Renison receives funding for Virtual Learning Initiatives

Friday, May 21, 2021

The University of Waterloo recently announced that almost $1.5 million has been awarded to the university for projects intended to expand the possibilities of traditional and life-long learning through the accelerated use of both online and hybrid learning. Of this funding, Renison received nearly $140,000.

A team from Community and Professional Education (CAPE) and community not-for-profit leaders has been successful in securing $74,000 of funding for the development of a digital course on Volunteer Management for the Not-for-Profit Sector. This initiative answers the need for innovative digital content and the key importance for not-for-profit professionals and leaders to gain new skills and competencies. This course will equip participants with a high-level awareness of the key practices, standards, and strategies in the area of volunteer management that are trending and/or in-demand across the sector.

$65,000 was awarded to support a Renison/UW partnership to advance knowledge and practice in Indigenous health, focusing on social justice for learners in multidisciplinary professional health programs and equity-related academic programs, health and mental health professionals, and Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members across Ontario. Guided by the insights of an Indigenous Advisory Circle, course content will support learners’ advanced understanding of health disparities and inequities for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) communities within rural and urban Canada, as well as Indigenous Peoples internationally. Through circle, land-based, and critical pedagogies, innovated for digital delivery, learners will interrogate the colonial roots and contemporary contexts of FNMI and Indigenous health disparities and inequities. Indigenous and decolonial understandings of health, wellness, and social justice, and healing practices, will be explored through simulations, virtual land-based learning, and multi-media content.

Additionally, Renison is also collaborating with the University of Waterloo and the University of Calgary on the creation of three modules in “Advanced Intercultural Competence for Global Learners”

Read more about the projects being funded through Waterloo on the Centre for Extended Learning website

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