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Your path to Success: Seneca

Your Goals. Your Way.  You are unique. So is your path to success. Seneca can help you find it. Challenge Accepted.

You know when it’s time for a change.  Maybe you’re after a new credential or a new set of skills. Maybe it’s a whole new career.

You also know when that change comes, life doesn’t stop. Your family still needs you. You need to work. Bills have to be paid. Time is scarce.

Achieving a new goal takes hard work, good planning and a flexible academic program that meet your needs. That’s where Seneca comes in.

Seneca offers hundreds of programs and credentials, ranging from degrees and graduate certificates to diplomas and microcredentials. Whether it’s a short-term online course that builds on your previous knowledge and experience or a four-year degree that leads in a new direction, Seneca has an option that will work for you.

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“Seneca was really flexible,” said Ann Varghese, a graduate of the Practical Nursing diploma program. “I didn’t want to give up my full-time job, and I have kids. Some of my classes were virtual, and the professors were really accommodating and encouraging.”

Seneca’s many program delivery options take distance out of the equation. You can learn from anywhere, during hours that work for you. Courses are delivered online, in person or a mix of the two. And you learn at your own pace. Parttime studies are available. So are accelerated options.

The choice is yours.

Plus, at Seneca, you join a community of thousands of students and professors who share your dedication to building a better future for everyone. You’ll meet people from around the world, of different ages and backgrounds — all with something to contribute, working towards their own goals. You will fit right in.

Seneca prepares you to accept the challenge of what will come next in your life … and your career. We offer a great polytechnic education that combines rigorous academics with practical training. You gain the knowledge and experience you’ll need to be successful now.

You also learn how to learn, which will benefit you down the road when you’re facing a new challenge and pursuing your next goal.

Kristal Moore is a double Seneca graduate, completing the Police Foundations diploma program then the Honours Bachelor of Crime & Intelligence Analysis degree program.

“My degree is the first of its kind in Ontario,” she said. “Being a part of the first graduating cohort was an incredible feeling, and the program prepared me for my career as a crime analyst.”

From health care to technology, business to creative arts, community services to science, you’ll find a program that matches your interests, your passion and your expertise.

Seneca’s dedicated professors have strong connections with industry, and we offer thousands of co-op and work placements that get you hands-on experience while connecting you with future employers.

Are you ready to achieve a new goal, your way? Seneca is ready to help you do it.

Our recruitment team is available when you are, with online advising and virtual events.

Get started at www.senecacollege.ca.

 

Fanshawe’s student support program is Here for You

There are many “firsts” we experience throughout our lives. First step, first word, first day of school—they mark important milestones and there is often a great deal of anticipation and celebration surrounding these events.

When we think of a student’s first day of college, we may think about attending orientation, sitting in classrooms and meeting new people. For many students this year, their first day was quite different. They may have attended orientation online, they likely attended their first class online and meeting new students was done through a computer screen. Thousands of postsecondary students have experienced a significantly different “first day of college” than they were likely expecting. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed so much of day-to-day life, and with a focus on keeping communities safe, individuals and organizations alike have adapted to the current reality.

Fanshawe College has moved many programs to an online delivery format. Approximately 60 per cent of students enrolled in the fall 2021 semester are studying fully online. This is an important step to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, however it means students experience a significantly different school year than they had imagined. They may also experience some nervousness about starting their post-secondary journey during such an uncertain time.

Over the years, Fanshawe has built a substantial student support program called Here for You. With access to academic support, counselling services and more, students are given the tools they need to fully unlock their potential. Now, more than ever, students need specialized support to ensure their college experience—while perhaps different than expected—is successful.

Unique to Fanshawe’s curriculum development are the Signature Innovative Learning Experience (SILEx) and Job Skills for the Future models. Fanshawe students will graduate with SILEx opportunities that involve hands-on learning, multi-disciplinary collaboration and live client interactions. These experiences mean graduates enter the workforce having already had valuable experiences that mirror the “real world.”

