Welcome to the Flight Academy
The Flight Academy, powered by Suitable, is an engagement platform accessed through a desktop or mobile application that keeps a log of the outside-of-classroom (co-curricular) activities. Complete activities and attend events to earn points and badges around 8 Core Competencies that employers want today. The platform is launching to the Hughes Leadership & Career Program (BUSA) Professionalism courses in the 2019-2020 academic year.
The BUSA courses will use the Flight Academy as a tool to track the completion of the required course activities. Reference material will remain in D2L, including the syllabus and instructions. A passing grade in BUSA courses will be achieved by successfully completing all required activities for the corresponding badge in the Flight Academy platform.
Choose the activities and events that matter the most for you and make sense with your career goals. There are some required activities, but even within that framework, you can personalize your activities to help you reach your goals.
How do I use the platform?
You will receive an invitation to log-in to the platform. Download the Suitable app to your phone and/or access the desktop application. Once the account is set up you can start tracking activities. Depending on the event/activity, this will be done by scanning a QR code, writing a reflection, uploading documentation, or through an import of attendance lists at events.
Login instructions for the BUSA courses are available to you in D2L.
Why an engagement platform?
The qualities, characteristics, and abilities that employers want to see in employees is evolving. Soft (essential) skills like complex problem solving, emotional intelligence, and cognitive flexibility are critical for innovation and collaboration and to solve today’s business problems. These are skills best taught through engagement, experience, and practice.
We are shifting our focus to your overall personal development. The future of work will require you to bring your whole self to your career, which will require continuous learning and development. Participation, reflection, and applying what you learn in-class build the foundation you need to succeed.
What’s in it for students?
Ah-ha moments will come when you least expect it as you start making connections between knowledge and practice on your own.
- Develop your abilities and practice listening to and learning from diverse perspectives. Show up with intention and an open mind and you will be surprised by what you find.
- The record of activities in the Flight Academy platform can help you when it comes time to write your resume, update your Handshake profile, or create a LinkedIn page, including an ePortfolio for future reference.
- Your personal inventory page can be shared with prospective employers so they can see the history of your co-curricular college experiences.
Requirements and Achievements
The Flight Academy will keep the record of activity that will determine if you successfully complete the BUSA courses. You will need to complete all required activities to receive a passing grade.
The Coles 101 Badge, now available, through the Flight Academy app is entirely optional, but a great way for you to explore Coles and earn extra points in the app.
As other achievements and badges are built into the platform, you will earn points and badges and compete for the opportunity to win incentives, rewards, and awards.