We have found that the best projects involve connecting students with people, places and challenges, allowing them to make tangible contributions while deepening their learning. The ELN seeks to cultivate existing relationships and new collaborations toward opportunities for students to engage, research and innovate.
Prepare. Engage. Add value. Reflect. Leverage. These are the foundations of the ELN's PEARL model for high-impact experiential learning. Under the mentorship of UB faculty and staff, student work on collaborative projects while earning a digital badge in the following categories: mentored research, global collaboration, innovation, sustainability, civic engagement and creative works.
The ELN hosted the inaugural GPS Institute in October 2018 to bring together global partners from Ghana, Jamaica, Tanzania and Zimbabwe for a week of sharing, networking and building capacity for new collaborations. The GPS gave rise to our Global NGO projects, which connect students with NGO partners for collaborative projects focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Through innovations with virtual engagement and collaboration, we continue to build our portfolio of global projects and opportunities to engage.
Capturing the essence of transformative learning experiences is an exciting part of the ELN's learning model. Take a moment to read about how UB students collaborate with faculty and community mentors in Buffalo and around the world.