Are All Experiential Learning Opportunities Created Equal?

Ailsa Bristow, Betchablog, Jun 12, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Co-op learning and work placement are good means of ensuring authentic learning experiences, but to be effective they must reach those students who would benefit most from them. This is what is not happening, reports the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. In general, university participation rates are lower among aboriginals, students with disabilities, and the poor. This has a long-term impact on unemployment among these groups. And these differences are magnified for things like co-op placements or paid internships. "Students from marginalized groups are able to secure a WIL (Work-Integrated Learning) opportunity it is less likely to be in a high-quality paid experience, despite the additional financial barriers that students in these groups are more likely to face." Via Academica.

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