A living lab based on decades of future-proven experience as leaders in work-integrated learning

The Work-Learn Institute is the only research unit of its kind researching the development of talent through quality work-integrated learning programs (WIL).

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Work-Learn Institute (WxL) establishes quality standards for meaningful, high-quality co-operative education and work-integrated learning programs.

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Waterloo has the largest co-operative education program in the world, giving WxL access to the largest dataset of student and employer data to study the future of work.

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WxL is an incubator for WIL innovation testing new models and ideas to continue to evolve the practice of co-op and work-integrated learning to meet the changing demands of the labour market.

  1. Oct. 18, 2020WxL study finds three key factors to remote work experience for young people

    Our latest publication on remote work-integrated learning experiences from the student perspective is highlighted in Waterloo Stories. Conducted by Work-Learn Institute's team of researchers Judene Pretti, Brittany Etmanski and Amie Durston, the study identifies three important factors that affect a student's remote work experience: socialization, productivity and meaningful work.

  2. Oct. 11, 2020Developing future ready students learning series by InnovatED
    Innovation Education Conference

    Work-Learn Institute director Judene Pretti will be introducing the Future Ready Talent Framework at the upcoming Developing Future Ready Students learning series presented by InnovatED. The series brings together a group of educational thought leaders from across Ontario to highlight innovative approaches to teaching and learning that prepare students to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

  3. Oct. 6, 2020New IJWIL publications and call for expressions of interest

    In the latest special double issue of International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning (IJWIL), the featured papers focus on the exploration of work-integrated learning (WIL) and its challenges in a COVID-19 world. Find publications from the Work-Learn Institute team or visit IJWIL to access a range of research articles from WIL practitioners and colleagues from around the world.

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  1. Oct. 29, 2020CEWIL Webinar Research Series Part 4

    The CEWIL Research Series is a collection of presentations by work-integrated learning (WIL) scholars across Canada organized by CEWIL Canada. Over four webinars in October, the Series will feature ten research papers originally planned for the Research Stream of the CEWIL 2020 National Conference. Registration is required.

  2. Nov. 10, 2020Developing future ready students
    Innovate Education Conference

    The Work-Learn Institute (WxL) is taking part in the "Developing Future Ready Students" learning series hosted by InnovatED from November 10 to December 3, 2020. This series brings together a group of educational thought leaders from across Ontario to highlight innovative approaches to teaching and learning that prepare students to meet the challenges of the 21st century. This event is free and registration is required.

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