Digital Learners to Leaders

The Digital Learners to Leaders program puts together cross-disciplinary teams of students with leading technology experts to help create solutions to real problems and prepare students for digital professions.

Create Digital Solutions for Change and Develop Professional Skills

Students will use digitization and the “Internet of Things” to impact local communities by developing ideas and prototyping solutions to challenges posed by the Atlanta business, education, government and nonprofit community. The program will coordinate collaboration between local high school students and Georgia State students, including Perimeter College students, to develop digital solutions to the challenges of urban communities, while helping students prepare for future careers. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.


Program Schedule

Fall Semester 2018

  • June 21, 2018: Information Session #1 | CETL Learning Studio (100 Library South)
  • July 12, 2018: Information Session #2 | CETL Learning Studio (100 Library South) 
  • August 23, 2018: Information Session #3 | CETL Learning Studio (100 Library South) 
  • September 8, 2018: Leader Orientation 
  • September 14, 2018 : Program Kick-Off 
  • September 15: Sprint 1 | View the Sept.15 Sprint >
  • September 29: Sprint 2
  • October 20: Sprint 3
  • November 17: Fall Semester Team Presentation 

Spring Semester 2019

  • January 26: Sprint 4
  • February 9: Sprint 5
  • March 9: Sprint 6
  • April 13: Challenge Presentations 
View Spring Semester 2018 Sprints 

Important Application Dates

  • August 29, 2018: Digital Leaders Applications Due
  • August 13 -31, 2018: Digital Leaders Interviews
  • August 31, 2018 : Digital Learners Applications Due

Upcoming Technology Events

  • October 5-7, 2018: HACKGSU
  • March 29-31, 2019: HACKGSU

Digital Leaders

Develop Academic and Interpersonal Success as a Digital Leader

Lead groups of peers, while developing and enhancing your skillsets for future employment.

The Digital Learners to Leaders program gives you the opportunity to demonstrate to future employers your digital skillsets. Participating in the program sets you apart and sets you up for academic and interpersonal success.

  • Lead teams of peers to create solutions to the challenges facing urban communities.
  • Explore real challenges posed by Atlanta’s education, business, government and non-profit community.
  • Grow your digital skills and develop your portfolio through workshops, online activities, mobile makerspaces, summer camps, and internships.
  • Explore technology with a diverse group of technology professionals, while expanding your academic achievement beyond the classroom and developing your leadership skills.

Due to the overwhelming number of applicants, the 2018-2019 Digital Learners to Leaders Leader application is now closed. The Learner application is still open until Friday, August 31 at 11:59 p.m. All acceptance notices will go out no later than Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

Digital Learners

Help Create Innovative Solutions for Challenges

Develop and apply digital skills beyond the classroom, learn problem solving skills, and gain professional exposure.

Georgia State’s Digital Learners to Leaders program provides professional development opportunities to Georgia State students, seeking both four-year and two-year degrees, including Perimeter College.

  • Work with a team of students from across degrees to create solutions to challenges, issued by leading Atlanta companies, government and nonprofit organizations, using Digitization and the Internet of Things.
  • Gain exposure to peer mentorship, career and digital skills development, and find out about potential summer internships with community partners.
  • The program is open to students seeking an associate’s degree or higher at Georgia State University, including Perimeter College, who are enrolled at least half time.

Digital Partners

Georgia State’s Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) was recently awarded a Digital Economy Initiative grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in collaboration with Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility. CETL coordinates the Digital Learners to Leaders program, a three-year program that will encourage students to use digitization and the “Internet of Things” to create solutions for the challenges facing urban communities.

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Become a Part of Our Community

We are looking for a diverse group of partners from the Atlanta business, education, government and nonprofit community, to provide meaningful and lasting experiences for our digital learners. Through the Digital Learners to Leaders corporate partnership, we are seeking an 8-10 hour commitment from subject matter experts. Our goal is to recruit a diverse group of professionals that reflect GSU’s diverse student population.

Engagement Opportunities

  • Student Internships: Sponsor summer internships for members of a winning team.

  • Career Development: Provide talks and presentations with examples of interesting and challenging aspects of professional life to inform and inspire program participants.

  • Annual Challenge: Issue a challenge that encourages students to use digitization or the Internet of Things to create solutions for challenges often found in urban areas.

  • Sprints: A series of Sprints will be offered throughout the challenge year. The Sprints will teach, inspire and challenge team members, while strengthening their advanced technology and digital skills. GSU’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will develop curriculum & materials for Sprints in coordination with you as a subject matter expert to ensure that practical and business specific issues are explored.

  • Summer Camp: Digital Learners to Leaders will invite 60 high school students to GSU for a 3-day summer camp. The program offers 3 project based summer Sprint Sessions, allowing high school students who have had limited access to computers and other technologies the opportunity to participate along with those who have more advanced digital skills.

For more information on how to partner with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning on this initiative, contact Jackie Slaton, or Tiffany Green Abdullah,