Experiential Learning Blog

Three reasons experiential projects fail

March 14, 2017
Three reasons experiential projects fail

2,438: is the number of real-world client based projects completed in EduSourced in the past 2 and a half years. We see all kinds: capstone courses required for every MBA student to complete, undergrad capstones that are the first time a student delivers a project for a real company, mechanical engineering seniors who are synthesizing […]

Your school’s experiential learning initiative needs a higher profile. Here’s why.

August 18, 2016

For years, economists, educators, and employers have been sounding the alarm about the “skills gap” – the widening chasm between employers’ needs and workers’ capabilities. In many industries, there simply aren’t enough skilled workers to fill open positions. The skills gap is particularly acute in the manufacturing sector, where a 2015 Deloitte-Manufacturing Institute study projected […]

5 Steps to creating an experiential learning program on your campus

March 24, 2016

Thinking about creating an Experiential Learning Program to incorporate client-based experiential projects into your curriculum? These programs allow your students to gain valuable project-based experiences within their desired industries. Client-based experiential projects help everyone involved: the university, the students, and the clients. Yet, creating an experiential learning program from scratch can seem overwhelming. At the […]

Students: set your resume apart with work experience in the real-world

February 9, 2016

“Your resume is impressive, but we’re really looking for a candidate that has worked in this specific industry before. Come back to us when you gain some more experience and we can talk again”. As a college Senior or a recent grad, these words might sound a little too familiar. The job market is increasingly […]

Sourcing projects for experiential programs

January 29, 2016

EduSourced deepens its commitment to schools with Gateway, a new service that connects schools with employers for sourcing projects As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, one of the most important reasons why I founded EduSourced was the need I had as an undergraduate to gain knowledge and skills that would prepare me to enter and […]

3 Ways to leverage client relationships to grow your experiential program

January 5, 2016

Employer-based experiential student projects require clients to engage with your students, and the best way to grow an experiential program’s reputation is by maintaining and expanding your client base. Over the past 17 years, the Experiential Learning Center (ELC) at Northern Illinois University (NIU) has taken this to heart, rallying community support to source projects […]

Playing for keeps: why real-world learning matters In Higher Education

November 29, 2015

I founded EduSourced out of the need I had as an undergraduate to gain knowledge and skills that would help me win in my career. I was hungry to apply classroom lessons in a business environment. As a student I had launched an online textbook rental service from my dorm. I learned so much from […]

Thoughts on the MBA Roundtable (MBAR) Annual Symposium

November 16, 2015

Recently EduSourced joined the MBA Roundtable’s Affiliate Sponsor Program and I attended last month’s Annual Symposium, “Closing the Gap: Cultivating Communication Competencies in the MBA,” hosted by the Olin School Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. While the theme of the symposium was teaching communication competencies to MBAs, it was evident from the sessions and […]

EduSourced client briefing: IBC at University of Illinois College of Business

October 2, 2015

Illinois Business Consulting (IBC) is the largest student consulting group in the country and is housed at the University of Illinois College of Business. IBC was also the first program to adopt EduSourced. Click here to read about their program, their challenges and why they adopted EduSourced. Learn more about IBC here.

Innovating MBA curriculum with project-based learning

August 6, 2015

The recent Financial Times Soapbox titled “Innovation in the MBA curricula is vital” points out the immediate opportunity business schools have to include or increase project-based learning activities as part of their curriculum. As mentioned in the article, renowned scholar Henry Mintzberg, professor at Desautels Faculty of Management says: “While technical and scientific approaches within […]

Reflections from the GMAC conference

July 14, 2015

I recently attended the Graduate Management Admissions Council annual conference in Denver and met many MBA program managers and admissions officers with whom we discussed Experiential – Learning (E-L) trends on B-School campuses. It was really enjoyable to spend time with these committed professionals and learn more about what they are doing on their campuses. […]