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Title: Norah McRae, Executive Director Co-operative Education Program and Career Services


1
Norah McRae, Executive DirectorCo-operative
Education Program and Career Services
2
Co-operative education at UVic
What is co-operative education (Co-op)?
  • Overview of Co-operative Education at University
    of Victoria
  • Work term criteria and learning assessment
  • Questions and answers

3
Co-operative education at UVic
What is co-operative education (Co-op)?
  • Co-op is an educational model that allows
    students to alternate their academic studies with
    paid, relevant work experience in their field of
    study

4
Benefits institutional benefits
  • Student recruitment and retention
  • Strong links to the community

5
Benefits student benefits
  • Educational advantage
  • Career advantage

6
Benefits employer benefits
  • Cost-effective recruitment
  • Link to developing technology, skills and
    practices
  • Help for special projects
  • Expanded community relations

7
The history of UVic Co-op
A history of excellence
  • The University of Victoria was one of the first
    Canadian universities to initiate a co-op
    program, launching our first program in 1975
  • Today, we are organized into 13 different co-op
    offices and are among the largest co-op programs
    in Western Canada

8
Undergraduate co-op programs
  • Co-op is available in nearly every undergraduate
    program at UVic
  • Some programs are mandatory for students in the
    corresponding academic programs, while others are
    optional

9
Undergraduate co-op programs
  • UVic offers the following undergraduate co-op
    programs
  • Biochemistry and Microbiology
  • Biology
  • Business (mandatory)
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science/Mathematics
  • Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Engineering (mandatory)
  • Health Information Science (mandatory)
  • Humanities, Fine Arts and Professional Writing
  • Law
  • Exercise Sciences, Physical and Health Education
    (mandatory for students in Recreation and Health
    Education)
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Social Sciences

10
Graduate co-op programs
  • Graduate co-op is available in most program areas
  • Our formal graduate co-op programs include
  • Public Administration
  • Education (Coaching Studies)
  • Education
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Where no formal graduate co-op exists, students
    may arrange to participate in co-op by speaking
    with the appropriate co-op coordinator or faculty
    member

11
Student placements
  • We place close to 2,700 students in work terms
    each year
  • Our students work for more than 1,100 employers
    in Canada and across the world
  • In 2008/09, our students completed 2667
    placements
  • 128 of these work terms were international, with
    students working in 35 countries

12
Student placements
  • Students work for employers in fields as far
    reaching as business administration, mechanical
    engineering and recreation and health education
  • Students work in a wide range of public and
    private sectors, including
  • Business sector
  • Industrial sector
  • Government sector
  • Non-profit sector

13
2008/09 placements in England
  • 9 work terms were completed in England in 2008/09
    (May 08 Apr 09)
  • 2 of these work terms were through our exchange
    agreement with University of Surrey

14
UVic/University of Surrey Exchange
  • Exchange program started in 1980
  • Exchange placements to date (until Aug 09)
  • UVic to U of Surrey 23
  • U of Surrey to UVic 21

15
  • Co-operative Education at the University of
    Victoria
  • How does it work?
  • Learning assessment
  • Best practices

16
Work term criteria
  • Work terms are paid and are usually between 13-16
    weeks
  • Employer provides training and supervision
  • Student develops learning objectives at start of
    work term
  • Work term is monitored and evaluated by co-op
    programs
  • Student writes a report on work term experience
    at conclusion of work term (reflective learning)
  • Efforts are made to integrate workplace learning
    back into the classroom

17
Work term evaluations
  • Student develops learning objectives at start of
    work term
  • Work term is monitored and evaluated by co-op
    programs
  • mid term evaluations
  • final evaluation at end of the work term

18
Learning assessment toward a competency based
framework
Ten Core Competencies
  • Personal Management
  • Research and Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Managing Information
  • Project, Task Organizational Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Commitment to Quality
  • Workplace Behavior
  • Social Responsibility
  • Continuous Learning

19
Competency model
  • CommunicationCompetency title
  • Uses communication styles
  • and methods effective for the
  • situation and audience Definition statement
  • Communicates in a tone and manner that
  • demonstrates respect
  • Behaviour that describes the competency

20
Competency Based Evaluation Form
21
Employer final evaluations
22
Student final evaluations
23
Integration of workplace learning completing the
learning cycle
  • Experiential learning officer
  • Online teaching resource site for instructors
  • Poster exhibition for senior students
  • Examples of integration initiatives by faculty
  • post questions on Blackboard
  • invite students to blog
  • Integration of experiential learning factored
    into promotion and tenure assessment

Faculty of Business
24
Learning outcome categories from student work
term reports
25
Best practices in co-operative education
  • Strong connections to faculty to help bring
    workplace-based learning back into the classroom
  • Strong connection with academic disciplines
  • Good relationships with employers
  • Skilled co-op professionals
  • Co-op processes that reinforce learning

26
  • Co-operative Education at the University of
    Victoria
  • Questions?

27
Best practices in co-op education
  • Strong connection with academic disciplines to
    reach out and engage students in relevant
    co-operative education
  • Strong connections to faculty to help bring
    workplace-based learning back into the classroom
  • Good relationships with managers at companies and
    other kinds of organizations, to maintain a
    strong and loyal employer base
  • Co-op professionals who are skilled in their
    program disciplines, to help link students to
    work that is closely related to their studies
  • Co-op processes that support student learning in
    the workplace (learning objectives, evaluations,
    work site visits, etc.)

Thank you! Norah McRae, Executive
Director Co-operative Education and Career
Services nmcrae_at_uvic.ca
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