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Event #1076

Learning to Work: Integrated Experiential Learning


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

11:00 - 16:30
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AMS Nest - NEST 2311
Pedagogy Hub
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A partial-day workshop on how we can best leverage much-needed work-learn experiences into our social sciences and humanities curricula. We’ll feature panels on in-course and co-operative work/learn curricular options. This event will allow attendees to participate in conversations around current research on employment outcomes for social sciences and humanities (SSH) graduates as well as share ideas, best practices, goals and strategies for taking advantage of opportunities to integrate experiential learning and make it an essential part of a modern post-secondary education.

11:00-12:00: “Experiential Learning for Academic Credit: Classroom, Community and Curriculum”

  • Kerry Greer, Instructor, Department of Sociology
  • Tara Mayer, Instructor, Department of History
  • Jeff Miller, Senior Associate Director, Projects and Faculty Partnerships, CTLT

Community-engaged learning provides the most active of learning experiences by combining academic work and real-world collaboration with community partners. Discover how this approach can be integrated as part of a traditional course or designed as a curricular innovation like UBC’s Urban Ethnographic Field School.

1:30-2:45: “Expanding the Graduate Experience: PhD Co-op in the Humanities” 

  • Elizabeth Hodgson, Professor, Department of English language & literatures
  • Jonathan Newell, PhD Co-op graduate
  • Janey Dodd, PhD candidate

A supposed “crisis” in the Humanities PhD has been much debated. UBC’s PhD Co-op option provides well-paid, high-level, four-month professionally-relevant work placements that provide experience in the many values of the Humanities PhD beyond the professoriate: in academia, government, and the private sector. Discover what this innovation offers to graduate students and their perception of their degrees, and how it can work at other universities.  

3:00-4:15: “Immersive Workplace Learning for Undergraduates” 

Julie Walchli, Executive Director, Work Integrated Education and Career Initiatives
Letitia Henville, Coordinator, Graduate Programs, Arts Co-op

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the UBC Arts Co-op, which provides SSH and Creative and Performing Arts students with experiential learning opportunities that enable them to apply the knowledge and skills they develop in their academic studies. Drawing on the Conference Board of Canada’s 2018 report Getting to Work. Career Skills Development for Social Sciences and Humanities Graduates, our presentation will explore how our customized pre-employment curriculum and our model of immersive workplace learning both helps Arts students deepen their learning and supports their transition out of university. Drawing on case studies, this session will provide examples and resources to support those considering starting or growing similar programs at their schools.