EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING INITIATIVE
Get real-world experience working with enterprise-class technology environments to prepare for and become more competitive in today’s technology-driven job market.
The Experiential Learning Initiative works with these programs. Apply to the program to gain experience helping build resources like these.
Robinson Country Intelligence Index
The Robinson Country Intelligence Index (rcii.gsu.edu), provides subscription access to data for undertaking insightful, clinical diagnoses of international topics across higher education and business.
The RCII has previously employed 54 undergraduate and 33 graduate students to build the resource. Find out more >
Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives
The Digital Archives for Literacy Narratives (thedaln.org) is a publicly available archive of personal narratives about learning to read, write and communicate with the world.
Working on a massive software repository and navigating various components gave me exposure to how a real-world application is structured and how it grows and adapts to new feature requests and requirements changes. This experience has helped me be more far-sighted when planning to implement projects as part of my coursework.
Working on live projects, learning to use git, handling production pushes, as well as learning to work alongside other people in a professional environment, are essential skills that are required in the work force. The experience provided by IIT’s experiential learning projects can impart familiarity and help students get a head start in the industry.
Dr. Chris Brown
Principal Senior Lecturer, Political Science
It has been a great pleasure working with students taking part in IIT’s Experiential learning Initiative. Through this program, nine GRAs have made tremendous progress on the programming side of the Robinson Country Intelligence Index (RCII) since 2014. These students have worked with a broader team of graduate and undergraduate students on a project which is deployed across and beyond the university (more than 3,000 GSU students across multiple classes and units use the RCII annually). Such hands on learning is pivotal in higher education, helping students develop the problem solving, teamwork, professionalism, communication, project management, digital literacy, global literacy, and leadership skills necessary in today’s world. I very much look forward to continuing to work with the students in the IIT Experiential learning Initiative. It is programs like this that make Georgia State a true innovative leader in higher education.
Dr. Michael Harker
Associate Professor of English
Director, Lower Division Studies and The Writing Studio
Co-Director, The Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives
When we came to the IIT Experiential Learning team over 6 years ago, we needed help with every aspect of development for our digital archive: project management, product development, digital solutions, application development, solutions for cloud-based archiving of submissions. With their guidance, our project has grown exponentially and is among the most visible and referenced digital archives in our field.
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