The Project Portal is a robust platform for mentored projects, intentionally designed with compelling benefits for faculty and the university at large.
As students engage in mentored projects, they will complete co-curricular activities through ELN Digital Badges, which are designed help them build skills and competencies for their career, then display their achievements on their digital resumes and ePortfolios for future employers and graduate schools. This new system provides:
Students work through and earn digital badges that guide and support their project experience. The digital badges are based on ELN's PEARL model and competencies outlined by the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE).
"Determining the competencies that I wanted to work on was something that I didn't think about doing, but I believe will be very helpful throughout my project."
"After completing this badge, I learned a lot about the purpose behind my research, and what I want to take away from it to improve upon myself and my skill set."
ELN's PEARL framework serves as the foundation for both our Project Profiles and our digital badges that guide student engagement. PEARL stands for Prepare, Engage and Add Value, Reflect, and Leverage—all critical steps toward activating the full potential of high-impact experiential learning to support students' academic and career goals.
The Project Portal is powered by faculty and community partners who mentor our undergraduate students as they explore exciting ideas, challenges, and places through meaningful hands-on projects. List a project on the Portal to invite undergraduate students to collaborate!