- Incorporating the FUSION curriculum into your course/program
Bridging academic and employability skills to educate the next generation of citizen scholars
FUSION is designed with an inclusive experiential learning approach. It can benefit all students in work placements, programs, or those that attend regular courses with active learning components (community engagement, project/research development, internships, practicum courses, EL learning outcomes, etc.). The FUSION curriculum is available to any faculty, instructors, program coordinators, and staff of all departments interested in incorporating the FUSION curriculum into their courses or programs. 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’ online course engagement and 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
- Participate in potential cross-collaborative network experiential learning initiatives.
At the beginning of the work program or the regular course, students are introduced to the curriculum with a one-hour orientation module. The main curriculum is approximately 10-hours long and is divided into three phases: Explore, Apply and Reflect.
- 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 or academic-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 academic and professional future.
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.
The FUSION team provides various supports to help incorporate the modules into courses, including:
- Information about the FUSION Skill-Development Curriculum
- Meeting with the FUSION team or project officer
- Access to the FUSION Facilitator Portal: Explore the six modules and additional activities
- Facilitation guide
- Student workbook
- Additional activities and EL resources: Workshops, drop-in sessions, career portfolio, etc.
If you are interested in incorporating the FUSION project into your course or program, please complete the form below.