BC PSE institutions focus on experiential learning, community engagement

September 30, 2014

An article in the Vancouver Sun highlights some of the ways in which BC PSE institutions are focusing on skill development, community engagement, and experiential learning. The article looks at 5 institutions: Langara College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Capilano University, the University of the Fraser Valley, and the University of Northern British Columbia. Langara promotes teaching innovation by supporting faculty with professional development funding and events on campus; it is also pursuing a partnership with UNBC to provide a venue for some of their programs. KPU’s vision for its future includes integration of applied and academic learning, small classes, and a focus on community engagement. CapilanoU has released an academic plan that seeks to bring in faculty with real-world experience and puts students to work in the field in which they are studying. For instance, students in CapilanoU’s animation program worked on the recent Disney movie Frozen. UFV is working closely with K-12 schools on aligning learning outcomes, and seeks to integrate trades training with liberal and professional education. Finally, UNBC is supporting experiential learning in its First Nations Studies classes and is also working on increasing the number of students involved in one-on-one research with faculty members. Vancouver Sun