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 UniversityMemorial 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

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)

Faculty, Instructors & Program Leaders

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

How to Participate

The FUSION Skill-Development Curriculum is being piloted in 2020-21 to students in following USask programs:

There is still opportunity to be part of FUSION in Term 2 and into 2021-22. 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.  

Contact

If you have any questions about FUSION or would like to learn more, please contact Kim Matheson, FUSION Project Coordinator kim.matheson@usask.ca.