Cooperative education is a hands-on method of learning that allows students to earn secondary school credits towards their OSSD by combining in-school studies with related work experiences. The student's learning activities at the work placement are closely aligned to one or more related course(s) in which the student is enrolled or which he or she has successfully completed. The cooperative education course and the related course(s) together constitute a student's cooperative education program. Students apply to be considered for a cooperative education program during the course selection procedure and an application and interview are part of the process.
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Experiential Learning is about making connections and strengthening relationships among learning partners (students, parents, educators, community and parish). Students become engaged in authentic, real-world tasks that foster critical thinking and are anchored in big picture experiences. This allows students to make sense of their environment and their world. Experiential learning can occur inside and outside of the classroom, and is one way to differentiate instruction and provide authentic or real-world context to help all students learn. The role of the educator shifts from information-giver to facilitator or coach. Students and their teacher experience and define success together. The process of reflection and consolidation take on a greater importance as both the students and the teacher assume the responsibility for making meaning together. This shared learning and shared responsibility defines a new wave of 21st century learning.
The Board's Student Success Department is always looking for ways of implementing experiential learning across the curriculum. Here are some more reference documents that teaching staff use to assist them in integrating experiential learning into their courses.
Are you interested in taking on a co-op student at your place of business?
Please contact the principal of the high school closest to you, or call the Ontario Ministry of Education at 1-800-387-5514 for more information about how the co-operative education program works.
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Students can earn high school credits through our virtual achievement centre. In this program, students are guided through a true online learning experience, preparing them for future learning. This program is as much about the online learning experience as it is about the curriculum. Students interested in taking an online course can consult with their school guidance department to get more information and to enquire about course and space availability. Visit their website >>