Queen's Experiential Learning Hub

Experiential Learning Hub
Experiential Learning Hub

Experiential Learning WrapAround

Are you a supervisor looking for productive and engaged student staff? Want to help your students gain more from the work they do for your department? 

Are you a student and want to be able to articulate the skills you are gaining and how they relate to your future?

The EL WrapAround will help with all of these things!

By using this simple low-time-commitment, high-impact strategy, supervisors and students engage in productive conversations about how to get the most out of an on-campus student role.   These conversations, which bookend the student job (at start and at end) are guided by the EL WrapAround Learning Reflection Form. With a few straightforward questions, students and supervisors identify and reflect on skills being developed in these roles. 

The EL Hub provides optional training and support for both supervisors and students to help make the experience as easy and accessible as possible.

What do students have to say about the EL WrapAround?

“The EL WrapAround helped me to articulate on a resume [and] to a potential employer what transferable skills I gained from my work-study.” – Work Study Student Survey

The EL WrapAround has impacted my career goals by giving me experience in areas related to my research/field that I wouldn't have had otherwise.” – Work Study Student Survey

The EL WrapAround made me able to see how collaboration and adaptability apply to the workforce in various capacities. I realised how skills such as collaboration are crucial to completing a task efficiently and to the best of my ability, while adaptability is needed when working with children and trying new activities.” – Work Study Student Survey

How much time does it take to participate in the EL WrapAround?

With only two required meetings and a 2-page form, the Experiential Learning WrapAround requires a minimal additional investment of supervisor and student time to make a significant impact on student learning and professional development.

The supervisor completes the “Learning Reflection Form” with the student employee or volunteer, through 2 required meetings at the beginning and end of the role, and through providing ongoing supervision and support throughout the work or volunteer experience.

 Of course, supervisors and students can go beyond these requirements by engaging in more frequent and in-depth coaching and feedback conversations, but even this two-step model will make a significant impact on student learning and development.

Completing the EL WrapAround Process

1. Onboarding:
Student and supervisor meet near beginning of role to review the job description and tasks.  Through this review student and supervisor discuss and identify skills required for the job that the student is interested in developing further. This corresponds to the DESCRIBE phase in the EL Learning Framework.  Here is an example how the conversation may sound:  (Note that some units may do this in a group format rather than 1-on-1 for large numbers of students)
 

2. Throughout role:
Supervisor provides support and feedback on role and skills to student.  Student uses personal awareness to evaluate progress towards their identified goals and development of role.

3. Role Wrap Up:
At end of role, supervisor and student meet to review the goals identified in Step 1 and to discuss how the student’s learning and development progressed. Using the reflection questions in Part 2 of the form, the student and supervisor discuss how these skills and experiences relate to the student’s long term goals and options.

Resources

Learning Reflection Forms

EL WrapAround – Learning Reflection Form

EL WrapAround – Example Reflection Form

Tipsheets for Students

Experiential Learning and You – Student Introduction to EL

Student Leaders – Providing Feedback on Performance

Tipsheets for Supervisors

EL WrapAround Manual

Guiding Student Reflection

Providing Feedback on Performance

Supervisor Resources and References 

Supervisor Workshops - Supervise for Success

Part 1: Implement an EL Framework for Student Roles

Do you want more engaged and committed student employees? Attend this session to learn how to effectively integrate reflection and professional skill development into your supervising to get the most out of your students while building student skills and capacity. During the workshop you will practice using the EL Reflection Form and explore strategies for identifying learning outcomes and guiding student reflection.

Part 2: Supervisor Strategies for Effective EL

Great student employees can be fostered through great supervision. Attend this session to develop effective coaching and feedback strategies to help your student employee be the best staff they can be!

Register by emailing el.hub@queensu.ca 

Dates Part 1 Part 2
Wednesday July 31st, 2019 2:00-3:00PM 3:00-4:00PM
Tuesday August 13th, 2019 9:30-10:30AM 10:30-11:30AM
Wednesday September 25th, 2019 2:00-3:00PM 3:00-4:00PM
Monday January 27th, 2020 9:30-10:30AM 10:30-11:30AM
Wednesday February 5th, 2020 2:00-3:00PM 3:00-4:00PM

*Note: Dates may be added or removed based on high or low registration.

Student Workshops

Experiential Learning and You!

Engaged in a volunteer, extracurricular, or paid position on campus?  Interested in learning how to make the most out of your experience? 

Attend this workshop to find out how to use the EL WrapAround Learning Reflection Form to reflect on your current and past experience and build on this by engaging in conversation with others.  Understand how to plan and reflect throughout your position and ensure that you are able to articulate your skills gained to future employers, grad schools, or other opportunities!

Getting the most out of your EL Experience

Not sure how to talk about your experiences in resumes and interviews? Unsure what skills you possess? Attend this one-hour session to start thinking about the skills you have, the ones you’re developing in your current position, and how they could be applied to a future job or career. Be sure to bring your EL WrapAround Learning Reflection Form!

EL WrapAround – Where can this take me?

You’ve gained some great skills and experiences through your Experiential Learning role, but not sure how or where you could use these skills in your future?  Attend this workshop to think more broadly about your experience and its applications.  Leave the workshop with ideas of what paths you can explore and where you can use your skills. 

Students Leaders – Strategies for Supervising Peers

Great student leaders know how to supervise, lead and coach others.  Attend this session to explore coaching theory and how to navigate the unique relationships that you will navigate as a student in a leadership or supervisory role to other students.

Please register for workshops through MyCareer.

Workshop Title Summer Dates 2019 Fall/Winter Dates 2019-2020
Experiential Learning and You!
Wednesday May 15th, 2019
12:00-1:00PM
Thursday September 26th, 2019
9:30-10:30AM
 
Tuesday October 8th 2019
12:30-1:30PM
Getting the most out of your EL Experience
Thursday June 27th, 2019
12:00-1:00PM
Thursday January 9th, 2020
10:30-11:30AM
 
Wednesday January 15th 2020
3:30-4:30
EL WrapAround – Where can this take me?
Tuesday August 20th, 2019
12:00-1:00PM
Wednesday March 4th, 2020
3:30-4:30PM
 
Monday March 9th, 2020
11:30AM-12:30PM
Students Leaders – Strategies for Supervising Peers
N/A
Tuesday October 8th, 2019
1:30-2:30PM
 
Wednesday January 15th, 2020
2:30-3:30PM

*Note: Dates may be added or removed based on high or low registration.

 

Questions & Support

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our EL Hub staff.  Our staff can provide 1-on-1 consultations on how to implement this program with your specific group. For large groups we can also provide the Supervisor and Student workshops in your spaces!  Please feel free to contact us at el.hub@queensu.ca