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Timothy Gouge"I am a senior majoring in Geography, with a minor in International Studies. My internship this past summer was at Oak Ridge National Lab near Knoxville, Tennessee. I had a remarkable experience, aiding a team that was working on a GIS/database project for a government agency. I was proud to represent the University of Memphis, and knowing that my work supported this great country of ours."

—Timothy Gouge

Principles of Good Practice

The National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE), a professional association for practitioners of experiential learning, has developed the following set of guidelines referred to as "Principles of Good Practice."

Intention - Determine what specific learning is intended as a result of the experience.

Clarity - Communicate goals, protocols and procedures among all stakeholders.

Monitoring and Assessment - Establish processes that define each person's role, expected outcomes, and evaluation measures.

Reflection - Analyze activities and learning against the outcome measures established at the beginning of the experience.

Evaluation - Clarify the evaluation role of student, faculty, and site supervisor.

Acknowledgement - Celebrate the experiential learning experience.

*Adapted from NSEE Quarterly, Spring 2004, Volume 29, Number 1, pp. 14-15

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