Co-Curricular Record Useful Tool for iSchoolers
Getting involved in extracurricular activities on campus is an invaluable part of the university experience, and now there’s a way for students to earn an official record of their activities.
To help capture these commitments, and provide a database of opportunities beyond the classroom, the University of Toronto has launched Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an accessible database. Students can search by campus, faculty or college, area of interest, or even time of day, for activities in which they can get involved.
The iSchool immediately formed a Local Evaluation Committee and recently, submitted almost 20 activities to the newly launched program.
“We are completely on board,” says Adriana Rossini, Registrar and Director of Student Services at the Faculty of Information. “The CCR provides a formal record of students’ non-academic, extra-curricular activities while pursuing their studies at the iSchool.”
One example, Adriana says, is the iSkills workshops offered at the iSchool, which focus on skills beyond those learned in a disciplinary program.
“Our goal is to ensure that activities provide learning opportunities while developing those skills critical to students’ success in their studies, as well as their careers,” she says.
There’s a huge benefit for students enrolled in the iSchool, both in terms of future prospects and adding value to the iSchool’s alumni network.
Robyn Bosnyak, President of the Museum Studies Student Association (MUSSA), agrees saying: “In high school, my extracurricular activities mainly revolved around athletics, but it was a great way to feel connected. Throughout my undergrad, I looked for more opportunities to volunteer with university groups and take on leadership roles. I think it's extremely important to give back to the school community, and be actively involved in building a better campus for future students.”
Upon graduation, students will be able to frame their experiences and skills they learned through CCR-linked programs to employers, graduate schools or scholarship committees with an official validated record of their involvement at the University of Toronto.
Kim Elias, program coordinator for the CCR, says the program should have up to 1,000 activities for students by December of this year, and up to 4,000 by September 2014.
Feel free to get more information, or to suggest other activities for the database (deadline November 29, 2013).
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