Emerge Global Experience
Samad Raza, Jayson Hurstinen, Carmen Cheuk, Nailing Xue, Kelvin Lee, Sanyam Gupta, Casandra Xu, Alyssa Lalani
Simon Fraser University
Students are struggling to find the right skills needed to break into the workforce. Often when they get a role, there are feelings of unpreparedness and anxiety. This leaves them wishing that they did more to fill the skills gap. Students then turn to online learning, but it’s hard to stay focused when there is no accountability (people who support you), meaningful feedback and engaging course content. All the new graduates who are competing against accomplished professionals need to skill up fast. The pandemic has also caused labour shortages in some areas. Since economic turmoil drove some professionals to change fields, it’s become difficult to find the right skills needed for a job.
What Makes Your Project Remarkable?
Our project is remarkable because we plan to empower students to feel ready about joining the workforce and life in general. The goal of this project is to provide courses that complement student degrees with the skills they need to succeed. For example, personal finance is something rarely taught in school, and if it is taught, is tied to a grade. Our courses are aimed at personal development and pure learning. We believe that learning should be free of all pressures of school and work life, making learning fun. At Emerge GX, we specialize in a meaningful, accessible, experiential and multidisciplinary learning experience. Our positive impact would be to make sure that SFU students, graduates, their communities and those beyond these borders to feel confident in their next role with the right skills.
We started by hosting free courses to get to know our students. Our research amassed 1,507 responses, telling us that students found online learning platforms were intimidating, unstructured and unrelatable. We also conducted 28 interviews, which validated our assumptions that students want guidance, real-world projects, and community. We’ve also reached 6 other countries, meaning there is a need for supplemental education. They took our courses for guidance and structure.
Educational platforms such as Coursera, Udemy, and EdX are doing similar things to ours. Students have learned from online courses before, but these courses lacked engagement and feedback. Our project differential is that we hope to foster a welcoming community on our platform and our instructors give meaningful feedback to every student. We emphasize giving guidance to our students and a solid foundation to achieve their goals long term.
Winning the showcase will help us advance our work by accelerating our development. By streamlining our workflow, we would be able to impact more students faster. We plan to develop our platform further, add more courses, create our community presence and expand our team. With the assistance of this grant, we can help communities with SFU students, graduates, their communities and those beyond these borders.
Social Media Link(s)
Discord: https://discord.gg/eNmeF6F Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emerge.gx/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmergeGX LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/emergegx