Educators' Toolkit

Implementing High Impact Practices

Experiential learning is an excellent way to foster student success, which is the Minerva Center’s first priority. 

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

Experiential learning activities: 

  • Are structured, intentional and authentic 
  • Requires preparation, orientation and training 
  • Must include monitoring and continuous improvement 
  • Requires structured reflection and acknowledgement 
  • Must be assessed and evaluated 


Class Visits

Instructors may request a visit from a Minerva Center staff member at any time during the semester or term. Our presentation format, length and topic(s) can be customized to your course. Request a class visit.


Project-based Learning Network
Connect with regional, national and international external partners and integrate relevant projects into your syllabus.
Undergraduate Research Resources
Recruit, hire and mentor undergraduate student researchers. Nominate students for the Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research.
Service Learning Resources
Address community needs while deepening students’ understanding of course material.
Problem-based Learning Resources
Empower your students to direct and regulate their own learning. Learn about the Common Problem Project.


Additional Resources & Research

Society for Experiential Education (SEE) 
Critical Reflection

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.