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Riipen's work-based learning platform connects students with real companies to work on real-world challenges. Our approach to experiential learning has helped 4 out of 5 students gain better career clarity. Give your students the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to real-world scenarios and gain practical experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Chances are you've got questions. We have the answers.

What does a Level UP project need to include?

Projects should provide 80 hours of work per student participating. Each project must be completed within 2-8 weeks. For more information on how to create and submit a project for Level UP, you can consult this article.

How many projects can I submit and how many students can I take on?

Currently, there are no limitations to the amount of projects an employer can submit, and the number of students they can take on. Employers are required to provide a minimum of 5 hours of mentorship to each student. That being said, we ask that you are mindful of the amount of students you accept to work on your project.

What if my project requires more than 80 hours of work?

If this is the case, we suggest taking on more than 1 student on the same project. For example, if your project requires 160 hours of work, 2 students would be needed to complete your project. Additionally, you are able to separate 1 project into 2 phases. This will allow you to work with the same student on more than 1 project.

What are the Terms and Conditions for the program and what is the three strike system?

In an effort to create a good Level UP experience for all parties, we have updated our Terms and Conditions, which can be found here. Please take a moment to read through them. We've also created a three strike system. This means that if any Level UP user goes against the Terms and Conditions, they will receive a strike. You will be notified via e-mail when/if you've received a strike. If you receive three strikes, you will be removed from the program and will no longer be able to participate.

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Riipen is enabling transformative opportunities for post-secondary institutions to collaborate with companies on real-time, real-world challenges that are embedded directly into coursework driving enhanced learner and employability outcomes.

Submit your course syllabus to the Riipen platform and receive guidance from our academic consultants. 

01 Post your course

02 Connect with an employer

Utilize our innovative platform to find and collaborate with a variety of real-world employers, from startups to larger businesses like Royal Bank of Canada.

03 Enhance student success

Students complete a real-world project and receive verified feedback from employers. 

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If you're looking for resources to grow your business, resources to improve your business - there's no better place to look than Riipen.”

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This is exactly the platform we were looking for to connect with prospective applied learning clients. The Riipen team were amazing guides as we navigated our first attempt at this. Highly recommend it.

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Software Testing

Location: Remote

We would like someone to join Hangouts app in the area of mobile app software quality assurance and testing.


Project will include:

  • Full software testing of our new content using various methods.
  • Entering defects in Jira
  • Interfacing with the development team and following up on progress
  • Providing feedback and suggestions on new features

Real industry projects, available now

Competitive Pricing Analysis

Location: Remote

Competitive Pricing Analysis helps a business understand where they can be more competitive, and ultimately win more business.

Project will include:

  • Research pricing for a number of PE and Recreation and Special Needs products
  • Upon completion, provide a recommendation for the overall pricing strategy

Tax Filing Software Development

Location: Remote

The main goal for the project is to assist company in building v2 of their proprietary tax filing solution. This involves working closely with the dev team to help develop an automated tax filing software for artists and creatives

Project will include:

  • Collaborate with the dev team to understand the current version of the tax filing software
  • Contribute to the development of v2 of the tax filing solution
  • Test and debug the software to ensure its functionality and reliability

As higher education faces student engagement challenges, the demand for real-world work experiences grows. Work-based learning, combining classroom education with hands-on projects, has emerged as a solution. By fostering employer-educator partnerships, students gain practical experience and improved employability outcomes. Explore the impact of work-based learning in this in-depth analysis.

In this exclusive report, discover:

  • The rising significance of work-based learning in higher education

  • Riipen's platform: Bridging the gap between educators and employers

  • Case study: Enhancing learning at the University of California Riverside, Extension

  • Case study: Expanding opportunities at the University of North Dakota

  • Riipen's student impact survey and key success metrics

  • The future of education: AI and work-based learning's role in shaping workforce development


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