CEWIL Canada WIL Resource Hub Background
Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada) is unveiling the CEWIL Resource Hub, a new online repository of information, research, tools, and resources related to work-integrated learning (WIL) in Canada.
Funded in part by RBC Future Launch, the CEWIL Quality Council, in partnership with the University of Waterloo, have created a WIL Research Hub that showcases best practices and tools across the nine types of work-integrated learning. The Resource Hub collects thought leadership and expertise from WIL practitioners across the country to create a space for learning and engagement for students, educators, institutions, and employers.
“This has been a very exciting project to lead,” said Dr. Judene Pretti, Director of the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE). “It’s been inspiring to hear educators from across Canada describe the variety of WIL programs they support.”
The Resource Hub makes it easier for practitioners to access information they can use to improve WIL opportunities at their institution or choose the right type of WIL for a new opportunity based on their resources, timelines, and potential partners. Visitors can learn more about the differences separating the nine types of WIL recognized by CEWIL using a new WIL comparison chart, and can reference the AAA* WIL quality framework to evaluate opportunities in terms of their impact on a variety of stakeholders.
The Resource Hub also collects dozens of program profiles crowdsourced from CEWIL member institutions across Canada. The programs collected within the Resource Hub represent exemplary WIL opportunities at colleges and universities across Canada. Contributors were asked to reflect on their program’s expression of the key components of quality WIL — pedagogy, experience, assessment, and reflection — as well as the key success factors and challenges their program has faced. The WIL for All subsection of the Resource Hub highlights programs that support underrepresented populations engaging in WIL or address common challenges in building WIL opportunities.
“The CEWIL Quality Council was thrilled to spearhead this important project” says Matt Rempel, President-Elect, CEWIL. “The depth of experience and knowledge we have across our institutions and members in Canada is incredible. With appreciation to RBC Future Launch and WatCACE, we are so very proud that we can bring that expertise to our members and partners showcased within the CEWIL Resource Hub.”