From Project-Based Learning to Project Challenges: a Shared Investment in the SDGs

In 2015 I began co-leading our study abroad trip to Tanzania, determined to make some tangible impact through our engagement. I loaded my bags with donations and gifts- but that was the easy part. It was the promise of collaboration that beckoned my interest. The idea that as a university, we had valuable resources to [...]

Growing Your Investment in the SDGs: Four Diagnostic Questions

As I meet with universities and higher education systems that are making bold commitments to  sustainable development, I am both excited and concerned. On one hand, the potential is palpable- the opportunity to mobilize valuable resources: talent, expertise, research and innovation, to address our most pressing needs and challenges. But investments alone are not enough. [...]

Exploring Best Failures

Because failure can be so painful and emotionally triggering, we distance ourselves at all cost, finding ways to deflect, blame, or avoid. But in doing so, we miss out on one of the most powerful catalysts for professional and personal growth. To be clear, not all failures are best failures. Most are uninteresting, simply not [...]

Building a Growth Resume

One of the most important things I do is help students with their resumes. While I am not a career counselor, nor is resume development an explicit part of my job, I am in the business of experiential learning. And high impact experiences such as internships, research, and global engagement should -by definition- support students’ [...]

Telling Compelling Stories about Ourselves and Our Achievements

We could all use some practice talking about our strengths and achievements. Here is a video workshop that is part of our ELN digital badge series). It's great for students and professionals- we have students submit video profiles sharing their own stories about internships, study abroad, service or other types of experiential learning. I would [...]

Digital Badge Systems and why we Need Them

I am getting an increasing number of calls about digital badges. Colleges and universities, K-12, adult education, and community programs all wanting to explore the promise of this new pedagogical tool. The interest is exciting and I am always happy to discuss the potential of digital badges. I see them as a powerful design tool- [...]