Could we make a fluid learning system and supportive framework that would accommodate different learning styles—a system that wouldn’t turn out recent graduates who’d accumulated crippling debt yet lacked applicable work experience and useful portfolios?
Posts by Sunshine LeMontree
At Experience Institute, we’re used to having conversations with people who are learning to risk and risking to learn, who want to take their education into their own hands, and who are at the edge of taking a leap to create something great. Even in that context, the Girls Driving for a Difference team is … Read More
In Fall 2013, we started with 5 students. After 12 months of learning through experience, our first class graduated this past September. Since then, they’ve been keeping busy. Muffadal is developing a regenerative tourism ecosystem in Nicaragua, while Dane is working as a freelance digital storyteller with friends and creatives. Carisa is on her way … Read More
From Chicago to Vancouver to the Bay Area and beyond, these 12 individuals are learning and doing in diverse environments across a range of fields and industries. It’s exciting. It’s hard work. And it’s all part of the design-your-education process.
Coaches are Ei team members who work with a small cohort of students (3-4), providing weekly social-emotional support, useful feedback, and practical life and career guidance. They act both as sustainers-of-courage and demanders-of-accountability.
For Ei, learning happens everywhere. We don’t have a campus. Our classrooms occur amidst a jungle of skyscrapers and coffee shops, offices and community spaces. Our students learn among a diverse population and study in diverse settings, embracing circumstances that challenge them to adapt and grow.
While our founding students focused on designing their graduation, a new class of 12 remarkable individuals transitioned into Ei and began their first Meetup. Over the past two weeks, they’ve engaged in design thinking, storytelling, and self-awareness workshops. Amidst a slew of phone calls and interviews, they’ve declared mission statements and drafted proposals in preparation … Read More
From theatrical event production in Chicago to the contemplation of spirituality in the deserts of New Mexico, from an airship built in a remote village in the Philippines to the marriage of music and architecture in Seattle, these are the stories of five individuals who designed their masters through experience.
Ei’s founding class reunited with the team in downtown Chicago at CannonDesign where we engaged in a 10-day design sprint toward our first ever graduation celebration, EXPO.
Each of us is subject to the enormous strain of work, life and everything in between. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in what we’re doing that we forget to take time to acknowledge the people who support us and our endeavors. The more we fail to express our gratitude, the more we take for granted those around us.
Community building is important to Ei as an organization that’s determined to change a well-established landscape: higher education. As we’ve faced challenges and created new solutions throughout our first year, we’ve discovered that we’re not alone. There are other individuals and organizations like us, dedicated to making changes and doing good. Meet: YearHere.
Experience Institute students hit the ground running for two weeks of intensive workshops, meetings and projects before they depart again for their final round of apprenticeships and experiences.
Starting in September, UX design will become one of our core competencies.
They have remarkable stories to tell. Their experiences have taken them all over the world, introducing them to circumstances and people they’d never anticipated.
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As a model for learning, apprenticeships place emphasis on mastering a field through a process that is active, social, and authentic.