CELT Overview

The Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) was formed as a result of Tulane University‘s 2008 “What’s Your Big Idea” initiative and Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) to enhance student learning at Tulane.

Engaged learning is a type of learning in which students experience themselves not as passive recipients of information delivered by experts, but as active participants both in the classroom and in the world. Through engaged learning, students realize their potential as intellectual, social, and ethical architects capable of designing their own futures, as well as helping to shape those of their communities, cultures, nations, and natural environment.

Tulane recognizes that there is not one type of engaged learning experience. These experiences must meet the unique needs of the students’ academic experience, skills, abilities, and goals.  CELT provides opportunities for students to participate in engaged learning experiences that complement their academic and career goals.  Our three primary areas of focus or cores are designed to provide Tulane faculty with the theoretical and applied resources, tools, and direction to support students in realizing their goal of engaged learning at Tulane.


Classroom Engagement (CE) empowers faculty to reflect on the pedagogy specific to their discipline and provides the necessary resources to create an atmosphere of engagement.

Experiential Engagement (EE) provides informational and pragmatic support to faculty and departments to encourage their students to apply their knowledge from the classroom by focusing on career-related activities such as internships, externships, and co-operative learning.

Research Engagement (RE) collaborates with faculty to make mentored student research, scholarship, and public creative expression an integral part of engaged learning at Tulane.

Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-314-7698