The purpose of the Hubert Project is to connect public affairs educators through the creation and exchange of engaging teaching materials that enhance learning.
“Technology has made education the central need of 20th Century America… Technology in itself is not the end of aspirations…”
Hubert H. Humphrey, Reading (PA) Eagle, 1965
The Hubert Project provides public affairs educators the opportunity to create and share multimedia learning materials including short videos and cases. Intended audiences include faculty and instructors teaching public policy, public administration, and nonprofit management, as well as nonprofit, government, and philanthropic consultants, and other leadership development trainers.
As an open source project, Hubert Project seeks to provide academic and practitioner participants access to high quality and easily utilized learning materials about a wide array of content related to public affairs. All multimedia Hubert videos and cases include supplementary discussion guides, teaching notes, and suggested uses for deployment. Formats are user-friendly and learner centered.
If you don’t see materials about your area of expertise, we invite you to consult our workbooks and templates to learn more about how cost-effectively to develop some for inclusion in the Hubert Project collection. It is our hope this community will develop into a place where instructors go for materials highlighting critical lessons of effective leadership, management, and policy practices.
- Collection of technology-based learning materials. The Hubert Project collection of learning materials includes three categories of resources.
- Online learning community of public affairs educators. Hubert Project learning materials are accessible to the entire public affairs field. Hubert Project users include public affairs instructors, nonprofit and public sector trainers and leaders. Hubert Project learning materials can be utilized in a variety of academic courses and professional trainings, and adapted for your specific needs. Following their use of materials, community members can share feedback and teaching suggestions. These components foster an interactive learning community that supports field building in public affairs education.
- Diverse contributors of materials. The Hubert Project collection is being intentionally developed as an open-source network and community of educators. Faculty, staff, consultants, and trainers are invited to contribute to the collection. Creative Commons licensure is encouraged so authors retain the control they desire over their learning materials while simultaneously supporting the free flow and exchange of information and ideas.
- Robust database and website. Hubert Project encompasses a robust collection of videos and cases covering diverse public affairs topics accessible through this site. Users can search topics including public affairs leadership, social policy, nonprofit management and governance, state and local public management, international development and more. Formats are user friendly and learner centered. Finally, Hubert Project materials are effectively packaged and easily archived for use through an open-source multimedia repository that was chosen not only for its effectiveness but also as a reflection of the spirit of collaboration and connectivity that pervades each component of Hubert Project.
Background of Name
Hubert H. Humphrey had an amazing ability to combine a scathing attention to detail with compassionate listening and astute political action. Those abilities helped him advance some of our nation’s most relevant policies and define ideals of American politics.
In that ethos, Hubert Project aims to enable faculty, instructors, and trainers to foster those traits in public affairs students and current practitioners alike. In today’s fast-paced world of changing technology, people receive information differently than before. Hubert Project provides multimedia learning objects that simulate real-life public issues to enhance students’ competencies. In building those skills, we aim to honor Humphrey’s legacy and develop the next generation of leaders in public affairs.
The Hubert Project was built to grow, inviting public affairs institutions globally to invest in supporting their faculty to create and share digital learning materials. The Hong Kong University Social Science Program has joined as an institutional partner and other institutions are in conversation with The Hubert Project team around partnership. If you are interested in learning more about how Hubert Project can support technology-enhanced learning at your institution, please contact us.
Hubert Project also promotes the use of The Electronic Hallway, an online repository of quality teaching cases and other curriculum materials for faculty who teach public administration, public policy, and related subjects.
Incubation and Support
Hubert Project was conceived and incubated in the Public & Nonprofit Leadership Center at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs with the hope that it would be of service to the international community of public affairs educators. Hubert Project honors the mission of the Humphrey School to inspire, educate, and support innovative leaders to advance the common good in a diverse world — as well as the land-grant mission of the University of Minnesota to contribute to the fields of education, research, and community engagement – through its vision to provide materials that transform public affairs education. Initial development funding for the Hubert Project comes from The Kresge Foundation and The Blandin Foundation. If you’re interested in providing financial support to develop the next generation of Public Affairs practitioners, please contact us.