Immersive community engaged education: More community engaged learning than work-integrated learning in The Practice of Co-op and Work-Integrated Learning in the Canadian Context
Roger Strasser, University of Waikato (New Zealand) and Northern Ontario School of Medicine (Canada)
Since the early 20th century, clinical education of health professions students has taken place in teaching hospitals. This may be seen as a long-standing example of WIL. In the 21st century, Canada is a leader in socially accountable education focused on responding to the health needs of the population. Immersive Community Engaged Education (ICEE) involves prolonged placements of students living and learning in a range of community and clinical settings. The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) which opened in 2005 developed its Distributed Community Engaged Learning (DCEL) model that features ICEE in various rural and Indigenous communities across Northern Ontario. This chapter presents the NOSM experience highlighting how ICEE benefits students, health professionals, health services and the wider community, including throughsuccessful recruitment and retention of health professionals. Beyond the usual work placement, active community participation with prolonged immersion justifies the description of ICEE as more CEL than WIL.
CityStudio Abbotsford: A model for innovative work-integrated learning, civic engagement and professional development
Larissa Horne, University of the Fraser Valley
CityStudio Abbotsford is an innovative partnership model between the City of Abbotsford, British Columbia, and the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). Licensed by the original CityStudio Vancouver organization in 2018, it has since become an integral part of the Work-Integrated and Experiential Learning offerings at UFV. The model engages student innovation and faculty expertise to propose solutions to civic challenges. This challenge-based learning model generates fruitful opportunities for experiencing real-world expectations and pressures of a workplace environment and community-building. It is a collaborative, non-placement Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) network that fosters civic engagement and stakeholder professional development, while impacting positive change. Through the collective effort and knowledge transfer between faculty, students, City staff, and community partners, the true value of CityStudio emerges. This chapter provides an overview of the rapid growth, iterative structure, and the civic and professional impact of CityStudio Abbotsford.