Practical Learning at CapU

Practical learning is where students partner with local businesses, associations, non-profits or municipalities to work on projects as part of their study. It is also known as “work-integrated learning” or WIL.

What practical learning means

Practical learning lets students gain experience in their fields and gives our community partners a range of support on their projects. It benefits CapU students and those in the community.

Practical learning can include:

  • Applied research projects;
  • Co-ops;
  • Practicums;
  • Field placements; and
  • Internships or industry placements.
Instructor talking to students during fieldtrip
Global and Community Studies field trip to Porteau Cove led by instructor Roy Jantzen.

Practical learning, work-integrated learning and experiential learning

Across different schools, you may see the concept of practical learning spoken about differently. Some schools refer to work-integrated learning or WIL, some connect everything to "co-op" opportunities. Because the language is a bit confusing, we want to make it clear what each term means.

Practical learning and work-integrated learning can be used synonymously. They're opportunities for students to build their skills, and community partners to get student support. Students often refer to these opportunities as practical experience, work experience or practical learning. If you're a member of the community, you'll talk to our WIL team about practical learning opportunities.

Practical learning (and WIL), makes up part of the broader concept of Experiential Learning at CapU: learning by doing, inside and outside the classroom.

Student working at FlyOver Canada

Learn about Experiential Learning at CapU

Looking to expand your skills both inside and outside the classroom? Check out your options.

Options for students

Find out more

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Work with CapU students

Learn about the process of working with CapU students and get in touch with us to start planning a project.

Partner with us
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Opportunities for CapU students

Get experience in your field. Build a portfolio of experience that will help you in your search for work when you graduate.

Build your skills
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Enhance your teaching

Information for CapU staff and faculty wanting to integrate practical learning opportunities with their course or program.

Faculty info

Have a question?

Contact us

The work-integrated learning (WIL) team are here to answer your practical learning questions. Contact us today.

Get in touch
Photo of Harrison Smith looking at Maplewood Flats wetlands
“CapU has a very positive learning environment. The small classes allow for one-on-one time with profs, and the laboratory and fieldwork opportunities are incredible.”
— Harrison Smith
Gay Walker, left, and CapU student Caitlin Lamb laugh while playing
Gay Walker, left, and CapU student Caitlin Lamb laugh while playing "Guess Who?" at the North Shore Neighbourhood House.
Instructor talking to student about their presentation
School of Outdoor Recreation Management practicum presentations.


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