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
This course can be applied toward:
Students in the course should register for 3 credits. This course meets at the CSU Mountain Campus on August 3-7 and includes additional costs for room and board. Students are required to complete reading assignments and preparation work before arriving at class, and will complete a writing assignment after the week-long class. Travel preparations will be made in collaboration with all registrants.
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- APA Publication Manual, 7th Ed. (2019)
Washington, DC: American Psychological Association
No assigned text books but there will be selected readings posted on Canvas when the course begins.
Jill Zarestky, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education, Adult Education and Training Specialization, at Colorado State University. Her research interests include nonformal and community-based adult education, art-based learning, and issues of feminism, globalization, and social justice. As a former mathematics faculty member, she also continues interdisciplinary collaborations in STEM education in university and community college settings. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, her master’s degree in Computational and Applied Mathematics from the University of Texas, Austin, and her doctorate in Educational Human Resource Development, with a specialization in Adult Education, from Texas A&M University.