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Research Workshop

Workshop: Using data and research to measure the impact(s) of WIL programs

All global quality WIL frameworks identify the need to measure outcomes/impact of WIL. These outcomes/impacts differ for WIL stakeholders, for example:

  1. Governments (eg. graduate employability, entrepreneurship)
  2. Industry/community (eg. talent recruitment and retention)
  3. Higher education institutions (eg. student recruitment and retention)
  4. Students (eg. Student experience, student engagement)
  5. Educators (eg assessment of learning outcomes)

This hands-on workshop will equip participants to understand what data is needed, or research available, to measure the outcomes/impacts of interest. Participants will design a research project aligned with their interests. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with others or work independently. A further outcome from the workshop is to identify some common global themes that emerge for further exploration by the WACE IRC.

This workshop welcomes new as well as experienced researchers, and those who would like to know more about gathering evidence to answer important program questions.

The workshop will take place Tuesday, June 11, 2024 in Trollhättan, Sweden from 9:00am to 12:00pm, followed by lunch from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. 

This workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Norah McRae and Dr. Sonia Ferns.

Norah McRae

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Norah McRae, PhD, is associate provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE) at the University of Waterloo. Her involvement in co-operative and work-integrated education spans more than 20 years, over which time she has led strategic program development and research on student engagement, community-engaged learning and intercultural competency development.

 Sonia Ferns

Associate Professor Sonia Ferns is an education specialist with 40 years' experience in teaching, curriculum and assessment design, work-integrated learning (WIL), student engagement, employability, and strategic leadership. She is internationally recognized as an accomplished author and researcher in WIL. She has led institutional strategic projects on curriculum renewal, establishing an institutional quality framework for WIL, and renewal of the Mining Engineering degree in partnership with industry and the Minerals Council of Australia. Sonia has also led nationally funded projects on WIL, thereby contributing to the expansion, innovation, and quality of WIL in Australia. She has published extensively on industry engagement and WIL andis an Associate Editor for the International Journal of WIL. She works collaboratively with an international consortium of WIL researchers responsible for the design and delivery of six global WIL modules to provide professional development in WIL to teaching staff globally. She was on the Board of Directors for the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) for 10 years and served as President in 2019. In 2022 Sonia was awarded the prestigious life membership of ACEN in recognition of her outstanding contribution and leadership to WIL in Australia and beyond.


  • Members: $75.00 CAD 
  • Non-Members: $150.00 CAD
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