The forces shaping the rise of WIL

March 8, 2018

Co-op education has increasingly come under the banner of “work-integrated learning,” writes Moira MacDonald, as schools look to internships, service learning, practicums, field education, entrepreneurial incubators, and capstone research projects as ways of providing students with community and industry experience. The push for these opportunities comes from several directions, the author adds. Students and their parents, for example, place an increasing level of importance on experiences that will help students find good jobs after graduation. Government, on the other hand, sees these placements as an opportunity to bolster the knowledge economy. The private sector further regards WIL as a way to create more job-ready graduates. University Affairs