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Experiential Learning Summit Series 2020

A monthly series of conversations, presentations, and panels held online the second Friday of each month, September 2020 through April 2021. Each event will address a current issue effecting the practice of experiential learning. 

Overview of the BYU/LX Summit


BYU’s Experiential Learning Summit was established in 2019 to support BYU’s Inspiring Learning initiative by providing a forum for faculty and staff to share best practices and learn from specialists in the field of experiential education.

This year BYU is partnering with the LX Consortium to host the 2020 Experiential Learning Summit Series with the purpose of engaging the broader community of experiential educators in a more diverse and informed conversation. The Experiential Learning Summit will be a monthly series of conversations, presentations, and panels held on the second Friday of each month, September 2020 through April 2021. Each event will address a current issue effecting the practice of experiential learning.

Experiential Learning in a COVID-19 World
Oct. 9, 2020

Experiential Learning in a COVID 19 World will include the following topics to be discussed via a panel on Oct 9, 2020.

Challenges and Solutions for Online @ 11:00 AM MST

Enhancing the Value of a University Education @ 1:00 PM MST

Sign up for the zoom meetings using the registration links here.

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11:00 A.M. (MST)

Challenges and Solutions for Online

This zoom meeting will cover the challenges and solutions to experiential learning in a COVID world - managing from a distance, shrinking opportunities, maintaining quality mentoring, etc.
Panelists: TBA

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1:00 P.M. (MST)

Enhancing the Value of a University Education

This zoom meeting will cover how experiential learning can enhance the value of a university education given the COVID disruption of the traditional campus experience.
Panelists: TBA

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About the LX Consortium 

The LX Consortium is made up of universities and companies interested in making education more real-world, more hands-on and more relevant. Our mission is to help re-design education by making experience the common thread that connects and enhances all aspects of the student’s journey. We help our member organizations create and grow project-based experiential learning programs and integrate them into the design of their educational offerings.
Learn More at www.lxconsortium.org.

Call for Proposals
Consortium members are invited to participate in all aspects of the series. Anyone interested in participating as a speaker, presenter, or panelist, please contact one or both of the following with your proposal:
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David Waddell, Director of Experiential Learning & Internships
david_waddell@byu.edu | (801) 422-6084
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Andrew Allen, Director of the Magelli Office of Experiential Learning
andrewa@illinois.edu | (217) 300-2405
Summit Dates, Topics, and Panelists
The following topics and subtopics will be highlighted in this summit series.
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Enhancing the Student Experience for Long-term Career Success

Sept. 11, 2020

11:00 AM MST

  • Managing student teams – organizing, training new team members, managing conflict, engaging the unengaged, etc.
    Panelists:

    Scott Steffensen; Professor
    Ali Crandall; Assistant Professor
    Kirsten Novilla; Student
    Arline MacCormack; Babson College- Associate Director, Experiential Education

1:00 PM MST

  • Clarifying the transferable skills students learn through Experiential Learning–helping students recognize the ways their skills can be applied to diverse, multi-disciplinary problems.
    Panelists:

    David Habben; Assistant Professor
    Christine Miller, Global HC Talent & Impact Team at PwC
    Jeff Tessem; Professor
    Weston Elison; student

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Experiential Learning in a COVID 19 World

Oct. 9, 2020

11:00 AM MST

  • Challenges and solutions to Experiential Learning in a COVID world - managing from a distance, shrinking opportunities, maintaining quality mentoring, etc.

1:00 PM MST

  • How Experiential Learning can enhance the value of a university education given the COVID disruption of the traditional campus experience.
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Demonstrating the Value of Your Experiential Learning Efforts

Nov. 13, 2020 

  • How can faculty demonstrate the value of their Experiential Learning efforts to multiple audiences?
  • How do we help students tell their story?
  • Helping students set milestones for success: engaging with faculty and advisors, and planning for careers.
  • What research opportunities does Experiential Learning present?
  • How to gain internal buy-in from key stakeholders to build, increase or expand Experiential Learning within a school or college.
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Strategic Partnerships and Funding Experiential Learning Activities

Jan. 8, 2021 

  • Finding and working with internal and external partners for capstones, consulting and other projects.
  • Tapping outside funding resources.
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Expanding and Improving Mentoring

Feb. 12, 2021 

  • Increasing capacity through use of grad students or advanced undergrads.
  • Recruiting among specific student populations - minorities, skills sets, commitment level, etc.
  • Building a mentor model, training mentors, creating a mentor mindset in faculty.
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Assessing Experiential Learning

March 12, 2021

  • How do we assess disciplinary knowledge and professional skills?
  • How do you create an opportunity so that students forget about the grade and focus on the experience?
  • How do we assess the long-term impacts of Experiential Learning?
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Keynote

April 12, 2021

To Be Announced

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Demonstrating the Value of Your Experiential Learning Efforts
Nov. 13, 2020

Demonstrating the Value of your Experiential Learning Efforts will include the following topics to be discussed via panel on Nov. 13, 2020.

Sign up for the zoom meetings using the registration links here when available.

