The Festival of Learning 2016 has ended, it took place June 6–9, 2016. This post-secondary education event hosted more than 400 delegates, offering a variety of session formats, learning experiences, unique spaces, as well as social and networking events. Don’t miss the next Festival of Learning 2018 happening May 28-30, 2018.

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Thursday, June 9 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Turning Backpacks to Briefcases: Career Experiential Education in the Classroom (9:00 - 9:50) LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Open Session Limited to 20 Participants (First-Come, First-In)

Typically, when one thinks of co-operative education (co-op) programs in post-secondary institutions, processes such as placing students in temporary roles and liaising with employers come to mind. Yet, there is more than meets the eye, as the educational components of teaching and learning in co-op programs is rarely mentioned.

This interactive session showcases an experiential activity facilitated in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s COOP 1101, a one-credit foundational course students take prior to entering the co-op program.

The activity requires students to adopt an employer perspective, form a selection committee, rank a series of sample applications, and justify their candidate decisions. Through self-reflection, collaboration with fellow classmates, and a comprehensive class debrief, students gain insights to improve their own applications, while the activity serves as a primer for consequent modules and activities.

Evidently, the six categories of Fink’s taxonomy (foundational knowledge, application, integration, human dimension, caring, and learning to learn) are realized.

Candy Ho, Instructor, Co-operative Education, Kwantlen Polytechnic University 

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Candy Ho

Faculty, Educational Studies, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Candy Ho teaches at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Educational Studies department in the Faculty of Arts. She is keen to explore the convergence between career education and development, teaching and learning, and student success.

Thursday June 9, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am PDT
Venezia Conference Room (Second Floor)