Thompson Rivers University

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Thompson Rivers University offers a wide range of programs across the spectrum of post-secondary studies, including degrees, diplomas, and certificates.Thompson Rivers University offers a wide range of programs across the spectrum of post-secondary studies, including degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

Students find diverse paths to learning at TRU.

“We want our graduates out in the world adept at managing complexity, tolerating ambiguity, making connections, asking critical questions—and when we give students opportunities to learn in different spaces, they have a chance to develop those abilities throughout their learning career here and beyond.”

tracy penny light, executive director of cseli

 

It’s a given: life is messy, plans change, and adaptability is as important as being prepared. At Thompson Rivers University, students are empowered to build on their backgrounds and perspectives, to create their own unique paths to learning. To expand their horizons and to prepare to make change in the world.

By pursuing a wide range of hands-on experiences that go beyond the bricks and mortar of a campus, students can apply their learning in ways that develop problem-solving and communication skills, support their career goals, and fit their lifestyles. The routes to learning  include co-op, undergraduate research, study abroad and ePortfolios to name a few.

Supporting the diverse pathways of learners as they approach their education and as they move through it is at the heart of TRU’s approach. The hub of that approach is the Centre for Student Engagement and Learning Innovation (CSELI).

“Anytime we can give students opportunities to participate in different learning experiences, and help them to clearly articulate what it is they learned and how it connects or transfers to other contexts, we foster the development of the kind of skills and abilities we want our 21st century graduates to have,” says Tracy Penny Light, executive director of CSELI.

“We want our graduates out in the world adept at managing complexity, tolerating ambiguity, making connections, asking critical questions—and when we give students opportunities to learn in different spaces, they have a chance to develop those abilities throughout their learning career here and beyond.”

Showcase learning

Bachelor of Education student Ashley Nordin recounts her learning path to a teaching career—from math courses and practicum experiences to WolfPack athletics curling and volunteering—in an online ePortfolio, which she can share with potential employers and new education students.

About putting her ePortfolio together Nordin says, “I think the athlete in me is always reflecting, always trying to get better.” She applied the same logic to evaluate the classroom management strategies she learned. “I critically looked at what works, and then by allowing other people to see that portfolio page, they can see strategies to take into their own classrooms.”

Blend work, study and family

Business Administration student Katherine Ancheta sees the direct benefit of being involved. During a co-op term as the web and events assistant at TRU’s Wellness Centre she learned how to promote health and wellness services on campus. The experience prompted her to add marketing to her program as a minor.

In addition to classes, work and volunteering on campus, Ancheta is a single mom. “I was balancing a lot of different things,” she says. Completing some of her courses through Open Learning was one way she found more time at home with her toddler.

Explore

Kenna Sim travelled to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ukraine for an anthropology field school in the first year of her sociology major. She followed that with two semesters abroad in Poland in third year.

“In Poland I was taking master’s courses in international relations,” she says—learning which inspired a new direction for grad study. She obtained TRU’s unique Global Competency credential this past year, and is working with a sociology professor to complete an undergraduate research project on interculturalization this fall.

Penny Light is excited to help Sim relay her experiences in study abroad, a co-op at Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, and her undergraduate research into an ePortfolio that will help her showcase herself to prospective graduate schools.

“At TRU we are committed to allowing students to develop their own learning pathways—we want them to learn where they’re at. We celebrate that, we value it,” says Penny Light. “We’re still small enough that students can access all of these opportunities pretty easily. Regardless of where you’re at in your learning career, you can be empowered through learning in these different contexts. That’s what really sets us apart.”

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