Experiential education is a very effective approach to immerse learners in a topic and encourage deep, meaningful, and lasting learning. During this course students will have the opportunity to engage in experiential learning as both a learner and a facilitator. They will gain the knowledge and skills on how to use experiential learning in their own educational contexts. We will use the beautiful CSU Mountain Campus facilities as the setting for this five-day residential course. Please note that activities can be revised to accommodate all student abilities.
During the seminar, students will:
- Discuss and experience the tenets of experiential learning
- Examine how to scaffold learning activities to maximize learning transfer
- Participate in the art of facilitation (problem solving initiatives, low and high ropes course)
- Plan and facilitate an experiential lesson relevant to their area of interest and expertise
Students should register for 3 credits. This course meets in-person at the CSU Mountain Campus July 31 through August 4 and requires an additional fee for room and board at the Mountain Campus facilities (billed to student accounts). Students are required to complete online readings and assignments before and after meeting at the Mountain Campus.
Textbooks and Materials
- APA Publication Manual, 7th Ed. (2019)
Washington, DC: American Psychological Association
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
No assigned text books but there will be selected readings posted on Canvas when the course begins.
Dr. Leann M.R. Kaiser is an associate professor in the School of Education, Adult Education and Training Specialization at Colorado State University. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with her Ph.D. in Adult and Post Secondary Education. She also holds a B.S. from the University of Wyoming and an M.S. from Arizona State University, both in outdoor education/recreation. Leann's research interests encompass adult teaching and learning theory, transformational learning and distance student educational experiences. Leann has taught in the fields of adult education and outdoor education at the post-secondary level since 2001. Additional professional experiences include work in natural resource education programming and public land management.