Experiential Learning Center for Entrepreneurship & Civic Engagement
OUR GOAL: To enable students to emerge as civically engaged, skilled and adaptable leaders, ready to take on real-world challenges. More.
FAIL SAFE 24-hour Hackathon
A Problem-Solving Revolution Led by Akron’s HIPSTERS, HUSTLERS, HACKERS & WILD CARDS
On Friday, April 15, we invited Akron’s hipsters, hustlers, hackers and wild cards to come together for 24 hours, to crack away at the best ideas brought to the table and to compete for $3,000 cash, prizes, office space, professional development and mentoring from some of Northeast Ohio’s most respected business minds.
The FAIL SAFE 24-hour Hackathon was co-sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and hosted by EXL Founding Director Jeff Hoffman.
Recap of EXL's 24-hour Hackathon
THANK YOU FOR YOUR 'COMMUNITY CLIMATE CHANGE' IDEAS
WE ASKED YOU to come up with ideas to help address the challenges and opportunities of our times.
We received many great ideas, and now faculty members are working with department chairs to convert some of them into “Unclasses”—experiential learning opportunities focused on finding local solutions to globally relevant problems.
Akron Beacon Journal:High school students tackle community problems at EXL Center at University of Akron
Akron Beacon Journal: University of Akron launches Experiential Learning Center
Crain's Cleveland Business (subscription): University of Akron's new EXL Center will help match students to hands-on work experiences
Buchtelite: EXL's 'Launch Week'
Three locations to serve students and faculty
Career/EXL supports students in their development of resumes and interview skills, and connects students to internships, co-ops and a wide array of potential employers.
Create/EXL supports faculty efforts to give students course-based and co-curricular experiences in teamwork, critical thinking, leadership, data analysis and more.
Connect/EXL seeks to be deliberately collaborative, opening immersion opportunities for students and future community partnerships.
Get to know how the EXL Center can help you. Contact Ian Schwarber at IanP@uakron.edu to today.
Review of experiential learning at UA
The EXL Center is new to UA, but experiential learning has a long, deep history!
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Jeff Hoffman, Founding Director and Executive-in-Residence | Bio
Carolyn Behrman, Faculty Director of Collaboration | Bio
Ian Schwarber, Resource Director | Bio
Creative Communications Assistant
Sarah is an undergraduate student pursuing a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Women's Studies. She is a local from the Akron area. Sarah is working to develop and coordinate programs for experiential learning and problem solving and writing content for the EXL Center.
Shilpa Pai Kalsank
Communications and Data Assistant
Shilpa is a graduate student in Information Systems Management. She is an international student from Bangalore, India. There, she received her Bachelor of Computer Science from the Global Academy of Technology. Shilpa is working on the EXL Center's database and managing communications and marketing.
Akhil Tej Reddy Dandu
Akhil is a graduate student in Information Systems Management. He is an international student from Hyderabad, India. He received his degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology. Akhil is working towards gathering and analyzing data on experiential learning to better assist students and faculty.
John is an undergraduate student in Biomedical Engineering. He is from Garrettsville, Ohio. He is a Student Liaison as well as working to gather data for the EXL Center, and coordinate leadership opportunities for students in experiential learning programs.