Workshop: Experiential Learning: Opportunities Through Campus Farms, Facilities and Beyond
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Thursday, June 23, 2022, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sara Cloft Shea Porr Jeremy Cowan

Fundamentally, experiential learning (EL) is a process for constructing knowledge and understanding from real-world experiences. Use of experiential learning to build skills and facilitate the progression from theory to practice may be accomplished in numerous ways but few may exceed those availed though university-based farms. In this workshop, participants will explore the opportunities and challenges around developing, executing and assessing programmatic EL within university farm contexts. Participants will engage experienced EL panelists to: 1) discuss principles of experiential learning, 2) explore operational structures for student-centered farms being used across the country, 3) how challenges can be addressed through application of best practices, and 4) how to evaluate efficacy/mission-success of student oriented farms of both plant and animal focuses. Results from a NACTA Experiential Learning Committee survey regarding experiential learning practices will be incorporated into the workshop discussion. Through facilitated small groups, participants in this workshop will be guided in process exercises designed to outline possibilities for implementing, modifying and improving operations of a student-oriented farm on their campus. The workshop will be limited to 25 participants.

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