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Applied Learning

At Camosun College, applied learning is an approach to education that reflects the complexity of the rapidly changing world around us.

What is Applied Learning?

Applied learning refers to learning experiences that get students thinking, collaborating, and communicating, and ultimately have them engage with and contribute to the world around them. These learning experiences take place in a range of contexts, including in the classroom, the workplace, the community, and on the land, and enable learners to apply and integrate theoretical knowledge, as well as personal, practical, and professional skills. Ideally, the learning activities simulate real-world situations or are situated in a real world context.

Applied Learning Model

Volunteers packing food hampers stop to strike a pose for the cameras.

Camosun Students volunteering to create and distribute food hampers for students facing food insecurity.

Applied Learning at Camosun

In every area of study across the college, Camosun students are guided through authentic learning experiences that are designed to develop their skills by tackling real issues facing society, government, business and industry.

Applied Learning Types

Work terms and beyond

Camosun students have learned through work terms for decades. This is known as Work Integrated Learning (WIL) which includes co-operative education, internships, apprenticeships and supervised practice. Capstone projects, course-based research, course-based activities, field experience and labs bring an applied focus in subjects such as visual arts, environmental technology, engineering, anthropology and more.

Connection to the local community is deepened through experiences outside the classroom and time spent learning on the land with local Indigenous knowledge keepers.

CamSTAR - The power of reflective storytelling

Camosun students can access CamSTAR, an applied interactive learning resource that connects what they are learning in courses, assignments and Work Integrated Learning experiences to the top ten professional skills most needed in the workplace.

Discover CamSTAR

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Camosun students attending Field School in Cuba.