About WLN

The Work and Learning Network was founded in 2002 at the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta.

Members include researchers, graduate students, government staff, workplace educators, labour educators, trade union representatives, human resources practitioners, trainers, and not-for-profit organizations.

Our intent is to build a community of individuals and organizations to engage in research related to work and learning policy and practice.

Advisory Board

WLN Members' Listing and research Interests

Our specific purposes are to:

  • Actively promote collaboration and partnerships among researchers, practitioners, and policy workers engaged in work and learning issues.
  • Undertake research related to work and learning and to disseminate our findings and those of other researchers.
  • Give visible presence to work and learning issues within the University of Alberta and among collaborating individuals, organizations, and institutions.

Current WLN Research Interests:

  1. Equity and diversity in work and learning
  2. Lifelong learning processes and assessment: informal learning, organizational learning, mentoring, continuing education and training
  3. Workplace reform through learning (for workplace democracy and quality of worklife)
  4. School-work transitions: work experience, apprenticeship, partnerships, policy and practice
  5. Educators’ work-lives and professional development
  6. Work and learning issues for particular groups: e.g., older workers, youth, immigrants/migrant workers, Indigenous peoples.
  7. Social economy including non-profit and community development.

WLN Communities and Audiences

  • Academics at the University of Alberta and other institutions across Canada (universities, colleges, technical institutes, scholarly research centers and related topic areas)
  • Provincial and federal government representatives in policy and curriculum areas related to work and learning
  • Graduate students
  • Union / professional association representatives
  • Labour educators and workplace educators
  • Human Resource and organization development practitioners
  • School coordinators and teachers associated with career and technology studies, career counseling and vocational training
  • Staff of non-government and not-for-profit organizations interested in issues integrating work and learning

New members are always welcome.

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