Fanshawe has identified seven Job Skills for the Future—soft, transferrable skills including resilience, complex problem solving and novel and adaptive thinking among others, that are becoming increasingly important in today’s evolving career landscape. While technical skills change rapidly with the advent of new technologies, soft skills become more valuable over time. The College has committed to developing curriculum for every program that emphasizes a minimum of three Job Skills for the Future.

The College’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic mirrors the approach to curriculum. Faculty have taken innovative steps to adapt program delivery to online or blended learning. From introducing new technology to enhance the experience for those learning online to building community partnerships that allow students to complete their studies while giving back to those in need, faculty have worked tirelessly to ensure students have an inspiring and fulfilling experience at Fanshawe.

Fanshawe’s commitment to student success includes working closely with students to identify their educational goals and design a pathway that will work best for them. With a variety of credentials including certificates, diplomas, graduate studies and degrees, students can chart a path within Fanshawe that will prepare them for success in their field. We will also work with them to transfer existing credits from another institution to Fanshawe, or help students find additional opportunities at other institutions after completing a Fanshawe credential. There are numerous options for students, and Fanshawe provides guidance every step of the way.

At Fanshawe, we are here for our students. We have seen first-hand just how quickly our world can change, and we are committed to adapting to whatever challenges we face. Our mission remains the same: provide pathways to success, an exceptional learning experience and a global outlook to meet student and employer needs. Whether our students are studying online or in person, we are here to make their first day—and every day after—a memorable one.

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Sheridan’s peer connections assist the educational journey

Sheridan’s Well Series is a program that helps students in the all-important transition through their first-year postsecondary experience

Whether attending virtual, in-class or both, students can use online tools to help them get started as successfully as possible, says Joan Sweeney Marsh, Associate Vice Provost, Academic at Sheridan College. The program includes a combination of self-directed online modules, live chat with advisors and opportunities to meet other Sheridan students. “It covers the whole student experience, from start to finish of their studies and beyond,” says Marsh.

Following the typical student lifecycle, students begin with early pre-arrival support (Start Well), then move into the weeks leading up to the term’s start and through first year (Transition Well). From there, students engage in all-important learning strategies and supports (Learn Well) and career and work readiness (Work Well). Land Well is aimed at international students who have some distinct needs when they land in a new and possibly unfamiliar environment.

A “secret sauce” of the Well Series, says Ms. Sweeney Marsh, is Teach Well. It provides  faculty with innovative, interactive and multimedia course materials that deliver novel learning strategies to increase student engagement and motivation.

Across the series, Sheridan has purposefully included what it calls “mindful redundancies” for students. These repetitions focus on four main themes: creating community; navigating Sheridan services and supports; elements of well-being and a mindful approach to the academic journey; and various academic preparedness components. Sweeney Marsh says no matter the module, these redundancies serve to tie together the journey.

“These power skills help students to learn now and understand how they can be used in their educational journey and beyond,” she says.

Research demonstrates the transformative impact on students. Assessments show a high use of the programs during the 2020-21 year, with 54,000 student views of the Learn Well  module, 10,500 user interactions in the virtual communities and 750 students booking tutors through the portal.

“Start Well allowed me to be ahead of the game,” wrote Ganyo Soh, a student in Social Service Worker Gerontology. As a result, she achieved a 4.0 GPA, because it “eased away any types of struggles or unnecessary self-talk in my mind because I was prepared.”

Start Well

Begin your Sheridan journey with a series of one-on-one peer connections, workshops like financial aid, and supportive orientation activities to ensure your transition to Sheridan is welcoming and informative.

Transition Well

Designed to prepare you for the Sheridan learning environment before your first semester, the Transition Well workshops help you brush up on academic skills, learn to navigate the online course platform, meet new classmates and boost your postsecondary readiness.

Learn Well

Complete modules embedded in one of your program’s first semester courses to learn quick tips for academic success and learning strategies that will set you up to succeed. We guarantee these modules will help you at Sheridan and we offer a certificate when the modules are completed.

