40 One Size Does Not Fit All: Co-creating diverse approaches


Lynda Robinson & Micki McCartney, Vancouver Island University

The Centre for Experiential Learning at Vancouver Island University has undergone an extensive multi-faceted approach to reviewing and redesigning its Work-integrated Learning Programs. This session will explore the challenges and opportunities to enhancing experiential learning within institutional constraints and shifting priorities. Experiential learning practitioners must conquer the perception that divides experiential learning from academics while they continually explore ways to ensure WIL is an integral part of students’ post-secondary experience.



Lynda Robinson, Vancouver Island University
Lynda is inspired by innovation and excellence. She works towards individualizing service and support for each student, employer or institutional member she has the privilege to work with.
Lynda’s educational background includes a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training, with thesis work focusing on employability skill development for post -secondary students, and a provincial instructor diploma which concentrated on curriculum development, instructional effectiveness, evaluation and assessment in a learning environment, technology for learning, and support for adult learners. With a keen interest in international development and supporting international students, Lynda’s international development work includes participation in VIU’s long term relationship with Tra Vinh University in Vietnam. Recently she co-authored a career and work experience chapter for BC open textbook project.

Micki McCartney, Vancouver Island University
Lynda has contributed significantly to VIU students’ job and career development success, and has successfully promoted career development and employability skills as integral to the success of VIU students and graduates. She has provided training to institutional leaders and faculty on how to successfully develop and manage an experiential educational program; and provided tools and resources to implement programming. Lynda served as an Association for Co-operative Education Board member for several years and also currently contributes to the organization through her involvement as a member of the Awards committee. This past year Lynda was honoured to be presented with the: Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching Design and Practice that employs Experiential Learning. Micki appreciates hard work, learning and fun. Fortunately, she has been able to combine all of these elements at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Micki has worked at VIU since 2006 as a Cooperative Education Coordinator, Interim Regional Campus Manager and is currently involved in the co-creation and advancement of experiential learning at VIU. Micki’s expertise includes: a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training, Coaching certification and diploma and over 25 years’ experience focused on leading teams, management, and experiential learning through the delivery and development of programs, courses, and services designed to enrich learning. Micki has participated in research through the planning, distribution, collection and writing of a student and graduate survey and student report, as well as co-presenting at conferences. Recent contributions include participating on a Post-Secondary Tourism and Hospitality Advisory Group to develop the Career Zones document through the Ministry of Education and co-authoring a chapter on Careers and Work Experience in the Open Textbook Project: BC Ministry of Advance Education. This past year Micki was honoured to be presented with the: Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching Design and Practice that employs Experiential Learning.


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