Nationally recognized speakers offer experiential education workshops June 1-2

Purdue University Calumet is enhancing its reputation as a national leader in experiential education by welcoming three nationally recognized experts to campus, June 1-2, to conduct workshops for educators.

The workshops, offered by the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE), are open to educators from secondary and post-secondary schools. Topics will focus on the NSEE’s eight principles of good practice for experiential learning activities; building an experiential learning course syllabus; and guiding students to reflect on the experiences they gain through internships, design projects, cultural immersion and other experiential learning opportunities.

Workshop cost ranges from $100 to $215 per session, depending on the courses selected and whether participants are Purdue Calumet faculty/staff, NSEE members or non-members. Full registration information is available via the NSEE’s web site at

Purdue Calumet is one of the nation’s few colleges and universities to have adopted experiential learning-the integration of traditional classroom and textbook learning with the applied learning that occurs within a work-related, real-world environment-as a graduation requirement for baccalaureate degree-seeking students. All incoming Purdue Calumet students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must enroll in at least two experiential learning courses/equivalents.

Featured workshop speakers are:

• Mary King, professor emeriti of Behavioral Sciences at Fitchburg State (Mass.) College, where she continues to oversee graduate and undergraduate internships, seminar classes and service-learning colloquia; author of several publications about experiential education; and a member of the NSEE board of directors.

• Roseanna Ross, Ph.D., professor of Communication Studies and former Director of Internships at St. Cloud State (Minn.) University. Since developing a formal internship program for her department in 1984, she has written and presented numerous papers and conducted various workshops on experiential learning.

• Karen Roloff, professor in the College of Communication and director of the communication internship at DePaul (Ill.) University. She serves on the NSEE board of directors, as well as DePaul’s experiential learning committee, which approves and assesses all courses meeting the university’s experiential learning requirements.

The NSEE is a nonprofit membership association of educators, business and community leaders that serves as a national resource center for the development and improvement of experiential education programs nationwide.