Bridging theoretical and practical learning with Riipen
Bridging Theoretical and Practical Learning with Riipen
“This [project] would enable [students] to develop deep and rich networks and overcome the obstacles of stereotypes they face when searching for work.”Prof. Phanikiran Radhakrishnan.
The project enabled professors to develop experiential, work-integrated learning assignments across a range of disciplines and courses for undergraduate students. It used a third-party platform, Riipen, to facilitate partnerships between courses (with students and professors) and organizations (community and for-profit businesses). The project was targeted toward undergraduate students who would benefit from engaging in work-integrated experiential learning assignments. This would enable them to develop deep and rich networks and overcome the obstacles of stereotypes they face when searching for work.
The Riipen platform was identified as having the potential to provide a wider range of learning and assessment opportunities for undergraduate students, while at the same time streamlining the administrative workflow and coordination typically associated with placements, co-ops, and service learning in the community.
Department of Management, University of Toronto Scarborough.
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Impact of the Project on Students
A high number of students across various courses has benefitted from this project. These include:
- In 2018: Across 7 courses, 726 students in 11 projects.
- In 2019: Across 18 courses, 3997 students in 30 projects.
- In 2020: Across 7 courses, 205 students in 25 projects.
Impact of the Project on Faculty
A number of professors used this project as a basis to create experiential, work-integrated learning assignments across a range of disciplines and courses for undergraduate students. 32 courses employed this method over three years and deemed it a success.
Currently, Prof. Radhakrishnan is co-authoring a paper with Steve Joordens, Ed Hearn, Laura Visan, and Olivia Podolak on “Multiple Case Study of Remote Experiential Learning Courses”. This paper’s expression of interest was accepted by the journal a first draft of the paper for review will be submitted on Jan 31, 2021 to the International Journal of Work Integrated Learning.
The Department of Management at UTSC has committed to have at least one Work Integrated Learning experience for each student who is enrolled in the program. The department has hired staff to help facilitate relationship management with Work Integrated Learning employers.