Experiential Learning Blog

Experiential Learning: Institutional Change and a Model that Scales

October 22, 2018
Scaling Experiential Learning at University of Illinois

Guest post by Andrew Allen, Director of Experiential Learning at University of Illinois Gies College of Business

We recently hosted a webinar –sponsored by EduSourced – to talk about our journey in scaling experiential learning at Gies Business. Here is a quick re-cap, along with responses to some of the questions we didn’t have time […]

EduSourced now includes Microsoft Office for online collaboration

October 15, 2017

EduSourced is the leading software platform for real-world experiential projects in the college classroom. Now, it is better than ever with the new Microsoft Office Online integration. For thousands of students and educators, we are the online meeting place between student, educator and industry professional. Collaboration is inevitable which is why there are already […]

360 degree surveys for experiential project teams

October 11, 2017
EduSourced 360

360 degree surveys in experiential projects are the gold-standard for managing team feedback. 360s provide your students with the learning experience of seeing their peers’ and instructor’s view of their performance on a project relative to their self-perception.

Harvard Business Review describes 360 surveys as the one thing they have seen profoundly and consistently […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]