Dr. Connie Magnuson, director of the Recreation, Park and Leisure Studies (RPLS) program gave an invited presentation at the annual International Conference for the Association of Experiential Education in Denver, CO.
Her presentation titled, "Gopher Adventure Race: an Academic Learning Tool," was given to attendees from all over the world. The presentation focused on how this complex event is planned, operated, and evaluated by the students in RPLS courses and how it serves as a hands-on learning tool. Students in the program gain valuable experience and transferable skill sets preparing them for work in the recreation industry. This is the very essence of experiential learning.