Strategically Integrating Experiential Learning Into the Curriculum

Strategically Integrating Experiential Learning Into the Curriculum

July 30 - 31, 2020 | Eastern Time

Create a plan to align stakeholders and drive progress towards the implementation of your experiential learning initiatives.

Overview

Demonstrating institutional value and enhancing student learning is even more important in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Continuing to pursue your experiential learning initiatives will help you highlight your distinctiveness by teaching the skills employers most want—and students most need.

But implementing experiential learning – whether at the institutional, college, or department level – can raise concerns from stakeholders about challenges like faculty workload and assessment. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic only adds to the complexity as you consider whether you can take experiential learning online. (Hint: You can!)

Join us online in this interactive virtual conference to learn how to align your stakeholders around the goals of your experiential learning initiatives and drive progress in your implementation. With our instructors’ help, you will craft goals, communication plans, and training plans for stakeholders – including faculty. You will leave with advice on how to handle key technology, policy, and assessment pieces.

 

Who Should Attend

Since this virtual conference will help align all your stakeholders around experiential learning initiatives, we encourage teams to attend. Best practices will apply whether your entire role or only part of your role is dedicated to experiential learning. This could include:

  • Directors of Experiential Education
  • Academic Leaders, such as Chairs, Deans, and Provosts
  • Faculty
  • Career Services and Employer Relations Staff

 

Limited Attendance

In order to ensure a high-quality learning experience, we have intentionally designed this Virtual Conference to have a limited number of total attendees. To ensure access from both paying participants and also from those who have an All-Inclusive membership, when the membership cap is reached, only paying participants can register after that point (while spaces are still available). If you have questions about whether this program is right for you, please contact us.

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds nationally, it is so important to keep connecting and networking with your peers - at a “social distance” - and to keep learning and developing as higher-ed leaders and professionals. Don’t let social distancing and quarantines prevent you from setting aside time for professional development. Everything is changing so fast; more than ever, we need to be pooling our resources and knowledge and finding the best ways to develop our capacity, connect and share with each other, and move forward during a challenging time.

*A limited number of FREE member spots are open for each virtual conference. Sign up today.

The Academic Impressions Virtual Conference Experience

Our virtual conferences go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these new programs are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. As higher education strives to adapt rapidly to the shifting crisis, connecting with your peers who are experiencing similar challenges can be the best use of your professional development time.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions
  • Access to an online conference hub — one-stop shop for presentation materials, attendee introductions, worksheets, supplemental reading, videos, and other resources

See What Our Attendees are Saying

"At first, I was skeptical that a virtual conference was capable of being both engaging and informational - but Academic Impressions has mastered it! The 3-day online event was structured in a creative way that all participants had multiple opportunities to interact with each other and the presenters. No one's questions went unheard or unanswered. Thank you for this great experience, it has changed my view of virtual conferences and I look forward to attending more in the future."

- Desiree Ford, Digital Communications Manager, Binghamton University

“The virtual conference has been amazing. The presenters have all been great and the information they’ve provided is going to help us better use our social media. Even though this conference had to be virtualized due to COVID-19, the online format has been set up in a way that we can all collaborate and share ideas. I’m very eager to take what I’ve learned back to campus and start implementing new ideas.”

- Chris Forde, Coordinator of Marketing & Public Information, Lincoln Trail College

AGENDA

Day 1 | July 30, 2020 (Eastern Time)

 

Tech Check and Meet & Greet
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 


 

Welcome and Introductions
12:00 - 12:15 p.m.

 


 

PART 1 - What could it look like to implement your experiential learning initiatives successfully?

 

High-Impact Experiential Learning: Student Success
12:15 - 12:45 p.m.
Our expert speakers will share examples of successful Academic Internships, Service Learning, Active Learning, and Community-Based Research that elevated student learning.

 


 

High-Impact Experiential Learning: Faculty and Staff Success
12:45 - 1:15 p.m.
Through two case studies you will learn how two different institutions structure their experiential learning efforts. Whether you have the opportunity to collaborate through a centralized experiential learning office or are working to enhance experiential learning opportunities within your department, you will be able to identify lessons learned and creative ideas to help shape your efforts.

 


 

Short Break
1:15 - 1:30 p.m.

 


 

PART 2 - Where do you currently stand with experiential learning and what are your goals?

 

Identifying Challenges and Auditing Your Current Experiential Learning Initiatives
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Our speakers will share ideas using qualitative and quantitative measures to assess where you are. You will start answering questions such as:

  • Where does experiential learning live at my institution?
  • What evidence do I have that change is needed?

