that students are better prepared for future educational and career goals. 


Through the ELI students will:

  • encounter powerful ideas in a challenging, collaborative environment; 
  • embrace their God-given potential and responsibility; 
  • and engage their world in vocation and service

 

Institutional grants are available to fund student and faculty projects in five areas. A detailed description of each category and examples of projects are found in the Best Practices for Student Engagement Faculty Guide.


Download the Best Practices for Student Engagement Faculty Guide

Download the ELI Special Project Proposal Form

Download the ELI Special Project Rubric


Submit project proposals to eli@fhu.edu.

Academic Research Projects
Creative Expression Projects
Global Citizenship Projects
Servant Leadership
Bridge Experience

 

Recent Special Projects

 
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SciFood: Exploring the Principles of Biology through Food

The goal of this project was to expose students to biological topics such as diffusion, fermentation, metabolism, pH, plant biology, food source sustainability, muscle structure, blood viscosity, lipid transport, biomolecules, water, the scientific method and G protein coupled receptors in a novel way. To do this, students in BIO 110 explored these topics by performing experiments using the kitchen as a classroom and laboratory in the Fall 2016 semester. Student perception of learning gains in this course was assessed, and the results will be presented to the SENCER Summer Institute in 2017. 

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Help-Portrait

Help-Portrait was founded by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart and Kyle Chowning in 2008. Each December, photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists around the world find people in need and take, print and deliver portraits — free of charge.

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NYC Fashion Photography

In August 2016 FHU photography majors traveled to New York City where they learned from professionals at MILK STUDIOS located in the city’s artist-centered Chelsea neighborhood. The Engaged Learning Initiative (ELI) provided students enrolled in ART 299/399 Fashion Photography the opportunity to step outside of the classroom and experience the life of a professional photographer.

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Sports Marketing

In August 2016, a group of Freed-Hardeman University students participated in a sports marketing course that gave them the opportunity to gain real world experience.