FUSION Skill Development Program
Developing, valuing and translating learning experiences and employment-related skills for university students.
Develop the leadership skills you need for a rapidly evolving job market
The FUSION Skill Development Program is a 10-hour online integrated learning experience delivered through D2L. It is designed to enhance student skills development in three areas critical to 21st century success and leadership: metacognition, communication, and problem-solving.
Benefits of participation
- Learn to integrate the skills you've acquired and how to articulate these skills to future employers.
- Receive a digital badge that recognizes your achievements.
Completing the program
The FUSION Skill Development Program is intended to complement your experiential learning or work-integrated learning opportunity.
Important dates and deadlines
Fall 2021 applications will be open Aug. 1 – Sept. 15, 2021.
- Sept. 20: Modules available in D2L
- Oct. 3: Deadline to complete the Orientation module
- Oct. 10: Deadline to complete the Metacognition module
- Oct. 17: Deadline to complete the Communication module
- Oct. 31: Deadline to complete the Problem Solving module
- Nov. 21: Deadline to complete the Apply module
- Dec. 12: Deadline to complete the Reflect module
The FUSION program involves the completion of six interactive online modules.
Introduces the program, orienting students on vocabulary specific to the learning platform. Also provides students with a brief introduction to the skills covered by the curriculum - metacognition, communication and problem-solving.
Metacognition is the awareness or analysis of one’s own learning or thinking. This module provides students with a guided introduction to metacognition as a skill. Introduces the concept of metacognition as important to learning and problem-solving contexts and relates metacognition to Bloom's Taxonomy.
Presents an introduction to the purpose of communication, the elements of communication, and one specific model of communication. Explores some of the nuances of communicating in online environments as compared to in-person communication.
Includes an introduction to problem-solving, common types of problems to solve, an overview of common problem-solving styles, and one model of problem solving.
Integrates learning from the explore modules and provides students the opportunity to apply their learning by leading them through the process of:
- Identifying a complex problem to solve from their specific learning context
- Forming a plan to solve this problem using metacognitive and communication strategies
Provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their learning experiences, particularly as related to metacognition, communication and problem-solving. Students will have the opportunity to self-assess their skills, identify areas of growth and target skills that they still wish to improve. Students will receive tips on how to communicate their skills to future employers.
What skills will I learn?
The FUSION program is open to current undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Calgary who are concurrently participating in one of the qualifying experiential learning (EL) or work-integrated learning opportunities (WIL) during the current term.
Qualifying EL and WIL Opportunities include:
- Co-operative Education work term
- Internship work term
- Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)
- Qualifying work on-campus (e.g., an educationally-purposeful paid student position in a student services office)
- Peer Helper
- PURE program
- Students’ Union representative
- Simulation course (e.g. in Nursing)
- Research Assistantship
- Graduate Assistantship (Teaching or Non-Teaching)
- Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) representative
Other experiences may also qualify as experiential learning or work-integrated learning. To clarify if your experience qualifies, please email email@example.com
If you are a current University of Calgary undergraduate or graduate student and participating in a qualifying EL or WIL opportunity during fall 2021, then you can apply for the FUSION Skill Development Program by completing the following steps:
- Fill out the online application form linked below
- If you do not already have one, create a Destiny One account using your UCID
Application deadline: Sept. 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. MT
Future Skills Innovation Network (FUSION) is a national cross-collaborative network of Canadian universities focused on exploring innovative and inclusive approaches to foster skill development and prepare university students across Canada for a rapidly evolving society and job market.
The project was in launched in 2019 as part of the federally-funded Future Skills Centre (FSC). In addition to UCalgary, the FUSION partner institutions are: Concordia University (QC), Carleton University (ON), Simon Fraser University (BC), the University of Saskatchewan (SK), and Memorial University (NL).
The FUSION program will be launched online in the fall of 2020 at each of the six FUSION institutions.
The FUSION project is a joint effort to expand opportunities for university students to develop skills that are needed for any career path. With special attention to equity and inclusion, FUSION’s initiatives seek to expand skill development experience and reflections for underrepresented students, such as Indigenous, racialized people, students with disabilities, immigrants, refugees, women in STEM, LGBTQ2S + peoples, non-traditional students and Canadians living in rural, remote and Northern communities.
Aiming to help universities prepare Canadian students for the future of the economy, FUSION focuses its actions towards achieving three main goals:
Integrate skill development in formal and informal learning
Develop flexible teaching and learning formats to better facilitate skills acquisition and translation to the workplace
Increase access to and success at university for underrepresented students
Digital badges will be issued electronically in January 2022.
The Reflect module is intended for students to complete it towards, or at the end of their experiential or work-integrated learning. It allows students to look back on their experience and how they integrated their experience, their disciplinary/academic knowledge with their metacognition, communication and problem solving skills. You need to be finished (or almost finished) your experience to get the most out of the Reflect module.