Educators Toolkit

Our toolkit provides faculty members and academic departments with resources to foster student success through experiential learning.

Student Success is the first priority of the University at Albany’s Strategic Plan.

The Student Success priority calls for members of the UAlbany community to “integrate teaching and experiential education through student research, service-learning, education abroad, internship opportunities, and course-based experiences."

While there are many forms of experiential learning, some best practices, policies and procedures apply to all curricular experiential education at UAlbany:

  • The activity is structured, intentional and authentic.
  • The activity requires preparation, orientation and training.
  • The activity must include monitoring and continuous improvement.
  • The activity requires structured reflection and acknowledgement.
  • The activity must be assessed and evaluated.

Access more specific resources, including resources for virtual experiences, below:



We also encourage you to explore our Project Based Learning Network, which connects faculty with international and domestic companies and empowers students to apply course concepts in industry aligned projects.


Best Practices
National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE)

The NSEE Eight Principles of Good Practice are the basis for the SUNY Experiential Education Guidelines and a valuable resource.

The NSEE Guiding Principles of Ethical Behavior serve as a reference for research, teaching and practice.

The NSEE Webinar: Use Digital Forums for Reflection provides advice on virtual experiential learning.

Critical Reflection

"We had the experience but missed the meaning, And approach to the meaning restores the experience/ In a different form, beyond any meaning." - T.S. Eliot

Critical reflection is as essential as the experiential experience itself. It ensures that students look at their experience in context and take the lessons learned into their future. 

Ash, S. L., & Clayton, P. H. (2009). Generating, deepening, and documenting learning: The power of critical reflection in applied learning.

Brooks, E.L., Harris, C.R. & Clayton, P.H. (2010). Deepening applied learning: An enhanced case study approach using critical reflection

Kember, D., McKay, J., Sinclair, K., & Wong, F. K. Y. (2008). A four-category scheme for coding and assessing the level of reflection in written work