As college graduates are increasingly expected to enter the workforce ready to contribute, Experiential Learning is becoming more and more prevalent within higher education programs. This hands-on approach to education encourages and requires students to apply what they’re learning in the classroom to dynamic, complex professional situations.
CapSource provides educators with an easy-to-use software platform from which they can quickly build Experiential Learning programs–at scale–alongside senior business leaders from innovative startups, non-profits, government entities, and globally-renowned enterprises.
Using CapSource’s software and service offerings, universities can seamlessly provide students with immersive, virtual experiences that better-equip them to be productive as they enter the global workforce.
After successfully conducting 300+ engagements with 50+ universities, and 200+ industry partners, we’ve been able to define a model for what Experiential Learning experiences should look like:
Experiential Learning, when done properly, results in reference-worthy work experiences that students can be proud of; our students almost always include their CapSource projects on their résumés, and regularly discuss them in job interviews.
Below you’ll find a detailed summary of CapSource’s methodology and approach to Experiential Learning:
Using & Developing Professional Skills
Experiential Learning with CapSource aims to address the “4 C’s” of soft skills as defined by the National Education Association: Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity.
Simply put, the “4 C’s” are critical to professional success in today’s world, regardless of occupation. Without them, individuals will find it increasingly difficult to operate in interconnected, collaborative organizational structures and teams. Every CapSource project is specifically designed with the “4 C’s” in mind.
As the global workforce quickly becomes increasingly distributed, well-developed and diverse communication skills are growing in importance. Workers must be able to effectively communicate in a variety of different ways –not just in person– but by email, by phone, video conferences, Slack, Trello, etc. In response to this trend, students using CapSource are responsible for delivering high-quality projects that are developed predominantly [or entirely] virtually. Our projects are intended to mimic the flow of communication that our students will find as they enter the workforce.
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Nowadays, unless you’re a pro golfer, it’s highly likely that you work with and/or rely on other people to do your job well (to some extent, at least). Regardless of company size or industry vertical, most of us will work on teams of people with completely different backgrounds. In response to that, CapSource projects are designed to be inherently collaborative. Whether students are working in groups of five, twenty, or on solo projects, CapSource engagements require regular interactions with both the educator (professors or administrators) as well as stakeholders from our industry partners. Said otherwise, in order to successfully complete a CapSource project, our students have to cordially and efficiently work with other people.
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As education in general is more-available today than ever before, expectations of college graduates continues to rise. Being able to interpret information, test multiple theories, and devise strategies to navigate through complex organizational situations is something that employers expect, even of recent graduates. Because CapSource projects are designed using present day company challenges (by both the educator and the industry partner), students are able to get a taste of truly being a part of a strategic professional operation.
==> Read more about Boosting Student CRITICAL THINKING through Experiential Learning.
For artists and musicians, creativity is pretty easy to demonstrate. For the rest of us, being able to convey our creativity through our work probably isn’t as straight forward. Because CapSource projects never have one true “right” answer, our students are able to think outside of the box within a professional context, and then receive thoughtful feedback from the industry partners they’re working with. Not only does this allow our students to have fun in an educational setting, it also gives them the confidence to contribute their ideas in a professional setting.
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Using Professional Tools & Technical Skills
Our team organized powerful curated technology tools that will lead to project success into an interactive guide, accessible here.