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Work Integrated Learning

Olds College places high value on experiential, hands-on learning. One of the types of experiential learning embraced by Olds College is work integrated learning (WIL); the intersection and engagement of theoretical and practical learning (Cooper, Orrell, and Bowden, 2010).

What is Work Integrated Learning

Olds College adopts the following definition (based on the Co-Operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) definition and the Alberta Post-Secondary Programs (2020) definition):

Work-integrated learning is a model and process of curricular experiential education which formally and intentionally integrates a student’s academic studies within a workplace or practice setting and meets all of the criteria listed below. WIL experiences include an engaged partnership of at least: an academic institution, a host organization (which may be the post-secondary institution), and a student. WIL can be included at the course or program level and includes the development of learning outcomes related to employability, personal agency and life-long learning.

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