Experiential Learning Institute (ELI)

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2017 Experiential Learning Institute (ELI)

June 21-23, 2017

Join us for the 5th Experiential Learning Institute (ELI) at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL June 21-23, 2017.

The days will be filled with learning about and adding to your knowledge in Experiential Learning, opportunities to share best practices and diving into experiential opportunities as part of the learning. By attending this institute, participants will gain skills that will help them develop effective experiential learning practices on their campuses and learn how student engagement can be supported through experiential learning.

The 2017 Experiential Learning Institute will include two and a half days of content exploring the intersection of experiential theories and practice. Several sessions will be led by our Scholar in Residence, Dr. Tricia Seifert, associate professor in the Adult & Higher Education program at Montana State University and Head of the Department of Education. She also maintains a faculty appointment in the Leadership, Higher & Adult Education department at the University of Toronto. She is the principal investigator on the Supporting Student Success research study, which examines college and university organizational structures and cultures with regard to supporting student success. She is also co-editor of How College Affects Students, Vol 3. With her early career focused on experiential education and her continued scholarship in student success Dr. Seifert will provide a rich learning experience.


Scholar in Residence: Dr. Tricia Seifert (Montana State University)

Untraditional Bio

In the summer of 1997, Dr. Tricia Seifert packed her car with everything she owned and headed west for a summer job. She didn’t know what she would do at the end of the summer but knew she had marketable skills. Surely someone would hire her to do something. So began her career in student affairs and services. From hiking with kids at a boarding school for students with learning disabilities to leading groups through teambuilding and communication exercises in Oregon to most recently walking the Camino de Santiago trail with colleagues from the U.S. and Canada, Tricia has experienced the power of experiential learning first hand. She is excited to serve as the Scholar in Residence at this year’s Experiential Learning Institute.

For the full traditional Bio, click here.


Sessions for the Institute

Bringing your A-game to Promote Student Learning – Dr. Seifert will kick off the Institute drawing from her research and writing that contributed to the recently published, How College Affects Students (vol. 3): 21st Century Evidence that Higher Education Works. She will discuss the value of active and applied learning and how experiential opportunities inside and outside the classroom have the power to transform student learning. You will walk out of this session with specific A-game actions for every time you engage students.

Being Good Company for the Journey – Students often come to post-secondary education asking Big Questions: Who am I? What do I believe? Will my life make a difference? These existential questions are thorny; they don’t have ready-made easy answers. Educators often confront these same questions but rarely take the time to reflect and articulate their purpose and how they make meaning within that purpose. Dr. Seifert will share insights from teaching a graduate seminar titled “Educators’ Search for Purpose and Meaning” in Spring 2016 and lessons learned from walking with students and colleagues on the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain.

Finding a Focal Practice – Student affairs and services work can be draining. Self-care is not just important; it is necessary. What do you do that brings you so much joy that you can lose track of time when you are doing it? Maybe you cook or knit. Maybe you run or bike. Maybe you paint or sing. Dr. Seifert will introduce the concept of a focal practice and provide an opportunity to engage either alone or in community. This will be experiential learning at its finest. There will be little sitting in this session. Come prepared to engage, experience, reflect, and share with Institute participants.

The program will include additional sessions on reflection, developing partnerships, assessment and more.

Experiential excursions part of the institute are included in price, as well as most meals.

ELI 2017 Detailed Schedule Experiential Learning Institute

To register for this event, click here.

For lodging in St. John's, click here.

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