Canada – Strong and Prosperous? Canada has a growing skills gap People with Jobs – Jobs without People, Rick Miner, 2010. Canada has a long-standing innovation gap Innovation Canada: A Call to Action State of the Nation 2010: Imagination to Innovation
Ontario’s Labour Force Supply & Demand People with Jobs – Jobs without People, Rick Miner, 2010.
Ontario Labour Force Balance – Medium Growth People with Jobs – Jobs without People, Rick Miner, 2010.
How Innovative is Canada? RankCountryPerformanceRankCountryPerformance 1SwitzerlandA9JapanC 2SwedenA10FranceC 3U.S.A11GermanyD 4DenmarkB12AustraliaD 5NetherlandsB13CanadaD 6U.K.B14NorwayD 7FinlandB15AustriaD 8IrelandC16BelgiumD Note: Data for the most recent year available were used Source: The Conference Board of Canada
Defining Innovation Doing old things new ways Doing new things old ways Doing new things new ways Hasn’t occurred until the product, process or service has been implemented or commercialized
1. Experiencing (Activity – Doing) 2. Sharing (observing and reacting) 3. Analyzing (discovering / Key aspects) 4. Inferring (Generalizing to real life) 5. Applying (using learning in a new situation) Experiential Learning Cycle Simulations Writing Case studies Conduct Experiments Modelling Role Playing (adapted from Lang et al. 1995)
Idea Engage Students Develop Solution Hire Graduates Implement Solution Through applied research train students Provide real-life experience Enhance employability skills Hire on graduation Know solution Soft skills stronger The Virtual Circle
Theory and Applied Theory. Students prefer this by far in order to be industry ready! Employability skills in a competitive market. Industry Connections! Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Program
Intent of Student Projects Provide a skill set that is valued by employers Project mimics the workplace How to improve upon this model? How about, actual real time research and development with actual companies? 17
In class research (built into course content). Out of class research (in field). Industry specific – Tourism Sector Unpaid versus paid. Opportunities for Experiential Learning
In a nutshell … A typical team consists of three+ students and a company representative The students assume the role of junior researchers while the company/organization supervisor becomes the senior mentor 19
Role of the STUDENT Takes responsibility for the success of the project Draws upon appropriate resources, in order to make informed decisions. The responsibility of any choices however lies with the student. 20
Role of the INDUSTRIAL PARTNER Defines project with assistance of faculty supervisor Contributes in-kind support or cash or both Provides technical supervision, support and guidance for duration of project Informs students of the broader issues such as the factors supporting a business case analysis 21
Role of the PROFESSOR Creates tentative budget & seeks funding if necessary Consults with students weekly Sets clear expectations for students Grades student Appoints student project team leaders Sets clear expectations for industrial partner 22
What is in it for the company? Access to a large pool of (junior) research students Fruition of “back burner” ideas Positive Business Case Use of their own development process “Test drive” potential new employees 23
Our Model to Engage is Successful Students Faculty act as instructors and mentors Professors / Projects Business Health and Wellness Tourism Technology Government Office of Applied Research Funding Logistics and guidance Project management Connecting interdepartmentally Completed Projects Practical experience Job opportunities Better able to compete Graduation 24
Benefits of Applied Research for Faculty Skills renewal Keep up to date with area of expertise Broadenings community linkages Student mentorship Conferences/professional development Puts pep in our step!
Students receive a practical industry learning experience in a real world real time setting. Business and organizations have a professional connection with faculty and students. College grows it sphere of professional influence with business and organizations. Hiring of Algonquin College students over others. Creating 4 Wins
Opportunities Increasing participation of: Students Full-time faculty Clients – internal and external Operations Moving to cost neutrality Leveraging grants to purchase equipment/infrastructure Project Management is always improving Areas for growth Applied Research in Applied Learning Developing new Centres of Excellence with Faculties Interdisciplinary projects Research Ethics Board A marketing tool for the College