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Digital Ignite: Mind the Gap

Investing in its newest members, Delta Tau Delta Fraternity adapted its traditional in-person model for connecting leadership fundamentals to Delt values through Digital Ignite. The Ignite curriculum helps chapters prevent a future leadership gap and retain emerging leaders. Through Digital Ignite, men participate in an engaging educational experience, using the best practices of online programming. The multi-week experience builds leadership capacity and reinvigorates passion for the Fraternity. Delt knows volunteers who share their talents through facilitation, alumni panels and alumni networking contribute to the success of leadership experiences.

WHAT IS DIGITAL IGNITE 

Digital Ignite is an online-only emerging leaders’ program which combines asynchronous and synchronous learning to achieve the following learning objectives: 

  • Students can identify core concepts of personal leadership. 
  • Students can apply personal leadership lessons.
  • Students understand how values impact self, others and organizations. 
  • Students engage in effective goal-setting practices. 
  • Students develop strategies to achieve goals. 

In fall 2020, 165 men completed the three-week Digital Ignite program working with 58 volunteers in facilitator, alumni panel and alumni networking roles. As a new program, Digital Ignite served more participants, volunteers and chapters than Ignite did in all of 2019 at 46 percent less cost and 93 percent of participants rated the experience excellent or good. 

Detailed assessment found meaningful growth in two of the desired learning outcomes: identification of personal leadership and developing goal-setting strategies. 

  • Participants were 2.9 times more likely to see themselves as a leader after completing Digital Ignite (with nearly 92% saying yes, I see myself as a leader).
  • 51% positive change in goal-setting strategies after completing Digital Ignite. 
  • 12/14 questions on the post-test were answered with 90-100% accuracy. 
  • WHAT DELT UNDERGRADUATES SAY ABOUT IGNITE
    “I met guys from all over and learned how their chapters live up to the Creed and values.”
    “Ignite took people from completely different backgrounds to learn more about each other, ourselves and how to be a good Delt leader.”
  • “Ignite gave me a boost of confidence to do something within the chapter.”
    “The most valuable thing I learned at Ignite was that any of us can be leaders and we may all be in different spots in our journey as leaders, and that is okay.”
    Learn more about Ignite and Digital at delts.org/ignite.

Digital Ignite in the Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors
In a collaborative effort, Director of Assessment Ken Tubs (John Carroll University, 2011), Director of Undergraduate Education Alex Kennedy and Coordinator of Undergraduate Education Jacob Ellis submitted a manuscript documenting the intentional design of the online experience to Oracle: the Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors. The manuscript was selected for publication in an upcoming Oracle Special Issue focused on Fraternity and Sorority Life during 2020.

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