Experiential Learning Fair. (Image courtesy: Beth Sheehan)

Students interested in classes offering experiential learning and projects with clients are invited to the Spring 2023 Southern New Hampshire University Experiential Learning Fair. The event will be held in the upper dining hall on Monday, March 20.

The fair helps SNHU students preview classes prior to registering for Fall 2023. Student representatives will be available to provide information on Tuesday, March 21 from 12-2pm in the Student Center. Student representatives will also be available on Friday, March 24 from 12-2pm in the Dining Center.

The SNHU community is encouraged to attend and learn about these hands-on courses. Instead of relying on flyers, catalogs, or guessing what courses and programs provide real-world projects and experiences, students can meet with the faculty and staff to ask questions, understand expectations, and learn more about a course before registering.

During the registration period for 23FADAY classes (week of March 27), students will also be able to see an experiential learning code in course listings.

Students who enjoy active engagement and learning through real-world projects, service, research, travel, and leadership are encouraged to attend, 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.

There will also be a guide sheet available that students can walk away with as a resource for registration.

“Students have the opportunity to directly connect with instructors and staff 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 that experiential learning at SNHU is defined as learning by doing with the intent to immerse learners into authentic and relevant experiences. Experiential learning will also help students engage in reflection, as well as develop new skills, attitudes, and ways of thinking. She 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.