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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 five EEA Foundation courses along with four elective workshops in Georgia 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 20, 2020      8:00AM – 11:30AM
  • Track Two:       Monday, September 20, 2020      12:15PM – 3:45PM

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

Track One:           Monday, September 20, 2020                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. Legal Issues - This workshop examines the broad range of legal issues that arise in administering experiential learning programs, with particular emphasis on the reciprocal rights and responsibilities of the school, work-site, and student.  Key issues such as student, school and work-site liability, risk management (including waivers, assumption of risk and insurance), protecting and accommodating student rights (including discrimination and ADA compliance), tax and compensation consideration, contractual obligations, and issues arising out of the use of public funds,will be examined.  Time will be allotted for participants to engage in a discussion of these issues, as well as explore the application of legal issues to their specific programs in a “legal clinic” format. 

  3. Assessment - This workshop will introduce beginners to the fundamentals of assessment in experiential learning settings and provide intermediate level assessment training for practitioners beyond the beginner’s level, who seek to improve their outcomes assessment skills.  The primary goal is to assist participants in the development of an outcomes assessment plan to use at their own institution.  Employing a hands-on, active learning approach, this workshop will include a mix of presentation, applied tasks, small group work, and interactive discussion. 

  4. 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 20, 2020                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. Reflection - While experiences are the first E in experiential education, it is through reflection that the learning takes its root and makes lasting changes.  According to Kolb, learning is a process where knowledge is created through the transformation of experience.  Reflection is integral to that transformation.  This workshop will explore methods of guiding students to be more reflective in their experiences and following their experiences:  the use of journals in reflection and models for conducting regular seminars promoting reflection and reflective conversation.

  3. Developing a Quality Internship Program - This workshop will focus on several issues that business, government and non-profit organizations need to recognize in order to develop a quality internship program.  Each of these organizations is key to educating future professionals and enhancing the effort of workforce development.  This workshop will help each participant develop a quality internship program that will meet both the needs of the organization and train our future leaders.  Additionally, this session will deal with many of the common issues faced by internship coordinators on college and university campuses.  Topics will include: how internships can positively benefit organizations; preparation; recruiting and managing interns; important concerns of interns; legal issues; providing a good orientation; evaluating the intern; the concept of self-directed learning; college learning contracts; etc.

  4. 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.

  5. Online Learning and Experiential Education  - The purpose of this workshop is to examine best practices relating to online teaching and learning. Examples of methods, tools, and techniques will be shared. Participants will leave the workshop with an action plan that will guide their decisions of how to best use the online learning environment to support experiential education. 



 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 http://www.nsee.org/about-the-eea.