Campus Compact

Early Adopters Group: Capturing Data on Student Engagement and Learning, Intro Webinar, Sept. 19

Posted on August 13, 2019

Campus Compact would like to share an opportunity to participate in an early adopter group of institutions using a digital platform it has created to capture student civic and community participation and learning.

Before going further, in the interest of full disclosure, we want to mention that this platform is a partnership with a for-profit company. Campus Compact, a not-for-profit membership organization, is pursuing this partnership because we believe it will advance our mission and support our members in pursuing theirs. Here is background on the project and the opportunity:

Campus Compact hears frequently from institutions looking for an effective way to capture information not only about what students are doing in communities but also what they are learning from that engagement. We listened to the kinds of questions people were interested in answering, and we worked with an experienced technology company to build a platform that would help institutions answer those questions. We did so in a way that would help members collect and report information in contexts such as the Carnegie Classification application, regional accreditation processes, and state accountability processes. We also wanted to enable data-gathering to help institutions answer questions they care about for their own purposes, and we wanted to ensure that data collected through the platform could serve students by helping them demonstrate their action and learning in e-portfolios and online resumes.

Together with Liaison International, a neighbor of ours here in Boston, we built Compact2Learn. (Read more about the partnership here.) While the content of the tool is new, the underlying technology is a Liaison product called Time2Track that has been on the market for more than 15 years. Time2Track has been used by more than 350 educational programs, many of which are linked to the practices and values of the civic and community engagement field. Examples include teacher preparation programs and experiential programs in a variety of health fields. In short, we had good reason to have confidence in Time2Track, and we believed our members would benefit from the combination of a research-based tool specific to civic and community engagement layered on a tested technology in wide use in related programs.

We are now solidifying a small group of institutions to be the first wave to launch Compact2Learn. The advantage of getting in early–in addition to the fact that you will start gathering data soon–is that you will have the opportunity to help us shape the tool to be maximally effective for you. We are excited about the opportunity to learn from the experiences of real users and create a tool that will support higher education institutions, students, and the broader civic engagement field. You don’t have to make an institution-wide commitment to join the early adopter group; you can begin with specific programs or student groups.

To learn more: Join us for an informational webinar and Compact2Learn demo,Thursday, September 19, 2019,2:00 PM.

Register Now

Don’t worry if you can’t attend the live webinar—a recording will be sent to all registrants after the event.

Visit www.compact2learn.org

or Contact Maggie Grove, Campus Compact’s Vice President for Strategy and Operations, mgrove@compact.org or feel free also to reply to Andrew J. Seligsohn, President, Campus Compact at ajs@compact.org.

We think many of you will find Compact2Learn to be an exciting opportunity to deepen your capacity to understand what your students are doing and learning and to report on it to others. I hope to have the opportunity to pursue the conversation.


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