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TBA

This zoom meeting will cover the subtopics of:

  • How can faculty demonstrate the value of their Experiential Learning efforts to multiple audiences?
  • How do we help students tell their story?
  • Helping students set milestones for success: engaging with faculty and advisors, and planning for careers.
  • What research opportunities does Experiential Learning present?
  • How to gain internal buy-in from key stakeholders to build, increase or expand Experiential Learning within a school or college.
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Sept. 11, 2020 Panelists Bios
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Arline MacCormack
Prior to joining Babson’s Center for Career Development team, Arline spent 7 years working in the Office of Student Life at Babson College in Housing Operations. Arline earned a B.A. in Psychology from University of Massachusetts and a M.A. in Higher Education from Boston College.​​​​​

Arline MacCormack is the Associate Director of Experiential Programs at Babson College. In her role, Arline manages student and employer participation in experiential opportunities including: Undergraduate Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE) Program, Career Exploration Lab (CEL), Intern Sponsorship, and Externship Programs. Arline also assists with planning and delivery of Undergraduate field based curricula.   Arline is a co-author of “How to Manage Student Consulting Projects: A Practical Guide for Project Advisors” due to be available from Edward Elgar Publishing in September 2020. 
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Ali Crandall
AliceAnn (Ali) Crandall is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health at Brigham Young University (BYU). She currently directs the Families and Public Health Collaborative with a team of faculty and students interested in the family as a producer of public health. She earned her BS at BYU, her MPH at Loma Linda University, and her PhD at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Prior to getting her PhD, she worked on maternal and child health projects in domestic and international settings.

Her major research interests focus on the intersection between the family environment and executive functioning and their effect on health behaviors. Current research projects include examining the effects of childhood experiences on lifelong health and developing a survey measure of family health.

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Scott Steffensen
Scott Steffensen is a professor of Psychology at BYU. His research focuses on the neurobiology of addiction. More specifically, he studies neuroadaptations in brain substrates during alcohol and nicotine dependence and codependence. Over the last 20 years, Professor Steffensen has included student teams in his research. His lab is currently staffed by a postdoctoral fellow, three graduate students, thirty-five undergraduate students, and has mentored over 1000 students. 

Scott completed his PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Utah. His post-doc fellowships were at Harvard, UCSD, and Scripps Research Institute.
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Kirsten Novilla
Kirsten Novilla is from Saratoga Springs, Utah and is a junior at Brigham Young University. She majors in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Science. Kirsten has been working as a research assistant for Dr. Ali Crandall since the Fall of 2016 and has co-authored six publications with her mentor. Since Fall 2019, she has been working with Dr. Jeff Glenn as a teaching assistant in Hlth 316 on Health Systems and Policy. She continues to do research in Dr. Crandall’s Brain, Family, & Health Lab and has served as a mentor for fellow students who are looking to collaborate on various research projects in the lab. She has helped train and mentor prospective research assistants in writing research proposals, completing IRB applications, conducting literature reviews, collecting data, and in writing and publishing manuscripts. She loves learning about the family and exploring its role in public health practice, research, and policy. She intends to continue to be involved in research beyond her undergraduate years and into medical school.
Major: Public Health with a Health Science emphasis
Research Interests: Maternal & Child Health, Adolescent Health & Development, Population & Family Health
Hobbies & Interests: Family outdoor activities, reading, baking, and tutoring elementary-aged children
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David Habben
David “HABBENINK” Habben received his BFA in Illustration from Brigham Young University in 2006 and was a Children’s Book Design Fellow at Chronicle Books in 2008. In 2017, he earned his MFA in Studio Art, with a Graphic Design emphasis, from The University of Utah. His work can be found in a wide variety of media, including children’s books, magazines, advertising campaigns, theatre posters, and even snowboards. His work has received awards from 3x3 Creative Quarterly, Communication Arts, and Graphis Magazine. In 2019, he published his first authored and illustrated children’s book, “Mr. Sherman’s Cloud” through Page Street Publishing.

David joined the illustration faculty at Brigham Young University as an Asst. Professor in 2018. An avid promoter of collaboration and student involvement, David has advised the Design Department student council, coordinated internships and experiential learning opportunities, and involved students in large scale illustrative work.
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Christine Miller
For the last 8 years, Christine has been finding and developing many of the most talented team members at PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers). Her specialties include the development of communication and presentation skills, and applying critical thinking skills to presentations. She is an avid traveler and a restaurant enthusiast.

She holds a BS degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Chamagne.
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Jeff Tessem
Dr. Tessem’s research focuses on both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Specifically, his lab works on delineating the molecular pathways that increase β-cell proliferation, enhance glucose stimulated insulin secretion, and protect against β-cell death.

In Dr. Tessem’s lab, students learn teamwork, written and oral communication, how to work through failure, and other skills essential to any professional work environment. Students develop a deeper understanding of how their experience in the lab can translate to many environments outside the discipline.

Dr. Tessem has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Duke University Medical Center's Sarah W. Stedman Center for Nutrition and Metabolism Research. His BS degree in Microbiology is from BYU.

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Weston Elison
Weston Elison is a currently a senior at BYU. He is also a research assistant in the Tessem Diabetes Research Lab. He is expecting a baby girl with his wife January 2021.

Major: Physiology and Developmental Biology
Minor: Computer Science
Hobbies & Interests: Backpacking, camping, and eating
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August 05, 2019 04:49 PM
If you didn't have the chance to attend the 2019 Experiential Learning Summit or want a refresher on what you learned, head over to Experiential Learning Summit 2019 page to watch some of the keynote videos or read their transcriptions.