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Welcome all members to  AGM 2016!

EWO is proud to be involved and to partner with HEQCO with the Launching of the WIL Guide.

The guide is intended to serve as a resource for staff, faculty, academic leaders and educational developers involved with WIL to enhance student learning and development through structured work experience offered through post-secondary programs

STDOur annual EWO Professional Development day and AGM is being held Monday June 13, 2016 at the beautiful George Brown Waterfront campus. 51 Dockside Drive Toronto

Early Bird Registration- closes Friday April 8th, 2016

Early Bird: $100.00

Regular: $120.00

Lunch included

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Toronto is busy that weekend, book your hotel room now if needed...

The Launching of the WIL Guide will be the focus of our  Professional Development day. The two main researchers Gretchen Kerr and Ashley Stirling from University of Toronto will be presenting their findings and overview of the guide. Everyone will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, share best practices and to connect with colleagues from across the province.

There will be four roundtable discussions based on four main topics in the guide:

1:  Purposeful Experience: Specific forms of the structured work experiences and design are explored
2:  Reflection: The DEAL model for critical reflection is reviewed- describe, evaluate and articulate the learning
3:  Integration of Theory and Practice: Effective practices for facilitating students integration of theory and practice in Work Integrated Learning including the students self- directed learning
4:  Moving Forward: How to build collaborative partnerships with workplace organizations, integration with academic curriculum of program




Speaker Presentations

Richard Dominic Wiggers, Executive Director – Research & Programs

(416) 212-3881 
Richard holds a B.A. (Carleton), a Master’s (Ottawa), and a Ph.D. (Georgetown), where he also held a SSHRC doctoral fellowship.  He has authored or co-authored nearly two dozen publications and edited collections, and regularly gives presentations and keynote addresses at academic conferences, professional development workshops and other events. He also continues to teach a variety of college, undergraduate and graduate courses.  
In addition to seven years employed in a variety of positions with the federal government (departments of Justice, Secretary of State and Indian Affairs), he has worked for two private sector organizations involved in education related issues.  More recently, he spent seven years with the New Brunswick government in the Post-Secondary Affairs Branch (Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour) and as the Manager of Innovative Learning and Professional Development with the Department of Education.
After starting with HEQCO in January 2009, Richard has become responsible for managing more than 80 research projects dealing with Student Services, Teaching and Learning and Graduate Enrolment Expansion, as well as a major five-year research project on Work Integrated Learning that involves 14 Ontario colleges and universities. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the Canadian Apprenticeship Journal, as an External Associate with the University of Waterloo’s Centre for the Advancement of Co-Operative Education, and as a Faculty Advisor with Humber College’s new Research Analyst Post-Graduate Program.

Dr. Gretchen Kerr, Ph.D.

Dr. Kerr is a Full Professor and Acting Dean in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto.  In her role, Dr. Kerr is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the development, management, coordination, accreditation and evaluation of all undergraduate and graduate degree programs of the Faculty. Related to the development of the work-integrated learning guide, Dr. Kerr brings to the project 15 years of combined experience as Vice-Dean Academic Affairs and Associate Dean Undergraduate Education in which she has led curriculum development and evaluation in the Faculty, and has provided oversight to all work-integrated learning and experiential education opportunities including placements, directed research, practicums, and study abroad experiences. Dr. Kerr also has an extensive publication record. She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

Dr. Ashley Stirling, Ph.D.

Dr. Stirling is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, and Director of Experiential Education in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto. Dr. Stirling has expertise in the areas of work-integrated learning, experiential learning, curriculum evaluation, and training resource development. She is the Faculty’s specialist in experiential education and is responsible for oversight of the Faculty’s professional placement courses and the integration of work integrated learning within the broader academic curriculum in the Faculty. Dr. Stirling brings to this research a wealth of knowledge in experiential education and research expertise including peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and conference presentations.