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Advice from Students on Creating Engaging Virtual Classrooms
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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
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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?
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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
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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. According to research conducted by URx in partnership with Symba, 54% of employers made the bold decision to go remote, out of which 49% reduced their program length, and 25% their program size. More than expected, completely shifting to a remote internship program turned out to be a major challenge for over 90% of university recruitment leaders. However, the challenges of suddenly standing up remote programs lays a foundation to forge forward. Over 70% of employers are pledging to host their internship programs remotely this year. If 2020 was the trial run, 2021 gives employers the full subscription to draw from lessons learned and establish meaningful remote programs. 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
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January 27, 2021
Millions of students were thrust into an unfamiliar learning environment in 2020 with the seemingly overnight 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 do some reflection and refocus on your goals even amidst the challenges brought on by the last year. Here are some tips for kicking virtual fatigue to the curb and as our friend Troy Bolton would say, getting your head back in the game!‍
Looking Back at 2020, Riipen Celebrates 7 Years
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December 18, 2020
On December 13th, 2020, Riipen celebrated its seven-year anniversary! 2020 has brought with it many challenges, but also many opportunities. Though there is still a long way to go to achieve our mission of ending graduate underemployment globally, we have made strides towards that goal. As the year draws to a close, we would like to take the time to reflect on some of the key highlights from our year:
Expanding Student Reach with Kris Hodgson-Bright and Lethbridge College
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December 16, 2020
Starting as a pilot in the Spring of 2020 and then adapted fully for the 2020/2021 academic year, Lethbridge College in Southern Alberta joins the 150+ campuses across North America using Riipen. Lethbridge College is one of 16 Canadian post-secondary institutions using Riipen funded through the second phase of the RBC Future Launch partnership.
Thompson Rivers University and Riipen Launch Into The Second Year of Their Partnership Sponsored by RBC Future Launch Foundation
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December 15, 2020
Thompson Rivers University is thrilled to announce our continuing partnership with Riipen, the world’s largest marketplace of work-integrated learning experiences for students. For the second year in a row, Thompson Rivers University was selected as one of the recipients of funding provided by the RBC Future Launch Foundation.
4 Tips to Virtually Engage Students as an Educator
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December 9, 2020
With such distance between each student and their professor, it can be tough for students to truly feel engaged and easy for them to get distracted. Professors had to get innovative with how they teach and get students to remain focused. Here are 4 tips you can try to virtually engage students as an educator.
Going International With Vanessa Brancatisano and RMIT University
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December 2, 2020
RMIT University is a recognized leader in experiential learning committed to not just providing their students with work-integrated learning opportunities but also international work experience. Every engagement for their students on the Riipen platform works with an international industry partner. One instructor bringing global experiences into the classroom is Vanessa Brancatisano. We sat down with Vanessa to learn more about her experience and the power of an international experiential learning experience.
What Does the Future of Work Look Like for Students?
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November 25, 2020
We have been introduced to a new way to work for many: virtual working. Fortunately, we may reach a point where our work environment can return to the one we were used to pre-pandemic. The future of work is looking clearer as each day goes by. Here is what it will look like for students entering the workforce post-pandemic. 
International Work-Integrated Experience with Karen Clinkard and the University of Southampton
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November 18, 2020
In 2019, Riipen welcomed the University of Southampton based in England, United Kingdom to our network of academic institutions. Southampton is the first UK university to join our community, and one of the first adopters of the Riipen platform was Principal Teaching Fellow and work-integrated learning champion, Karen Clinkard.
Reskilling and Upskilling for a Post-COVID World
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November 11, 2020
We have all worked hard to adapt to the virtual environment, but what happens when it is no longer necessary? After all the change we had to go through adapting to the pandemic, there will likely be another learning curve. This learning curve can be reduced however and we can start preparing for it as soon as we can by continuing to reskill and upskill.
3 Tips to Make the Most of Your Time in a Virtual Environment
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November 4, 2020
The pandemic has caused students across the globe to continue their work and studies from home. However, despite this it is important to always look for opportunities no matter the situation. We have compiled 3 good tips on how you can make the most of your time in a virtual environment, so that the loss of in-person engagement does not mean lost opportunities.
The Benefits of a Project-Based Curriculum in the Classroom
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October 28, 2020
There are many different methods of teaching in the classroom which professors can use, one of which is project-based learning. Project-based learning is a method in which students make use of real-world problems and cases in order to learn and develop meaningful skills. Let’s explore project-based learning and what benefits it can give to students, especially those currently facing online learning.
How to Teach Today's Most In Demand Soft Skills in a Virtual Class
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October 21, 2020
A great way to learn soft skills is through experience, but sometimes the experience we are looking for isn’t always available to us. This is why it can be extremely beneficial to implement the usage of important soft skills into school curriculum. Here are some methods in which professors can create opportunities for their students to build these key soft skills while learning continues to take place in a virtual environment.
RBC and Riipen Expand Experiential Learning Partnership for Youth Across Canada
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October 15, 2020
Riipen, the world's leading work-integrated learning platform, is proud to announce Phase II of our partnership with RBC Future Launch. During Phase I, more than 5,400 youth across Canada at 15 post-secondary institutions were able to gain valuable work experience as a result of this partnership. 
The Top Soft Skills Recruiters Are Looking For, Especially During COVID
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October 14, 2020
As the world continues to change, the skills most important to recruiters change alongside it. Here are the top 4 soft skills recruiters are looking for while hiring in a post-COVID world.
How COVID is Causing the International Student Landscape to Evolve
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October 6, 2020
COVID-19 has shocked the world, forcing us to adapt by shifting to a virtual-first world. This shift has caused a lot of change in post-secondary institutions, both academically and socially. With classes being virtual, many international students may choose to stay in their country of origin rather than returning to school campuses. International students specifically are feeling the impact COVID has caused to the higher education landscape. Post-secondary institutions will have to address the new concerns and interests of international students if they hope to keep them interested.
How to Grow Your Business With Virtual Internships
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September 30, 2020
On Tuesday, September 29th, Riipen hosted a panel at Vancouver Startup Week 2020 focused on how to grow your business with virtual interns. We were joined by four students that completed virtual internships this summer as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.
Going Beyond Borders With Howard Errey and RMIT University
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September 23, 2020
RMIT University is Riipen’s first academic partner in Australia. Interestingly, RMIT wants its students to work on projects outside of Australia. All experiential learning engagements for students on the Riipen platform occur across borders. 
How COVID Has Changed the Way Students Choose Their Post-Secondary Institution
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September 16, 2020
Most colleges and universities have now returned to school for the fall. Many have come in with a plan for this academic year, but these measures are only temporary responses to the current global pandemic. However, as traditional university practices drastically change this fall, the factors potential incoming students consider when choosing their university have changed - potentially for the long term.