Pre-Conference Workshops
Space is Limited – Register Early!

A key component of NSEE’s mission is to enhance the professional development of its members.  Another component of the mission is to be the national leader in advancing experiential education as a field and a profession.  To accomplish both aspects of this mission, NSEE created the Experiential Education Academy, often referred to as the EEA or the Academy. 

The EEA supports and contributes to both the day-to-day work effectiveness and the long-term development of NSEE members through a series of professional workshops leading to a Certificate of Knowledge.  The program is designed for all practitioners, regardless of specific experiential application.  The set of workshops creates a common base of knowledge and competence for the field of experiential education and allows participants the flexibility to increase their expertise in their own particular interest areas. 

Pre-conference workshops offer the unique opportunity to focus intensively on Experiential Education topics and issues. 

NSEE will offer all two EEA Foundation courses along with three elective workshops in Orlando this year. Click the link below for more information regarding the Experiential Education Academy (EEA):

Due to space allocations at the conference, workshops are limited in size.  Registration for all workshops will close when maximum participation is reached. 

  • Track One:       Monday, September 27, 2021      8:00AM – 11:30AM
  • Track Two:       Monday, September 27, 2021      12:15PM – 3:45PM 

A box lunch will be provided for all pre-conference workshop participants at 11:30 AM. An additional fee of $195 each for members and $215 each for non-members and registration is required to enroll on the pre-conference workshops. 


Track One:           Monday, September 27, 2021                8:00AM – 11:30AM
An additional fee and registration is required to enroll on the pre-conference workshops. 

  1. Fundamentals of Experiential Education - Participants in this workshop will explore the theoretical and philosophical roots of experiential education and the principles of good practice fundamental to all types of experiential learning.  Participants will have an opportunity to actively explore the implications and applications of this information, and to identify the resources available for continued professional development and specific use in their programs.
  2. Teaching & Learning Experientially - This workshop focuses on the teaching and the learning components of experiential education.  Participants work in groups and use the Five Steps to Integrating Experiential Learning into Instruction to construct course syllabi, design workshops, lead or coordinate group experiences on their campuses.  Participants create the experiential learning component in keeping with recognized principles to ensure that the experience is educative (a la Dewey).  Attention is paid to learning goals and intended learning outcomes, as well as the challenges of experiential assessment. 

Track Two:           Monday, September 27, 2021                12:15PM – 3:45PM
An additional fee and registration is required to enroll on the pre-conference workshops. 

  1. Principles of Ethical & Best Practices - Workshop participants will examine two NSEE foundation documents, the Guiding Principles of Ethical Practice and Principles of Best Practice in Experiential Education. The goal is to develop a deep understanding of these principles through both a theoretical examination of the contents and a hands-on experiential component where participants will be given an opportunity to generate ideas specific to their own programs.
  2. Strategic Planning for Experiential Program Design - This interactive workshop, geared towards intermediate and advanced level practitioners, will focus on models of effective experiential education programs, program implementations and program management.  Participants will consider what “best practice” means in their environment and what should go into the design of an ideal program.
  3. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Experiential Education (NEW) – While experiential education is widely regarded to be a high-impact practice, the way in which it is implemented can create a significant disparity in its success. This workshop provides an opportunity to examine the inequities that can be part of the processes and learning within experience education. As a result of this workshop, participants will increase awareness of strategies for creating more equitable learning and engagement. 


Become a Part of the Academy! 


To enroll in the pre-conference workshops, please select the tracks you wish to take on the registration form for the meeting, along with the registration fee. Registration for the pre-conference workshops includes workshop materials, coffee break, and lunch. 

All experiential education professionals are invited to explore the possibilities afforded by the Academy.  More information is available online at or by contacting NSEE directly at 856-423-3427, or via email at [email protected].