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Justin Gray, a M.Ed. student says, "Working with the Adventure Learning model has been a powerful experience for me. I have gotten to work with K-12 students who have experienced the Adventure Learning approach and have seen its impact firsthand. In my opinion, Adventure Learning is much more powerful than typical classroom activities. Working with a new model for learning is a really exciting opportunity at the University of Idaho."

AL@UI Contacts

Brant G. Miller, PhD

Brant G. Miller, Ph.D.
College of Education
Curriculum and Instruction
PO Box 443082
Moscow, ID 83844-3082
Office: 405A
Phone: 208-885-4077
Email: bgmiller@uidaho.edu

Karla Bradley Eitel, PhD

Karla Bradley Eitel, PhD
College of Natural Resources
McCall Outdoor Science School
1000 University Lane
McCall, ID 83638
888.634.3918
kbradley@uidaho.edu

Justin Hougham, PhD

R. Justin Hougham, PhD
College of Science
Geography Department
University of Idaho
415 College of Education
Moscow, ID 83844
(c) 509.432.9390
rhougham@uidaho.edu
Justin and Brant getting ready for an AL@

AL@UI Framework

The Adventure Learning framework is being implemented in a variety of exciting projects at the University of Idaho, ranging from wilderness field science to climate change education. AL@UI expeditions began in 2011, with several sites scheduled to come online for 2012.

The AL framework has nine principles. They are:

  1. Identification of a location and issue to explore (including investigation of the contextual factors surrounding the location and issue;
  2. A researched curriculum that is inquiry-based;
  3. Opportunities for collaboration and interaction between learners, instructors, and experts;
  4. Use of the Internet to facilitate the learning experience, including the delivery of the curriculum, delivery of the media, and interaction between the individuals partaking in the experience;
  5. Timely delivery of media and text from the field to enhance the curriculum;
  6. Synchronized learning opportunities;
  7. The provision of pedagogical guidelines to guide curricular and online learning environment use for the instructor to effectively implement an Adventure Learning project;
  8. Adventure-based education to elicit excitement through uncertainty and risk; and
  9. Authentic narratives where the learning experience is based on an authentic story/narrative that (a) unifies the expedition, curriculum, student activities, media, and learning experience under a common purpose and theme, and (b) serves to encourage creativity and enjoyable learning experiences (The Learning Technologies Collaborative, 2010).
When each of these principles is designed for, the learner experience has the potential to be transformative.

AL@ has partnered with multiple Idaho companies, including Core Concepts, an outdoor clothing company based in Boise; Northwest River Supply, Orchard Farm Soap and Mountain Blue Eye Jewelry all based in Moscow. Each company has supported important aspects of the AL@ mission, from keeping expedition team members warm and moving down the river to providing a token of appreciation to Main Salmon River residents who have shared their experiences during expeditions.
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