Engaged Learning Goals

Engaged learning offers students opportunities to practice in unscripted, authentic settings, where stakeholders (including the students themselves) are invested in the outcome. Important educational outcomes for students’ intellectual, professional and personal development include:

  • Creativity
  • Intercultural Engagement
  • Communication, Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Social/Civic Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning
  • Self-Agency and the Ability to Innovate and Take Risks

Explore examples of engaged learning at Michigan and hear from U-M faculty about their projects.

Students must develop an understanding of creative processes and understand their own capacity to create new works and ideas. They must understand that creativity is not a rare gift to the few, but a fundamental human trait that can be developed and expanded.

Our learners must understand the role of values and culture in driving decisions. They must develop flexibility in working with other having different values.


Students must have the ability to communicate with many audiences and to utilize varied formats and styles that will most effectively convey their messages. They must appreciate and leverage diverse contributions to a task, and know how to cooperate with others towards common purposes.

Students should develop an understanding of the human, social and environmental impacts of actions, and develop the ethical reasoning tools to make sustainable and responsible decisions; and they must develop their ability to hold and reason across the perspectives of multiple stakeholders.

Students must know how to observe the opportunities and capacities of human communities, understand where new or existing ideas or systems could bring value within those communities, and be able to act effectively in order to drive sustained and positive change to provide that value.