A week or two before your course's projects begins, contact the employer to go over the following:

  1. Determine how students will communicate with the employer (e.g. video conference, phone call, etc.). Who will be the main point of contact at the company? How frequent will the check-ins be?

  2. Ensure that the course details are up to date. Companies and the Riipen team use this information to plan for the student projects. Edit your course to change any dates and details that may have changed.
    Double check the following dates: start date, end date, and milestones.

  3. Coordinate your project kickoff meeting with all the employers and students involved in the project.

Make sure that your students have formed teams and are designated to employers. Help them get set up on Riipen so that they can complete milestones and receive recommendations at the end of the project.

Provide your students with the template below to help them get started with the sign up process.

  1. Go to your course page [provide course link*] and click join as student. If you have not created an account yet, click sign up to join and create a student account.

  2. When prompted, enter your access code [provide code found in your course's students tab*]

  3. Go to the projects tab, click on your assigned project then click start this project to create a new team or join an existing one, and introduce yourself to the employer.

  4. Throughout the project, you can submit your work on Riipen. At the end of the project, you will receive feedback and recommendations from the company.

  5. Read our guidelines for communicating and working with employers.

In our experience, the most important things to cover with students are:

  • Working professionally with their organization

  • How to communicate professionally and effectively with their organization

  • Setting expectations for the quality and quantity of their deliverables

  • Ensuring students know and are committed to meeting deadlines for milestones and deliverables

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