Become more competitive to employers by enhancing your digital and leadership skills while creating solutions with industry professionals.

Through Digital Learners to Leaders (DLL), student-led teams create digital solutions to real challenges students identify. You’ll grow digital skills and develop your portfolio, with support and guidance from a diverse group of technology professionals in Atlanta’s education, business, government, and non-profit communities.

DLL provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate to future employers skillsets in digitization and problem solving. Participating in DLL will set you apart and set you up for academic and interpersonal success.

Throughout the program, you’ll:

  • Explore technology with diverse groups of industry leaders
  • Develop strong leadership and academic skills
  • Enhance your Digital Portfolio
  • Strengthen collaborative and management skills

Sponsored by the Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) and the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL), the course is open to students seeking four-year degrees in any major.


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Gain Professional Experience and Create Social Change

DLL students collaborate with leaders from across industries from technology to communications to government and beyond. Mentors from companies such as Coca Cola, Dell, Moxie, PepsiCo, State Farm and organizations such as City of Atlanta, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and many others have participated in helping our students create solutions.

Previous program participants have landed paid internships and full-time positions, developed skills that aided in founding their own companies and won top prizes in pitch competitions.

Meet EcoDrop
Recycling Reverse Vending Machine

EcoDrop began in the Digital Learners to Leaders program. The team developed an idea for an automated sorting machine and app to incentivize recycling. See their story below.

Digital Learners to Leaders program wins 2019 Campus Technology Impact Award

Read more about the 2019 Campus Technology Impact Award and how the Digital Learners to Leaders program is widening the scope of digital literacy to include problem-solving and leadership strategies. Campus Technology Impact Award >

Grow digital skills through Digital Learners to Leaders

Our Program by the Numbers

Total Participants

200

Number of Majors

45

Top Five Majors

22%

Computer Science

16%

Computer Information Systems

8%

Business

8%

Economics

6%

Film / Media Studies

Digital Leaders – Spring 2020

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

Destiny Adams

Computer Science  |  Freshman

Career Goal: To become an artificial intelligence engineer and entrepreneur.

Annie Hoang

Managerial Sciences & Math  |  Senior

Career Goal: To be an industrial engineer specializing in data analytics and process engineering.

Juan Mesa

Managerial Sciences  |  Junior

Career Goal: To help government agencies and/or non-profit organizations achieve their goals through consulting.

Su Timurturkan

Computer Science  |  Sophmore

Career Goal: Software Development.

Jennifer Vu

Computer Science  |  Junior

Career Goal: To obtain a master’s degree in cybersecurity and to become a white hat hacker.

 

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.

View Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 Semester Sprints 
View Spring Semester 2018 Sprints 

Digital Partners

Georgia State’s Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Online Education (CETLOE) was recently awarded a Digital Economy Initiative grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in collaboration with Cisco Corporate Social Responsibility. CETLOE coordinates the Digital Learners to Leaders program, a 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, jslaton@gsu.edu .