Innovation Fund

Program Innovation Fund.

Due to COVID-19, the first phase of the Global Skills Opportunity program focused on innovation to help institutions test new tools and approaches, adapt mobility programming to COVID-19, and build the foundation for the launch of the full program.

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Identifying and Reducing Barriers to International Exchange Opportunities for Students with Disabilities at the University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo

Using a participatory action approach, this project aimed to identify and reduce barriers to exchange for students with disabilities. The project design promoted extremely high levels of student engagement. This enabled students to contribute to the development, and testing, of resources that aim to reduce barriers to exchange and enhance student support. This project engaged students with disabilities via a novel partnership between Waterloo’s Student Success Office and AccessAbility Services. Deliverables include an on-campus resource and referral map, a toolkit, and a survey to host partners that will enable us to promote their wellness and disability supports.

Enhancing faculty engagement in short-term international study abroad programs

University of Windsor

This project to seek to carryout research and capacity-building activities to better understand the barriers that faculties, students and staff face when offering or participating in short-term faculty-led mobility programs. The overall objective is to increase student participation in outbound mobility by providing more short-term study abroad opportunities.

Understanding barriers to student participation in outbound mobility to Latin America

Vancouver Island University

To increase collaboration with Latin American universities, Vancouver Island University undertook a survey of students to understand, the main barriers to outbound mobility. The survey paid particular attention to perceptions of Latin America to better understand how to motivate students to participate in mobility opportunities in that region to identify barriers to participation in mobility opportunities with Latin America.

Project-Based Learning for 3D Printers: A Partnership Between Vanier College and Tianjin Vocational Institute

Vanier College

The 3D Printer project was implemented as an enrichment activity for students that also facilitated an exchange between Vanier College and Tianjin Vocational Institute with the help of MACC. It helped us to maintain our partnerships with international institutions as well as increase student engagement in an innovative way during the Covid-19. Students were grouped together to design and produce an item in a team-based setting without prior knowledge of 3D printing. The competencies gained from this project included creativity, adaptability, resourcefulness, leadership, and design skills. This project was accessible mainly because there were no costs involved for the students.

Virtual Intercultural Competency Training Using Basic AI Models

Vanier College

The Virtual Intercultural Competency Training project was proposed following cancellation of the mobility exchange program due to Covid-19. To maintain our partnership with Kamuzu College of Nursing in Malawi, and to explore an alternative method for Intercultural Competency Training, a collaborative virtual exchange was organized. The development of intercultural competence is a program exit competency for all graduating nursing students. Through a series of online workshops immediate responses were given to students using basic AI templates and feedback and we collected information from our students as well as nursing students in Malawi using traditional electronic means to maximize virtual discourse.

Vic International: Pathways to Global Experience

Victoria University

This project aims to facilitate accessible and affordable opportunities for international learning in five Victoria College academic programs. Research staff were hired to survey and interview students, faculty, program coordinators and other administrators. The project reinforced existing supports for international learning with potential partners abroad while researching best practices in outbound mobility. The aim is to build efficiently on existing structures such as international partnerships, research networks, existing courses and work-experience modules, in order to incorporate more outbound mobility opportunities, improve accessibility, facilitate participation, and expand student uptake.