The trip to Canada in May was phenomenal. Seven universities and three cities. I discovered some interesting practices in the way WIL is understood in Canada. WIL in some universities are seen as a faculty and a pedagogical practice in its own right. In other universities WIL is a careers department strategy and tensions exist between professional and academic staff. This has implications on how much integration and reflection actually takes place. In some places there is collaboration between WIL and Learning and Teaching. The visit has sparked an interest to understand WIL internationally so watch this space.
I am very excited and looking forward to a trip to Canada in May and June with my family. Besides being a tourist, Work Integrated Learning (WIL) academics from Canadian universities have agreed to meet and discuss WIL work they are doing in their institutions. Watch this space for news in July about the visit and research I have completed about WIL within private universities.
2020 is turning out to be quite the year. I am now a network convener for the ESREA Working Life and Learning Network. Read more about the network here: www.esrea.org/networks/working-life-and-learning/
We plan to run a series of conferences/workshops in 2021 and I plan to host one around the launch of the new WIL publication by IGI Global which have chapters in it from our network.
As the WIL Project Lead at GSM London, I am responsible for securing new industry projects for our students and facilitating the project as part of the level 5 PPDI module. An exciting new collaborative project for Travel and Tourism students has just been confirmed working with an eco-tourism based company called Connect Ocean.(http://connectocean.com/). ConnectOcean is a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) management consulting firm founded on Social - and Environmental Entrepreneurship and based in Costa Rica. The aim of the project was to produce a digital flyer ConnectOcean could use to target London based industries for corporate team building events.