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Participants Needed for Research on Work-Integrated Learning and Co-op Programs

posted on April 30, 2018
Ted Rogers School of Management's Diversity Institute, Ryerson University

Are you a Manager, Associate Director, Director, Co-op Coordinator, Career Consultant, Student Advisor, Relationship Manager, Program Coordinator, Workplace Learning Coordinator, Internship Coordinator, Employer Relations Specialist/Manager, or Student Liaison working in work-integrated learning (WIL), experiential education (EE) or co-op? Does your work connect you to Ontario’s post-secondary students through work-integrated learning (WIL), experiential education (EE) or co-op and related programming?

If you answered yes to the above noted questions you are invited to volunteer in this study by Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute. “Ensuring Equitable Access to Work Integrated Learning in Ontario” is a study of what process and practices are used to select, recruit, and assess Ontario post-secondary students for participation in Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) programs (e.g., placements, co-op, internships, apprenticeships, incubators).

The objective of this research is to examine what barriers diverse students face in accessing WIL opportunities and how membership in one or more of Ontario’s designated groups influences WIL experiences and post-WIL employment outcomes. We are seeking 30 participants.

You will be asked to participate in a confidential interview, in a one-on-one setting, about your experience working with WIL programs and activities in Ontario, either as a placement coordinator or industry or not-for-profit employer. This interview will take approximately one hour of our time but can be shorter or longer as per your preference. We cannot offer incentives for participation.

If you are interested in participating in this study or for more information please contact: Dr. Wendy Cukier, Dr. Mark Campbell & Dr. Lauren McNamara

The Diversity Institute 416-979-5000 x7268


This research study has been reviewed and approved by the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board and is funded by the Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund (OHCRIF).