Work Well

Get support for your co-op or internship experience or for your industry field placement and plan for your future career. These modules are designed to get you workplace ready.

Land well

International students can build the foundations for success in Sheridan’s learning environment with Land Well. These interactive modules will familiarize you with the Sheridan community, identify available learning services, and build key discipline specific academic and interpersonal skills to set you up for success.

Teach well

Designed for Sheridan’s exceptional teaching faculty, Teach Well includes a virtual community of practice, modules and synchronous sessions on a variety of themes such as online course design, teaching strategies and interactive technologies.

Covid: How Ontario schools are aiming to get back to normal

The novel coronavirus disrupted college and university classes, closed down campuses and forced learning to go online for the better part of two years.

After what was deemed by many post-secondary institutions to be a “transition semester” in fall 2021, many across Ontario are ready to get back to normal, or at least to a modified version of normal, for the winter semester of 2022.

That will include, in many cases, required proof of vaccination, the wearing of masks while indoors, and enhanced cleaning regimens.

But it will also include more academic programs and student services offered online or in a hybrid model, along with more resources dedicated to student health and well-being.

At Centennial College in Toronto, online offerings will be permanent fixtures in its program mix for the foreseeable future, says David Ip Yam, Dean of Students. He says at the beginning of the pandemic, the college invested in 44 full-time programs that are fully online “so that students can be fully engaged in these career-oriented program regardless of where they’re located in the world.”

As well, co-curricular and student services, including enrolment, academic advising, and personal counselling shifted online and those offerings will continue.

“More recently, we’ve invested in HyFlex (“hybrid + flexible”) learning, which is a relatively new approach that provides students with the choice whether to attend class on campus or in person, live online or online anytime (asynchronous).”

Centennial students have reported more stress over social isolation, workload demands, difficulty concentrating, job security and financial concerns, among others, says Yam. The college responded in a number of ways, including by facilitating community building through  student-to-student connections through weekly engagement programming, e-mentors, and international student ambassadors.

As well, the college “normalized mental health and help-seeking, including launching a peer listener program, given that some students prefer to seek support from other students,” said Yam.

Centennial also created a call centre and a virtual queue for services within the student portal, highlighted skillsbuilding workshops, such as time management, career development and online learning strategies at key points throughout the term, and invested over $1 million in additional funding to students in 2020-2021.

“Based on our Student Pulse Surveys from fall 2020 to winter 2021, we saw statistically significant improvements in student satisfaction with the online learning experience, quality of services and feeling safe. We know we have more work to do on all fronts, but these results have been validating.”

The sudden onset of pandemic restrictions in March 2020 required a rapid mid-semester shift to ensure students could complete their courses, said Alison Horton, Vice President Academic at Mohawk College in Hamilton.

“We are proud of what we accomplished during our initial response. More than 20,000 courses were transferred into a new online learning system in just 10 days. Our faculty made an impressive transition in a short amount of time, quickly adjusting their delivery plans as needed.”

The “vast majority” of students were able to complete their courses despite community restrictions and lockdowns, said Horton.

“We then took advantage of the moment to rethink and redesign program delivery for the 2020-21 academic year.” That included creative ways to keep students engaged in remote learning, such as lightboard technology to illustrate concepts and formulas during lectures, gamified learning through virtual escape rooms, and simulations to allow for the replication of “real world” learning scenarios.

In programs in which in-person training is critical, such as skilled trades and healthcare, strict safety protocols allowed for the return of more than 6,000 students to shops and labs without any COVID-19 outbreaks.

Successful innovations introduced during the pandemic will continue in the future, says Horton.

“We have a strong desire to fully reopen our campuses for students, to provide them with a complete student experience again, as soon as we can safely do so. At the same time, we recognize that some students have excelled in virtual and remote learning and would prefer to learn in a more flexible environment moving forward. For that reason, we expect that we will continue to build on the hybrid learning model as an option for many Mohawk College programs moving forward.”

A number of universities, including the University of Waterloo, Ryerson University, OCAD University and York University, have announced a return to classes for winter 2022. At both OCAD and York, there will be normal class occupancy levels and no physical distancing requirements.

