A partnership between software developer Orbis Communications and Laurier will provide students with a comprehensive record of their curricular and co-curricular experiential learning history at the university, including co-operative education, practica, community service-learning, on-campus employment, campus leadership roles and volunteer activities.
The Student Experiential Record is generated by Orbis' new Outcome Experiential Learning Management Platform, which allows the university to catalogue, track and recognize all forms of experiential learning at Laurier.
"The collection of these activities will give us powerful new metrics to help guide and encourage students toward meaningful and transformative experiences while on campus," said David McMurray, vice-president: Student Affairs at Laurier. "For our new graduates, we strongly believe this comprehensive tool will help them understand and articulate the scope and breadth of the skills and competencies developed through these experiences."
Laurier's new experiential record will emphasize skill development and student reflection on their experiences. The university will have the power to measure participation in all experiential programming and analyze this engagement in collaboration with graduate outcomes and retention data.
In addition, the tool will enable Laurier to filter data based on unique student groups, such as those in specific disciplines and years of study, students with disabilities, international students and varsity athletes. The initiative will also provide Laurier with metrics on industry participation and community impact.
The launch of the new comprehensive record represents Laurier's continuing dedication to innovation in the field of experiential learning. The university was the first school in Canada to launch a competency-based co-curricular record.
– Daniel Rankin