Learning Experience

The Learning Lab experience is supported by both asynchronous and synchronous components. Each Learning Lab sequence includes a set of resources, an asynchronous discussion, and an interactive live session, all of which culminate in the development of a project or application to apply learning to local and specific contexts in support of the learning objectives.


Welcome Session

November 3, 2022, 3:00–4:00 p.m. ET

This is a live session to learn the details of the Learning Lab, the Canvas site, and expectations for the microcredential. There will also be time to get to know your fellow Lab partners and facilitator.

Learning Cycle 1: How to Create a Holistic Esports Program

November 8, 2022, 3:00–4:30 p.m. ET

This learning cycle focuses on how to offer a holistic approach that mirrors the traditional sports model to include competition, practice sessions, physical training, nutrition, mental health, career paths, and academic regimen. Attract full-time, degree-seeking students who are fulfilling their passion of gaming while earning a college degree. This session will also focus on a program structure that allows for maximum student engagement opportunities. Offering a wide range of skill levels per game will allow for growth within your program. Additionally, offer opportunities for part-time students, beginner-level or practice players, and student worker positions.

Learning Cycle 2: Services That Foster Wellness among Esports Student Athletes

November 15, 2022, 3:00–4:30 p.m. ET

This learning cycle focuses on the mental health and other supportive services that foster wellness among esports student-athletes. Mental health services include counseling, virtual mental health services, peer support groups, and engagement with disability services departments. Other supportive services include resources addressing food and housing security, community resource navigation, and tutoring. This learning cycle will also discuss the importance of college departments working collaboratively to support esports student-athletes across the campus community. Common areas of collaboration occur between student athletics departments, counseling centers, academic advising, disability services, and student leadership.

Review and Reflect Session

November 22, 2022, 3:00–4:30 p.m. ET

The Learning Lab will conclude with an application or implementation project (described below) and a closing live session to review and process the learning from the lab.

Lab Implementation Project

Implementing a holistic esports program embodies a culture of diversity and inclusion and will open doors for the entire campus community to be involved. To build an inclusive environment, the program should strive to connect student-athletes with the resources they need to be successful. Making the connections socially, physically, and academically and connecting student support resources will allow for the growth of each unique individual. The learning outcomes of the esports program should provide connection to real-life opportunities. The experience and life skills from the holistic approach allow student-athletes to gain perspectives in many areas, and the integrated learning possibilities are endless.