NPower to the Third

NPower Indiana and Ball State’s immersive learning initiative have been such a good fit that John Fallon, CEO of NPower Indiana, engaged students in three separate projects for three consecutive semesters.

Under the mentorship of Catherine Chen, associate professor of information systems and operations management, the most recent project featured a team of students from information systems, telecommunications, and marketing who conducted training in cloud computing applications. The students produced training videos and conducted four workshops for executives from nonprofits to learn about cloud computing and the potential applications for their organizations. The model was so successful that other NPower chapters are considering using our students’ videos and workshop outlines in their communities.

Previously, Ball State students worked with NPower to research free and low-cost software tools that can help nonprofits with such tasks as event registration, network management, donor tracking, and security. The students then created software training videos and workshops, including one for more than 20 executives from Indianapolis nonprofit organizations.

“When it came time to decide which institution to work with, we came to Ball State because I was pretty much lead-pipe certain that we would get students who would deliver for us,” says Fallon.