Engaged Learning

Engaged learning at Michigan is steeped in a tradition of excellence and brimming with creative new ways to share knowledge, address issues of the day, and equip future leaders with the skills and confidence they need to solve some of society’s most vexing challenges.

Engaged learning offers students opportunities to practice in unscripted, authentic settings, where stakeholders (including the students themselves) are invested in the outcome.

The University of Michigan community has developed five engaged learning goals, as well as identified key practices that promote this kind of unscripted education.


  • Goals & Practices

    Engaged learning is high-impact and experiential learning. It happens in environments where students from multiple disciplines collaborate on real-world, ambiguous and unscripted challenges.

  • Engagement Opportunities

    From courses to projects to student groups, there are numerous opportunities to engage at U-M.

  • Teaching & Assessment

    Faculty interested in incorporating engaged learning techniques into their curriculum can access a wide variety of tools and resources at U-M.

  • 96% of 2017 grads report having an engaged learning experience
  • More than 100 study abroad programs on 6 continents
U-M graduate student Ashley Lemke and paleontologists Joe El Adli and Daniel Fisher examine a stone flake found near the animal's tusks during the excavation. The flake may be a tool that ancient people used to cut the mammoth.

Photo: Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography