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Riipen and Rural Development Network Partner To Help Rural Canadian Businesses and Non-Profits Level Up Their Work Through Learner-Powered Projects
News
December 2, 2021
Riipen, the world’s largest online marketplace for work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences, is proud to announce Rural Roots, a collaborative program in partnership with Alberta-based Rural Development Network (RDN) to connect rural businesses and non-profits across Canada with post-secondary learners to advance their labour market and workforce skills through short-term virtual WIL projects.
Product Coffee Break Webinar - October 2021
Blog
November 23, 2021
For the third edition of our Product Coffee Break live webinar, held on October 20, we invited educators to join us to learn more about recent product updates, upcoming releases, and the latest Riipen news - including the celebration of an important milestone. We also had a fascinating discussion with Kris Hodgson-Bright, Digital Communications and Media instructor at Lethbridge College, who spoke about his experience using Riipen and the wonderful collaborative work his learners have done over the past few semesters.
Professional Growth Through a Level UP Project with Computer Science Students Selina and Rajanbir
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October 28, 2021
Selina Wang, a 4th-year Computer Science student at the University of Saskatchewan, and Rajanbir Singh, a 4th-year Honours Computer Science student at York University, were two of the student developers working on MiTravel Level UP projects. Having both received glowing feedback from the employer, we spoke with Selina and Rajanbir to hear how they amazed MiTravel and about their experience working with them.
From 0 to 100K Learner Experiences
News
October 19, 2021
Team Riipen is thrilled to announce that we have hit a huge milestone: 100,000 learner experiences delivered! 🎉We want to thank all of the educators, employers, and learners who are a part of the Riipen community for your contributions, feedback, and support. We couldn’t have done this without your dedication, commitment, and passion!Join us as we look back on this amazing journey, celebrate all that we have achieved, and look to the future!
From Intern to Full Time Hire with Mesh AI
Blog
September 15, 2021
Learn how Mesh AI hired a skilled full-time employee through her proactive contributions to their Level UP project.
Product Coffee Break Webinar - July 2021
Blog
July 30, 2021
This summer, we invited educators to join us for our quarterly Product Coffee Break to learn more about the latest Riipen news and product feature releases. We also answered some great questions from educators on their experience using the Riipen platform. For those who did not get to join us, we have recaps and highlights of the session here! 
Is The Future of Cooperative Learning Virtual?
Blog
July 14, 2021
As the world begins to reopen, will placements stay virtual? What are the long-term impacts of the pandemic and what does this mean for the future of cooperative learning? We speak to CourseCompare about their latest study to try and answer these pressing questions.
Non-Profit Supply Chain Management with St. Clair College Students
Blog
June 30, 2021
Through Riipen, educators can introduce their students to experiential learning and organizations can source creative ideas from students. One organization that recently tapped into the power of students is the Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance, a Canadian non-profit organization that has raised awareness of congenital heart disease since 2004.
Product Coffee Break Webinar Recap - April 2021
Blog
June 16, 2021
Educators joined Riipen's Product and Marketing teams for a webinar on the latest platform news and updates. This is a recap of what happened during the webinar and what's in store for the coming months.
Experiential Learning Leader, Riipen, Host Panel Discussion on Ontario’s Workplace Pandemic Recovery Strategy
News
May 27, 2021
Today, Riipen hosted a panel of Ontario business and education leaders to discuss Ontario’s workforce strategy moving out of the pandemic. The panel highlighted the importance of providing opportunities for reskilling to keep up with the changing demands of the workforce and the critical role that work-integrated learning will play in the province’s post-pandemic economic recovery.
Riipen launches Innovative Work-Integrated Learning program Level UP
News
April 22, 2021
Riipen launches Innovative Work-Integrated Learning program Level UP. Federal Government investment will support over 6,000 Canadian students, including students living in remote, rural communities and students from underrepresented communities.
Improving Website Accessibility with The Women’s Economic Council and Capella University
Case Study
April 21, 2021
The Women's Economic Council used Riipen to source student help on improving the organization’s website. The results of the project and ease of communication with talented students they were matched with amazed her. We sat down with Serah Gazali to learn how the IT Graduate students at Capella University provided a comprehensive solution to making their organization’s website more accessible.
Teaching Virtually Through Level UP with Early Childhood Education Student, Bibi Bacchus
Blog
April 14, 2021
This week, we spoke with Bibi Bacchus, an Early Childhood Education (ECE) student at Mohawk College. Bibi found working on a teaching project with Abacus Uxbridge Inc. gave her valuable experience with learning how to interact with children in a virtual setting.
