Students looking for projects with real clients that offer academic credit can preview classes at SNHU’s first-ever Experiential Education Fair on Thursday, October 28 from 11 AM to 2:30 PM on the second floor of the Dining Center.

All students and faculty are encouraged to attend to learn about these hands-on course offerings that will make registration for Spring 2021 classes easier and clearer.

These opportunities are ideal for students who enjoy active engagement and learning through real-world projects, service, research, travel and leadership, according to Dr. Beth Sheehan, the fair’s director.

“Many of the experiential learning components provide opportunities to learn skills and gain knowledge that is transferable to any career,” said Sheehan. 

Attendees can meet with the faculty and staff to ask questions, understand expectations and learn more about the course before signing up and registering. There will be a Dining Service voucher for the first 100 students attending along with a guide sheet that students can take as a resource for registration. 

“Professors have the opportunity to directly connect with students that they might not otherwise get a chance to meet,” said Sheehan. “This fair gives faculty and staff the chance to offer more details about their experiential course that can’t be articulated on short course descriptions or captured in a short flyer posted on campus.” 

Sheehan said experiential learning at SNHU is defined as learning by doing. Its intent is to immerse learners into authentic, relevant experiences and engage them in reflection to develop new skills, attitudes and ways of thinking.

 Sheehan added that project-based learning is the most common form of experiential learning across campus. Project-based learning does not require groups, although collaboration is important for learning and when working in a professional setting.