This module discusses the importance of building institutional systems and capacity for EL, evaluation criteria for vetting community and industry partners, and strategies for building and maintaining internal and external partnerships.

This module has been designed for Faculty and Academic Leaders.

What institutional and external expertise and resources exist for supporting faculty and students in experiential education?

Examples and Artifacts

table Institutional contributors
EL opportunities are a complex. This table details some of the typical contributions of institutional staff in designing and delivering EL.

External Links

document Taking the Pulse of Work Integrated Learning in Canada

In April 2015, the Business Council of Canada established the Business/Higher Education Roundtable (BHER), a national forum comprising 27 leaders from business, universities, colleges and polytechnics. BHER works to support young Canadians as they transition from education to the workplace, strengthen research collaboration between industry and institutions, and help Canadian employers as they adapt to the economy of
the future.

This report reviews the extensive academic research on these topics. It outlines numerous challenges that have emerged in the field of workintegrated learning in Canada. It also identifies a number of practices and recommendations that could alleviate these concerns and promote a highquality, high-value experience for students.

What criteria are used to assess curriculum alignment of the experiences offered by employers and community services partners?

Examples and Artifacts

research Managing expectations
This presentation serves as a primer on expectations of different members of the EL team.

list Evaluating potential partners
Where responsibilities fall for evaluating the fit of an opportunity and the suitability of a setting for engaging students depends on where you work as an academic leader or faculty member.

questions Questions and scenarios
This document provides some key questions and potential scenarios to consider when assessing alignment of EL experiences.

checklist Considerations for potential partners
Use (and/or customize) this checklist when vetting potential industry/community service partners for EL opportunities.

External Resources

link Partnership Statement and Responsibilities
The Center for Experiential Learning at Loyola University Chicago has created a document that articulates all the basic responsibilities of a community-based partnership.

What effective strategies exist for building relationships and defining roles and responsibilities in EL opportunities?

Examples and Artifacts

list The foundation of effective partnerships
Smith and Betts (2000, p600-2) have argued that the foundation of effective partnerships between colleges and universities and industry/community agencies for experiential education are built on: collaborative self-interest, transparency and negotiation. Collaborative self-interest derives from a common focus on students, their experience, and their learning, as well as meeting the needs of the partners.

External Links

document Towards Whole of Community Engagement: A Practical Toolkit
This 2004 publication from the Australian Government defines "good" community engagement, and provides tools and techniques for engagement.

document Building Partnerships with College Campuses: Community Perspectives
This monograph from the Council of Independent Colleges discusses core elements of partnerships.

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