1B - What Makes WIL Great?: Balancing the Theoretical Perspectives of Workplace Learning, Experiential Learning and Community Engaged Learning in Determining Quality Criteria for WIL

Work Integrated Learning and Experiential Learning
Monday Jul 30   10:15 AM to 11:10 AM (55 minutes)
Concordia, John Molson Building (MB) - The Goodman Institute- Suite MB 10.121

Priorities for the expansion of students’ work-integrated learning opportunities are presumably reflective of the recognized benefits of this pedagogical approach, including the connections it can foster between education and industry/community. But with the abundant requests for more, more, more, how do ensure the quality of work-integrated learning remains at the forefront of delivery so that the purported positive outcomes are actualized for all stakeholders involved? Importantly, what are the quality criteria of work-integrated learning? And, how may these be used to inform the evaluation of WIL programming? In this interactive session, provocative questions will be asked about the purpose of WIL, with attention to the diverse forms of delivery. Drawing upon workplace learning, experiential learning, and community-engaged learning theory, varied perspectives on the intended outcomes of WIL, and the subsequent quality criteria required to achieve these outcomes, will be presented and discussed relative to implications for evaluation of WIL programming.

Three Learning Outcomes 

  • Awareness of the diverse (and somewhat contradictory) theoretical perspectives that may be used to ground the delivery of WIL
  • Ability to critically integrate established quality criteria for WIL and determine personalized "best practice" guidelines
  • Understanding of how quality criteria are used in the evaluation of WIL programming​

University of Toronto
Associate Professor
University of Toronto Scarborough

Who's Attending 

  • Norma Albert
    Project Officer, Algonquin College
  • Rachel Brown
    Provincial Consultant, PETL, Government of New Brunswick
  • Ms. Sara Buse
    Senior Manager, Student Experience, UBC Engineering Co-op
  • Linda Crawford
    Associate Director, Work-Integrated Learning Support Services, Conestoga College
  • Mr. Scott Daniels
    Manager, Co-operative Education, Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Natasha Dilay
    Manager Career Learning and Development, Royal Roads University
  • Isabelle Duchaine
    Director, Business/Higher Education Roundtable
  • Larisa Duravetz
    Manager, Placements and International Initiatives, Humber College
  • Rachel Dyers
    Program Coordinaor, Student Support - Engineering Co-Op and Internship, UOIT
  • Kristen Eppel
    Head Internship Coordinator, Queen's University Career Services
  • Ms Gillian Fowler
    Management Career Services, Dalhousie University
  • Doug Gallant
    Director, Dalhousie University: Science, Information Technology, Engineering Co-operative Education (SITE Co-op)
  • Stacey Gaudette-Sharp
    Programs Coordinator/Instructor, Co-operative Education and Applied Studies; Alberta Representative (CEWIL Canada), University of Lethbridge
  • Sandy Howe
    Associate Director, Experiential Education, Brock University
  • Sarah-Joy Kallos
    Employment Facilitator, Camosun College
  • David Kelly
    Director, Canadian Partnerships, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan)
  • Mursal Khyabani
    Manager, UBC Sauder Co-op, University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Sarah King
    Director, Experiential Education, University of New Brunswick
  • Helen Kobrc
    Co-op Coordinator, University of Victoria
  • Caroline Konrad
    Director, Career & Co-op, Ryerson University
  • Cara Krezek
    Director, Co-op, Career & Experiential Education , Brock University
  • M. Claude Lavoie
    Directeur - Bureau de l'enseignement coopératif / Director - Co-operative Education Office, Université de Moncton
  • Cynthia Maclean
    Program Head, Centre for Workplace Education, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)
  • Annette Markvoort
    Entrepreneurial Animator, Fanshawe College - LEAP Junction
  • Ms. Kendra Mellish
    Student Coordinator, UPEI Co-operative Education, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Patricia Orozco Q
    Master Lecturer and Work Integrated Learning Coordinator , Laurentian University
  • Dr. Rosemary Polegato
    Purdy Crawford Professor of Teaching and Learning, Mount Allison University
  • Tara Ramsaran
    Director-Accounting Co-op, JMSB
  • Brock Richardson
    Director of Student Services, St. Thomas University
  • Ms. laurie schnarr
    Director, Student Experience, University of Guelph
  • Nancy Sly
    Director, Applied Learning, Camosun College
  • Gabrielle Smith
    Faculty Relations Manager, Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • Claudia Sperling
    Program Manager, Co-operative Education & Career Services, University of Victoria
  • Michelle Walc
    Field Education Office, School of Fashion Studies, George Brown College
  • 20 anonymous people

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