Experiential Learning (EL) has become a core element of many post-secondary programs. To ensure the success of EL, institutions need to have effective supports in place for students. Over the past year, Kyle Mackie has worked with some of the EL thought leaders in Ontario to develop and launch 2 EL-focused projects for student audiences. This webinar will discuss these projects: pedagogical approaches, project design, and tools and technologies used.
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Open Module Initiative
This comprehensive set of open access, learner-centered modules supports WIL preparedness among post-secondary students. These modules are grounded in The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario’s (HEQCO) A Practical Guide for Work Integrated Learning and represent over 35 hours of rich content that can be used by faculty, career-services staff, and employers to support student learning in applied and work-integrated settings. The modules, licensed under the Creative Commons (CC BY NC 4.0), may be packaged together to create an online course, substantial units of a course, or to supplement WIL experiences within other courses.
The project was managed by Niagara College’s Centre for Academic Excellence, with input from Georgian College, Algonquin College, and Lambton College. Funding for the development of the WIL Open Modules was provided by the province of Ontario, via eCampusOntario.
Community-Based Research Modules
The Community Based Research project is a bundled set of experiential learning themed adaptable eLearning modules with complete scope that develops foundational skills in community-based research. The content within these modules is aimed at 2nd or 3rd year university students and aims to introduce users to the theory and practices of community-based research. The modules are meant to provide a foundation for students pursuing community-based research in senior-level capstone courses, or graduate school. The goal was to use an innovative pedagogical approach that will provide this content in a bundled and online manner targeted at an undergraduate level.
These modules consist of original video (interviews and animations), as well as sample Teaching Cases. These modules introduce principles and practices for community-based research. The overall approach in the modules is to do research that puts community interests first. The modules, licensed under the Creative Commons (CC BY 4.0), may be shared as a short course, or to supplement curriculum materials within other courses.
The Community-Based Research project was developed by Dr. Stephen Hill, Associate Professor School of the Environment, Trent University. Funding for this project was provided by the province of Ontario, via eCampusOntario.