About the Engaged Learning Tools

UC San Diego's Engaged Learning Tools are unique within the UC system, and are on the cutting-edge nationally. Facing outward, they enable students to discover, capture and share with employers and graduate programs a wide range of co-curricular achievements and career-readiness competencies developed while at UC San Diego. Facing inward, they enable more sophisticated academic advising and career planning by mapping student activities onto a set of transferable, real-world skills. The entire suite is part of the Teaching & Learning Commons.

Education Initiative

The UC San Diego Education Initiative was formally launched in Fall 2012 to explore and leverage current best global thinking about educational strategies. 

As part of the fulfillment of Goal 1 of UC San Diego’s Strategic Plan, the university created a suite of electronic tools to enhance the student educational experience, and to further support the intellectual, academic, cognitive, and social development of our undergraduate and graduate students at UC San Diego. 

The Research Experience and Applied Learning (REAL) Portal, Enhanced Electronic Transcript, and Co-Curricular Record (CCR) were implemented at UC San Diego in 2015-2016.

UC San Diego Competencies

The twelve UC San Diego Competencies are incorporated into the Engaged Learning Tools to promote student success and development at UC San Diego.

The framework and definitions were created to align with the learning outcomes and competencies of:
  • Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Value Learning Outcomes
  • Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) in Higher Education Learning & Development Outcomes
  • WASC Senior College and University Commission Core Competencies.
  • National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Career Readiness Competencies
The competencies are reviewed on a four-year cycle by the UCSD Education Initiative Workgroup.

Press

Educause

EDUCAUSE

EDUCAUSE highlights how comprehensive learner records, including UC San Diego’s CCR and electronic transcript, are evolving to show richer measures of student achievements.

 

evolllution

The EvoLLLution

Author Ed Abeyta postulates that "when students graduate, employers should be able to determine what sets of skills and knowledge they bring to the workplace" featuring UC San Diego's Career-Readiness Competencies and the Co-Curricular Record (CCR).

 edsurge

EdSurge

EdSurge shares how UC San Diego's Engaged Learning Tools are connecting students to internships and jobs and capturing their experiences outside the classroom.

   Change Magazine Fall 2017

Change Magazine

Change Magazine features UC San Diego's Engaged Learning Tools as an integrated and expansive way to document their learning experience.

The Engaged Learning Tools Team

ELT Staff

Contact the ELT staff at elt@ucsd.edu with any questions about the Engaged Learning Tools.

 

Melissa Campbell, she/her

Engaged Learning Tools Specialist
What was your most impactful experiential learning opportunity in college? Reporting for the Daily Bruin and interviewing incredible students and community members. I used Critical Thinking & Problem Solving to ask meaningful questions and throughout the editing process to find the best way to share the stories.

 

Shawna Hook-Held, she/her

Engaged Learning Tools Specialist
What UCSD Competencies do you use in your position? How? I particularly use self-reflection in my work as it allows me to improve processess and create an even more engaged community.

 

 

Melissa Damo, she/her

Experiential Learning Coordinator
Why do you think experiential learning is important for undergraduate students? It gives a chance for students to explore their interests while gaining essential practical and interpersonal skills along the way.

 

 

ELT Student Interns

Contact the ELT student interns at eltintern@ucsd.edu with any questions about the Engaged Learning Tools.

 

Michael Alcazar, he/him

Engaged Learning Tools Intern
What UCSD Competencies do you use in your position? How? I use digital information fluency when I have to take down data from the REAL Portal. This will give us information that will help us understand more who is using the website and who is posting the most opportunities. I use oral, written, & digital communication when I  give presentations about the CCR to a group of students and/or faculty that are eager to learn more! 

 

 

Abbey Reuter, She/her

Engaged Learning Tools Intern

What was your most impactful experiential learning opportunity in college? Why? My most impactful experiential learning opportunity was working as a Conversation Leader at UCSD Extension's English Language Institute. This opportunity allowed me to connect with students from across the world and to discuss a wide variety of topics. I saw firsthand the similarities among us all and how important discussion is. It reinforced for me, the importance of communication and connection.

 

Shihao Wang, he/him

Engaged Learning Tools Intern

What was your most impactful experiential learning opportunity in college? Why? Writing Hub is my most impactful experiential learning opportunity. Writing Hub provides me a chance to make achievement on my essay and research.

 

The Co-Curricular Record Evaluation Committee

The CCR Evaluation Committee evaluates co-curricular opportunities at UC San Diego that are seeking approval into the CCR database. Committee members include staff, faculty, and students who represent various areas on campus.

 

2020-2021 CCR Evaluation Committee 

Katy Brecht

Warren College, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

What UCSD Competencies do you use in your current position? Howhonestly believe that I use all 12 compentecies in my current position. Each day I am challenged with new tasks and need to draw upon a wide variety of skills to get the job done. As we have transitioned spring quarter to remote learning, I have relied on my ability to use innovation and entrepreneurial thinking as well as critical thinking and problem solving.

 

Maricela Cano

Community Health Project- Student Advisory Board Member

What was your most impactful experiential learning opportunity in college? Why? I've been part of two amazing experiential learning opportunities: Alternative Breaks and Community Health Project. Both of these programs have been the most impactful for me because I was able to apply my knowledge on health, social justice, and community health to be a more active citizen!

