Snap Learning Sessions

Designed for high impact learning, these 30-minute mini sessions allow for lots of learning--quickly.

Paperless and Productive: Creating an Internal Website for Your Outdoor Program
Austin Souto, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, Clemson University

Friday, November 3 | 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Paper…it takes up space, costs money, gets lost, is environmentally unfriendly, and is just generally messy. Yet, we rely on it for everything. Trip plans, evaluations, waivers, schedules – it is all printed on paper. But what if there was an alternative? What if there was a way to reduce our environmental impact by using less paper while also providing a more streamlined and consistent way for our staff to access the information they need to do their jobs? During this session, we will look how to use Google apps (Sites, Drive, Forms, etc.) to construct a resource website and database for staff-only use. Online scheduling, staff contact info, trip planning forms, peer evaluations, trip photo management, and more can all be accessed by staff online, from anywhere, and managed without the need for printing off anything. And since it’s done through Google, it’s totally free!
Tour and Time Planning for the Outdoor Professional
James Pierson, NW Programs Coordinator, American Alpine Institute

Friday, November 3 | 8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Techniques to create and execute a tour plan with accurate times and relevant data for moving through the wilderness, whether it is a single day backcountry tour, or a multi-day cross-country trek.
Medical Rodeo: Teambuilding that Refreshes Your Staff’s WFR/WFA Skills
Hailey Hester, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, Georgia State University

Friday, November 3 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Learn a fresh way to dust off your WFA/WFR knowledge to bring back to your staff through the utilization of scenarios built into a partner oriented teambuilding activity. This is a great way to have fun and dust off the cob webs while sharpening your medical skills. You will leave with a new trick up your sleeve to bring home continuing education for your staff, and your own skills refreshed! This session is taught by SOLO instructors.
Increasing Your Program's Diversity From Three Directions
Marc Magnus-Sharpe, Director, Cornell Outdoor Education

Friday, November 3 | 10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

A compilation of 5-years of successful strategies for increasing program diversity. Organizations often struggle with the diversity question of what to focus on first, recruiting management, hiring staff, or reaching more diverse clients and participants. This workshop will share what was done as part of three distinct organizations committed to making positive change.
The Right Person for the Job: Matching Program Needs with Staff Skills
Austin Souto, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, Clemson University

Friday, November 3 | 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

A significant amount of work has been put into the identification of the skills that are needed to be an effective outdoor leader, but the reality is that no one person ever possesses all of these skills, at least not in equal measure. These skill lists have unintentionally misled us into thinking outdoor program staff need to be all of these things, but this is not the case. Outdoor programs are as varied as the people who staff them, and the goal should not be finding or developing the perfect, do-it-all outdoor leader, a mythical, superhuman being if there ever was one. Instead, what we really need to know is what combinations of skill sets are required to fulfill specific roles within a given outdoor program based on its own unique goals and needs. The goal of this presentation is to provide some terminology, ways of thinking about and implementing practices related to staff hiring and development as influenced by program needs and goals.
Spice Up Your Trips: Implementing a Placed Based Approach to Outdoor Programming
Alice Morgan, SOAR Coordinator, Shenandoah University

Katie Spain, SOAR Student Director, Shenandoah University
Friday, November 3 | 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Placed based education is all about connecting people to local places, so it is a natural fit for outdoor recreation. In this presentation, you’ll learn all about Shenandoah University’s unconventional Spring Break trips that welcome students to Appalachian culture, has them sample streams to assist Citizen Science efforts and fight invasive species, and makes them all potential thru-hikers. We do all of this while teaching them to budget, cook, and see the natural world as “their place” through hiking and backpacking.

While this trip focuses on the mountains of northern Georgia and North Carolina, the principles of placed based education can be applied to any geographic location and most types of outdoor recreation trips. After this presentation, participants will go home with the information they need to spice up their own trips, reach a different audience of students, and create even more memorable experiences for their programs.
Adventure and Academics: Why Offering Trips for Credit Will Transform Your Program
Matt Hartman, Assistant Director, Ohio State University, Rec Sports

Mike Ackerman, Associate Director, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Friday, November 3 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

What partnerships could you develop to connect with the academic mission of your institution? In this session, attendees will learn about the nitty-gritty details of collaborating with academic units—from offering trainings and programs for academic credit to developing relationships with key academic stakeholders for mutually-beneficial initiatives. Emphasis will be placed on real-life examples with the goal of illuminating how these collaborations and partnerships can both benefit students and your department's connection to the academic mission of your campus.