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EL Insider, January 2020

January 16, 2020

This is our monthly EL newsletter. Sign up online to receive it by email. Scroll to see opportunities for students, faculty and staff.


Apply for an EL grant

The Experiential Learning Office is accepting applications for the second year of EL Grants. Do you have an innovative idea that offers Concordia students an EL opportunity OR are you a student with an idea for a hands-on project that's related to your program of study? Do you need funding to support it? Apply for up to $2000

Deadline is March 31, 2020.

Sonia Di Maulo, Department of Education

Student Spotlight: Celeste Ferrus

Celeste is an undergraduate student in the Department of Physics. She is one of ten recipients in 2019 to receive an Experiential Learning Grant from the Experiential Learning Office for the Katalis Outreach Project. Katalis aims to expose children in Haiti to the STEM Field, and through Celeste’s hard work it has partnered with a school and raised $14,000 to expand the program. Read more about her project and apply for a an EL grant in 2020.

Opportunities for Students


Intern with our NEW internship partner!

Concordia and Le Devoir have partnered to offer students 8-week internships in journalism. “My typical work day consisted of fact-checking and helping to produce and edit articles for the investigation,” Lea Sabbah, summer 2019 intern. Open to students from all disciplines. Apply online and read more about the partnership.


Nominate your friends for the CEWIL Student of the Year award

CEWIL Canada is looking to celebrate university and college students who participated in co-op and other forms of WIL in 2019! Submit nominations for two separate categories: WIL (Co-op) Student of the Year (2019) and WIL (Other Forms) Student of the Year (2019). Deadline is Friday, January 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM (EST).  Learn more.


Mentor kids & youth in a LEGO robotics challenge

Robotics First is seeking volunteer mentors for competitive teams in LEGO robotics challenges in Montreal and Sherbrooke. Teams include children and youth between ages 6-18.

This 2019-2020 season, FIRST RISE, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, is setting out to inspire citizens of the galaxy to work together, strengthening and protecting the Force that binds us and creating a place where collaboration and collective wisdom can elevate new ideas and foster growth. 

Learn more and sign up to mentor a team.

2019/2020 LEGO First theme presentation by Mark Hamill.

How about $750 for your art?

Spark Art! The Spark! Student Engagement Campaign is calling for artistic submissions titled: “Depictions of Engagement”. The goal is to provide a space for students to demonstrate through their artwork how and why they engage on campus (in and outside the classroom). Selected artists will receive $750. Submit a proposal by January 27.


Step up your Excel game

The Political Science Student Association welcomes Michael Morgan, Analyst at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat to show students how to use Excel for analyses used in working for the Canadian Government. Coffee provided.

Beginner Excel: Jan 22, 5-7:30pm, Hall Building rm. H1220

This is a general tour of Excel. No prior knowledge required.

Advanced Excel: Jan 29, 3:30-5:30pm, Hall Building rm. H1220

Workshop will cover data understanding, and use advanced analytical techniques to provide solutions to typical data requests. Prior Excel knowledge required (see the beginner workshop).

Opportunities for Faculty & Staff


Call for papers: CNIE Conference, Montreal

Innovating Every Day. Most innovation occurs within the context of everyday practice: small improvements to instructional design, teaching, technology, and related processes that strengthen the learning experience for students, instructors, and administrators alike. Even those of us who have not disrupted education have probably contributed to incremental innovations. Apply today.


CTL's Winterfest 2019 workshops

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet and hear from faculty who have lived the experience of imagining change and making it a reality within their own course teaching and in some cases as part of the advancement of their own departments and faculties. Championing change and taking risks to help students reach their full potential in such a vast and highly structured university environment is no small feat in the year 2020. Register online.


Bring a real-world activity into the classroom

Would you like to design a new project-based student experience for an upcoming course that involves an external partner? Last summer Concordia partnered with Riipen, an organization that offers an online platform to help faculty bring project-based experiential learning activities into the classroom. Concordia faculty can now connect to 3,500+ companies and non-profits. Register for the next workshop.


Spark! Classroom activity

The Spark! Campaign wants to support your work in the classroom by offering a 7-minute in-class activity designed to engage your students by connecting them to high-impact programs that support their success. To invite a Spark! Ambassador to visit your class during the first 3 weeks of the Winter semester, please complete this form.

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