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2020-21 Summit Series

During the 2020-21 academic year BYU, in partnership with the LX Consortium, hosted the 2020 Experiential Learning Summit Series. Conversations, presentations, and panel discussions were held on the second Friday of each month, September 2020 through April 2021 for the purpose of engaging the broader community of experiential educators in a more diverse and informed conversation about current issues affecting the practice of experiential learning.

Materials from presentations you might have missed, including full-session recordings when available, are available through the link below.

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.
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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:
David Waddell, Director of Experiential Learning & Internships | (801) 422-6084
Andrew Allen, Director of the Magelli Office of Experiential Learning | (217) 300-2405
April 16, 2021 Keynote Guests
Michael Horn
Jeff Brown
Summit Dates & Topics
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

  • Managing student teams – organizing, training new team members, managing conflict, engaging the unengaged, etc.
  • Clarifying the transferable skills students learn through Experiential Learning–helping students recognize the ways their skills can be applied to diverse, multi-disciplinary problems.
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Experiential Learning in a COVID-19 World

Oct. 9, 2020

  • Challenges and solutions to Experiential Learning in a COVID world - managing from a distance, shrinking opportunities, maintaining quality mentoring, etc.
  • How Experiential Learning can enhance the value of a university education given the COVID disruption of the traditional campus experience.
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Helping Others See the Value of your Experiential Learning Efforts

Nov. 13, 2020

  • The Faculty Story - How can faculty demonstrate the value of their experiential learning efforts?
  • Experiential Learning Buy-In from Decision Makers - How to gain internal buy-in from key stakeholders to build or expand experiential learning within a school or college?
  • Experiential Learning Research Opportunities - What research opportunities does experiential learning present in any discipline?
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Strategic Partnerships and Funding Experiential Learning Activities

Jan. 15, 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?
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Keynote: Experiential Learning and the Future of Higher Education

April 16, 2021

Experiential Learning and the Future of Higher Education

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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.