Arizona State University Student Survey Reveals Impact of Experiential Learning on Students
Blog
April 14, 2021
A student survey conducted at Arizona State University reveals how experiential learning adds to student career preparedness and employability while facilitating the transition from post-secondary education to the workplace.
How Level UP Helped Samira Develop Confidence as an Accounting Student
Blog
April 7, 2021
With thousands of short-term projects available to Canadian students through Level UP, many students are experiencing working in their area of study for the first time. Samira Sayamanesh, an Accounting and Finance student at Seneca College, was excited to share how Level UP helped her build confidence in her own abilities by giving her the opportunity to work with an employer directly.
Gaining Experience in a New Career Field with Tyson and Level UP
Blog
March 31, 2021
Since the launch of the Level UP program in late January, over 6000 students have signed up and are at various stages of the program. We had the opportunity to speak with, Tyson Bilton, a student at the University of Calgary working towards his Honours degree in Finance, Bachelors in Commerce. For his Level UP project, Tyson worked as a Marketing Strategist for the HSBC Social Innovation Academy.
Developing Cultural Intelligence as a Student in a Virtual World 
Blog
March 24, 2021
From disruptions to the status quo that made students question what the future of work and learning could look like to the magnification of existing social inequalities, this pandemic has changed student perceptions on how to best prepare themselves for the world. We discuss Cultural Intelligence, and why it is the key aptitude required for students to thrive in our contemporary and globalized world.
From Student to Employer with MiTravel Founder, Annie Lo
Blog
March 17, 2021
MiTravel Founder & CEO, Annie Lo, has had the unique opportunity to use Riipen as both a student user and an employer partner. Annie’s first interactions with Riipen were working on in-class projects as a student. She has since graduated and founded two ventures, including MiTravel which aims to launch later this year. Returning as an employer partner, Annie discusses her experiential learning experiences on Riipen from both a student and employer perspective.
Youth Talent Showcase: MiTravel’s Design Challenge
Blog
March 10, 2021
In January of 2021, Riipen was proud to sponsor National Congress 2021, a virtual youth conference hosted by AIESEC Canada. With 300 delegates attending from 26 Canadian post-secondary institutions, the conference’s theme was “The Entrepreneurial Playground'' with an agenda focused on developing entrepreneurial thinking in youth.
Diverse Perspectives Through Virtual Learning Opportunities
Blog
March 4, 2021
Through the shift to online learning and work to adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some silver linings have emerged: most importantly, students are able to jump on opportunities they otherwise may not have access to.
Advice from Students on Creating Engaging Virtual Classrooms
Blog
February 24, 2021
While educators have had time to develop new strategies, many are still struggling to replicate the familiar physical classroom engagement. We spoke with a small pool of students in different areas of study from schools across Canada to hear how some professors have successfully kept them engaged, as well as what isn’t working for them. Keep reading to hear what they had to say.
SimplyCast’s Journey to 100 Interns
Blog
February 17, 2021
Saeed El-Darahali is the founder and CEO of SimplyCast based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. This 11-year-old marketing automation company has long been passionate about work-integrated learning but is taking it a step further than ever before with its newest project: hiring 100 student interns by the end of 2021.
In Class Projects vs. Remote Internships: Which is Right For Your Business?
Blog
February 10, 2021
Work-integrated learning is more in demand than ever before, but what are the different options available while remote and which is right for you? Continue reading to learn about the use cases, similarities, and differences between two types of remote work-integrated learning: in-class projects and remote internships. 
How to Structure Meaningful Remote Experiences
Blog
February 3, 2021
As 2020 wrapped up, so did many of the lessons learned from the forced shift to remote internship programs. The year that left nearly half of U.S. internships canceled, transformed the core building blocks of corporations’ early talent pipelines. Informed by the experiences of over 5,000 internship programs, here are Symba’s three steps to foster engagement and collaboration among remote interns.
Fueling Your Motivation for 2021
Blog
January 27, 2021
Millions of students were thrust into an unfamiliar learning environment in 2020 with the transition to virtual classrooms. Though students have had time to adjust to this “new normal”, continued feelings of anxiety and uncertainty are valid as the pandemic drags on. However, with a new year comes a new opportunity to reflect and refocus on your goals. Here are some tips for kicking virtual fatigue to the curb and staying motivated!