Experiential Education and Higher Ed: The Catalyst for 21st Century Skills

The Experiential Education and Higher Ed: The Catalyst for 21st Century Skills Symposium offers participants an engaging full-day experience to learn from and engage with Experiential Learning colleagues and experts, including a virtual program with David and Alice Kolb. The workshops provide faculty, staff and administrators with Experiential Learning tools to build curriculum and co-curricular programs that help students learn how to learn effectively, improve their performance, and begin the journey of developing learning skills for the 21st century.

Join us for this unique experience to address some of the most pressing challenges facing our students, through the practice and principles of Experiential Learning.

The Experiential Education and Higher Ed: The Catalyst for 21st Century Skills Symposium is co-sponsored by the Institute for Experiential Learning.

Event Details

Date & Time

Friday, March 20, 2020
8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Suffolk University
120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA


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Who Should Attend?

This symposium and workshop is targeted to educators, administrators and staff in Higher Education.

Benefits: What Will Participants Experience?

  • Interactive Virtual Discussion and Q&A with David and Alice Kolb.
  • Opportunities to engage with experiential learning experts including the CEO and Co-Founder of The Institute for Experiential Learning, Kay Peterson.
  • Two hands-on workshops led and facilitated by Experiential Learning experts.
  • Experiential Learning Tools that can be applied immediately in the classroom.
  • Experiential learning applications for curriculum design.
  • Networking and connecting with others who are using experiential learning.


Time Location  Activity
7:30-8:30 5th floor Commons Check-in and Breakfast
8:30-8:45 5th floor Lounge Welcome and Opening Remarks – Julie Sandell, Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs and Provost, Suffolk University and William J. O’Neill, Jr., Dean of the Sawyer Business School
8:45-10:00 5th floor Lounge “Sawyer Business School Learns How to Learn: A Journey through Experiential Learning” – Catherine McCabe, Ph.D. Associate Dean, Dean of Undergraduate Programs Sawyer Business School
Coffee/Tea/Water/Snacks Station available
10:10-11:40 5th floor Lounge Workshop #1: "Learning How to Learn: Individual Learning Styles"
5th floor Commons Lunch
Buffet style hot lunch
12:45-1:05  5th floor Lounge “The Value of Experiential Learning in Organizations” – Kay Peterson, Founder and CEO, Institute for Experiential Learning
1:05-1:20  5th floor Lounge Experiential Educator Lifetime Achievement Award
Coffee/Tea/Water/Snacks Station available
1:30-3:00 5th floor Lounge Workshop #2: "Experiential learning in Teams” – Kay Peterson, Founder and CEO, Institute for Experiential Learning and Christopher Kayes, Professor of Management, George Washington University School of Business.
3:00-3:30  5th floor Commons Break and Meet & Greet with Faculty and Students engaged in the SBS experiential education
3:30-4:30  5th floor Lounge Interactive Virtual Discussion and Q&A with David and Alice Kolb
4:30-4:45 5th floor Lounge Closing Remarks
Starting at 4:45  5th floor Commons Networking Reception
Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

What Does Registration Fee Include?

  • Personalized Learning Style Report
  • Full day of experiential workshops, discussion and presentations
  • Breakfast, Lunch and refreshments
  • Networking Reception


Register before February 14

  • Individual Registration $315
  • Registration for two $599

Register between February 14 – March 18

  • Individual Registration $359
  • Registration for two $679


Nearby hotels offer discounts for attendees who need accommodations.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, email Tamara Tavares.