5. Experiential Learning Boot Camp [APAIE Pre-Conference Workshop 2A]

Date: Mar 22, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Hosted By: APAIE 2020
Location: Meeting Room 11, Vancouver Convention Centre
City: Vancouver, BC


This workshop is a pre-conference workshop as part of the APAIE 2020 conference. Attendees do not need to attend the conference to take part. Interested in furthering your learnings? Registration is still open for this year’s conference!

Learning objectives

Participants will:
– Understand the challenges faced by administrators, faculty and students in implementing experiential learning programs and ways to overcome these obstacles
– Participate in various innovative experiential learning exercises and discuss their applicability in wider contexts:
– Participants will use an empathy map to understand the challenges faced by stakeholders in implementing experiential learning programs
– Participants will be involved in brainstorming exercises designed to solve these challenges
– Design thinking activities to understand how to apply these in wider contexts
– Learn about innovative experiential learning programs being conducted in various disciplines and settings


Experiential learning is considered a highly effective method of teaching, and essentially means learning by doing, focusing on interactive methods and reflection based on experience. Experiential learning is associated with increased readiness for self-directed learning, self-confidence and professional development for students, but for it to be effective it must be supported by committed administrators (Austin and Rust, 2015). This workshop is designed to introduce various innovative modes of experiential learning and to demonstrate how administrators can promote these in their institution/organization to support Faculty, students and staff in international education programs and mobility experiences. Participants will learn about innovative initiatives such as George Washington University’s consulting abroad program, Authentica’s use of empathy maps in a Humanitarian Engineering study abroad program, Singapore Management University’s interdisciplinary experiential learning framework, SMU-X, and MIT’s Global Entrepreneurship Lab. We will outline reasons why administrators, faculty and students may find experiential learning challenging and suggest ways to overcome such obstacles. You will participate in experiential learning activities based on these examples to enable you to leverage tools in developing experiential learning programs. We will discuss ways in which such activities can be applied in various settings and incorporated within course curriculum and assessments.


Anitha Ramann, India | Head Programs And Instructional Design, Authentica

Dr. Anitha Ramanna, Head Programs and Instructional Design is responsible for designing innovative experiential study abroad programs across Asia for Authentica, an experiential learning company in India. Anitha has a doctorate in International Studies and is a Fulbright Scholar who was affiliated with Harvard University and the University of California-Berkeley.

Michellana Jester, United States | Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan

Dr. Michellana Jester has with more than fifteen years of management consulting, human resource and organizational development experience. She is currently Lecturer and GLab Course Manager at the MIT Sloan School of Management and is responsible for leading the design and delivery of MIT Sloan’s largest project based course, as well as recruiting host company partnerships that align with the program’s goals and Sloan’s mission of developing principled innovative leaders. Michellana has a master’s degree from Harvard University and doctorate from Columbia University.

Kevin Koh, Singapore | Head, SMU-X, Singapore Management University

Kevin, who heads SMU-X at the Singapore Management University, is responsible for the development and implementation of the project-based experiential learning. Kevin is excited about making meaningful impact to teaching and learning through innovative curriculum and pedagogy design, collaborative partnerships and space planning to benefit students, faculty and industry.

Bryan Andriano, United States | Executive Director, Global & Experiential Education, George Washington University School of Business

Dr. Andriano leads the Global and Experiential Education unit at the GWU School of Business, overseeing international student services, study away and experiential learning programs, and international cooperation. He is also a professorial lecturer at GWU in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development and the Elliott School of International Affairs.

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