What is Adventure learning? 

Excited students and Doering in Pelly Bay, Nunavut, CanadaExcited students and Doering in
Pelly Bay, Nunavut, Canada
Adventure learning (AL) is a hybrid distance education approach that provides students with opportunities to explore real-world issues through authentic learning experiences within collaborative learning environments.

Within AL programs, students' learning processes are created through the transformation of experience and involve pursuing answers to their own questions rather than the rote memorization of facts. Through inquiry students engage in dialogue, take action, and reflect on possible outcomes.  

Working in collaboration with Mille Porsild of NOMADS, Dr. Aaron Doering Learning Technologies at of the University of Minnesota has pioneered work in the area of adventure learning developing a theoretical framework to guide AL projects throughout the world. This framework includes seven principles.

Headed by Mille Porsild and Aaron Doering, an Arctic adventure learning series serve to model the implementation of adventure learning and its seven principles.


a researched curriculum grounded in problem solving


collaboration and interaction opportunities between students, experts, peers, and content


the utilization of the Internet for curriculum and learning environment delivery

the enhancement of curriculum with media and text from the field in a timely manner

synched learning opportunities with the AL curriculum

pedagogical guidelines of the curriculum and online learning environment

education that is adventure-based