Managing milestones

Setting milestones for learner teams to complete on projects

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Milestones are objectives for learners that fall in between the start and end dates. Depending on the experience settings, they may be set by the educator, employer, or the learners themselves.

  • What milestones are

  • Create milestones via an experience

  • Create milestones via a match

  • Create milestones via a team

  • Editing and deleting milestones

Milestones overview

Milestones help keep projects on track by defining intermediary objectives for learners to complete by specific times and let employers and educators assess if the project is on track at a quick glace.

A milestone can act simply as a reminder to complete a task, or may require a document upload depending on the nature of the milestone.

All milestones have a due date, a title, and a description. For a team to complete a milestone, only a description of how they completed the milestone is required but they may also chose to upload any work product such as a file or a link to an external item. One member of the team completes the milestone for the team as a whole.

Example milestones include:

  • Team kickoff call with employer. This is a common early milestone which the team would indicate when they complete by adding a short description.

  • Provide a draft of a final report. This later milestone would require the team to upload a draft version of their final submission.

  • Mid-point progress check. This mid-project milestone would have teams report on their progress to date.

Create milestones via an experience

Milestones can only be set via an experience if the experience timeline is set to "All teams under the experience have the same dates."

When an educator is creating an experience, they can add milestones that apply to all teams working on projects inside that experience. These milestones must occur between the start and end dates for the experience.

To create the milestone:

  1. Navigate to the experience

  2. Click the edit icon in the experience actions

  3. Proceed to the "Timeline" step

  4. Ensure that the timeline is set to "A;; teams under the experience have the same dates, set by you".

Create any milestones as needed. Give a descriptive title, a due date, and a description of the work to be performed. The due date is non-binding; teams may submit after the date.

A file may optionally be provided for the milestone which can be used for several reasons including: as a template for learners submitting the milestone, to provide additional context for the milestone itself, or as a workbook learners must complete. This file will be shown to learners who view the milestone details.

Click the "Add milestone" button to add subsequent milestones.

Milestones cannot be edited or deleted once a match is made to a project for the experience.

Create milestones via a match

Milestones can only be set via a match if the experience timeline is set to "Each matched project has unique dates, set by the company".

In some circumstances, experience will have each matched project set its own timelines with dates and milestones. In this case, dates are set during the match request process. When the educator requests a match with the project, they will input suggested dates and milestones. The employer may edit these dates and milestones, or create their own. If the employer initiates the request, their request will include the start and end dates and proposed milestones. The educator may counter with their own proposed milestones.

Milestones cannot be edited or deleted once the match is made to the project.

Create milestones via a team

Teams that start a matched are able to create their own milestones specific to that team at all times. These are often beneficial to the team to help them keep track of any team specific outcomes they are looking to complete.

While educators and employers will be able to view these milestones and review any submissions made to them, they are unable to edit them.

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