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Empower learner success with Riipen's virtual work-based learning platform. Enhance employability and skill development with curriculum embedded real-world projects from thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations.

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.

The Riipen Marketplace Ecosystem

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Learning Hours

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Schools

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Employers

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Educators using Riipen

Learner Experiences

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The Institution

The University of North Dakota (UND) is the state's oldest and largest university. UND offers 225+ highly accredited on-campus and online degrees as well as hundreds of non-credit courses and programs. 

The Work-Based Learning Champion

As UND's Vice Provost for Strategic Programming & Special Initiatives, Jeff Holm assists the President, Provost, and Deans to expand flexible and accessible educational opportunities for UND’s current and future students, while also ensuring that the necessary services supporting such expansion are in place‍.

Genesis of the Partnership

One of UND’s strategic objectives is for every student to have 2 or 3 “high impact experiences'' upon graduation. However, because of its rural location, UND’s faculty has limited access to local businesses and companies that they can partner with for integrating work-based learning projects in their programs. The fact that Riipen has the ability to provide equitable access for students to work with real employers from various geographies was a highly attractive notion for the institution. The availability of pandemic relief funds and a mandate to provide 'high impact experiences' to their students, supported the cause further and UND in partnership with Riipen rolled out course-embedded work-based learning into their online programs.

The Challenge

The COVID-19 pandemic was a challenging time for academic institutions and UND was no different. The pandemic immediately impacted faculty members’ workloads and most of them had to move their courses online, mentor students in need, rework university programs and address other concerns. Encouraging faculty to integrate Riipen’s work-based learning platform into their curriculums was one such challenge that Holm encountered. 

Measuring Success

The implementation started with those faculty members who were already incorporating some form of work-based learning in their courses and Riipen allowed them to do so more efficiently and with ease. The institution also saw acceptance from those educators who had always wanted to incorporate work-based learning but hadn't had the means to do so.

Says Holm, “Right now we’re seeing great individual adoptions - one educator using it in a department, another educator in another department. Our next step is to help faculty embed work-based learning in their program's curriculum. Students would then build career skills in a staircase fashion as they progress through their program. We believe this model of integrating work experiences into the classroom will improve students' experiences and job placements for our graduates."

The Future of Work-Based Learning at UND and Beyond

Says Holm, “If we really want to help students to be prepared for the workforce and meet the employer demands, we have to take a look at the academic program itself, rather than just sending students to work individually with a company. The academic curriculum needs to reflect the in-demand skills that businesses want. The only way for educators to know whether what they’re teaching in the classroom is preparing their students for jobs, is by establishing ongoing relationships with companies. Employers help faculty ensure that their curriculum is relevant to students and meets the demands of the workforce. Historically, curriculum changes have happened slowly - what we need are experiences that fuel change and bring in elements that are relevant to the present day economy.”

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Post your course to the Riipen platform using one of our many templates. Connect with a real-world project that fits your learners' learning outcomes.

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