Masters of Educational Technology and Applied Learning Science: Sponsorship Opportunities

Partnering with the Carnegie Mellon METALS program as a capstone sponsor provides companies with a unique perspective into employing evidence-based educational technology.

Common Reasons to Sponsor a METALS Capstone

  1. Relationships that sponsors establish with Carnegie Mellon faculty typically last well beyond the capstone period yielding benefits far beyond the program.
  2. Becoming a Capstone Sponsor allows companies to interact with METALS students prior to graduation and becomes an effective recruiting tool for them.
  3. Companies benefit from the unique ideas and perspective that our students apply to client’s projects and problems.
  4. Significant project value for a small outlay.

Sponsor Relationship and Project Responsibilities

We ask all sponsoring companies to commit to three in-person meetings with capstone teams in Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh meetings are held in January,  May, and August. These meetings cover the project kick-offer, the end of spring semester report presentation, and the presentation of the final capstone team prototype.

For the remainder of the project, sponsors meet via conference call once a week with teams and remain available over email to provide feedback or answer questions. Sponsors do not actually assist students in any design or development of the coursework, however, they may need to make employees or customers available to the students for conducting research related to the project.

Capstone Project Runs for 32 weeks from January through Early August

The capstone project runs over two semesters for a total of 32 weeks, from the third week of January to the first week of August. The first semester focuses on research while the second focuses on ideation, design, development and usability testing. During the first semester, the students are finishing up other electives for their degree, so they are expected to work on the project only part-time. For the second semester, they are expected to work on the project full-time.

$1.5 Million Dollar Value Proposition for Less Than 10% of the Cost…

Similar to a consulting team, each five-person cross-trained student team consists of a:

  • Project Coordinator
  • Research Lead
  • Design Lead
  • Content Development Lead
  • Developer Lead

Aditional team members include

  • Faculty
  • Alumni mentors

The student team contributes between 5,400 and 6,400 person hours over the life the seven month project. On average, each student team member spends about 15 to 20 hours per week on the project during the spring semester and about 48 to 60 hours per week in the summer semester.  In addition, faculty contributes an additional 100 hours to each project; alumni mentors contribute up to 200 hours to each project.

With no additional overhead, travel or fees, at standard consulting rates (https://www.rocketblocks.me/guide/business-model.php) calculated at a very conservative $250 per hour for the students; $600 per hour for the faculty and alumni, the value of this project easily exceeds a value of $1.5 million.

…with some nonnegotiable caveats:

  • Any materials provided by the sponsoring company for the capstone project will remain owned by the sponsoring company and may only be used by the students and Carnegie Mellon for the capstone project unless otherwise permitted by the sponsoring company.
  • Students retain ownership of the coursework they prepare; however, they grant:
    • the sponsoring company a perpetual, non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to copy, modify, use, translate, publish and distribute their coursework.
    • Carnegie Mellon a perpetual, non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to publicly perform, publicly display, modify, create derivatives of and otherwise use for academic, educational, administrative, promotional, publicity, or research purposes their coursework.
  • The sponsoring company must agree:
    • that the coursework is provided without warranty
    • to fully indemnify both the students and Carnegie Mellon from any legal action or fee resulting from the sponsoring company’s license or use of the coursework.