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We are excited to partner with Riipen, an experiential learning platform and marketplace for project-based learning. Riipen gives faculty the flexibility to embed experiential learning into courses and provides the tools for students to work as a team on real-world problems.

What is Experiential Project-Based Learning?

Experiential project-based learning is a teaching method that involves students designing, developing, and constructing hands-on solutions to a problem with a company or non-profit partner. Using project-based learning, students can build upon their creative capacity by working through real-world problems.

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What can Riipen do for you as a student?

Build and Nurture your Professional Network - Access the Riipen network and connect with companies of all shapes and sizes through your courses or remote internships. Engage with large multinationals, local businesses, non-profits, governments, etc. in the Riipen marketplace and open yourself up to the possibilities of collaborating with companies outside of your network.

Gain Valuable Experience - Gain experience navigating a real workplace by working with actual employers on real-world projects embedded in your courses or provided as remote internships. These experiences will help you gain career clarity and find a job you love.

Build and Develop Employable Skills - Employers are looking for employees with technical knowledge, professional skills and soft skills, like communication and problem-solving. Learn and practice these skills that top employers value and look for to help you stand out.

Create and Build your Virtual Riipen Portfolio - Complete projects and receive valuable feedback from real companies on the skills and knowledge you demonstrated while completing your projects on Riipen. Easily link to your Riipen portfolio on job applications and LinkedIn to showcase your quality of work to future employers.

How to get started:

Step 1: Speak to your professor about bringing Riipen to your classroom, and create an account on Riipen using your email or LinkedIn account.

Step 2: Join a project for your course or discover approved remote internship opportunities. Your course or remote internship program will be matched with one or more industry partners looking for your fresh insights and skills.

Step 3: Work with the industry partner to complete a real-life project for their company. Use Riipen's chat and milestones feature to communicate and track progress.

Step 4: Exchange feedback with your industry partner and build long-lasting connections. Prove your skills, and get verified feedback from real companies added to your virtual portfolio.

Riipen Academy for students

To better understand the entire process for in-class project-based engagements and remote internships, Riipen created a learning resource called Riipen Academy. More than just help articles, Riipen Academy will explain what is expected of you based on best practices and our users' experience. From connecting to producing high quality results, a host of topics are presented so that you can get the most out of the experience and the benefits of project-based learning.

Employers

As a business, non-profit, or community organization in our network, we are happy to offer you free access to Riipen - the world’s leading virtual project-based learning platform.

Why use project-based learning?

Generate fresh ideas - Every business has projects sitting on the side of their desk. Work with our students to bring life to new ideas! With their fresh eyes, strategic thinking, and innovative lens students can help your business to grow.

Access talent - Get to know our students before you hire them. Complete short-term project-focused work that is faculty-supervised and let us show you what our students can do. Identify top talent to join your organization.

Step by Step Overview

Step 1: Sign Up

If you haven’t already received an email invitation, please sign up for Riipen using this special link: insert link for the school

As part of the sign-up, you’ll be walked through creating both a personal profile and a profile for your company, which you can invite colleagues to.

Step 2: Create a Project

In order to get connected to students, you will need to Create a Project on Riipen. Your project will be a description of what you would like students to do for your company.

If you are setting up your account based on an email invitation from Riipen, you may already have a draft project started for you! You can check this by going to your dashboard. In order to publish a project, you will need to click on the project, and then click on the “edit” button in the top right corner (pen/paper icon).

Step 3: View Available Courses or internships

After you’ve signed up using the access link, you will be able to see all of the courses and internships that are currently being offered at your partner institution. Click ‘Schools’ in your dashboard to see the school(s) you are working with.

Step 4: Apply to Work With a Course or Internship Program

If you see a course or internship program that looks like a good fit, click on “Submit Project” in the top right corner of the posting. This will prompt you to select a project that you have created.

It is also possible to browse courses and internship programs before creating a project. If you see a posting that you’re interested in, clicking on “Submit Project” in the top right corner will take you straight to the Project Wizard in order to create a new project from scratch.

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