What is zone learning?

Zone learning is a new model of experiential learning built to prepare students for the 21st century workplace by providing opportunities for them to work on real projects, causes, companies or startups. Our 10-zone network offers Ryerson students the chance to solve real world problems, learn new skills, and gain tangible experience within one of the most vibrant cities in the world. Zone learning is:

  • Meeting other like-minded individuals; excellent networking opportunities
  • Tangible experience that strengthens your resume or portfolio
  • Soft skill development, like teamwork, communication and meeting deadlines
  • Getting others excited about your cause or idea
  • Access to workspace, programs, mentorship and workshops to learn skills that grow your idea

Why should I get involved with zone learning?

Both higher education and the job market in Canada are shifting to focus more on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Ryerson is at the forefront of this shift, and is dedicated to equipping its students for success in our changing economy. By getting involved with zone learning, you learn teamwork and collaboration by working on real-world projects. What better way to start a job interview than by describing the experience you gained by developing and launching an idea.

How can this benefit me after I graduate?

Graduating from university with the experience of having started your own company or social venture, or been part of a team of likeminded individuals from across faculties and programs working together on a startup or innovative design for a new space, tells employers that you’re ambitious, creative, willing to take risks, and able to build bridges to people with different kinds of expertise.

Who should apply for zone learning?

Zone learning at Ryerson is intended to engage students from all disciplines, because we understand that collaboration is one of the key elements of success. For example, an interior design student may have a great idea for a new product, but might need the expertise of a marketing student to get a business started. Zone learning was designed to give students access to the resources—both material and human—necessary to get ideas off the ground.

What if I don’t have an idea for a product, service, or business?

Entrepreneurial skills and experience are beneficial to everyone, and one of our primary goals is to provide multiple entry points into zone learning—not just those who identify as entrepreneurs or would like to start their own businesses. Many companies, when hiring, are interested in candidates who have experience as well as education, and students who can add entrepreneurial activities through zone learning to their CVs will have a distinct advantage in the job market.

Can I move from zone to zone?

Yes. You are initially admitted to one zone, which serves as your home, but because Ryerson’s zones are connected to each other, your “home zone” director and staff will help you find opportunities to participate in other zones and benefit from their resources and communities.

To get started, or learn more, please email zonelearning@ryerson.ca.