Experiential Learning Program Details
|School||Northern Illinois University (NIU)|
|Engagement Format||Live Case - Think "Hackathon" or Case Competition with a whole class of students! This learning format allows educators to deliver experiential learning to students at scale. Students are often split into groups to work on a live case (or a series of cases) from a real host company that directly relates to key learning objectives.|
|Course||Business in Action, Spring 2021 (Gorham)|
|Meeting Day & Time||Jacie: Online, Mondays & Wednesday 3:30 - 4:45 PM CT | Jason: Hybrid, Tuesday & Thursday 2:00 - 3:15 PM CT|
|Student Time Commitment||4-7 Hours Per Week|
|Company Time Commitment||2 Hours|
|Touchpoints & Assignments||Due Date||Type|
Students select their preferred project
|February 2nd, 2021||Event na|
Keri, Project Champion from Habitat for Humanity, will web conference into class to launch the projects. Expect to dedicate 1-hour per section. Flexible to move this to the following week if necessary.
|February 9th, 2021||Event na|
Keri, Project Champion from Habitat for Humanity, to web conference into class to launch the projects. Expect to dedicate 1-hour per section. Flexible to move this to around. Ideally between second and third deliverable
|March 23rd, 2021||Event na|
Keri, Project Champion from Habitat for Humanity to web conference (or visit) class to hear final presentations and provide feedback.
|April 13th, 2021||Event na|
Key Project Milestones
February 19, 2021 - Deep Dive into Habitat for Humanity & ReStore
- What is Habitat for Humanity?
- How is it run? How does the affiliate network operate?
- What is the ReStore? How does it relate to Habitat for Humanity?
- Review Habitat.org (umbrella agency)
- Review RockfordHabitat.org (local org / project partner)
- Review Internal Communication Network / Intranet “My Habitat”
- See Attachments for Login Credentials!
- Bonus: Go visit the Rockford ReStore
- Attend: ReStore Orientation, Retore 101 Course
Prepare an in-class presentation on your understanding of Habitat for Humanity and the ReStore Model
March 12, 2021 - Deep Dive on ReStore Stakeholders
How does Rockford’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore Attract and Retain Key Stakeholders, including:
- COMMUNITY – For Donated Materials
- CUSTOMERS – For Purchasing Those Materials (Landlords, Contractors, Designers, Others?)
- VOLUNTEERS – For Supporting Operations
Analysis on Current Marketing Strategy & New Strategy Ideation
- How is the Rockford Habitat for Humanity currently marketing to each stakeholder?
- What are they doing well? How can they improve?
- What marketing channels are they using? How do you measure the effectiveness of those channels?
- Reach out to folks in the Rockford Habitat for Humanity network to gain feedback / perspective on their marketing approach
- What do you believe is missing from the current marketing strategy?
- What tactics would you suggest to improve the current marketing strategy?
Build out a comprehensive target audience profile for each of the stakeholder groups within the Rockford Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore ecosystem. Develop an in-class presentation on the effectiveness of Rockford’s Habitat to Humanity ReStore marketing strategy to-date. Include your ideas for ways to improve the overall marketing strategy.
April 22, 2021 - Develop a Comprehensive Marketing Strategy for ReStore
- How would you market the Rockford Habitat for Humanity ReStore to each of the key stakeholder segments?
- Where do you find each of these segments?
- What methods would you use to attract them?
- Consider: $3,000 per month advertising budget ($36,000 per year)
- What should be the marketing mix?
- How would you measure success?
Prepare a report and in-class presentation on your Comprehensive Marketing Strategy for Rockford’s Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore
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