“Looking ahead, as we plan to deliver a more normal level of winter term classes in person, we will continue to work with our local public health team to make sure our plans protect your physical and mental health,” read a statement released by the University of Waterloo on Sept. 20.

“This means we will largely return to our pre-pandemic approaches to academic life at Waterloo.”

Most universities and colleges all across the province have required proof of full vaccination to access campuses this fall. That is expected to continue in 2022.

Mandating vaccines will work to “protect the university from outbreaks, to protect individuals from severe disease, hospitalization and death, and to continue to promote a healthy environment in which we learn, work and live,” said University of Guelph president and vice-chancellor Charlotte Yates.

Maintaining online options seems to match the expectations of students, according to a poll done by KPMG that was conducted in early September and released in October.

The poll of 1,203 post-secondary students found that 88 per cent expect their university to provide the kind of “easy to use and straightforward” digital customer service experience they expect in other walks of life and over 76 per cent believe the university of the future will bear little resemblance to today’s education institutions.

“Over the next decade, students will become even more diverse, digital, and deliberate in their decision making, putting pressure on higher education institutions to design and deliver a more personalized experience that encompasses the student as a learner, a digitally savvy person, and a customer,” said C.J. James, partner and national education practice leader at KPMG.

Other key findings included 71 per cent of respondents who called campus life “important” and said they were looking forward to returning to in-person classes.

Humber College Provides Practical Experience

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Humber College graduates are known to be work-ready and highly employable. More than 87 per cent of graduates are employed within six months of graduation,* thanks to a focus on workintegrated learning and a curriculum that responds directly to workforce needs.

The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated change and innovation in many areas, and Humber’s commitment to providing the highest-quality polytechnic education remains, whether students are learning in person or online.

Kayla Amaral graduated from Humber College’s Pharmacy Technician program during the pandemic, and despite uncertain times, she secured full-time employment.

“I felt confident in the skills I had gained throughout the course of the program to go out and find work in my desired field,” she said.

“In the short time since I graduated, the scope of practice for technicians has expanded to allow technicians to administer injections, like vaccines,” she said.

Humber faculty are experienced professionals, and many continue to work and maintain connections to top employers. Amaral says their guidance and the program’s focus on practical experience helped her adapt.

Online, in person and everywhere in between

To give students the best possible experience during the pandemic, Humber developed online resources and tools, including a team dedicated to helping students navigate their studies six days a week at the Open Learning Centre.

Over the past few months, many students have transitioned to a mix of in-person and online learning. Now that the college is welcoming more and more students back to campus, Humber expects to offer significantly more in-person services and increased opportunities for on-campus interactions and activities.

A healthy, inclusive campus

Humber students are supported outside of the classroom, too. The college aims to be the healthiest campus in Canada, which means wellness, sustainability, and inclusion are top priorities.

The Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre offers counselling, mental wellness services and physical health appointments, which can also be accessed remotely. Students can also take advantage of Humber’s Accessible Learning Services, which coordinates academic accommodations and services for students with disabilities.

A healthy community is also equitable, inclusive and diverse. Humber’s Indigenous Education & Engagement department and the Black Academic Success and Engagement (BASE) provide resources, opportunities and community.

Recent Bachelor of Commerce – Digital Business Management graduate Michallia Marks was attracted to Humber because of what she calls “an interesting blend of what you’re learning in the classroom and real-world scenarios” and became involved at the BASE right away.

“I like what they’re about – focusing on Black students and ensuring that Black students have a space at the college. I’ve met so many different people from various programs and walks of life.”

Experience Humber this fall

If you’re interested in a program at Humber College, plan to attend the Fall 2021 Humber Virtual Open House on November 20 that runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offers sessions on programs, events from each faculty and more.

The Open House is a one-stop shop for information on all things Humber. You will also get the opportunity to virtually tour the North and Lakeshore Campuses and Residences.

Pre-register to receive notifications about the upcoming Fall Open House.

