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Credit: Haley Sankey (c) Penn State University is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Course Description

Education reformer John Dewey said it best: "We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience." This workbook is centered on the idea that experiential learning and time dedicated to guided analysis and reflection are what help students benefit most thoroughly from the experiences they've had. Grounded in the cyclical process of Inquiry-Based Learning, the workbook provides students with a structured approach to processing and communicating the meaning of their experiences and thereby producing a valuable assessment of learning. A true workbook, this tool aims to help instructors formulate effective journal prompts and an appropriate process for reflective work related to almost any experiential learning occurrence.

This course is part of the following programs: Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Sustainability Policy and Bachelor of Science in Energy and Sustainability Policy.

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Haley Sankey

I am a faculty member for the online Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Sustainability Policy, instructing EGEE 495: Internship Experience, EGEE 299: Foreign Studies, and EMSC 302: Orientation to Energy and Sustainability Policy. Previously, I worked as a licensing coordinator assisting hydroelectric utilities to navigate the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's cooperative licensing agreement process. I helped foster stakeholder involvement, a critical component for successful license submission and approval, and supported habitat and water quality study efforts. I also recently served as the Southern Alleghenies Regional Energy Coordinator, completing energy audits and educating municipalities on energy reduction and savings opportunities.

Maria Scalzi Wherley (she, her) is a Learning Designer and Writer-in-Residence with the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute at Penn State and serves as a writing tutor to online students. Her research interests relate to writing and science communication and to learning science. She has twenty years of teaching experience, serving a wide variety of learners a diverse range of subjects. She has also worked at the state level to design curriculum for public schools. Maria holds an M. Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University. She is happily married with two grown sons, is an avid cyclist, and takes refuge in music and the outdoors. 

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Jane Sutterlin is a Learning Designer in the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University. Since 2005, Jane has collaborated with content experts and designed courses that utilize technology as a tool for learning while implementing current learning science research strategies.  Jane earned a Master's Degree in Learning, Design and Technology from Penn State University.