Innovative Leisure Practices – Cases as Conduits between Theory and Practice – Volume 3 (2017)
After the success of the 2016 volume of case studies, the World Leisure Centre of Excellence at Vancouver Island University is accepting case study proposals for inclusion in the 2017 volume of Innovative Leisure Practices.
Vancouver Island University (VIU) is located in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Vancouver Island Canada. VIU is dedicated to its tripartite mission of teaching, research and service with a strong commitment to community engagement and international collaboration. Of great value is the location of the institution in an environment which emphasizes opportunities for examining sustainable leisure, recreation and cultural settings in Canada. As one of the most geographically diverse regions of Canada, opportunities for leisure and tourism experiences are noteworthy.
A primary focus on the Centre is delivery of the Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management- now in its fifth year as a graduate program offered in the Department of Recreation and Tourism Management. The program emphasizes innovative practices in the mobilization of knowledge from a global perspective. It promotes sustainable development by engaging international scholars and professionals as they seek knowledge of sustainable theories and practices. Building on the strength of existing faculty, the collaboration with the WLO and its membership has resulted in world experts visiting VIU’s Nanaimo campus to participate in the educational pursuits of MA SLM students as well as other VIU students and the local community.
The academic program has been designed as a two-year program with the following course work:
1) Leisure and Sustainability: Principles and Paradigms.
The MA in Sustainable Leisure Management will prepare emerging leaders to examine and create innovative solutions ensuring that residents and travelers alike can enjoy recreational activities, natural and cultural amenities, heritage resources and adventure as part of their life experience on a sustainable basis.
Bachelor of Tourism Management, Major in Recreation
The degree program builds on existing diploma programs in Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality Management that stress career-entry skills. Students may apply to the third year of the degree program after completing a diploma in Recreation or Tourism, or Hospitality Management. The degree program will provide applied skills and concepts related to the provision of leisure services management in the fields of recreation and tourism. The degree will focus on the development of management and entrepreneurial skills needed for people wishing to assume greater responsibilities within an organization, or for those wishing to start new enterprises.
Tourism Studies Diploma
The focus of this program is on the provision of leisure experiences for domestic and international visitors. The program assesses the impact of tourism on individuals, communities, and the environment in order to develop best practices for sustainable tourism development. The features of the program include the provision of applied skills and knowledge, direct leadership experience, a co-operative education model (paid employment), and small class sizes. The program prepares students for career entry; however, students interested in further studies can apply to the Bachelor of Tourism Management degree.
Recreation and Sport Management Diploma
The focus of this diploma program is on the provision of recreation and sport services and products in public, private, and not-for-profit sectors within communities. The program assesses the impact of recreation and sport and the environment in order to plan and develop healthy communities. Features of the program include the provision of applied skills and knowledge, direct leadership experience, a co-operative education model (paid employment), and small class sizes. The program prepares students for career entry; however, students interested in further studies can apply to the third year of VIU’s Bachelor of Tourism Management, Major in Recreation.
Event Management Certificate
Develop skills for the exciting and growing industry of special events. Event management skills are needed in a wide range of sectors: tourism, recreation, arts and culture, sports, fundraising, corporate marketing, non-profit organizations, and more.The program prepares graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to plan and manage festivals and events, with an emphasis on the tourism and recreation sector. It provides an opportunity to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to work in event management, as well as providing professional development and credentialing for those already working in this field. The program was developed jointly by Vancouver Island University and Thompson Rivers University, and is offered completely online.
Wine Business Certificate
The purpose of the program is to provide recognition for students who complete a series of courses related to the wine industry, the process of wine making, wine appreciation (product knowledge), wine marketing, wine tourism and other knowledge related to the business of wine. The certificate will help graduates find employment in some aspect of the wine business, which could be a vineyard, a winery, a wholesaler, a retailer, a food service establishment or a special event planner. Although this is a stand–alone certificate, the courses may also be taken as credit courses toward a degree or diploma.The certificate may also be taken concurrently with a diploma or degree.
The core themes of the Centre at VIU include:
– Sustainability: Questioning the relationship between leisure and sustainability, determining the level of sustainability of the leisure industry and inviting and monitoring new models and approaches to enhance sustainability.
– Innovation: Rethinking the systems and structures that have evolved across the globe, creating a culture of innovation where new ideas emerge and flourish, and measuring the impact of innovation on sustainability efforts.
The work of the Centre at VIU includes:
– Creation of a network of scholars from academic, government, non-government and community to form a community of practice that engages in dialogue on sustainability and innovation in leisure;
– Collaborative scholarship on sustainability and innovation in leisure including research projects, learning abroad opportunities, and interactive media;
– Delivery of a Master’s degree in Sustainable Leisure Management at Vancouver Island University where emerging scholars learn about the core thematic areas of the Centre while engaging in dialogue with partners within the network.
Visiting Scholar Opportunities
Visiting Scholars are an integral component of two initiatives at Vancouver Island University (VIU): the MA Degree in Sustainable Leisure Management, and the World Leisure Centre of Excellence. Accordingly, the Visiting Scholar Program is designed to bring local and international leaders to VIU to engage with students, faculty, and the Vancouver Island region. The purpose of this engagment is to enrich the student experience, to share research and professional experiences, and to explore possibilities for future collaborations (such as research projects, student and faculty exchanges, study tours, etc).
VIU is dedicated to teaching, research, community engagment, and international collaboration. The faculty in the Department of Recreation and Tourism is one of the largest leisure related programs in Canada, and includes two funded Research Chairs. The Department is active in research, international activity, and community projects.
We seek applications from scholars with research and teaching expertise in leisure, sustainability, innovation, behavior change, community development, knowledge mobilization,strategic planning, and related areas. Scholars may be either (or both) practitioners or academics who are actively engaged in the study or application of sustainable practices in leisure management. Vancouver Island University will fund up to $4000 CDN for travel and living expenses for four visiting scholars per year.
Innovation Infusion Series: The WLCE at VIU hosts a year-long speaker series with its visiting scholars and others to infuse new ideas into the conversation about leisure.
Solutions Series: The WLCE at VIU works collaboratively with practitioner and industry groups to identify and create innovative solutions tocomplex social issues.
Sustainability Learning Series: The WLCE at VIU hosts a series of educational tourism events to bring people together to learn about how organizations and communities are addressing sustainability challenges through innovation.