Experiential Learning Commons (ELC)
The Experiential Learning Commons (ELC) strives to develop and host a passionate community of learners, teachers, and researchers interested in creativity, innovation, and critical engagement with our world. We do this through specialized equipment and spaces, supported projects, and ongoing conversations.
The ELC specifically emphasizes learning, teaching, and research opportunities in the areas of making, digital media, and academic audiovisual production.
Each of these services is led by qualified staff, focused on helping faculty bring their research and teaching ideas to life and providing transformative learning opportunities for our community.
Programs and Services
Discover the workshops, events, and opportunities to see what the ELC has to offer.
Check out A/V and technology equipment or reserve a creative production space.
Meet our team of makers, producers, and creative specialists.
Our Makerspace provides a wide variety of tools and support to help your ideas take shape.
The Media Lab features sound and video studios, editing stations, A/V loans, and support for digital media projects.
- Media and Making instruction to support the library's Literacies Initiative, including credentialing and on-demand and prepared learning opportunities.
- Development of creative assignments incorporating making and digital media, including selecting learning objectives, identifying competencies, developing rubrics and assessment strategies, and instructional design.
- Orientations and workshops.
- Project consultation, coaching, and review.
- Audiovisual and technology equipment loans.
- Studio spaces to enable media content creation, including video studios, audio studios, lightboard, and green screen.
- Kaltura video platform training and support.
- Digital fabrication and a range of shop tools for making.
- VR/AR exploration.
- Academic audiovisual production, including course video content, course trailers, faculty bios, and other select creative projects.
- Shared service point with ITS Helpdesk supporting campus technology needs.
Learn more about our services at libguides.baylor.edu/experiential-learning-commons
Creative Project Requests
Looking to start a creative project in the areas of Video Production, Digital Media Assessment Design or a Makerspace Collaboration? Click the button below to fill out our Creative Project Request form and you'll be contacted by one of our staff to get the process started.
Grants and Fellowships
Creative Making Grant
Faculty may apply for a grant to design and implement creative coursework using makerspace tools. The library hosts audio-visual, makerspace, immersive media, text-mining, mapping/GIS, and CAD modeling resources.
Library staff are available for consultation prior to application, or consider attending our workshop: “Creativity & Innovation in Teaching: An Introduction to the Creative Making Grant”
Please submit a document answering each of our six questions in fewer than 250 words. Application review is ongoing. Submit an application.
(Download and distribute our Creative Making Grant flyer)
Experiential Learning Faculty Learning Group and Fellowship
The purpose of this Learning Group (Spring) and Fellowship (Yearly) is to provide a pedagogical grounding in experiential learning, exposure to the tools and services available to the Baylor Community, and collaborative engagement with ELC staff that can help faculty develop and execute experiential learning opportunities effectively in their courses utilizing the equipment and spaces offered through the ELC.
The Faculty Learning Group will be a bi-monthly group of 10-12 faculty focused on learning about experiential learning, exploring various equipment, spaces, and services in the ELC, and active development of an assignment or in-class experience that utilizes their learning throughout the semester.
The Fellowship will be a focused collaboration between faculty and ELC staff. It will be limited to 4 faculty, split between Media and Making with the Academic Consultant, Digital Media and Makerspace Manager taking up to 2 faculty for advising per cohort. During the Fall semester the Fellows will work with the ELC to develop an assignment and re-envision their syllabus to utilize ELC resources to create experiential learning opportunities. This will also include tool training and prototyping assignments to ensure faculty set proper expectations for success and meet learning objectives through their designed activity. In the Spring, Fellows will pilot their syllabus and assignment/activity in the course and utilize the resources of the ELC in collaboration with their ELC advisor. Following the semester they will report their success, challenges, and adjustments for future ELC incorporation.
Participation in the Learning Group and application to the Fellowship will begin Fall 2024.