Defining impact within work-integrated learning

How can you make a positive impact in the workplace? Dr. Norah McRae, associate provost of
Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE), discusses how the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) are used as a framework to create meaningful work experiences. Learn how concentrating on impact can open doors to new opportunities and enable both students and employers to tackle the future of work head-on.



Remote video URL


(0:55) How do we define impact in Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE)?

(1:23) Why is CEE concerned about impact?

(2:29) What do we know about Gen Z’s desire to make an impact?

(2:59) How can the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) help students and employers make an impact?

(5:00) What is CEE doing to incorporate the UN SDGs?

(5:55) How do we help employers incorporate the UN SDGs and make an impact in the work they do with students?

(8:17) What is the SDGs at Work activity and why is it important?

(13:44) How does the topic of meaningful work prepare students and employers to tackle the future of work?

(15:03) How can we prepare employers for shifting workplace demographics by leveraging impact?

(16:17) Is there a difference between being job-ready and future-ready?

(18:54) Impact and job satisfaction

Mentioned in this episode:

United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

SDGs at Work activity



Dr. Norah McRae

Dr. Norah McRae

Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education

Norah McRae, PhD, is associate provost,
Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE) at the University of Waterloo. Her involvement in co-operative and work-integrated education spans more than 20 years, over which time she has led strategic program development and research on student engagement, community-engaged learning and intercultural competency development.

Connect with Norah on Twitter

Connect with Norah on LinkedIn