What is FUSION?
The Future Skills Innovation Network (FUSION) is a national network of Canadian universities focused on exploring innovative and inclusive experiential learning approaches to foster skill development and prepare university students to join a rapidly evolving world of work. The FUSION project is part of the federally-funded Future Skills Centre (FSC) and is comprised of six partner institutions: University of Saskatchewan, Carleton University, Concordia University, Memorial University, Simon Fraser University, and University of Calgary.
Aiming to help universities prepare students for the future economy, FUSION is focused on achieving three main goals:
- Improving postsecondary outcomes for students from underrepresented groups
- Developing students’ work-related skills through curricular and co-curricular activities
- Creating more flexible formats for accessing learning
FUSION Skill-Development Curriculum
The FUSION Skill-Development Curriculum is an interactive and engaging 10-hour online, self-study curriculum designed to wraparound and complement a student’s existing experiential learning opportunity (e.g. internship, student leadership role, research project, part-time job, volunteer placement, or summer work term). The FUSION Skill-Development Curriculum focuses on helping students enhance their skills across three critical 21st century skill domains:
- Metacognition – the ability of the mind to plan, monitor and assess its own learning and performance
- Communication – the ability to construct and convey a message through an appropriate medium
- Problem solving – the ability to connect various analytical strategies to come up with creative solutions to manage difficult situations
Using their experiential learning opportunity to apply their learning in real-time, students will learn to:
- Identify and articulate personal learning strategies and strengths in learning and processing information
- Identify how to adjust communication based on context, audience, purpose and medium
- Analyze and deconstruct a simulated work problem using the stages of the problem-solving cycle
Benefits of Participation
Students that participate in the FUSION Skill-Development Curriculum will have the opportunity to:
- strengthen critical skills needed to adapt and succeed in the world of work
- enjoy a richer and more meaningful experiential learning opportunity
- be part of the first group of students to launch this innovative, national project
- receive acknowledgment on your CCR (if participating as part of a non-credit experience)
- take part in a national research study to explore innovative and inclusive experiential learning approaches to foster skill development and prepare students for the future economy (optional)
Wrapping the FUSION Skill-Development Curriculum around your course or learning experience can:
- increase and enrich your students’ development of three critical skill areas
- enrich your students’ course/program learning experience
- make the experiential learning and/or skill-development learning outcomes of your course/program more explicit
- facilitate and advance inclusive work-integrated learning initiatives
- provide additional instructional support
If you have an interest in offering FUSION in the classroom or as part of a non-academic program, please get in touch with Brock Egeto (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How to Participate
After a successful Fall 2020 pilot, the FUSION Skill-Development Curriculum will be offered again in the Spring/Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters. Please contact us if you are a student interested in participating in the FUSION Skill-Development Curriculum or a faculty, instructor or program leader interested in wrapping the curriculum around your course or learning experience.
The FUSION + Job Seeker program comprises:
- The FUSION Skill Development Curriculum - a 10-hour, self-directed, online learning experience designed to enhance skill development in three critical 21st century skill domains: communication, problem solving, and metacognition.
- Weekly Virtual Workshops on the Job Search Process (Wednesdays 1-2 pm CST) - topics include Resumes, CVs and cover letters, interviewing, LinkedIn, networking, and career information interviewing.
This opportunity is limited to recently graduated alumni who are either:
- without work and actively engaged in the job search process; OR
- currently underemployed (i.e., do not have enough paid work OR are not doing work that makes full use of their skills and abilities as university graduates).
A total of 75 spots will be available and offered on a first come, first served basis.
Program Dates: September 20, 2021 - October 31, 2021 (Registration FULL)