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This is about where I start to get worried/skeptical about WIL. I don’t think most universities actually want WIL to be about curriculum. I see a lot of universities talking about WIL. I see them setting up conferences so they can talk amongst themselves about it (though I note that students — the alleged beneficiaries of these programs — tend not to get invited to these affairs). I don’t see them taking many new steps to really think deeply about how WIL integrates into the curriculum. Sure, in some fields (like Engineering) they don’t need to do that because it’s already been thought through. But Humanities? Fine Arts? Science?  What I see is a lot of universities attempting to re-classify stuff they already do as WIL and in some cases making attempts to add some short-term internships to their roster of student services. But I see almost nothing of scale which genuinely attempts to integrate these learning experiences into curriculum because that would require institutions to have curriculum in these areas (as opposed to a bunch of buckets which students must fill up with credits).
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