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Melanie commented on Co-op Program at the University of Waterloo

Hey Akshay,

I think that would be great. I guess the only question is are there enough placements in the workplaces for the students, and would the workplaces be able to financially support so many placements. I think in order to incorporate a huge number of placements we would have to do some work with the government and workplaces to make that a sustainable option. 

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Melanie commented on Co-op Program at the University of Waterloo

Hey Caitlin, 

That's an interesting idea.  I think the distinction between knowledge and skill acquisition is a bit more complex however. 

1. Knowledge should be transferring to skills within society, even if this does not seem apparent at first (not necessarily only through the workplace, but through any kind of interaction with society and the world that we live in). 
2. Obtaining skills is a form of knowledge acquisition. 

I think one of the issues is that students may not be aware of some of the skills they will need in the workplace. For example lots of soft skills are necessary to really excel in my workplaces. 

However, I do agree that universities are not necessarily taking a human-centered design approach when thinking of which knowledge they are providing to their students. 

I agree that  increasing  communication with students, alumni and workplaces to figure out what skills and knowledge is most needed schools could increase their effectiveness in preparing students for the workplace. 

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Melanie commented on Co-op Program at the University of Waterloo

Thanks for the links Anne-Laure! I agree the work experience is also part of the funding strategy. With the experience it should be easier for graduates to attain higher paying jobs and repay any loans they may have take.

I've posted my thoughts on the links as connects on those articles.