The workforce is ever-changing

It's Fanshawe’s responsibility to ensure students are prepared to meet the needs of employers. We will provide every student with a signature innovative learning experience and job skills for the future so they gain the technical and human skills required for a changing world of work.

We're differentiating Fanshawe graduates 

Employment Advantage:  Signature Innovative Learning Experiences (SILEx)

Every Fanshawe graduate participates in at least one rich, experiential learning opportunity while studying at Fanshawe.

5 Signature Innovative Learning Experiences (SILEx): Applied research, entrepreneurship, multi-disciplinary projects, global projects, live client interactions

5 Learning Experiences

Applied research:

Within the program curriculum, individual students or student teams demonstrate their research skills through an applied research project with an external partner. The project will provide value to an external client and may involve students from more than one program, but applied research within a vocational area is its defining feature.

Examples: Working with external client and students from more than one program on capstone research projects, thesis or presentation to an external organization.


Within the program curriculum, students or student teams demonstrate their learning related to entrepreneurship, small business development/management or intrapreneurship. As part of the experience, students might access programs, workshops and activities facilitated by LEAP Junction and community organizations that support new businesses.

Examples: Business proposal, proposal for social enterprise, business proposal presentation, pitch competition (à la Dragon’s Den).

Global projects:

Within the program curriculum, individual students or student teams work with a Canadian or international organization to address a global problem or opportunity. Students demonstrate their learning in a vocational area and deliver value to the external partner. Students may work with students at other domestic or international institutions, but the global focus of the project is its defining feature.

Examples: Environmental scan, prototype, situational analysis, recommendation report, action plan, marketing strategy, presentation to an external organization, global business strategy for Canadian business.

Live client interactions:

Within the program curriculum, students interact with external partners to demonstrate their learning in a vocational area. Live client interactions may be in the form of a project or a placement and may include feedback from external parties, but both the project and the placement must be evaluated by a faculty member.

Live client projects: Individual students or student teams engage with live clients to address a problem or opportunity, delivering value to the client. Clients can be within or external to the College.

Examples: Business plan, prototype, charrette, recommendation report, presentation to client.

Student placements: Individual students interact with professionals and clients/patients in the workplace. Typically, students are under the supervision of a mentor or preceptor and are required to complete agreed-upon tasks or specific competencies.

Examples: Field placement with agreed-upon goals, clinical placement with required competencies, internship, externship.

Multi-disciplinary projects:

Within the program curriculum, individual students or student teams from more than one program collaborate on a project to demonstrate their learning in a vocational area. Multi-disciplinary projects may involve only Fanshawe students or students from other post-secondary institutions, either through face-to-face or virtual collaboration. The project may provide value to an external client, but the multi-disciplinary nature of the project is its defining feature.

Examples: Prototype, product, proposal, report, strategy, gala, showcase, community event.



Employment Advantage: Job Skills for the Future

Every Fanshawe program emphasizes a minimum of three skills that are a priority for the success of its graduates.

7 job skills for the future: Novel and adaptive thinking, resilience, social intelligence, global citizenship, self-directed learning, complex problem solving, implementation skills

7 Job Skills for the Future

Novel and adaptive thinking:

Find innovative, creative and unconventional relationships between things or concepts.


Succeed through adversity.

Social intelligence:

Build and nurture mutually beneficial relationships.

Self-directed learning:

Identify and achieve personal learning goals.

Global citizenship:

Create an awareness of the wider world and our place in it.

Complex problem solving:

Find solutions to real-world problems.

Implementation skills:

Manage projects to achieve key milestones and outcomes.




Project Examples

Each year Fanshawe College students complete projects and research requested by businesses, non-profit and public sector organizations in our communities.  Examples of recurring student projects may include:

Lawrence Kinlin School of Business:
  • Market research;
  • Google analytics;
  • Website design;
  • Marketing communications;
  • Integrated marketing plans.
School of Applied Science and Technology:
  • Design, develop and test or improve products and services;
  • Prototype and test new technology
School of Design:
  • Landscape design plan;
  • Fashion or costume prototypes;
  • Clothing design and testing;
  • Art fashion shows for charity;
  • Map making.
School of Digital and Performing Arts:
  • Website design and development;
  • Mobile application design and development;
  • Voiceover projects;
  • Charity events, that require live entertainment, production setup and event support;
  • Trade show set-ups.
School of Language and Liberal Studies:
  • Systematic assessment of initiative results;
  • Program or project mapping and evaluation;
  • Assess the value of program activities.

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