Universities Without Walls (UWW)

Initiative Summary

Universities Without Walls is a hub for distance education (e-learning, mobile learning and micro-learning), in-person and blended educational activities for the HIV movement in Canada. Its focus in HIV research, its dissemination and impact in diverse communities of practice such as nonprofit organizations, clinical teams, and academic students.

Initiative Objectives and Goals

UWW activities and tools are designed to help community facilitators, clinicians, academics and students learn and teach online and in-person about HIV research methods, ethics and application of evidence. The aim of the UWW Program is to develop a new generation of HIV researchers in socio-scientific disciplines, including the helping professions.  Our focus is HIV community based research, intervention research and community-based evaluation but adaptable to other health disciplines and sectors.

The Role of this Initiative to End the HIV Epidemic

UWW was created to provide an increasing network for HIV research support and mentorship to otherwise isolated students working in disparate disciplines and regions, and to increase their chances to succeed academically and professionally in an increasingly complex and competitive professional field.

Meaningful Engagement with People with Lived Experience

Peer researchers are a cornerstone of successful community-based research (CBR). The Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA) is a guiding principle for community-based research, as it increases the commitment to ensure that people living with HIV/AIDS are involved in, and have some control over, program development, policy making and especially research.

Key performance indicators

Primary target audience

Those interested in learning or teaching about HIV Research methods, ethics, and application of evidence

Start Date
January 1, 2009
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December 2025
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Strategic marketing and support tactics

Website, Social networks, Webinar/Seminar

RESULTS

UWW admits an annual cohort of between 10 to 16 fellows, who are either graduate students from a diverse range of disciplines or community-based researchers active in the HIV field from across Canada.

Results

UWW admits an annual cohort of between 10 to 16 fellows, who are either graduate students from a diverse range of disciplines or community-based researchers active in the HIV field from across Canada.

Insights

Challenges

"But I also learn from the women after hearing their stories. I put them into practice. ‘Cause they teach me. I teach them. They learn from me." —Valérie, a BSC Collaborative member

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