PROCESS

EMBRACING THE BENEFITS OF EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IN COMMUNITY OUTREACH

We publish projects that matter (to an individual, to an organization, to a community).

Our process consists of research, client feedback, refinement, testing, and revising.

We apply our praxis of research-driven project management to create desirable, functional, accessible deliverables for every partner

Graphic showing that The Cube's primary values are experience, mentorship, and community
A graphic demonstrating that metacognition is the center of our process. Experiencing, reflecting, thinking, and doing all contribute to metacognition.

By engaging students in hands-on experience and reflection, we equip them to connect the theories and knowledge they acquire in classrooms to situations outside the classroom.

In order to learn how to be citizens, we must act as citizens.

Community-based learning “helps students build a sense of connection to their communities” – and vice versa.

A graphic showing a venn diagram where the left circle is out Cube team, the right circle is the community partner, and the overlap is our goal of authentic partnership
Graphic of the cube's process describing that writing sits at the core of what we do. "Writing" is the central term surrounded by design thinking, collaboration, professional identity, qualitative research skills, technical skills, leadership, values alignment, and internal and external communication

We mentor our students in both hard and soft skills.

Writing sits at the core.

We put a strong emphasis on collaboration and reflection to find the best design solutions for our particular projects.

A graphic showing that there are four components to our project tracking process for our internal deliverables: the creative brief, work, status updates, and case studies. The creative brief includes an overview, goals, deliverables, audience, competitorrs, voice/tone, message, and the required technology. Work includes writing, research, editing, design, and weekly small team meetings. Status updates are a summary, overview, issues, and next steps. Case studies include information on the objective, people, outcomes, reflection, and futures of the project

In order to learn how to be citizens, we must act as citizens.

Community-based learning “helps students build a sense of connection to their communities” – and vice versa.

A graphic going over the 5-step process The Cube utilizes: empathize, define & strategize, ideate, prototype, and test. Empathize: Conduct research to better understand your partners'/company's/ clients' needs. Define and strategize: Use that research to observe those needs more deeply and identify current problems. Ideate: Brainstorm solutions and highligh opportunities for innovation. Prototype: Build genuine, tactile representations of your best ideas. Test: Conduct testing with your sudiences and revise based on feedback