Freshman Experience Courses at Ashford University

As a freshman at Ashford University, you will enroll in select courses geared toward preparing you to be online learners. EXP 105 and EXP 200 cover a number of topics including communication strategies, learning theories, and above all else, the preparation for success in school and work. Discover more information and individual class descriptions below.


Freshman Experience Class Descriptions and Credit Information

EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education

3 Credits

This course is designed to help adult learners beginning their university studies to achieve academic success. Students will explore learning theories, communication strategies, and personal management skills. Adult learners will develop strategies for achieving success in school and work. Students will also be introduced to the University’s institutional outcomes and learning resources. Successful completion with a “C-” or better or equivalent is required.

EXP 200 Fundamentals of Adult Learning

3 Credits

This course presents adult and experiential learning theories and applies them to the student’s life and experiences. Kolb’s Model of Experiential Learning will be examined and used to analyze prior learning experiences. Students will investigate the roles of reflection and metacognition in the learning process. Guidance and practice will be given in developing an experiential essay structure that will plausibly demonstrate college-level experiential learning outcomes. The experiential essay written in the course can be submitted to the Prior Learning Assessment Center at the completion of the course for a potential of three additional credits.