Jag Challenge is a First-Year Experience program that allows freshmen the opportunity to define a problem and propose a solution around a particular problem space. This year’s problem spaces included finding the solution to reinventing the online learning culture, strengthening IUPUI's relationship with Indianapolis, creating a safer space at IUPUI, and developing a more welcoming space at IUPUI.
This year, all First-Year Experience faculty had the opportunity to have their class participate in Jag Challenge, and 19 First-Year Experience sections ended up participating. Students in those courses were split up into teams and developed their solution to a problem over a 10-week time span. Chris Rogers, an associate professor in computer graphics technology and faculty fellow in the Institute for Engaged Learning, helped develop Jag Challenge alongside Heather Bowman, director of first-year programs, over the last two years.
“They [the students] conduct interviews outside of their groups to learn about the problem space and find possible problems or pain points,” Rogers said. “They then developed empathy maps to put themselves in the shoes of other people, go through a process of ideation and brainstorming, conducted secondary interviews, and then proposed their solutions.”
At the end of Jag Challenge, the best projects from each section were given the opportunity to participate in a Jag Challenge Showcase online, where two groups were crowned the winners, the Downtown Dash group and the Jag App group.