For more information, visit www.humber.ca/openhouse

 

* Colleges Ontario Key Performance Indicators 2019-2020

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Career-ready: Real-world learning opportunities at Humber

Whether it is through online learning, specialized hands on training or a combination of the two, Humber College is committed to providing a polytechnic education that will prepare students for exciting careers in anything from automotive manufacturing to social work.

Even during a worldwide pandemic, Humber is focused on helping students navigate a global, knowledge-based economy and the ever-changing technology and tools they will encounter in the workforce.

Partnerships with employers and industry have helped to build strong programs that respond to industry demand and connect students to a network of professional contacts and opportunities.

A new Bachelor of Engineering – Mechatronics degree was developed to address a shortage of engineers in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, food production, pharmaceutical, energy and healthcare. Thanks to a partnership between Humber and Sault College, the program will be delivered simultaneously at Humber’s North campus in Toronto and Sault College’s Sault Ste. Marie Campus through a blend of in-person, classroom and lab learning, combined with video conferencing. The innovative delivery allows students in Northern communities a chance to learn without leaving their region.

Facilities including the North Campus’ Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation offer state-of-the-art equipment and learning spaces that support skills development, research and opportunities to solve real-world industry challenges.

Culinary students who returned to campus for some hands-on learning in Humber’s Baking and Culinary labs have strengthened community ties by creating meals destined for shelters and food-security initiatives, working with established chefs and culinary partners.

Other work-integrated learning opportunities range from internships to Applied Research projects, which help build a professional portfolio and network prior to graduation.

As travel and in-person socialization restrictions continue, Humber has created innovative new international learning experiences, connecting students from a variety of programs, faculties and partner institutions.

Over the summer, Beyond COVID-19: Global Systems Gap Challenge brought together almost 400 students from 26 countries to identify systemic issues in business, education, social innovation and health and wellness. They were supported by Humber faculty, staff and industry partners who volunteered as mentors. For many of the students, the challenge also counted toward work placement requirements.

Humber graduates are recognized as career-ready across many sectors. One Electromechanical Engineering Technology alumna finished her studies in the Spring, when manufacturing jobs became scarce due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as a result of her hands-on skills and extensive extracurricular activities, she was hired on the spot by a company in the industry.

Extra-curricular opportunities like Humber’s Mechatronics Skills Varsity team helped her build on skills learned in-class and challenged her to apply her growing expertise to real-world problems.

Now she is surrounded by university graduates at work where she continues to advance her career, branching out into new roles.

Many Humber College alumni report similar experiences and 87 per cent of graduates are employed within six months of graduation.

Humber College offers more than 240 full-time programs, including a growing list of degree programs delivered by instructors with experience in the field.

Students can also choose to enroll in Humber’s foundation and pathway programs for recent high school graduates, mature students, people returning to education after years away or students who are unsure what program they should start with.

These programs are about building the skills to succeed in post-secondary and enabling students to explore college life and focus on the program stream that is best for them.

To learn more about all Humber has to offer, visit Humber’s Fall 2020 Virtual Open House on Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or watch for the Spring 2021 Open House. Students will have the chance to learn more about Humber campuses, programs, and faculty, as well as connect with staff and student ambassadors about choosing Humber. Humber’s website is www.humber.ca.

Algoma U Advances Expansion Plans in Downtown Brampton to Address Growing Student Need

As the post-secondary sector continues to navigate the unprecedented challenges brought on by the current global pandemic, Algoma University continues to expand academic programming and student facilities in the “heart of downtown Brampton” to support the needs of students within the fast growing community and beyond.

Algoma University prides itself on providing a quality student-centred approach to learning that supports the academic success and experiential learning needs of today’s students at campus locations in Brampton, Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins. “My experience at Algoma has been everything I had expected and more. No matter how big or small the issue, there is always someone willing to help,” notes Emma Hill who is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with a specialization in Accounting. “All the professors at the School of Business and Economics are genuinely here to help you achieve your goals.”