 


 

Working Session: Experiential Learning Audit
2:30 - 3:00 p.m.
You will complete an audit of your experiential learning initiatives to identity strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

 


 

Short Break
3:00 - 3:15 p.m.

 


 

Defining the Scope and Goals of Your Experiential Learning Plan
3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
You will draft goals of your experiential learning plan and define the scope of your project.

 


 

Day 1 Wrap-Up
4:15 - 4:30 p.m.

 


 

Ask an Instructor & Virtual Networking
4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
This informal reception is your chance to decompress and expand your network of connections. We've designed this experience with some questions that will help you build relationships with colleagues and instructors.

 


 

Day 2 | July 31, 2020 (Eastern Time)

 

Tech Check
11:30 - 11:45 a.m.

 


 

Day 2 Opening Remarks
11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 


 

Emerging Trends, Challenges, and Creative Solutions
12:00 - 12:30 p.m.
During this interactive session, you will exchange ideas for current topics such as taking experiential learning initiatives online and adapting your work in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 


 

PART 3 – Who are the experiential learning stakeholders and how can you involve them to drive progress?

 

Identifying and Cultivating Stakeholders
12:30 - 12:45 p.m.
You will learn successful practices and skills for fostering cultural change with key stakeholders including:

  • Leadership
  • Faculty
  • Employers and Community Partners

 


 

Crafting Your Communication Plan
12:45 - 1:30 p.m.
You will add to your experiential learning plan by drafting a communication plan to foster common goals, language, and buy-in.

 


 

Break
1:30 - 1:45 p.m.

 


 

Designing and Planning a Training Program
1:45 - 2:30 p.m.
You will design a training plan for faculty to create consistency and build their skills and creativity. Our speakers will share tips for implementing this training in-person or virtually.

 


 

Break
2:30 - 2:45 p.m.

 


 

Growing Your Employer and Community Network
2:45 - 3:15 p.m.
You will take stock of existing connections and develop goals for building your employer network to support experiential learning opportunities.

 


 

PART 4 –  How can you build a sustainable foundation for your experiential learning plan?

 

Building the Infrastructure
3:15 - 3:45 p.m.
You will identify necessary policies, guidelines for classroom management, and technology needed to build a sustainable infrastructure.

 


 

Break
3:45 - 4:00 p.m.

 


 

Assessing Experiential Learning
4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
You will begin to outline an assessment plan for your experiential learning integration as well as identifying best practices for assessment of individual experiential learning interventions.

 


 

Final Remarks, Questions, Evaluations
4:45 - 5:00 p.m.

SPEAKERS

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Susan Haarman

Associate Director, Center for Experiential Learning, Loyola University Chicago

Susan Haarman hails from Louisville, KY, but has lived in Milwaukee, Texas, Berkeley, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and the fine city of Chicago. She serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Experiential Learning at Loyola University Chicago, where she runs their service-learning program and faculty development programs.

Read Susan's Full Bio.

Kathryn Klose

Kathryn Klose

Alive Learning

Kathryn Klose holds an PhD in Higher Education Policy from the University of Maryland College Park. She has over 18 years of experience in higher education as a faculty and administrator responsible for designing, implementing, and teaching hands-on real-world curriculum in varied and diverse learning environments. She augments her experience in the field of education with extensive management experience in the public and private sectors.

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  • $995

    through July 23 $1,095

    All-Inclusive Members: To preserve the learning experience, free member registration is now closed.
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Virtual Conference

  • All presentation resources

  • Access to THIS virtual conference

  • Access to all virtual conferences

  • $995

    through July 23 $1,095

    All-Inclusive Members: To preserve the learning experience, free member registration is now closed.
    You can still register for $250 off this program.


10-User Membership

  • All presentation resources

  • Access to THIS virtual conference

  • Access to all virtual conferences

  • Gain free and unlimited access to all upcoming live webcasts and on-demand trainings for 10-users for one year. See list of trainings here.

  • $7,500


25-User Membership

  • All presentation resources

  • Access to THIS virtual conference

  • Access to all virtual conferences

  • Gain free and unlimited access to all upcoming live webcasts and on-demand trainings for 25-users for one year. See list of trainings here.

  • $10,000


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Questions About the Event?

Jess Landis

Jess Landis
Program Manager, Academic Impressions

*There are limited spots available for All-Inclusive Members to register for Virtual Conferences for free in 2020. Each virtual conference has a registration cap in order to ensure a high-quality learning experience, personalized attention, networking and interactivity. If the cap has been met, All-Inclusive Members can register with a $250 discount if space is available.

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