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Teaching Effectiveness Institute will explore transformative power of experiential learning

November 14, 2011
Patrick M. Green

Patrick M. Green

NIU’s Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center and the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning will sponsor the Spring 2012 Teaching Effectiveness Institute on “Creating Transformative Education through Experiential Learning.”

The workshop takes place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, in the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center.

Patrick M. Green, director of the Center for Experiential Learning at Loyola University Chicago, is the presenter.

Faculty, instructors and teaching staff from all disciplines will benefit from this interactive and engaging workshop, which will include a discussion of best practices, an overview of established standards and hands-on opportunities for participants to build the ideas into their courses.

Green will highlight the basics and application of experiential education as incorporating the “lived experience” into pedagogy can lead to fostering high-impact learning. Various forms of experiential learning will be presented that include, but are not limited to, service-learning, study abroad, internships, and undergraduate research.

The Center for Experiential Learning at Loyola University Chicago houses service-learning, academic internships, student employment, community-based federal work study, undergraduate research and the electronic portfolio program.

Green specializes in leadership in higher education and his research focuses on experiential education. He also serves as a clinical instructor of experiential learning and teaches a variety of experiential learning courses as well as research courses, engaging students in both service-learning and internship experiences.

He currently serves with National Campus Compact as an Engaged Scholar, and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement.

Advanced registration for the workshop is required by Friday, Dec. 9. This workshop is for NIU faculty, instructors and teaching staff only.

Registered participants will receive workshop materials, lunch and certificates of participation.

Because of the expensive nature of the program and the advance notice needed for arranging food and materials, participants are urged to register by the deadline and to attend the entire workshop.

Those who are unable to attend are registering are asked to email [email protected] or call (815) 753-0595 by Monday, Jan. 9, so that those on the waiting list can be given the opportunity to attend the workshop and/or program costs can be reduced.

For more information, call (815) 753-0595 or email [email protected].