References and Resources

Students and instructor gathered around a computer in a chemistry lab
 Archeology dig with several studies working different parts of the site.
 A student in another country with a baby elephant.  Elephant has trunk draped over student's neck.
 Two students using a large tube to draw water from an artificial test pool.
 Instructor and several students measuring diameter of small tree in the forest.
 Student holding bird with several other students looking on.  Instructor showing student how to band leg.
 Instructor and two students wearing  protective gear and looking at paperwork in a lab.
 Grad student holding large species of cockroach native to South America.
 Students sitting outside in a circle, one with drum.
 Four students sitting outside Armstrong Center at a cafe table discussing a group project.
 Botany class outside, gathered around a tree and doing an identification exercise.
 Group of students sitting outside painting pottery bowls.

National Resources

  • Journal of Experiential Education: Published four times a year, the Journal of Experiential Education (JEE) is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal presenting a diverse range of articles in subject areas such as outdoor adventure programming, service learning, environmental education, therapeutic applications, research and theory, the creative arts, and more.
  • Association for Experiential Education
  • National Society for Experiential Education:
  • The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning:
  • World Association for Cooperative Education (WACE):

Resource for Tools, Skills, and Strategies

  • Experiential Learning & Experiential Education: Philosophy, Theory, Practice Resources
  • Learn Through Experience:
  • National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
  • Service Learning and Faculty Development (Campus Compact )

Miami University Resources

Faculty and Staff Utilizing Experiential Learning

Sharing resources and experiences across academic disciplines can help when considering integrating experiential learning. The Miami faculty and staff who were involved in developing this online resource are all utilizing experiential learning to engage students. Feel free to contact these individuals as resources as you consider planning an experiential learning experience.

Gabriela Bermudez, College of Arts & Science Advising,
Co-curriculum, experiential learning and assessment

Evelyn Covington, Orientation and Transition Programs,

Stephanie Danker, Department of Art,
Social justice art education, art integration, teacher professional development, civic engagement, reflective practice

Karleah Harris, Department of Family Science and Social Work,

Claire McLeod, Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science,

Mysore Narayanan, Engineering,
Engineering Design and Service Learning
Engineering Analysis and Experiential Learning
Field Project Assignments with Local and Regional Schools
Student Missions Supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Projects Supporting WIMSE ( Women In Mathematics, Science and Engineering)

Amy Restorick Roberts, Department of Family Science and Social Work,
Service-learning opportunities with students and older adults
Experiential learning activities in the classroom

Jacqueline Rioja Velarde, associate director, Center for American & World Cultures, Global Initiatives,
Co-curriculum, experiential learning and assessment
Re-entry study abroad
Study away, field study and fieldwork in Geographical learning
Continuing education and experiential learning
Experiential learning and Universal design for learning

Terri Spahr Nelson, Department of Family Science and Social Work,
Be the Change community advocacy project for marginalized/oppressed populations
Social Work Week and Family Science and Social Work Week
Experiential Group work in the classroom


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Journal of Experiential Education

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