On October 24, 2018, CFICE Community-Campus Engagement Brokering Ottawa academic co-lead Eileen O’Connor and research assistant Leigha McCarroll attended the School of Social Innovation’s Fall Open House and Networking Event at Saint Paul University.
An opportunity for community groups and organizations to connect with students and community members, Eileen and Leigha used the event to gather feedback on their working group’s CCE opportunities database. This database seeks to standardize data on university and college engagement opportunities in the environmental sustainability sector to make it easier for potential community partners, students, faculty and even the general public to search, filter, and discover new opportunities for CCE partnerships.
The CCE Brokering Ottawa working group has been developing this database over the past year. Using a publicly-accessible Google Sheet, they have built the database using the Work-Integrated Learning framework conceptualized by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario to standardize a data structure by which the opportunities can be sorted.
Sharing the database at Saint Paul University’s recent open house and networking event was a good first step in gathering the feedback this working group needs to make sure the database is useful to community, student, and academic partners.