 

Juan Carlos Carranza

Student Retention & Success - Senior Success Coach, ERC

What is your favorite co-curricular activity that you’ve been involved in? Managing the Bonner fellowship - an experiential learning program.

 

Anthony De Hoyos

Recreation - Sports Clubs Athletic Trainer

What was your most impactful experiential learning opportunity in college? My clinical site internships

 

David Garrison, Ed. D.

Enrollment Services - Sr. Associate Registrar

What was your most impactful experiential learning opportunity in college? Interning at the state capital.

 

Ilmaa Haque

Student Council of ERC - President

What is a co-curricular activity you participate in now? Aside from Student Council and other ERC related committee's, I have been sitting on the University Centers Advisory Board as a proxy, and have thoroughly enjoyed my time seeing how University Centers runs and is a space for student advocacy!

 

Erica Heinzman

Education Studies, Lecturer & Supervisor in Secondary Education

What was your most impactful experiential learning opportunity in collegeExperiential learning where I could participate in the intersection of theory and practice.

 

Natalie Ikker

Undergraduate Student Affairs Advisor; Department of Political Science

What is a co-curricular activity you participate in nowI have been doing ceramics on and off for nearly 10 years. It is a great way for me to unwind and express my creativity by making pieces that are both beautiful and practical.

 

Robert Jaffe

Recreation - Recreation Experience Coordinator

What was your most impactful experiential learning opportunity in collegeGetting to grow and develop within UNLV's Campus Recreation Department. I learned so much and evolved as I went through college there. Along the way I learned what it meant to lead, to develop, and to give students a family within the workplace. It all lead me to do what I do now.

 

Stephanie Labou

Library - Data Science Librarian 

What was your most impactful experiential learning opportunity in college? I worked at the front desk of the Warren College Provost's Office (I got my bachelor's degree right here at UCSD) and this helped me develop my "people skills", which I now use on a daily basis when interacting with library patrons.

 

Oscar Lara

Center for Student Involvement - Greek Life Advisor

What UCSD Competencies do you use in your position? How? Honestly, I use all of them! It is crazy to think about how all the competencies complement each other and show up in all aspects of my professional work. One minute I'll be flexing my teamwork and cross-cultural collaboration skills and next meeting I'll be using my communication competencies to display research to solve a problem.

 

Chloe Leal

Center for Student Involvement - Student Organization Advisor

What was your most impactful experiential learning opportunity in college? The most impactful experiential learning opportunity I participated in during college was joining my sorority, Sigma Theta Psi, Multicultural Sorority. Through my participation in the sorority, I made life-long friends, gained leadership skills, and exposure to other on-campus involvement opportunities.

 

Sheri Liebovich

Study Abroad - Office Manager

What UCSD Competencies do you use in your current position? Leadership because I hire, train, supervise, and mentor our student staff amd Critical Thinking & Problem Solving as I am constantly solving problems and using critical thinking to come up with ways to streamline processes to make our office run smoother.

 

Kevin McGlone

Event Coordinator - Recreation

What is a co-curricular activity you participate in nowI participated in the Uexplore Staff development program at UCSD designed to help young professionals guide their careers at UCSD and develop their skills in this institution.

 

Ben Mendoza

Associated Students - SPACES, Community Programs Advisor

What is a co-curricular activity you participate in now? I currently work with San Diego Pride in numerous capacities. I currently serve as their Trans Programs Coordinator, Assistant Parade Manager, and one of their Youth Program volunteer leads.

 

Reina Mizrahi

Cognitive Science, PhD Candidate - Teaching + Learning Commons, Graduate Teaching Consultant

What UCSD Competencies do you use in your current position? How? As a Graduate Teaching Consultant (GTC) in the Teaching + Learning Commons, we provide instructors at a variety of levels, with teaching consultations, workshops, and resources. These tasks involve the UCSD Competencies as they require identifying obstacles and solutions to improve teaching practices, extensive self-reflection to continue developing my pedagogy, and being able to communicate existing findings on best teaching practices to the broader teaching community at UC San Diego.

 

Izzy Narvaez

Cross-Cultural Center - Office Manager

Why do you think experiential learning is important for undergraduate students? So many applicable skills and knowledge can be learned even if it’s not an “enjoyable” experience, you still might learn how to work with others and navigate difficult conversations.

 

Hallie Nicholson

HR Strategic Communication and Engagement Manager, Campus Human Resources

What was your most impactful experiential learning opportunity in college? Writing for my college newspaper

 

Jesse Rapport

Sixth College - Coordinator of Student Activities

What UCSD Competencies do you use in your position? How? Self-Reflection is critical to the work I do advising student government. Students serve in leadership roles because it is a passion and it does not come with a paycheck, but instead the opportunity to learn about themselves and the world around them. I also use self reflection as a tool to keep myself accountable and to learn as I grow as a professional. 

 

Jen Schwarzkopf

Gordon Engineering Leadership Center - Program Manager

Why do you think experiential learning is important for undergraduate students? Putting skills into practice in a fun, dynamic context is a great way to remember and expand them. Use it or lose it!

 

Amber Vlasnik

Thurgood Marshall College - Dean of Student Affairs

What is a co-curricular activity you participate in now?
I support my daughter's Girl Scout troop. I am a lifetime member of Girl Scouts.

 

Brianne Wada

Career Center - Associate Director Industry Engagement: Engineering

What is a co-curricular activity you participate in now? Wellness Advocate & Mentor to my 1-year old daughter :)