Tags: Vol. 1, Issue 1, October 2020
The Faculty of Social and Community Services is excited and honoured to be selected as a PIEoneer Award Finalist in the Real Life Learning category for its Faculty-Led Programming. During the awards ceremony, which took placed on October 2, 2020, the FSCS received a “Highly Commended” mention for the innovative work being done in this category in the field of International Education.
The Real-Life Learning category showcases organizations that offer real life learning programs or products overseas. The selection committee considers many aspects including: how the placement of students is managed to ensure a good fit on both sides, what steps are taken to ensure students are well-supported throughout their program and once it finishes, and what positive impact the program or product have on the local community or organization where the student is placed. As increasing number of students are seeking learning experiences that take place beyond a classroom, this category celebrates the innovative work being done in this sector of the industry.
Faculty-Led Programs (FLP) create opportunities for authentic learning through short-term work placements abroad. The programming throughout the pre-departure, while abroad and post-trip phases encourages students to reflect on their learning to develop intercultural fluency and identify how the global experience will help prepare them as a practitioner in their field. These programs are unique as they are jointly created with global academic partners and led by Humber faculty members. Through FLPs, faculty and students engage with academic partners and expand their global network with international peers and community organizations while earning Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) credits abroad.