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 [...]
Photo by Doug Levere I recently worked with a group of Engineering students designing an eco-flush latrine for a community in rural Tanzania through a yearlong intramural project. Through background readings and Zoom conversations, they learned about health and education problems associated with poor sanitation. Namely, due to lack of functioning latrines in schools and [...]
When you begin to view the world through the lens of meaningful projects, amazing things start to happen.
This summer is testing many things, including the potential of virtual projects.
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 [...]
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’ [...]
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 [...]
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- [...]
Photo by Doug Levere With less than three months into our new Project Portal, I am excited on so many levels. Student interest is high and new projects are coming in from all directions. Our digital badges are yielding important data and the resulting stories are already compelling. While there is much to dig into [...]