This document is designed to help you reflect on the learning experience you had during your cooperative education work term. Included are tips to help you organize, reflect, and draft your final copy for submission on Brightspace. This report will be marked by your Faculty Co-op Coordinator to evaluate your learning while on work term.
Your work term reflective paper is the capstone assignment that is designed to assist you in reflecting on what you learned in your co-op work term, how it connects with your classroom experience, and what sort of insight your work experience may have given you into your future career.
This reflective paper must be completed in order to earn a passing grade for your work term.
Through writing this reflective paper, you will demonstrate the core Embedded Knowledge & Skills (EKS) for this course:
Use the following steps as a guide to complete your work term reflective paper
Your reflective paper should contain between 2,000 to 2,500 words. More important than length, however, is the clarity, accuracy, and completeness of the report. Your reflective paper is not merely a technical description or an informational report; it should contain your own ideas and be an analysis of your work term. Many ideas are better explained using graphs, charts, diagrams or photographs, instead of words, so please be sure to add visuals wherever possible. Aligning with Algonquin College’s plagiarism policy (AA20: Plagiarism), all content in this report must be your own work or properly cited in the works cited section.
The main elements of the reflective paper are:
The introduction is an important part of the report. It should:
In this section, please reflect on your entire work experience including the tasks you were responsible for, relationship with your supervisor and other co-workers, the working environment, and how this experience has helped you connect with the lessons from your academic studies and your future career path. Please include sub-headings for discussion of the following topics:
The following sections asks you to think critically about your work term experience. Completing these two sections (Examination of learning experience and Self-Assessment) requires time, consideration, and reflection. Please include sub-headings for discussion of the questions.
Critically examine your work experience by answering the following questions:
Learning about job specific knowledge and skills
Learning about yourself
In this section, you can offer recommendations to your employer regarding your work term. This can range from working environment observations to communication style, to feedback and mentoring. This section can also include areas you hope to see added to the curriculum of your program, based on your experience working in the industry.
This section should briefly summarize your main points, recommendations, and key reflections made throughout the course of the report.
Your report should include the following:
Your report will be evaluated by the Faculty Co-op Coordinator based on the following 5 criteria:
Please review the attached rubric for grading scheme.
The mark given is either a pass or fail.
Please note: The staff in the Co-op Department cannot grant you an extension – only the faculty coordinator can do that. Before submitting your reflective report as part of the Work Term Report assignment, please visit your Work Term course on Brightspace as your faculty coordinator may have provided specific instructions for your program.
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