Digital Learners to Leaders

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Digital Learners to Leaders (DLL) is an annual program that offers digital literacy training through five (5) student-led teams to create solutions for the challenges facing urban communities! Apply to be a Leader or a Learner today!
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Fall 2019 Information Session

Fall 2019 Application Dates

  • July 8 – Application Opens
  • August 2 – Leader Application Closes
  • August 21 – Learner Application Closes
  • August 23 – Leaders and Learners Program Participants Announced

Program Schedule

Fall Semester 2019

  • September 6 – Leader Training 
  • September 7 – Sprint 1: Community/ Social Aspect of Atlanta’s Needs & Design Thinking  
  • September 20 – Mini-Sprint: Designing Your Life Seminar 
  • September 28 – Sprint 2: App Development
  • October 5 – Sprint 3: Making, XR & Graphic Design
  • October 19 – Sprint 4: Pitching
  • November 1 – 3- Fall HackGSU
  • November 16 – Final Presentations 

Our Program by the Numbers

Total Participants


Number of Majors


Top Five Majors


Computer Science


Computer Information Systems






Film / Media Studies

Our Participants’ Stories

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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.

Meet our Leaders

Karen Bennett

Actuarial Science & Finance  |  Senior

Career Goal: Become a Fellow of Casualty Actuarial Society.

Serena Johnson

Computer Science  |  Sophmore

Career Goal: App Developer

Aafreen Kaur

Psychology  |  Senior

Career Goal: Climbing the corporate ladder to a Leadership role in a multinational corporation whilst I advance my academic interests and earn my Masters in Business Administration.

Annett Owusu

Computer Information Systems  |  Junior

Career Goal: Project Manager/Operations Manager

Kavin Phan

Computer Science  |  Freshman

Career Goal: To be either a computer science teacher or a software engineer.

Zana Sanders

Film  |  Senior

Career Goal: To produce award-winning multimedia and new media productions and develop my own media company and social enterprise.

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,