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.

Students and supervisors interested in deeper conversations around students’ skill development can also benefit from using the Queen’s Skills Cards while completing the EL WrapAround Learning Reflection Forms.

The EL Hub also 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

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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. This two-step model will make a significant impact on student learning and development.

Of course, supervisors and students can go beyond these requirements by engaging in more frequent and in-depth coaching and feedback conversations. Supervisors interested in this approach are encouraged to view the Queen’s Skills Cards page for Educators.

Completing the EL WrapAround Process

illustration of 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. Students who are interested in exploring their career goals and skills more deeply should be referred to Career Services. A Career Counsellor can help students make connections between their goals,  skills, and opportunities for growth. 


Learning Reflection Forms

Tipsheets for Students

Tipsheets for Supervisors

Supervisor Workshop - 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 

Workshop Title Summer 2021 
Supervise for Success : An EL Framework      Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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

Student Workshops

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 2021 Dates 
Students Leaders – Strategies for Supervising Peers

Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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

We also have the following student reflection workshops scheduled for Summer 2021. For workshop dates and registration, please visit MyCareer

1. 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! Available upon request.

2. 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! Available upon request.

3. 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. Available upon request.

Remote Support Workshops

In response to COVID-19, most workplaces have become remote. We developed the following workshops to support students and their supervisors in this transition. They complement our experiential learning workshops (above) to support student learning, productivity, and job satisfaction.

Working Remotely, for students

Are you a student working remotely? If your role will now be remote, how do you set yourself up for success? How do you work effectively from a distance? Come explore strategies and reflect with other students, and get great tips for working remotely. You’ll leave with a personal action plan to help tackle your new role with confidence.

Workshop Title Summer 2021  

Working Remotely ( 1 hour)          


Monday, May 3rd: 1 pm – 2 pm

Wednesday, May 5th: 3 pm – 4 pm

Monday, May 10th: 10 am – 11 am

Thursday, May 13th: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Wednesday, May 19th: 2 pm – 3 pm

***Register via MyCareer***

Supervising Students Remotely, for supervisors of student staff and volunteers

Are you supervising students who are working remotely? These new circumstances are asking us all to adapt quickly to new ways of doing things. Come to this workshop to learn from your peers, gain tips for preparing, onboarding, and supervising student staff remotely, in a way that is both feasible and impactful in supporting student learning. You’ll leave with concrete tools and a plan to ensure your and your students' success.

***Please note that this workshop on remote supervision only. If you are looking for the fundamentals for supervising students, we recommend attending the “Supervise for Success: Experiential Framework” workshop.

Workshop Title Summer 2021 
Supervising Students Remotely (1 hour)

Thursday, May 6, 1 pm – 2 pm

Tuesday, May 11, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

***Register today by emailing el.hub@queensu.ca***

The Career Counselling team also offers a Queen's Skills Cards workshop; students can register for through MyCareer website. 

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 any workshop scheduled at your convenience!  Please feel free to contact us at el.hub@queensu.ca

For quick reference, here are tipsheets on working remotelyonboarding remotely, and supervising remotely (from CEWIL Canada).