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47th NSEE Annual Conference Special Advanced Workshop
for Graduates of NSEE's Experiential Education Academy (EEA)

September 24,2018 - Register Now!

Foundational Principles, Processes and Best Practice
in Designing, Delivering and Assessing Experiential Learning Programs

A Field-Based Practicum In
Community Engagement and Habitat Preservation
Along The Coastal Wetlands and Barrier Islands of Savannah, Georgia

Workshop Instructors:
Scott G. Blair, Ph.D., Director, Assessment & Sustainability, The EDUCATION ABROAD Network, past NSEE Board of Directors
James E. Colbert Jr., Ph.D.Associate Provost, Professor of Chemistry, Director of the EYE Program, NSEE Board of Directors

Workshop Description:

 Anchored to the two NSEE foundational documents, the Eight Principles of Good Practice in Experiential Education and  the Guiding Principles of Ethical Practice, this unique and extended full-day workshop provides step-by-step theoretical and practical instruction in the design, delivery and assessment of field-based experiential teaching and learning activities.  The core content of the workshop—the theory behind and practical application of the 8 Principles of Good Practice and 7 Guiding Principles within instructional design—is wholly delivered experientially so that participants appreciate what practical steps and processes are required when designing, delivering and assessing experiential learning activities.

Through out-of-class, hands-on participation in local community efforts to raise awareness of both conservation and sustainability issues in the greater Savannah area, participants directly experience how two NSEE foundational documents—the Principles of Good Practice in Experiential Education and the Guiding Principles of Ethical Practice—can be used in the design and delivery of experiential teaching and learning programs or courses. The goal is to provide participants with an understanding of these foundational principles through both a theoretical examination of their content and a field-based experience of their implementation. In order to understand the various steps of good practice educators must take when designing effective experiential activities, participants review the key workshop concepts and issues before, during, and after the actual workshop meeting day in accordance with the Kolb Learning Cycle. In the end, workshop attendees emerge with enhanced knowledge, skills and attitudes required for designing, delivering and assessing experiential learning activities from start to finish in ways that empower them to build NSEE principles and ethical practice into their own experiential programs, courses and activities at their home institution.

Workshop attendees pursue the learning objectives of this workshop through direct participation in several NSEE custom-designed Service Learning projects. The first engages workshop participants in habitat and animal preservation efforts in partnership with the Oatland Island Wildlife Center of Savannah, Georgia, a unit of Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools. The second project takes attendees to the Tybee Island Marine Science Center on the Atlantic beach of Tybee Island where they join Tybee Clean Beach Volunteers in supporting local efforts in monitoring and removal of beach debris and maritime pollution. The issues of conservation, habitat preservation, and sustainable development are as authentic as they are
urgent. As such, they lend themselves to experiential, problem-based, teaching and learning strategies that this workshop sets out to demonstrate through “train-the-trainer” professional development.

What’s Included?

  • 8 hours of experiential onsite instruction
  • Transportation to and from Oatland Island and Tybee Island
  • Lunch and day’s supply of drinking water
  • Pre-workshop and post-workshop learning activities and study materials
  • Personal engagement with local experts during the workshop
  • Resource binder of supporting learning materials
  • USB containing workshop resources
  • All required onsite tools and supplies
  • Health, safety and insurance coverage
  • Certificate of achievement

Delivery Date:This full-day workshop will be delivered on Monday, September 24, 2018, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm

Cost: $399 for NSEE members; $449 for non-members.

Venue: Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Tybee Island Marine Science Center, and Tybee Islan Beach, all in the greater Savannah area.

Pre-requisites: Completion of the EEA’s five foundational workshops or with permission of the instructors. This workshop runs concurrently with EEA half-day workshops during the NSEE annual conference in Savannah, GA. Participants must be able to engage in a full day of light work within Northeast Georgia outdoor conditions characterized by late summer heat, sun, humidity, weeds and bugs. 

NSEE's Service Learning Community Partners

Workshop Instructors:

Scott G. Blair, PhD
Director of Assessment and Sustainability

Based in Paris, Scott Blair has worked in education abroad for over 30 years—as university professor, onsite Academic Director, education consultant and Director of Assessment for US study abroad providers. Past Research & Scholarship Network Leader for the Teaching, Learning & Scholarship Knowledge Community of NAFSA, and member of Board of Directors at NSEE (National Society for Experiential Education), he advocates for assessing student learning outcomes in terms of climate sustainability, biodiversity and human equity. He served on the faculties of the University of New Haven, the Institut National des Sciences Politiques, the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, and the American University of Paris. He publishes research in program design and assessment in Frontiers, Routledge and NAFSA publications, and is a regular speaker at educational conferences on learning outcomes and sustainable program design in education abroad. Blair holds a doctorate in history from the Sorbonne, an MA in European history from Georgetown University, and a BA in English from Miami of Ohio.

Areas of Expertise: Administrative: Education abroad program design, outcomes assessment, external assessment instruments, quality improvement processes, intercultural competence assessment, sustainability literacy in education abroad, internationalization, experiential education, global learning. Academic: European diplomatic history, French history and politics, international relations, international organizations, human rights, architectural history, urban mapping.

James E. Colbert, PhD
Director EYE Program, Associate Provost
Lander University

Dr. James E. Colbert, Jr. holds a PhD in Chemistry with a focus on biochemistry and enzymology from Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS in Chemistry from Wofford College.  Dr. Colbert has 27 years of higher education teaching and administrative experience.  He has served as Science Department Chair at two previous institutions, and now as Experience Your Education (EYE) Program Director, and Associate Provost at Lander University.  Throughout his career he developed skills in assessment and evaluation of student learning outcomes and institutional effectiveness.  As Director of the EYE Program at Lander University, Dr. Colbert manages an experiential education program employing best practices in experiential education to design, deliver, and evaluate a variety of experiential learning activities across the university curriculum and designed to fulfill requirements for a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for the 2007 decennial reaffirmation of SACSCOC accreditation. In this role he has presented workshops on the EYE Program at Lander University and at regional and national conferences, including NSEE.  Lander University’s EYE Program was selected for the Experiential Education Program of the Year Award by the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) in 2010.  Dr. Colbert currently serves as immediate Past President of the Board of Directors and teaches the Assessment 101 workshop in the Experiential Education Academy (EEA) of the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE). 

Areas of Expertise: Throughout his career, Dr. Colbert has mentored students in a variety of field-based experiential learning activities focused on coastal ecology and environmental science examining issues of biodiversity and environmental quality in a coastal setting.  At Lander University, he teaches a biochemistry course for science majors and freshman chemistry courses for pre-nursing students.  His current research interests include biochemistry, enzymology, gold bioaccumulation, natural product analysis, environmental analysis, and bioremediation.  

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