Throughout the first day, alumni were a big topic of conversation. Over 100 cards containing ideas about how to support alumni, how to keep them engaged and how to tap them as a resource were generated in the first 24 hours of gameplay.
But when MAHESH DIXIT suggested that CSULB use new metrics to measure student success after graduation (a provocative, outstanding, and potentially very impactful idea in its own right), EVELYN WARWINTH responded with one of the most popular ideas about alumni. She notes “I love the idea! Would alumni offerings help encourage activities and practices that support these metrics? Volunteering networks, e.g. #EngagedAlumni”
Several others voiced support for alumni involvement in mentoring that goes beyond academic performance to include the metrics MAHESH DIXIT highlighted, (giving back to community, lifelong learning, life satisfaction).
In a separate thread, NICK MATTHEWS suggested CSULB provide students with academic life coaches, a positive imagination card that received a lot of support. But the idea’s evolution took a key turn as LAURA GARCIA and KAREN NAKAI imagined the scope of this kind of life coaching and mentorship going beyond the students’ years at University. Laura wrote, “Great idea Nick. This would be a great way to help students not only navigate the university but start to think about life after graduation as well! #CED #EDD #EDLD #EDLD725bossladies #EDLDCohort12” And Karen noted that “maybe academic coaches could begin with elementary school students and follow them through high school.”
BUSHWICK ROSE imagined a 2030 where graduate students were paired with preschool students, sparking a whole new discussion about intergenerational education, with several players enthusiastic about the notion of tapping the knowledge of seniors to mentor students of all ages. Susanne F wrote, “This reminds me of an experiment that was made where there was a preschool inside a nursing home. This was beneficial to both the kids as well as the senior population. I think there is a lot we can learn from cross-generational mentorship and partnering.”
When taken together, these ideas reveal a vision of a CSULB lifelong learning network, in which students receive support from preK through post-college graduation, and they support the learning of others from college enrollment through the rest of their lives, even in (or especially in) retirement!