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We at Teaching and Learning Services (TLS), together with the Student Experience Office and Career Servicesare excited to partner with Riipen to offer Carleton students, staff, and instructors the opportunity to collaborate on virtual, short-term projects (maximum 6-8 hours of work) called Discovery Challenges. Discovery Challenges provide students with resumé-boosting work-related experience and staff and instructors with valuable input from students. Riipen is a web platform to facilitate projects between students and employers. 

In short, Carleton staff, instructors, and recognized student groups (clubs and societies, CUSA, GSA) can propose Discovery Challenges that Carleton graduate and undergraduate students can complete for meaningful experience and co-curricular record (CCR) credit. 

Some examples of possible Discovery Challenges: 

  • develop a detailed communication plan to promote an upcoming Carleton event, including a timeline and draft social media messages (e.g., Tweets). 
  • evaluate a specific Carleton website from a gendered, racialized, or disability lens and make specific recommendations for improvement. 
  • propose and/or prototype an update/upgrade to an existing Carleton product or service. 

Make it your own! See here for more Discovery Challenge examples. 

Here’s how it works: 

  1. Carleton staff/instructors/Student groups propose Discovery Challenges using the Propose a Challenge Form. 
  2. We add the Discovery Challenge into Riipen and make it available to students via MySuccess (volunteer job board). Staff/instructors/student groups will be invited to create a Riipen profile (Employer) once their Discovery Challenge goes “live”. 
  3. Students browse open Discovery Challenges in MySuccess (volunteer job board), sign up for the Discovery Challenge in Riipenand upload their submission to Riipen by the deadline (see below). Staff/instructors/student groups will receive an email notification when they have received a submission for their Discovery Challenge. 
  4. Staff/instructors/student groups review and provide feedback on all submissions within two weeks of the submission deadline. If applicable, winning submissions are identified and prizes distributed (varies by project). 
  5. Students submit the Complete a Challenge Form within two weeks of receiving feedback on their submission to be automatically granted CCR credit (no further action required). 

Click here for more details about
How to Propose a Challenge (staff/faculty/student groups)
How to Complete a Challenge (students)


There will be a rolling monthly deadline for proposing and completing Discovery Challenges. See the schedule below for upcoming deadlines. If you want to re-post a past Discovery Challenge, please contact Nina Doré (nina.dore@carleton.ca). 

Proposals due (staff/instructors/
student groups)
Submissions due
 Feedback on submissions due (staff/instructors/student groups)  Complete a Challenge Form due (students) 
November 20 December 18  Before January 18 Before January 25
More dates TBD 

If you have questions or concerns about Discovery Challenges, please contact Nina Doré at nina.dore@carleton.ca. 

Learn more about the benefits of using Riipen here. For general Riipen FAQ see here.