Bridging diverse bodies of knowledge and practice in WIL at UVic: Forging a UVic WIL Community of Practice

Rhianna Nagel, Alexandra Haupt, Lilaine Galway and Lisa Mort-Putland (2021)

In this project we explored how WIL, CEL and practicum literature intersect and diverge (considering pedagogy, relationships, practices, systems, tools and resources) and completed an environmental scan of how other institutions integrate the WIL types. Secondly, we highlighted pathways and modes of participation for community partners (across the WIL types), with a goal to increase employers’ awareness of the benefits of hiring students through co-op and work-integrated learning programs and increase employers’ capacity to collaborate with public post-secondary institutions to offer effective co-op and work-integrated learning experiences. Thirdly, we used this process of exploration to further build a WIL Community of Practice at UVic that includes the full spectrum of WIL.

Keywords: Work Integrated Learning, Community of Practice, Community-Engaged Learning, Co-operative Education, Practicum, Service Learning, Field Education

Knowledge, Democracy and a Sustainable Future: An Institutional Impact Assessment of Community-Engaged Research and Learning

Crystal Tremblay, Rhianna Nagel, Alexandra Haupt, Andrea Giles and Norah McRae (2020)

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include providing inclusive and quality education (G4), promoting health and well-being (G3), achieving gender equality (G5) and climate action (G13) were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 and provide an important framework and pathway towards a sustainable and just future. Increasingly, institutions of higher education are looking to these 17 goals as a way to measure their relevance and impact on society – and some are doing this through community-engaged research and learning. This article shares insights from an institutional impact assessment linked to the UN SDGs from the University of Victoria (UVic), located on Coast Salish and Straits Salish territories of the Lekwungen and W_SÁNEĆ Peoples, on the west coast of Canada. The case study provides an overview of the methodology, highlights some of the various ways impact is being measured and speaks to some of the opportunities both for UVic and other universities wishing to pursue a similar process. The results point to a wide range and diversity of impact to society in almost all the UN goals, also documented at various levels (i.e. individual, community, systems). This work has helped inform guidelines for recognizing community-engaged scholarship in faculty evaluation.

Keywords: Community-Engaged Research, Community-Engaged Learning, Impact Evaluation, UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Support for your Initiatives

The CEL Office is available to support community at any stage of a collaboration.

This includes the following supports:

  • Brainstorm potential collaborations between your initiative and student learning
  • Connect you with relevant resources and expertise at UVic.
  • Provide guidance as you develop a CEL project with instructors and students
  • Help you navigate UVic systems and processes.

Engagement with Indigenous Communities

UVic’s Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement (IACE) provides support and resources for community members and organizations including:

  • Support for employers looking to work with Indigenous co-operative education or community internship students
  • Support for representatives of an Indigenous nation, community or organization interested in exploring partnership opportunities with UVic

Explore Grant and Funding Options

Many community-engaged learning focused grants and funding options available to staff and faculty at UVic require applicants to have partnerships with the community. If you are interested in exploring a project with faculty and staff at UVic, contact us for more information and we can help connect you to appropriate faculty or unit contacts. 

Join the CEL Community of Practice

The Community-Engaged Learning Office has co-developed a community-of-practice that provides opportunities to network with other CEL participants and build capacity for excellent CEL delivery.