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Enhancing and translating learning experiences and work-related skills!

The Future Skills Innovation Network (FUSION) is a cross-collaborative network of Canadian universities that explores innovative and inclusive experiential learning approaches to foster skill development and prepare university students for a rapidly evolving society and job market.

The project was in launched in 2019 as part of the federally-funded Future Skills Centre (FSC). In addition to Carleton, the partner institutions are: Concordia University (QC), Simon Fraser University (BC), University of Calgary (AB), University of Saskatchewan (SK), and Memorial University (NL).

With special attention to equity and inclusion, FUSION’s initiatives seek to expand skill development experience and reflections for underrepresented students, such as Indigenous, racialized people, students with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, women in STEM, LGBTQ2S + peoples, non-traditional students, and Canadians living in rural, remote and Northern communities. The project aims to achieve three main goals:

  1. Integrate skill development in formal and informal learning
  2. Develop flexible teaching and learning formats to better facilitate skills acquisition and translation to the workplace
  3. Increase access to and success at university for underrepresented students

FUSION Skill-Development Curriculum

The FUSION skill-development curriculum is a flexible online integrated learning experience, designed to enhance student skill development in three areas critical to 21st century success and leadership: metacognition, communication and problem-solving.How are these skills connected? Each of the three skills help you understand and adapt to your context and situation. These skills also help you reflect on what you have learned and how you have used your skills so far, which leads you to use them more purposefully and develop them further for application in the future. While metacognition, problem solving, and communication are distinct skills, you are very likely to encounter situations that call for you to use some or all of these skills at the same time.  Communication skills help you with the ability to adapt to context and audience  Metacognition skills help you with self-awareness and questions  Problem-solving skills help you with analyzing issues and considering solutions  Communication and metacognition skills together help you with responding to circumstances and emotions  Metacognition and problem-solving skills together help you track what is happening and think critically about it. Problem-solving and communication skills together help you collaborate with others to address common challenges These skills are usually interconnected and are most effective when applied together to help you develop as a 21st Century professional.

The curriculum is designed to be self-directed. Within the framework of inclusive and innovative experiential learning and work-integrated learning (WIL), the FUSION curriculum can enrich any type of experiential learning curricular or co-curricular initiative developed with university students, whether undergraduates or graduates.

At Carleton, FUSION can be partnered with the Internship-Carleton University Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (I-CUREUS), Students as Partners Program (SaPP), ACT to Employ, Enriched Support Program/ Indigenous Enriched Support Program (ESP/IESP), and the Co-op program.

The FUSION curriculum refers to students’ unique context with the general term “work experience.” This active learning experience might be a co-op placement, working as a research assistant, an internship, working as a teaching assistant, or any other course-related experiential learning activity where students are learning by actively applying what they know in a setting inside or outside a traditional class.

Learn more about the curriculum by visiting our student or instructor page, and by watching the video below.

Additional Information


If you have any questions about the FUSION project, please contact the TLS FUSION project officer, Ranilce Guimaraes Iosif, or fusion@carleton.ca.