Welcome to the Flight Academy
The Flight Academy 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 to earn points and badges around 9 Core Competencies that employers want today.
Hughes Leadership & Career Program (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 activities that matter the most for you and make sense with your professional development. There are required activities, but you can personalize your option activities to help you reach your goals.
How do I use the platform?
As of Fall 2020, all Coles College of Business students are active on the Flight Academy platform. You can immediately bookmark app.suitable.co (not .com) to your computer for ease of access. Login information is simply your KSU email address and password through Duo authentication. Having the mobile app is especially effective for scanning QR codes at in-person events on campus. Download the free “Suitable” app from your app store and mobile login will also require Duo authentication. Get familiar with the app by completing the optional Coles 101 badge.
BUSA 2150, BUSA 3150, and BUSA 4150 students will have access to their course badge on the first day of class. These students should be vigilant in seeking understanding of the requirements and deadlines outlined in their syllabus on D2L.
Why an engagement platform?
The qualities, characteristics, and abilities that employers want to see in employees is evolving. Soft (or essential) skills like complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, emotional intelligence, and cognitive flexibility are critical/imperative for innovation and collaboration. These skills are necessary to solve today’s business problems and are 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 make connections between knowledge and practice. Practice listening to and learning from diverse perspectives. Show up with intention and hunger for growth. You will be surprised by what you discover.
The record of activities created in the Flight Academy platform will serve you as you update your resume or enhance your LinkedIn profile. Your personal inventory page can also be shared with prospective employers so they can see the history of these co-curricular experiences.
Students must complete a total of sixteen (16) activities to achieve 100% completion of the badge. Searching for the activities needed for your specific badge (e.g. "BUSA 2150- Summer 2021") is most effective through the Achievements or Dashboard tab on the Flight Academy. Using the Activities tab proves to be confusing for some as it lists activities for all badges on the platform.
100% completion of the badge warrants a “satisfactory” grade which is passing in a 0-credit hour course. There requirements are detailed in the syllabus on D2L.
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 non-course badges are built into the platform, you will have opportunities to earn points and compete for various incentives.