CWC FAQ

ExperienceBU

The Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum (CWC) is a guide that allows students to track their on and off campus experiences outside the classroom in order to receive co-curricular credit.

Frequently Asked Questions – Students

In order to complete the CWC, students must complete all elective and required items within each of the 10 domains, as well as successfully complete all reflections.

The 10 domains which make up the CWC are:
Arts & Culture
Brock Spirit
Career Preparation
Community Engagement
Diversity & Inclusion
Global Awareness
Health & Wellness
Innovation
Leadership & Teamwork
Personal Growth

Finding events, workshops, classes, programs and volunteer opportunities that will allow you to complete the CWC is easier than ever with ExperienceBU, Brock’s online involvement portal. You can also click through the different items of the CWC and find events related to that item to the right of your screen.

Would you like to know more about ExperienceBU? Click here to redirect to our ExperienceBU frequently asked questions page.

No – we encourage students to seek out unique co-curricular activities and experiences to fulfill each item that forms the campus-wide co-curriculum. For more extensive engagement experiences, such as participating in volunteering abroad programs as an example, more than one co-curricular item can be fulfilled.

Completing the Campus Wide Co-Curriculum (CWC) will set you apart from your fellow Badgers and will round out your in-class experience at Brock University by exposing you to a wide variety of learning and skill development experiences outside the classroom.

In addition to the amazing experiences which come with completing the CWC, you will also receive a Certificate of Engagement which acknowledges your successful completion of all 10 co-curricular domains. Standing out from the crowd at graduation is also a perk of completing the CWC. You’ll receive special red cords which signify your dedication to co-curricular involvement.

Visit the Student Life and Community Experience Involvement Commons in Mackenzie Chown A Block, 204.

Operating Hours
Monday – Friday – 8:30am – 4:30pm

Holidays and Exam Periods
Monday – Friday – 10:00am – 3:00pm

Alternatively, e-mail experiencebu@brocku.ca with your question and we will follow-up electronically.

You can self-report your experiences into the Campus Wide Co-Curriculum (CWC) through logging in to ExperienceBU, selecting your initial in the right hand corner of the screen, clicking “Paths” and choosing the section of the CWC which fits your experience. For example, attending an athletics game falls under the Brock Spirit domain – if you click that domain, you will see this item within it.

Be sure to provide verification of your experiences when you are self reporting. A selfie, a ticket stub, a certificate, or a contact that can confirm you participated, attended or engaged in the activity – whatever it may be, proof is needed for your experiences to be approved.

Some experiences are reported to the CWC for you. Events and activities where attendance is taken often means you’ll receive co-curricular credit without having to self-report your experience. Be sure to ask event organizers, program planners or lead hands if they are tracking attendance for co-curricular credit.

No – you can complete as many or as few domains as you would like. If you complete 1 domain or more domains, you can request a Certificate of Engagement by e-mailing experiencebu@brocku.ca. The certificate will only contain the domain icons of the domains you have finished entirely. For example, if you complete the entire Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum (CWC), your Certificate of Engagement would have 10 domain icons, whereas if you complete 1 domain entirely, your Certificate of Engagement would have 1 domain icon.

Simply e-mail experiencebu@brocku.ca and request your Certificate of Engagement to be printed. You will receive an e-mail when it is available to be picked up.

It is recommended to complete the Pre-Curriculum Reflection first. However, as every students’ goals and interests differ, where you decide to start tracking your experiences in the Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum (CWC) is entirely up to you.

If you don’t feel you will be able to finish all 10 domains and the items and reflections within them, start by working towards completing the Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum (CWC) domains that align with your goals and interests.

For most items, the description should explain what students need to do to receive credit. However, remember to always check the Details section of each curriculum item. This section provides an in-depth explanation of the item, including examples and details on how to track the item.

Absolutely – graduate students are welcome to track their experiences in the CWC. If you completed undergraduate studies at Brock prior to graduate studies, you can report experiences from your undergraduate degree as well.

ExperienceBU is the place to find out what’s happening on and off-campus, from activities and events, to volunteer opportunities and clubs.

The Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum (CWC) is a guide designed to help students identify co-curricular pathways and to take advantage of engagement opportunities to gain skills in a variety of areas.

Experience Plus is Brock’s co-curricular transcript program. It is the official document that tracks experiences and skills. It tracks experiences in the following areas:

  • On-campus jobs
  • On of off-campus volunteer placements
  • Internships
  • Workshops
  • Professional development activities
  • Certificates and awards
  • Skills

Put simply, ExperienceBU is where you find out what’s happening. Experience Plus is the transcript that documents co-curricular experiences and skills. The CWC does not replace Experience Plus, but simply guides students through engagement opportunities.

Items that have been tracked on students’ Experience Plus transcript may qualify for certain items in the CWC. Simply indicate this when reporting an item by clicking ‘Previously tracked on Experience Plus’ to receive credit in the CWC.

This report is a snapshot of students’ progress as they complete curriculum items in the CWC. Some on-campus departments, including Student Life and Community Experience, may ask to see progress reports when making hiring decisions for student jobs.

To view the progress report:

  1. Log in to ExperienceBU
  2. Click your name (or picture) in the top right
  3. Click on PATHS.
  4. Click the PRINT VIEW button to view and print the report.

The deadline to report your experiences and reflections for approval into the Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum (CWC) prior to convocation is April 30th for the June convocation ceremonies, and August 31st for the October convocation ceremony.

Brock hosted: Any event or activity hosted by the University both on and off-campus.

Curriculum item: All items in the Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum in each of the ten domains.

Core items: These must be completed in order to successfully complete the domain. Core items are indicated as “Core: Required.”

Elective items: These are optional tasks to be completed. Keep in mind that all domains have a certain number of optional items that need to be completed in order to successfully complete the domain.

CWC: Short-form for the Campus-Wide Co-Curriculum

Details section: This section provides more information on how to track the completion of an item. Examples are also provided for many of the items.

Niagara Region: This encompasses 12 municipalities:

  • Fort Erie
  • Grimsby
  • Lincoln
  • Niagara Falls
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Pelham
  • Port Colborne
  • St. Catharines
  • Thorold
  • Wainfleet
  • Welland
  • West Lincoln

Frequently Asked Questions – Event Managers and Administrators

Students can receive co-curricular credit for attending your event if:

The event aligns with a domain item in the campus wide co-curriculum (CWC)
Attendance will be taken at the event

If you determine that your event does align with a domain item in the CWC and you will be taking attendance at your event, e-mail experiencebu@brocku.ca and our staff can connect your event to the CWC and explain how to upload attendance to your event on ExperienceBU