Blended High Impact Experiential Learning (BHIEL)

with Dave Eng

June 06, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT

About This Course

Student affairs professionals must find ways to engage and educate students using emerging tools with established theory. Blended high impact experiential learning (BHIEL) combines traditional face-to-face instruction with digital media and high impact experiential activities in order to create a student-centered learning environment. This session examines how one school’s student staff training program used BHIEL to creatively meet learning outcomes; engage students; and develop student leaders using free online educational resources. Outcomes and future applications are discussed.

The program will begin by reviewing what Blended High-Impact Experiential Learning (BHIEL) is and how it came to be implemented as a student training pedagogy. A review of constructivism and experiential learning will be provided as well as a theoretical framework. Attendees will be presented with a set of learning outcomes and pedagogical applications for each during the session. A series of steps including a blended online and in-person material from the training will be presented as well as evidence of the high impact experiential learning applications. Connections will be drawn to Kolb’s (1998) model on experiential learning involving concrete experience, abstract conceptualization, personal reflection, and active experimentation.

The session itself will be blended with the introduction of face-to-face presentation; high definition video; audience response; and challenges for knowledge retention. The actual online material used for the student staff training will be shared with participants who wish to emulate its structure for their own applications. Learning outcomes and assessment of the program will also be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this live briefing, participants will understand:

  • constructivism and experiential learning;
  • how BHIEL philosophy is applied to the PRIME Staff;
  • the application of Competency Based Learning; and
  • understand the application of Blended Learning Understand the philosophy of Present, Escalate, Challenge, and Support




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