What Makes Us Different?

The Experiential Learning Leadership Institute is an organization dedicated to providing experiential educators with the tools and experiences to energize their respective programs. ELLI is hosted by Southern Utah University in collaboration with the National Society for Experiential Education.

At the Experiential Learning Leadership Institute conferences, Team ELLI works hard to find and provide the most innovative presentation styles, hands-on active learning experiences, and engaging excursions.

Innovative Presentation Styles

The Annual ELLI Conference hosts a presentation format entitled “PechaKucha”. This is an upbeat format that keeps presenters on their toes as their twenty slides advance automatically every twenty seconds. PechaKucha presentations prevent individuals from becoming “long-winded” in their communications. This format is an entertaining way to learn about a wide variety of subjects or perspectives.

ELLI is a part of the “Powered by PechaKucha” Channel

To learn more follow the links below:

PechaKucha Website ELLI - Powered by PechaKucha
PechaKucha presentation during an ELLI conference.

“PechaKucha absolutely blew my mind. To have such a breadth of competence shared in a single hour was truly invigorating."

Arlene Braithwaite leading a painting excursion in Zion Canyon

"The most valuable part for me was the networking and actual hands-on activities to emphasize the effectiveness of experiential education."

Active Learning

One of the most loved ELLI experiences is our hands-on active learning. This key component has attendees out of their seats and doing something outside of a normal conference structure. The Active Learning section of the conference changes every year so attendees have something new to look forward to each time. In previous years, this section has included activities centered around leadership and team building, soft skills/what employers are looking for, and place based learning.


ELLI Excursions are a great way to get out and experience more than you would at your average conference. Our excursions are always connected to the conference theme, and have a takeaway message and reflection time. Our excursions are a key element to what makes ELLI unique and stand out from other conferences.

An excursion in Bryce Canyon National Park

"I loved hiking through Bryce [Canyon National Park] and taking art lessons... It was fun to have the chance to slow down and explore, to really benefit from the experiential elements of the conference."

Wide Variety of Perspectives and Experiences

The Experiential Learning Leadership Institute draws individuals from all over the United States and including attendees from Canada and Australia. We are excited to offer a wide variety of perspectives and experiences on Project-based Learning and Experiential Education.

Attendees have joined us from the following organizations:

  • Adler University
  • Alpine School District
  • Alverno College
  • Atonement Lutheran School
  • Bellows Free Academy        
  • Brigham Young University
  • Brigham Young University-Idaho
  • Colorado State University - Pueblo
  • Con Amore School
  • Cottonwood Classical Prep School
  • Dartmouth College
  • Dixie State University
  • Elon University
  • Emporia State University
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Heritage University
  • Idaho State University
  • James Madison University
  • Long Island University-Global
  • Mount Saint Mary's University
  • Montana Tech Career Services
  • Murray State University
  • National Society for Experiential Education
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northwestern College
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Oregon State University
  • Sacramento State
  • Salt Lake Community College
  • Seekhley
  • Snow College
  • Sonoma State University
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Temple University
  • Texas Woman's University
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Tennessee Martin
  • University of Utah
  • Utah Campus Compact
  • Utah State University
  • Utah Valley University
  • Weber State University
  • West Texas A&M University
  • Western Oregon University
  • William Jewell College
  • Woman’s Leadership Institute

Friendly Hosts & Atmosphere

Would you like to attend a fun and energizing conference where the hosts remember your name? Then ELLI's conferences are for you. The Experiential Learning Leadership Institute is known for its friendly environment and helpful hosts. Come to a conference where everyone wants to stay for the closing lunch.

ELLI Host speaking to participants.

"This is a 'different' kind of conference in that it is actually fun as well as informative. At times it felt like a vacation as well as a conference. Often, conferences can become boring and stale. This one had constant activity. Also, the attendees as a whole were a very friendly group. I found everyone incredibly supportive."

"This was the first conference where I wasn't bored or wanted to leave early. Given the large attendance at the final lunch, it is obvious that others felt the same way."

"The conference was very well organized and the hosts were amazing. Extremely helpful, always patient, and clearly committed to helping attendees go through the conference."