1. FUSION Goals
  2. FUSION Skill-Development Curriculum
  3. Benefits of Participation
  4. Eligibility
  5. Registration 
  6. Partnering Programs at Carleton
  7. Incorporating the FUSION skills development project into your course
  8. FUSION Carleton Team
  9. Additional Resources
  10. FUSION Q&A
  11. Contact

Developing, valuing and translating learning experiences and employability skills!

The Future Skills Innovation Network (FUSION) is a national cross-collaborative network of Canadian universities focused on exploring innovative and inclusive experiential learning approaches to foster skill development and prepare university students across Canada 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 FUSION partner institutions are: Concordia University (QC), Simon Fraser University (BC), University of Calgary (AB), the University of Saskatchewan (SK), and Memorial University (NL).

To learn more about FUSION, watch the video below.

FUSION Goals

The FUSION project is a joint effort to expand opportunities for university students to develop skills that are needed for any career path. 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.

Aiming to help universities prepare Canadian students for the future of the economy, FUSION focuses its actions towards achieving 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 10-hour online integrated learning experience in cuLearn designed to enhance student skills development in three areas critical to 21st century success and leadership: metacognition, communication, and problem-solving.

The FUSION curriculum will be launched online in the Fall of 2020 at each of the six FUSION institutions.

To discover more about the curriculum, please click the video below.

Benefits of Participation

The FUSION curriculum will provide guidance on how to meaningfully develop and value relevant academic and employment-related skills.

For the fall term pilot version, students who successful complete all six modules will receive a $150 honorarium.

For students:

Students that participate in the FUSION curriculum will have the opportunity to:

  • Tell your story of how you have worked to develop and translate academic skills to the workplace.
  • Develop and incorporate communication, problem solving and metacognition as highlighted skills on you resume and career portfolio, using concise, specific statements describing your academic and professional strengths.
  • Articulate skills in ways that demonstrate how you can contribute to a positive academic and workplace culture.
  • Maximize skill set by taking risks, getting feedback and continuing to improve your skills.
  • Engage in potential cross-collaborative network work-integrated-learning initiatives.

For faculty and instructors:

Wrapping the FUSION curriculum around your university online or in-person learning experience can:

  • Increase and enrich your students’ development of three critical skill areas
  • Enrich your students’ course learning experience
  • Make the experiential learning and/or skill-development learning outcomes of your course or research project more explicit
  • Facilitate and advance inclusive work-integrated learning initiatives
  • Provide additional instructional support
  • Participate in potential cross-collaborative network experiential learning initiatives.

FUSION wraparound online supports:

  • Skill-development curriculum (10 hours: six modules)
  • Local or cross-collaborative network workshops or panels sessions for students, instructors, and faculties on skill development and the future of work in Canada and globally (Additional support – Optional)
  • Drop-in sessions or workshops for students, instructors, and faculty on FUSION skills- development curriculum and inclusive work-integrated learning. (Additional support – Optional) 

Eligibility

The program is currently open to graduate co-op students and undergraduates that have completed the COOP 1000 course and going to start a Co-op placement in the Fall term, those registered in the Act to Employ Program and That will start a work experience in the Fall, and those that registered in Fall 2020 I-CUREUS and SaPP programs.

We invite Faculty, instructors and program coordinators who work with experiential learning activities, skills, or career development to contact the FUSION Project Officer for more information. The goal is for the FUSION curriculum to be expanded to a larger number of students, programs, and regular courses in 2021.

Registration 

The registration deadline to participate in the fall term is September 17th for Act to Employ and Co-op students and September 25 for those registered in the SaPP program and are interested in participating in the FUSION project. I-CUREUS students will be automatically enrolled in the FUSION course

Participation in the FUSION project is mandatory for I-CUREUS students. When you apply for this program, you will be automatically be enrolled in the FUSION project.

Partnering Programs at Carleton

  • I-CUREUS The Internship-Carleton University Research Experience for Undergraduate Students (I-CUREUS) offers students the opportunity to receive up to $2250 for faculty-supervised research. Half is funded by the Discovery Centre and half by the faculty supervisor (+ 14% payroll benefits paid by the Discovery Centre and faculty supervisor).The internship runs throughout the academic year, from September until April. A student can sign up for one term or for both and complete up to 150 hours.
  • SaPP The Students as Partners Program (SaPP) offers faculty, instructors, contract instructors, educational and instructional developers and librarians the opportunity to provide a paid work experience to undergraduate students interested in teaching innovation, with all funding being provided by Teaching and Learning Services (TLS).TLS will fund the student partner for up to 130 hours of work at $15 per hour (up to a maximum of ($1950 + 4% vacation pay). It is anticipated that the work will be completed within one academic term.
  • Act to Employ -ACT to Employ helps students with disabilities find paid experiential learning opportunities on campus that align with their academic and career goals. ACT to Employ assists in building capacity with our employer partners, demonstrating the potential of students with disabilities, and creating ongoing employer relationships while providing students with hands-on experiential learning opportunities to increase their employability skills, network connections, and confidence.
  • Co-op ProgramStudents enrolling in the co-operative education (co-op) option of a participating degree program gain 12 – 20 months of employment experience while completing their degree. Students who successfully complete their work term receive a Co-operative Education designation on their degree. Students enrolled in a co-op program must complete the COOP 1001 course prior to beginning their work placement. Students apply for work placements through the Carleton Co-op office, however placements are not guaranteed. Placements are found across industries and sectors. Students are paid by the employer.

