The FUSION Skill Development Program Curriculum

Bridging academic and employability skills to educate the next generation of citizen scholars

The FUSION Skill Development Program 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.

Benefits of adding the FUSION curriculum into your course/program

The FUSION Skill Development Program 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 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 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.

Structure of the curriculum

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.

Vein diagram showing the overlapping elements and cycle of the FUSION curriculum.

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.

Please note: While the 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.

Questions regarding implementation, evaluation and research should be directed to fusion@carleton.ca.

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