Experiential Learning, Engineering Design, & Entrepreneurship in Education via Accelerating Teaching Excellence

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What is the EL3vate Program?

EL3vate is a faculty professional development (PD) initiative aimed at incorporating experiential learning, entrepreneurial frameworks, and engineering design thinking into course curricula. 

Developed in collaboration with the UH Online Innovation Center (UHOIC), the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Shidler College of Business, and the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB), this year-long program includes 3 phases: 


Phase 1: Pre-EL3vate Expedition

Completion of Expedition PD prerequisites and (optional) synchronous sessions (i.e., orientation, and support sessions)


Phase 2: EL3vate Expedition

This phase begins with a two-week intensive professional development (PD) course to set the foundation as cohort participants begin the design (or redesign) of their course to integrate experiential learning, engineering design, entrepreneurship concepts, and mindsets. The expedition then continues as the cohort finishes designing/developing and implementing (teaching) the course. Concurrently, monthly Growth Sessions will be held to connect cohort participants along with industry partners and other guest speakers. 


Phase 3: EL3vate Summit

Cohort participants will reconnect synchronously to reflect, share their experiences, highlights, and successes, and celebrate the close of the EL3vate program. 


Through partnerships with industry and community organizations, the EL3vate program equips participants to inspire their students to innovate and solve real-world problems as local and global citizens.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Hover over or select each topic for a detailed description of the outcomes participants will achieve.

EL3vate Course Redesign (Frameworks)

Design or redesign an existing course with new content emphasizing frameworks covered within the EL3vate program (i.e., engineering design process, and entrepreneurship frameworks.

Empower Student-led Problem Solving

Leverage relevant strategies that will empower students to achieve their personal and academic goals while contributing to solving real-world problems as local and global citizens.

EL3vate Mindset Shift (Application of the 4Cs)

Engage in the 4Cs and design course activities that highlight the 4Cs (Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication) in alignment with 21st-century skills.

Develop Experiential Learning Opportunities

Devise and implement strategies to foster connections with industry and community partners to facilitate place-based problem-solving and service-oriented approaches aligned with the UH Strategic Plan.

Implement Redesigned Course

Implement (i.e., teach) their newly designed course that integrates the frameworks, tools, and concepts introduced during the EL3vate Expedition PD.

Applications Are Now Open!

The deadline to submit an application form for the 2024 cohort is Friday, March 8th, 2024.

Applications Timeline:

  • Applications Open: Thursday, Feb. 1 – Friday, March 8, 2024
  • Applications Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2024
  • Notification of Program Acceptances: Prior to Spring Break (March 18-22)
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2024 EL3vate cohort applications have closed.

If you would like to be notified of possible future offerings or updates, please fill out the interest form.

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Program Schedule

By Spring 2024

  • Submit an initial draft of your Course Map to be used during the PD. 
    • It is highly recommended to complete the Preparing to Teach Online at UH (PTTO) module for guidance through the course map drafting process
    • May-June, 2024 – Feedback will be provided by PD facilitators.
  • (Optional) Attend Orientation and Support Sessions

EL3vate Expedition PD Training* 

  • Monday-Friday, July 8-12 and July 15-19,, 2024
  • Required attendance to synchronous sessions (9 a.m.-noon, total of 15 hours).
  • Active participation during interactive sessions and engage in hands-on activities.
  • Expedition Implementation (teach the class) – Finish course development, maintain connections with community and industry partners, and teach the redesigned course.
  • Expedition Growth Sessions (CoP) – Engage in monthly synchronous sessions with cohort peers.

*Optional office hours are available for additional program support.  $500 will be paid out upon full completion of EL3vate Expedition PD.

July 2024 – May 2025

  • Participate in a showcase to share, collaborate, and reflect on course implementation highlights, successes, and experiences. *$1,500 will be paid out upon completion of all post-expedition activities.

Program Benefits

Professional Development

Innovate existing teaching practices and apply new instructional strategies to adapt to the changing landscape of workforce industries.

Course Redesign

Opportunity to redesign a course to incorporate entrepreneurial frameworks, engage with community partners, and empower students to engage in global and local problem solving.

Collaboration & Networking

Participate and engage in a community of practice around entrepreneurship and innovation to promote and sustain peer-to-peer learning.

Funding & Other Opportunities

Stipend amount of $2k is distributed upon completion of Phase 2 and Phase 3, respectively.

Empower Students

Equip students with 21st Century Skills and an entrepreneurial mindset to excel in today's dynamic world.

Contribute to UH’s Strategic Goals

Play a role in fulfilling UH’s commitment to local and global challenges, particularly in innovation and workforce development.

Strengthen Community Ties

Build lasting partnerships with industry and community organizations, aligning education with real-world needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

FAQs have been created for participants in the InnovatED program or those interested in applying. Please note that this is a working document and the content continues to be revised based upon the most recent updates.

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