The Algoma University campus lies in the heart of historic downtown Brampton creating a perfect setting for students to study, work and play within a small urban campus environment. Just steps away, the downtown offers access to city and regional transit. Students enjoy great restaurants, shops, arts, entertainment, recreation facilities, parks and culture. Garden Square, located directly beside Algoma U’s Brampton campus, offers free entertainment for all ages throughout the year including many events and festivals. Algoma University also offers campus locations in Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins, Ontario.

This is an exciting period for both the City of Brampton and for Algoma University who are working in partnership, along with other stakeholders, to expand postsecondary options for the citizens of Brampton, the region of Peel and international student markets.

In response to current needs, Algoma University now offers programming in Computer Science and Psychology in addition to a range of degree and certificate programs in areas such as accounting, human resource management and marketing, previously established by the School of Business and Economics. The University is also offering new interdisciplinary project management certificate and degree options aimed at addressing needs in the labour market.

Algoma continues to develop the academic and non-academic programming elements of a new Centre for Social, Cultural & Economic Innovation (CSCEI) currently under development at its expanded campus footprint within the Brampton Innovation District. Each program at Algoma University’s CSCEI has been hand-picked to align with the City of Brampton’s goals to retain talent, attract industry, develop its social capital – and, ultimately – to become a strong, vibrant community.

The University anticipates continued expansion will include the introduction of undergraduate offerings in Law and Justice as well as Environmental Studies in time for Fall 2023 intake. Students at Algoma University’s Centre for Social, Cultural & Economic Innovation will obtain an education that prepares them to make significant contributions to the Brampton community and beyond.

The development underway supports current and anticipated enrolment growth that will see Algoma’s student body grow to over 1250 students by 2023-24, building upon record enrolment of over 800 students in 2019-20.

Given the global pandemic, Algoma has temporarily transitioned program delivery to a high-quality virtual learning environment. “Although Algoma continues to adjust planning due to the current pandemic, we commenced the academic year with considerable positive momentum as we’ve expanded our virtual learning presence utilizing Ontario-based D2L in partnership with PowerEd by Athabasca,” noted Craig Fowler, Algoma University’s VP Growth, Innovation and External Relations. “The response by both students and faculty has been outstanding.”

Algoma is busy preparing for a return to “normal” campus operations through continued facility development, including construction of additional state-of-the-art classroom space, study rooms, a student life centre, a newly designed welcome centre, and the creation of the Centre for Social, Cultural and Economic Innovation. Construction will be completed in two phases, with the current phase scheduled to be complete by December 2020 and a final stage commencing in May 2021. In addition to a $27 million investment by Algoma University, current campus development efforts have been generously supported by funding provided by the City of Brampton that will see a total of $7.3 million invested in the full project.

Further information on the Brampton campus of Algoma University is available online at www.algomau.ca/brampton.

Build a Career in Designing Experiences

Design Experiences. Create Connections.

If you’re drawn toward interactive installations, intrigued by hands-on museum and art exhibitions or curious about creating exciting experiences with Instagram-worthy moments, Sheridan’s new Honours Bachelor of Experiential Design may be the degree for you.

“Like a choreographer, an experiential designer determines movement through space and develops possible narratives and interactions within a physical environment using all the senses,” explains Angela Iarocci, the program’s coordinator. “It’s an emerging field that takes a holistic approach to improve and augment people’s experience of places.”

It’s so emergent in fact, that Sheridan’s four-year degree in Experiential Design is the first of its kind in Canada, developed in response to industry demand and new directions within design practice. As technology advances and socio-cultural changes take hold, it’s forcing design disciplines to evolve. With its over 50-year legacy of delivering ground-breaking arts and design education, Sheridan is well positioned to respond to these shifts.

The curriculum focuses on key areas of the field including wayfinding, exhibition design, placemaking, themed environments and events. Experiential Design students will take courses that blend theoretical and hands-on training, integrating aspects of architecture, interaction design, and graphic design.

Faculty include experienced designers with a range of specializations and industry connections to mentor students throughout the four years. They’ll provide expert guidance in courses like Site & Space, Communication & Narrative, Multisensory Experiences, Public Space & Placemaking, Experiential Design Theory and more.

