As universities and colleges are investing in the design and redesign of engagement offerings for students and their partners, there is great opportunity to support important societal and sustainability goals while also driving institutional growth. This work requires new tools and models that are dynamic and can build value around engagement, making connections with key audiences and stakeholders.
Through my own work at the University at Buffalo, I have developed an Experiential Learning system that connects students with mentored projects and awards digital badges as a way to incentivize, facilitate and assess impacts. Using these dynamic tools and models, we can leverage diverse talent and potential, while addressing sustainability and equity-related challenges in ways that are scalable, generative and highly customizable.
By working with colleges, universities and higher education systems, I strive to build on unique missions and contributions toward the design of Experiential Learning models that build capacity for our students but also the communities and ecosystems that stand to benefit from their engagement.
UNED Costa Rica- utilizing digital badges to support customized project-based learning