The Experiential Learning Cycle

The Experiential Learning Cycle as outlined through the Shifts in Policy shapes and supports students Cooperative Education Experience.

Participate in a learning experience connected to a community. Through immersion students are recognizing what they are thinking and what they are feeling during the experience.

Reflect on the experience in order to take meaning from this. Students reflect on their experiences to identify what they have learned about themselves and others as well as their topic of study.

Apply their learning to influence decision making and actions in various aspects of their lives. Students further explore how their opportunity has or may influence their future choices, goals, and plans.

(image source: Ontario Cooperative Education Curriculum Document, 2018)

Co-op with myBlueprint

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Building a Cooperative Education Portfolio with the New Curriculum - Draft

The myBlueprint Support Team created a Building a Co-op Portfolio Lesson Plan to better support Ontario educators in meeting the expectations found in Strand A and B of the revamped Cooperative Education Curriculum.

This lesson plan will help students create a co-op portfolio to display, reflect, and derive meaning from their experiential learning opportunities, develop skills and abilities related to an occupation while applying them to real-life situations, and apply their learning and hands-on experience to make the most informed decisions about their future.

A guide for teachers with instructions on how to introduce the portfolio building project to students

This lesson plan includes:

A detailed portfolio-checklist of the different types of artifacts students will be adding to their portfolio throughout their co-op experience, including suggested reflection prompts

An exemplar portfolio (PDF) that aligns with the suggested portfolio checklist

A template Student Learning Plan

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Cooperative Education Lesson Plan Package

This resource contains a PowerPoint presentation and implementation ideas for myBlueprint with Cooperative Education students, including activities related to Who Am I Surveys, Job Shadowing, Financial Literacy and more..

A Cooperative Education implementation powerpoint

This lesson plan includes:

14 interactive and engaging lesson plans

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What's new? Shifts in Policy that Impact Practice with the New Curriculum

With the introduction of a new curriculum document, the Ontario Ministry of Education has outlined 14 changes that will impact educators practice in the delivery of the updated cooperative education curriculum.

Shifts in Policy provided by the Ontario Ministry of Education

Cooperative Education and Other Forms of Experiental Learning, 2000

Changing From...

2.  A policy document

1. An experience based in the community

3. A single approach to co-op education

4. Suggested topics and themes

5. Pre-placement, integration and monitoring based on time/hours

6. Assessment and evaluation guided by learning expectations in the policy and related course achievement chart

7. Lack of an explicit connection between the experience, the learning, and its application

8. Learning expectations from the co-op policy

9. Curriculum expectations from the related course

10. Using the achievement chart from the related course curriculum document or from other curriculum documents

11. Inconsistent approach to the development of reflective skills

12. A policy which emphasizes specific roles and responsibilities

13. Teacher-Centered

14. Good for some students

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Cooperative Education and Other Forms of Experiental Learning, 2000

Changing To...

2. Curriculum and implementation policy document

1. An experience connected to the community

3. Two co-op courses, including a new course that does not require a related coursev

4. Overall and specific curriculum expectations

7. The explicit process to support the development of relationships between the experience, the learning and its application through the use of the Experiential Learning Cycle

8. Curriculum expectations from the co-op courses in the curriculum document

9. Cooperative education curriculum expectations for co-op linked to a related course, the curriculum expectations include learning connected to the expectations form the related course

10. Using the achievement chart from the co-op curriculum document

11. The explicit instruction to develop the skills of reflection and reflective habit of mind

12. A policy which emphasizes the process of program development and implementation including the various roles as required

13. Students co-construct their learning with teachers, parents, and community supervisors

14. Beneficial for all students

5. A focus on student learning and demonstration of achievement

6. Assessment and evaluation is firmly rooted in Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools and Cooperative Education curriculum