Graduates will be current with qualitative and quantitative research methods focused on critical experiential design issues. They’ll be able to employ a variety of design strategies to develop solutions that integrate knowledge of materials and physical space as well as create multi-sensory experiences through interactive media. They will have the ability to integrate principles of human-centered design, sustainability and inclusive design with problem-solving methodologies aimed at experiential design solutions.

“The profession is eager for welltrained graduates who can rise to the challenges of experiential design,” says Iarocci. “And it’s not only ‘hard skills’ in arts and design that are required. Experiential design is a highly collaborative discipline – so teamwork, integrative thinking and creativity are equally important.”

A 14-week co-op opportunity in the upper years of the program will give students hands-on experience in the field, provide them with leads to industry pathways and a chance to build their portfolios and network before graduating. Students will also complete a thesis project for which they’ll delve into a specific area of experiential design. These projects often become the cornerstone of graduates’ portfolios.

In addition to pursuing a job as an experiential designer, graduates may also find employment in roles like exhibition designer, wayfinding strategist and designer, environmental graphic designer, digital experience designer, design researcher, themed and branded environments designer, and project manager/coordinator.

“It’s a tremendously exciting field to be in, rich with opportunities for application in a variety of sectors. Ultimately, it’s about connecting people, places and content in meaningful ways”, says Iarocci.

The attainment of future-proof, 21st century skills is integral to Sheridan programs, and the Bachelor of Experiential Design is no different.

Approximately 50 students will be accepted into the inaugural cohort of the Honours Bachelor of Experiential Design degree, which begins in September 2021. Applications are now being accepted. If you’re interested in learning more about the Bachelor of Experiential Design program and application requirements, you can participate in Sheridan’s Virtual Open House on November 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visit openhouse.sheridancollege.ca to register for Virtual Open House and xd.sheridancollege.ca for program details.

Transforming hands-on learning for a digital landscape at Durham College

Durham College is proving that hands-on learning can be rewarding and effective in both physical and virtual classrooms.

Durham College (DC) enables students to develop the career-ready skills required to meet the demands of today’s job market by connecting them with expert faculty and offering more than 140 quality full-time programs, including nine apprenticeship and two degree programs. With a focus on experiential learning through field placements, applied research, co-ops and other hands-on opportunities, DC grads have the skills and knowledge employers need.

In March 2020 the world changed almost overnight as the COVID-19 pandemic hit. To ensure the health and safety of their communities, many colleges and universities transitioned traditional in-class instruction into a new, digital environment.

At DC, faculty and administrators were able to pivot immediately, calling on innovative digital tools already in practice in many of DC’s programs so they could continue delivering the same excellence in education and fulfilling hands-on learning DC is known for.

These digital educational tools seamlessly transformed physical classrooms into virtual ones, allowing students to continue learning complex theoretical material, take part in engaging class discussions and online simulations, and participate in virtual experiential learning opportunities.

Faculty members adapted, developing new applications and approaches, like a computer-aided online dispatch system for 911 Emergency and Call Centre Communications students that simulates call-taking and dispatching. Others leveraged educational tools to create interactive activities in trades courses, or enable virtual internships locally and internationally – connecting students with employers around the world.

With a focus on social connectedness, DC’s expert faculty and dedicated employees found new ways to ensure a unique and supportive student experience. From online Q&A sessions and guest speakers in virtual classrooms to delivering student services in a virtual environment, DC continues to find new ways to support students on their post-secondary journey.

DC’s blended approach of digital and hands-on learning has seen students from all programs adapt and excel as they continue to experience transformative learning.

As the future takes shape, DC continues to offer exceptional academic experiences and rewarding experiential learning opportunities that allow students to develop job-ready skills and knowledge needed for in-demand careers in an ever-evolving market.

With hands-on opportunities, robust learning environments and more than 450 pathways to further their education after graduation, DC prepares students to seize whatever opportunities the future may bring.

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