In 2019, the University of Alberta released a funding opportunity to support the knowledge mobilization of recent research done at the University. The funding enabled researchers to mobilize the results of recent research in the areas of skills, skills development, skills infrastructure, training, and/or future skills, and/or to provide students with opportunities to learn skills related to knowledge mobilization.
The projects supported by this funding opportunity, tested innovative approaches for helping diverse Canadians gain the skills they need to adapt and succeed in the workforce. These projects helped students build capacity in a wide variety of sectors. It enabled students to develop skills in partnerships, facilitation, presentations skills and leaderships. These skills will help students increase their career resilience as they enter the workforce.
On October 21, 2020, the University of Alberta will be hosting a free online event, showcasing four of the projects that were funded. The four projects that will be highlighted include:
- Development of an interactive webpage and printable one-pager for parents and teachers of bilingual children attending French-language kindergarten classes in Edmonton (Dr. Andrea MacLeod).
- A workshop for pre-service teachers and a town hall for parents/guardians/ caregivers on the emotional well-being of grade six girls (Dr. Alexandra Fidyk).
- A workshop for African immigrants on domestic violence (Dr. Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika).
- A policy brief for city officials, planners, and executives from local business associations on revitalizing underutilized spaces in urban settings (Prof Rob Shield ).
This project was funded by The Conference Board of Canada through the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Centre. Any omissions in fact or interpretation remain the sole responsibility of Research Impact Canada. The findings do not necessarily reflect the views of the Future Skills Centre, its funder, or its partners.
Future Skills Centre is a partnership of Ryerson University, The Conference Board of Canada, and Blueprint.