How it Works

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The Project Portal is a robust platform for mentored projects, intentionally designed with compelling benefits for faculty and the university at large.

How it Works

As students engage in mentored projects, they will complete co-curricular modules on UBLearns through a series of digital badges, which are designed to guide and support their project efforts. This new system provides:

  • rich data on student learning and success
  • compelling stories to advance strategic communications
  • maximum benefits for faculty mentors related to building capacity in their work

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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).

Student Testimonials

"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."

Project-Based Collaboration Digital Badges

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Project Preparation Digital Badge

  • Set goals and intentions.
  • Gain important context and understanding of the topic.
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Project Engagement Digital Badge

  • Gather feedback from mentor and/or partners.
  • Produce a tangible product or output from the experience.
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Project Reflection Digital Badge

  • Reflect on the experience through various lenses.
  • Evaluate the growth of skills and competencies.
  • Weave experience and growth into a narrative that employers will value.
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Project-Based Collaboration Achievement Digital Badge

  • Build a plan to leverage the project experience through building capacity.
  • Create a change maker story about the overall experience with ELN staff. 
  • Connect with alumni to grow a professional network.

About PEARL

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.

  1. Prepare:  set intentions; develop context relevant to project focus
  2. Engage and Add Value: make a plan and execute with feedback from mentor while adding value in collaboration with core partners
  3. Reflect: revisit intentions and create a narrative that connects experience with academic and professional goals
  4. Leverage: build on experience toward greater impact and craft your change maker story

Faculty Benefits

  • Work with better prepared students who come with clear goals and understanding of context.
  • Funding for student projects and conferences whom you mentor.
  • Student impact data and stories of their experiences will be shared to enhance external engagement and grant applications.
  • Engage graduate students in mentorship and capacity building.

Strategic Communications

  • Find new topics for dynamic content development.
  • Generate compelling stories of students, faculty and university partners.
  • Utilize digital gallery of student projects for outreach and recruitment.
  • Use projects as a means to connect with alumni for engagement in student learning, professional networking and philanthropy.

Capacity Building

  • Collect rich data from digital badges to assess impact on student growth, success and retention.
  • Support access and equity to experiential learning and international education opportunities.
  • Share outcomes with key university partners to harness the outputs of this dynamic system.