Applied Learning Conference

Fourth Annual Applied Learning Conference


October 24-25, 2017

Niagara Falls Conference Center front entrance

The Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls
101 Old Falls Street
Niagara Falls, New York 14303


Sheraton at the Falls Hotel Registration

The theme of the Fourth Annual Applied Learning Conference will be taking effective Applied Learning to scale and sustaining it. Campuses and universities across the nation are working to better understand the positive impacts of high-quality applied learning experiences on students, but what becomes the responsibility of higher education institutions when these experiences prove to enhance the student learning outcomes? How can we engage specific student populations to make these experiences accessible to all? As we consider these questions we must focus on best practices for not only collecting data but using it to make informed decisions. We must consider what it takes to scale and to sustain classes, programs and projects that engage students be those work-integrated, service-oriented or research-based.

This conference will offer a range of interactive sessions and workshops for a variety of audiences including faculty, staff, students, administrators and community and industry partners. All are welcome to attend.

View the 2017 Applied Learning Conference Draft Agenda


Pre-Conference Optional Workshops. Monday, October 23rd


Pre-Con 1: Community Colleges Preconference featuring Gail Robinson. No associated costs

10am - 4pm
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute
28 Old Falls Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Organizer: Gail Robinson, Education Consultant, Gail Robinson Consulting

10 am – 12:30 pm Transforming Your Course with Service Learning

Attend a hands-on workshop to learn what service learning is, what it isn’t, and why and how to do it. The majority of community colleges offer service learning as a strategy for increasing student success in a community-based setting. Hear about faculty experiences with service learning and how it transformed their academic courses.

Discussion will cover definitions and examples of service learning and community engagement; community college service learning outcomes and student success; the importance of developing reciprocal relationships with community-based organizations; and how service learning can satisfy course competencies and learning objectives. Individual and small-group activities will include identifying effective reflection techniques; understanding how various stakeholders contribute and benefit; identifying appropriate service opportunities and partner sites; and incorporating service learning in course syllabi.

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Preparing for the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Since 2006, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected 392 colleges and universities for its elective classification on community engagement. The classification provides an established level of legitimacy, accountability, public recognition, and visibility. It can be a catalyst for efforts to improve teaching and learning through curricular connections to community-based problem solving, as well as a tool for institutional benchmarking, self-assessment, and self-study.

If your college is planning to apply for the 2020 classification, or if you simply are interested in what the process entails, this is a don’t-miss opportunity. This workshop will feature information and tips from some of the 20 community colleges that currently hold the designation. Learn what you need to plan for the process, including forming a team, gathering data and information, and organizing and writing the application. Discover why and how to use the classification to benefit your service learning and community engagement initiatives. Consider how to improve your practice in assessment, reciprocal partnerships, faculty rewards, and integration and alignment with other institutional initiatives.

About the Presenter:
Gail Robinson is a Maryland-based education consultant who works with college and university faculty, staff, and administrators to develop service learning and community engagement programs. Ms. Robinson was the director of service learning for the American Association of Community Colleges from 1994 to 2012. She consults with individual institutions, Campus Compact state affiliates, and national nonprofit organizations, and is a member of the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification national advisory panel.

Pre-Con 2: Principles of Ethical & Best Practice in Experiential Education.

Join us on Monday, October 23rd for a deep dive into understanding the National Society for Experiential Education’s Principles of Best Practice.

Description: Workshop participants will examine two NSEE foundational 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.

Leader: Dr. Ronald Kovach, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Virginia International University and past president of NSEE

Cost: $195 per person [Note: the session will run as long as a minimum of 20 participants register]

Niagara Falls Culinary Institute
28 Old Falls Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Time:  1:00pm – 4:30pm

Audience: This training will be most appropriate for faculty and staff members who are interested in establishing or refining experiential learning activities.

Register here:

About the EEA: NSEE’s Experiential Education Academy (EEA) is the nation’s premier certificate program for experiential educators. The Academy provides foundational knowledge in the theory and practice of experiential education through workshops offered as pre-conference sessions and throughout the year at our strategic partner institutions.  Participation in the Academy also connects you to a large network of faculty and administrators throughout the country who continue to exchange best practices and consult with and for each other. 

EEA Certification is earned upon completion of five required sessions and one elective.  For more information, visit:

To bring the EEA to your campus or region, contact:


We are no longer accepting proposal submissions. Thank you to those of you who have submitted. Conference registration details to come!

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