Multi-stakeholder partnerships are critical for tapping the potential of project-based engagement and Experiential Learning.
ELN collaborates with higher education and community-based organizations to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while providing meaningful academic and professional opportunities for UB students.
We also collaborate with internal stakeholders to integrate projects and digital badges within courses, majors and minors, and featured programs of study.
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.
In October, 2018, the ELN nvited partners from Ghana, Jamaica, Tanzania and Zimbabwe for a week of sharing, networking and building capacity for new collaborations. This exciting event created a foundation for our Global NGO projects, which connect students with NGO partners for collaborative projects focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In Spring 2023 we will be launching a new series of SDG Project Challenges developed collaboratively with NGO partners.
ELN has gained international recognition for its innovative use of digital badges and virtual global projects featuring NGO partners. We are proud recipients of the OLC Accelerator Award 2022 and the 2022 SUNY Online Learning Effective Practice Award for Partnerships.