Trend in Canadian universities authenticating students' learning outside classroom

August 17, 2010

In recent years, a number of universities across Canada have adopted co-curricular transcripts, which give official sanction to a student's involvement in campus activities or volunteer work (recent adoptees include the University of Windsor and Acadia University). Université Laval and the Université de Sherbrooke recently developed online self-assessment tools students can use to understand their own knowledge, values, and strengths. Like the co-curricular records, these Web-based tools rely on a certain amount of reflection by students about their activities, which is seen as fostering learning. University officials across Canada say that such documentation is a response to changes in the labour market, and to changes in the behaviour and expectations of the students themselves. University Affairs