Incorporating the FUSION skills development project into your course

The FUSION Skill-Development Curriculum

The FUSION Skill-development curriculum is designed on a self-learning model, encouraging each student to assume the leadership role in their learning process, exploring, valuing, developing, articulating, and translating their knowledge, skills, and experiences. Designed within the framework of inclusive and innovative experiential learning and work-integrated learning (WIL), the FUSION curriculum has the potential to enrich any type of experiential learning curricular or co-curricular initiative developed with university students, whether undergraduates or graduates.

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

Although designed as a self-learning online resource, students can always benefit from discussion groups, workshops, play role, scenario-based, storytelling or other types of participatory group dynamics that promote reflections and help to articulate and better tell the history of skills developed in the process. Carleton offers the following additional support to enhance student’s experience: workshops, drop-in sessions, and career portfolio.

The FUSION Skills

As students complete the curriculum, they will develop skills in three key areas: metacognition, communication, and problem-solving. These skills are all essential for 21st Century citizens and professionals. They greatly help with transitions from university life to work life.

Learning Path: Structure of the curriculum

The curriculum is approximately 10-hours long and is divided into three phases. The FUSION curriculum is completed in three phases: Explore, Apply and Reflect. Before the work program begins, students are introduced to the curriculum with a one-hour orientation module. The Explore phase introduces the students to the concepts of metacognition, communication, and problem-solving. Mid-way through the work program, the Apply phase provides an opportunity to use the newly developed skills to investigate a complex, work-related problem. At the end of the student’s work program, the Reflect phase builds awareness of their skill development and helps them set new goals for the future.

Navigating through the modules

To improve the success of implementation, we recommend that facilitators and instructors go through each module to get an understanding of the content, but also to explore your own communication, metacognition, problem-solving, and reflection skills before beginning your work as a facilitator/instructor so you are best prepared to direct and moderate discussions, activities, and the student’s self-discovery.

Incorporating the FUSION curriculum into your courses or program 

It will be up to each program, faculty, instructor, or experiential learning specialist to define more specific criteria for its implementation. For example, if the curriculum is part of a course, the instructor will be able to define whether the curriculum will be part of the course evaluation as a mandatory activity and with a grade or if it will be performed only as a complementary activity.

Initiatives related to the Project at Carleton University are monitored by the TLS/FUSION Project Officer. Therefore, questions regarding to implementation, evaluation, and research should be directed to Ranilce Guimaraes Iosif at ranilceiosif@carleton.ca or fusion@carleton.ca.

TLS/FUSION team support to incorporate the modules

  • Information about the FUSION Skill-Development Curriculum
  • Complete and submit a Form /Or send an email to the FUSION Project Officer
  • Meeting with the FUSION team or Project Officer
  • Access to the FUSION Facilitator Portal: Explore the six modules and additional activities
  • Facilitation Guide
  • Student’s workbook
  • Additional activities and EL resources: Workshops, drop-in sessions, career portfolio, etc.

If you have interest in incorporating the FUSION project into your course or program, please complete the form below.

FUSION Carleton Team

  • David Hornsby, Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) – Office of the Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning)/TLS
  • Andrea Thompson, Program Assessment Specialist – Office of Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Academic)
  • Ranilce Guimaraes-Iosif, FUSION Project Officer, TLS
  • Morgan Jones (FUSION Support Facilitator – Undergraduate Student)

FUSION Local Community – Collaborators

  • Teaching and Learning Services (TLS)
  • Experiential Learning Steering Committee
  • Career Services
  • Act to Employ
  • Co-operative education (Co-op)
  • Research internship program for undergraduate students (I-CUREUS)
  • Students as Partners Program (SaPP)
  • Equity and Inclusive Communities (EIC)
  • Centre for Student Academic Support (CSAS)
  • Student Experience Office (SEO)
  • Centre for Research and Inclusion at Work (CRIW)
  • Lorraine Godden (Faculty of Public Affairs, Instructor II – Expert in Employability Skills Development)

Additional Resources

FUSION Q&A

Contact

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