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Product Coffee Break Webinar - October 2021
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
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 Intern to Full Time Hire with Mesh AI
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
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?
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
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
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.
Teaching Virtually Through Level UP with Early Childhood Education Student, Bibi Bacchus
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
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
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
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 
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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!
Expanding Student Reach with Kris Hodgson-Bright and Lethbridge College
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.
4 Tips to Virtually Engage Students as an Educator
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
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. 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?
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
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.