Reflective Learning and Work Term Requirements

Co-op Programs




Reflective Learning and Work Term Requirements

 

In order to graduate with Co-op as part of your degree program, you must meet the following requirements for each work term that you complete:  

  • Learning Objectives (Due by the 5th week of your work term)
  • Work Term Report (Due by the 15th of the last month of your work term)
  • Student Performance Evaluation (Due by the 15th of the last month of your work term)
  • Work Site Visit

 

Learning Objectives

Reflecting on your experiences is the best way to enhance the learning of any experience. As a key part of the experiential learning cycle, reflection strengthens learning and allows you to recognize your areas of growth and areas that need improvement. Each work term, you must define and record your learning objectives / goals using the Learning Objectives. Please adhere to the following instructions:

Define Learning Objectives and Goals

 

Submit Learning Objectives to the Co-op Programs Office via careerZONE by following these steps to upload your learning objectives:     

·       Log into to careerzone.brocku.ca using your Brock credentials

·       Go to Co-op Tab

·       Click on your Work Term Record found in the “Co-op Sequence” section

·       Click "Edit Work Term Records"

·       Find the Learning Objectives section and click the “Choose File” button

·       Choose your document

·       Click the blue “Save” button at the bottom of the screen.

Your learning objectives will be reviewed by a Co-op Employer Development Manager and discussed at your work site visit. 

 

Work Term Report

The work term report is a critical element of your participation in Brock University’s Co-op programs. This report will describe the nature of the work term assignment, skills developed, relevancy and application of your academic studies in supporting your work term efforts and overall satisfaction with the experience. Please review the Work Term Report Outline for ideas and suggestions.  If you have an extended placement with the same employer, please follow this work term report template.

Work term reports are to be submitted via CareerZone by following the steps below.  

·       Log into to careerzone.brocku.ca using your Brock credentials

·       Go to Co-op Tab

·       Click on your Work Term Record found in the “Co-op Sequence” section

·       Click "Edit Work Term Records"

·       Find the Work Term Report section and click the “Choose File” button

·       Choose your document

·       Click the blue “Save” button at the bottom of the screen.

 

Student Performance Evaluation

Please review the Work Term Performance Evaluation form at the begining of your work term in order to become familiar with the criteria your performance will be measured against. Student Performance Evaluations are typically completed at the end of the work term, however you should seek frequent feedback related to your performance throughout the co-op work term.   The evaluation becomes part of your student record and is required to ensure proper recognition and transcript notations are made. Employers may choose to use their own performance management tools; this is acceptable but should be submitted to the Co-op Programs Office for review.  You can scan and upload your evaluation to CareerZone in the same manner as described above in Work Term Report.

 

Work Site Visit

During the middle of each your four-month work term, a representative from Co-op Programs Office will arrange to meet with you and your immediate supervisor to discuss your work term performance, additional work term assignments, and to find out more about the organization and potential co-op opportunities. The time for this visit will be arranged between yourself, your supervisor and a Co-op representative and will last approximately 1 hour. Most work site visits take place in person, however in some cases meetings may be arranged via phone. It is important that you prepare for the work site visit in advance as this will ensure any outstanding questions and concerns are resolved. Remember, do not wait until the work site visit to raise any serious problems or issues regarding your work term. Contact the Co-op Programs Office immediately if you feel it necessary to do so.