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WIL Centre Highlights

Tags: Vol. 1, Issue 2, December 2020

The Fall term has been full of professional development opportunities, including a number of training sessions, events, and conferences which all took place on virtual platforms. These sessions highlighted innovative practices in WIL happening across post-secondary institutions nationally.

Experiential and Work-Integrated Learning Ontario (EWO) Virtual Conference Series: Championing Change in the EL & WIL Space for 2020 and Beyond

EWO is a provincial governing body that works to create consolidated information regarding Experiential Education and Work-Integrated Learning, bringing together over 30 universities and colleges across Ontario.

The EWO Virtual Conference Series spanned 3 weeks and focused on WIL with sessions such as “Supporting International Students in WIL During a Global Pandemic”, “How to Make Sense of Data and Tell Stories Using it”, and “Hosting Virtual Career Fairs and Employer Networking Events”. Many of the sessions provided pathways to continue conversations on the evolution of experiential education.

Bright Futures: Embracing Campus Wellness, Centre for Innovation and Campus Mental Health (CICMH)

The CICMH is a partnership project focused on engaging and supporting front-line staff, faculty and student leaders across Ontario’s postsecondary campuses in their commitment to mental health and wellbeing.

A healthy campus where students feel safe and supported is essential for student growth and development. “Bright Futures: Embracing Campus Wellness” engaged professionals in exploring 5 themes: wellness and health promotion, diversity and inclusion, substance use, the student voice, and mental health strategies.

Developing Your Emotional Intelligence, Canadian Management Centre (CMC)

Emotional Intelligence (EI) competencies are key for developing strong work relationships. This course explored a number of EI topics, including: personal awareness, connecting with others, managing stress, engaging in healthy conflict and collaboration, and demonstrating resilience and optimism.

Resilience - Embracing Change, Canadian Management Centre (CMC)

Building personal resilience is an important element of being able to cope with changes in the workplace. This course focused on completing a Stress Resiliency Profile, understanding how we process change, and learning how to control our own stress triggers.

Advisor Training 2020, Humber College

Humber’s Advisor Training is an annual conference for faculty and staff hosted by the department of Student Success and Engagement. This year’s theme was Advising Without Silos: Collaborating for Student Success, and had over 25 sessions available virtually, covering a wide variety of topics such as supporting student transition, financial supports, intercultural perspectives, and Indigenous student success.

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