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Resources and Helpful Links

Student Work Placement Program
Employment and Social Development Canada has temporary alterations to the Student Work Placement Program , external linkgiving employers flexibility to postpone placement start dates, allowing students to work remotely, noting post-secondary institutions can be recognized as an employer of record in order to offer meaningful placements to students and allowing small and medium employers and non-profit organizations to use wage-subsidies upfront when there are operational cash flow concerns. Find out more information on these changes here, external link.

Canada Summer Jobs
Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, recently announced short-term changes to the Canada Summer Jobs, external link program to assist employers to hire summer staff and provide Canadians between 15 and 30 years of age access to up to 70,000 jobs.  Changes to the program include an increase in wage subsidy (up to 100%), employment end date extension as staff will be brought on projects later than usual and allowing employers to hire on a part-time basis given employers have needed to scale back operations. These changes will stay in effect until February 2021. Read the full announcement here., external link

Employment Ontario
Employment Ontario, external link assists employers find the talent they need while offering job grants to financial assistance with training programs that encourages employers to hire students and recent graduates.  Employers can request appointments online to see if they are eligible.

CEWIL (Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning) is providing resources, external linkto educators and staff to help continue providing leadership and guidance to students remotely as well as tips for students who are working from home. 

National Society for Experiential Education is hosting free webinars, external link ranging in topics from using Kolb’s EL Model to design online experiences to how to provide continued support to work-study students online, and potentially unexpected places experiential education can be found.

Association for Experiential Education is hosting free webinar series, external link that provides resources for the experiential community. They are also offering recordings from past webinars and created an online Community Resource Library, external link to exchange ideas and resources that is updated regularly.

Colleges & Institutes Canada has compiled resources and have started a webinar series, external link to help faculty transition to virtual teaching.

Community-Campus Engage Canada is consolidating resources and support, external link, opens in new window for community members.

Simulation Canada is offering a free webinars, external link, opens in new window to review different types of virtual patients from a pedagogical perspective, tying technological structure to a pedagogical purpose.  This webinar will be catered to health and human service professions.

Various universities have developed resources worth sharing (please reference appropriately!).  University of Waterloo, external link, opens in new windowand Western University, external link, opens in new window have shared ways to support students remotely. While Brock University has shared this community partnership engagement strategy, external link, opens in new window and the University of Ottawa has developed a reflection report , external linktemplate.

Out of the US:
Virginia Commonwealth University has shared the SHOWED model as an effective online google docreflection tool, external link and Loyola University Chicago has shared some prompting questions for student’s reflection.

Jennifer Alkezweeny of Portland State University has organized resources from the community-based learning community including ways to keep partnerships alive amid the pandemic.

Purdue University’s paper, external link looks at online tools available to support students as well as new possibilities for learning and change in service-learning. 

Merlot Journal of Online Learning and Teaching’s article (September 2007) Toward a Model of Experiential E-Learning, external link looks at aspects that are central to experiential education to explain the difficulties students encounter in e-learning courses.