What is Online Experiential Learning?

headshot of john labrieThe phrase “online experiential learning” is new, but the idea isn’t. It brings together the best that online education has to offer—high quality, rigorous courses; deep engagement with professors and fellow students; flexibility; and learning with and from people all over the world—with the rock-solid idea at the core of Northeastern University for decades: that there’s a powerful relationship between learning and work , especially in graduate professional studies.

This new learning model lets students take what they learn in class and apply it directly and immediately to a valuable project in their own workplace—cementing the knowledge and contributing to the vibrant learning environment of the online classroom.

Here at Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies we believe the result is graduate professional education that responds to the needs of both employers and students. And in today’s competitive work world—where employability becomes more important every day—nothing could be more vital.

 John LaBrie
Dean of the College of Professional Studies
Vice President for Professional Education - Northeastern University

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Who Teaches Our Online Courses?

Here's a sample of just a few of the many CPS faculty who teach our online courses.

Robert Pritchard

Robert Pritchard

Pritchard is an economist, teaching in the Master’s in Commerce and Economic Development program, bringing experience as executive director of Northeast Transportation Institute, and industry research group, and director of research for the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Boston. 

Dr. Neenah Estella-Luna

Neenah Estrella-Luna

With expertise in the fields of qualitative research, urban issues, applied sociology, race and ethnic relations, and environmental justice, Estrella-Luna oversees the research methods curriculum in the Doctor of Law and Policy program. She is also affiliated with Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and the School of Nursing. 

Carl Zangerl

Carl Zangerl

With more than 20 years’ experience in marketing and communications at New England Financial/MetLife, Zangerl is faculty director of the Corporate and Organizational Communications Master’s program and initiated the new concentration in Social Media and Digital Communities. 

Kristal Clemons

Kristal Moore Clemons

A noted feminist historian with expertise in class, race, and gender issues, Dr. Clemons adds a broad perspective to Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies Graduate Education programs. A prolific writer on education issues, she is comfortable in classrooms ranging from elementary schools to graduate-level classes. 

Joe McNabb

Joseph McNabb

McNabb teaches in the Doctor of Education program, brings his insight from a long academic career capped by serving as president of Laboure College (Boston, Massachusetts) for 11 years. 

Mary Thompson-Jones

Mary Thompson-Jones

Thompson-Jones was a career diplomat before becoming academic director of Global Studies and International Affairs. She held U.S. embassy positions in Madrid, Quebec, Guatemala, and Sarajevo. As chargé d’affaires at the U.S. embassy in Prague, her portfolio included missile defense negotiations, the Czech entry into the visa waiver system, and the Czech presidency of the European Union. She oversaw two visits from President Barack Obama Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Prague.


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Practical experience is pivotal to success in regulatory affairs. My co-op at St. Jude Medical gave me the opportunity to implement strategies and apply theoretical knowledge that I learned in the classroom."

Venkatesh Rane
MS in Regulatory Affairs for Drugs, Biologics, and Medical Devices

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