A Small-Scale Adventure Learning Activity and its Implications for Higher Education Practice and Research


  • George Veletsianos University of Texas




adventure learning, pedagogy, social technologies, higher education, narrative


In this paper, I discuss the implementation of a small-scale Adventure Learning project in a higher education classroom. Data used to evaluate the Adventure Learning project indicates that the learner experience was engaging, meaningful, fun, and challenging. Suggestions for future practice and research include a call to rethink education in terms of pedagogy, social technologies, creative curricula, authentic learning, and narrative. Higher education learning experiences should foster participation and interaction and envision integrative approaches to learning that not only solve problems but also reconsider the kinds of experiences that we offer to learners.

Keywords: adventure learning; pedagogy; social technologies; higher education; narrative

Author Biography

George Veletsianos, University of Texas

Dr. George Veletsianos is Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Texas, Austin. His research focuses on understanding participant experiences in learning contexts mediated with emerging technologies, and studies online and hybrid learning environments. His focus areas are adventure learning, pedagogical agents, and faculty participation in online social networks. Most recently he has published an edited book under an open access license entitled Emerging Technologies in Distance Education, which can be downloaded for free at http://www.aupress.ca/index.php/books/120177. If you want to know more about Dr. Veletsianos, follow him on twitter or explore his blog.