DELTA Summit

Dartmouth Experiential Learning & Teaching Adventure

2018 DELTA Summit

In the summer of 2018, The Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) partnered with the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) to convene the inaugural DELTA Summit: an applied, reflective professional development program that actively engaged educators in the process of gaining critical knowledge and skills in the theory and practice of experiential learning pedagogy while exploring big questions and challenges in our field.

The 2018 cohort included 60 highly imaginative, passionate educators and big-thinkers in the field of experiential learning. They represented 4 countries, 22 states, 50 colleges and universities, 8 K-12 schools, and 10 independent education organizations. The cohort met in Hanover, New Hampshire before heading up to Moosilauke Ravine Lodge for two days of building a cross-cutting community of experiential learning educators, sharing best practices, exchanging big ideas, and spending time in the beautiful outdoors during summer in New Hampshire.


DELTA was a hybrid conference and networked learning event with a diverse group of like-minded experiential learning professionals.  –Patrick Wheeler, Tuck School of Business

It was a wonderful opportunity to share ideas with "birds of a feather;" an invigorating adventure; a way to tap into local talent and expertise.  –Jenny Blue, Kimball Union Academy

DELTA was an educational wilderness adventure with ideal opportunities to network with colleagues passionate about Experiential Teaching and Learning.  –Jen Green, Dartmouth College

The DELTA Summit was an innovative approach to professional development. It provided a less structured format in a unique environment to encourage a dynamic, organic learning experience and to foster authentic connections among participants. It was also summer camp for professionals.  –Caitlin Birch, Dartmouth College

This event was so intentionally disruptive of business-as-usual.  –Matt Hurwitz, UMass Lowell

This opportunity to learn from and with peers was invaluable. I gained new perspective on my own university’s strengths, but also on our challenges in the area of experiential learning.  –Carolyn Behrman, University of Akron

DELTA Leadership Team

DELTA was collaboratively designed and facilitated by a team of educators from across Dartmouth. This team was awarded the 2018 Lone Pine Excellence Award for Innovation for its work on DELTA.

Casey Aldrich
Student Programs Manager
Dickey Center for International Understanding

Renata Baptista
Program Manager
Dartmouth Leadership Project

Ashley Doolittle
Associate Director of Academic and Service Engagement
Dartmouth Center for Social Impact

Tracy Dustin-Eichler
Center for Social Impact

Colleen Goodhue
Media Engagement and Communications Manager
Media Production Group/Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning

Elli Goudzwaard
Learning Initiatives Program Manager
Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning

Mike Goudzwaard
Learning Designer
Educational Technologies

Ashley Kehoe
Associate Director for Experiential Learning
Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning

Elaine Livingston
Administrative Assistant
Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning

Adam Nemeroff
Learning Designer
Educational Technologies

Susan Simon
Media Learning Technologist
Jones Media Center

Tracie Williams
Assistant Director for Leadership & Experiential Education
Outdoor Programs Office