43 Risk Mitigation: Legal Policy, Process and Document Management


LeeAnne Pawluski, MacEwan University
Linda Crawford, NAIT

WIL (Work Integrated Learning) opportunities for students in post-secondary institutions are expanding across Canada and while opportunities multiply, are legal policies, process and document management keeping pace? Turcotte, Nichols, & Philipps (2016) have reported that legal issues pose a growing concern for WIL programs. They suggest four compelling reasons for which WIL related legal concerns should be addressed: student protection in workplace settings; assurance that all parties understand the rights and responsibilities of placement arrangements; knowledge sharing to reduce duplication of efforts; and assurance that legal frameworks are aligned for participation and positive outcomes. Tied to these issues are the related legal policies, processes and documents that are the day- to-day concerns for WIL participants. This workshop aims to facilitate sharing of best practices regarding these legal policies, processes and documents.



LeeAnne Pawluski, MacEwan University
For 30 years, she has been an educator in some shape or form with experience including: K-12 French and science education, English language teaching overseas, creating and running a private language school for overseas university students, 13 years as coop coordinator for a polytechnic and is currently Experiential Learning Facilitator at MacEwan University. Her educational background includes a B.Sc., B.Ed., M.Ed., and she is currently working towards a PhD. In her spare time, LeeAnne enjoys language learning, tennis and travel.

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This workshop acted as a means to gather valuable information from practitioners and participants of Experiential Learning (EL) as related to risk mitigation with particular focus on placement agreements (contracts). Through group discussions, we shared agreement practices that institutions implement or intend to implement in order to enhance student protection, assure that all parties understand the rights and responsibilities of placement arrangements, and align legal frameworks for positive participation and outcomes of placement activity. The resulting information aims to encourage sharing and reduce duplication of efforts.

It was discovered that most institutions are challenged to differing degrees on agreement dissemination, collection, and management. There was agreement that this is an area of concern across post-secondary institutions and that collaboration would be helpful. One session participant, a member of CAFCE, shared the news that CAFCE is considering holding a webinar that addresses these issues. This news was received very positively.


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