New approaches to the dreaded work term report: Encouraging reflective student practice Todays Goals Consider new approaches to promoting reflective practice amongst our co-op students Engage all session attendees in a discussion regarding
best practice regarding work term reports Identify potential obstacles to implementing new work term formats (e.g. staff time; faculty engagement; on-line resources) Co-op Professional Development Projects UBC Arts Co-op Program Sheila Ashwell
University of British Columbia Background Traditional format Learning Objectives | Final Report | End-of-Term Evaluation - Submitted in person, paper format, in portfolio Challenges: Marking load for staff Poorly written assignments; lack of interest! Repetitive over 3-5 work terms
Following-up and monitoring labour-intensive Feedback from Student Survey Unsure of purpose of assignments Less school-like, more work-based Prefer 5 short over 1 large Instructions not enough/unclear More variety, esp. 8-month terms Purpose / Current Format Help students build work portfolio
Provide structured career & skill development opportunities 5 key assignments per work term, 1 due each month Skill Development Projects Overview 1 Goals & Objectives
Beginning of term Professional Profile Includes discussion board & archives End of 2nd month Informational Interview End of 3rd month
Within organization or elsewhere 4 Final Activity (select 1) Networking Public speaking Professional business writing Career development Other (video or other)
5 Professional Review End-of-term evaluation/exit interview 2 3
Reflective Seminars and E-Portfolios New approaches at Mount Saint Vincent Scott Daniels Mount Saint Vincent University Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Reflective Seminars E-portfolios MSVU Reflective Seminars
What is mentorship? Been there, done that MSVU Reflective Seminars Senior business and tourism co-op students present a reflective seminar to new co-op students where they share their experiences, advice and lessons learned with new co-op students MSVU E-Portfolios Senior public relations co-op students complete a personal
reflection of their professional experiences and develop an e-portfolio MSVU E-Portfolios Sample e-portfolio MSVU Student Feedback Surveyed 171 PR students and had a 38% response rate We asked students to assess the effectiveness of each project in terms of reflecting on their experiences
MSVU Student Feedback Which work term project did you find the most beneficial for thinking about what you learned during co-op? Work term report 4% Portfolio 58% Reflective seminar 38% MSVU Student Feedback How effective was the work term report in providing an opportunity to reflect upon what you learned during your work term?
Not effective 47% Effective 45% Very effective 8% MSVU Student Feedback How effective was the portfolio in providing an opportunity to reflect upon what you learned during your work term? Not effective 0% Effective 38% Very effective 62%
MSVU Student Feedback How effective was the reflective seminar in providing an opportunity to reflect upon what you learned during your work term? Not effective 8% Effective 31% Very effective 61% The Power of the Blog blog
[blawg, blog] noun1.a website containing a writer's or group of writers' own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites. Charlene Marion Bishops University Evaluation Evolution 2013-now Competency Approach
5 blogs (x 500 words) 2001-2012 Work term Report Options Competency Approach 8-10 pages OR Organizational Analysis 8-10 pages
2012-2013 Work term Report Options Competency Approach 8-10 pages OR Competency Approach 5 blogs (x 500 words) OR Organizational Analysis 8-10 pages
Competency Approach Mobilizing Innovation & Change Ability to conceptualize Creativity/Innovation/ Change Risk-taking Visioning Managing People &
Oral communication Written communication Managing Self Learning Personal organization/Time management Personal strengths Problem-solving/
Analytic Frederick T. Evers & James C. Rush The Bases of Competence: Skill Development During the Transition from University to Work Published in: Management Learning 1996 27:275 Why Change? blog [blawg, blog] noun1.a website containing a writer's or group of writers' own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and
often having images and links to other websites. There was just something missing. Why Change? Students` dissatisfaction with the report Questioned its relevance What were they learning Hard to remember everything at the end Too long and boring My desire to use a modern forum
Use a platform students are used to Less formal and more meaningful and reflective Measure progression Final report is 1 dimensional Blogs allow you to see students` growth over their WT Results Co-op Students Co-op Coordinator
97% of students preferred View the actual this method of reporting Prefer the 5 smaller works over time Enjoy the less formal writing style
Allows them to see their own progression See a sense of accomplishment progression See them grow as professionals More balanced workload
Catch problems as they arise Students are more honest Contact Information Lisa Barty Manager, Science Career & Co-operative Education McMaster University [email protected] Scott Daniels
Manager, Co-operative Education Mount Saint Vincent University [email protected] Sheila Ashwell Associate Director Arts Co-op Program University of British Columbia [email protected] Charlene Marion Co-operative Education Coordinator
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