The Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE) offers seminars at the University of Waterloo focusing on research in co-operative education. These seminars involve the presentation of research results and their implications for the community. They are conducted in the hopes of raising awareness for co-operative education as a model that is suitable for theoretical and empirical work. WatCACE research seminars highlight the best of research on co-op from the University of Waterloo and other locations across the globe. For upcoming research seminars, visit our events page.
Past research seminars and resources
- March 9, 2017, Judene Pretti and Dave Drewery, WatCACE, "Lifelong Learning", Centre for Teaching Excellence; Slides (PDF)
Feb. 11, 2016 - Dr. Antoine Pennaforte, Associate Professor, CNAM, Paris, France, "The Co-op Workplace Support System". Video Recording.
Dec. 4, 2015 - Margaret McBeath, graduate student of Dr. Maureen Drysdale, University of Waterloo and St. Jerome's University, "Examining the mental health and well-being of co-operative education students transitioning into the labour market." Slides; Video Recording
Sept. 22, 2015 - Yuheng (Helen) Jiang, graduate student of Dr. Lukasz Golab, Management Sciences, University of Waterloo, "Co-operative Education Analytics". Slides; Related Publication; Video Recording.
May 22, 2015 - Phil Gardner, Executive Director of Career Network and Director of Collegiate Employment Research Institute, Michigan State University, "An Examination of Social Networks and Work-Integrated Learning." Slides.
December 9, 2014 - Rachel McDonald, AHS co-op student of Dr. Edward Chow, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, "Student Accomplishments in the Rapid Response Radiotherapy Program: A Ten Year Review." Related Publication
October 28, 2013 - Sheri Dressler, University of Central Florida, "Expanding our Vision of Work-Integrated Learning Assessment." Slides
May 21, 2013 - Richard Wiggers, Research Director, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, "Waterloo and Work-Integrated Learning: Three Perspectives." Slides
March 27, 2013 - Kristina Johansson and Ville Björck, University West, Sweden, "Conceptualizing Work-Integrated Learning From Organizational and Empirical Perspectives."
- November 27, 2012 - Judene Pretti and Robyn Hocking, "UWaterloo as a Model Co-op Employer: A cross-unit co-op student research project." Slides
- September 12, 2012 - Alex Usher, President, Higher Education Strategy Associates, "The co-op advantage: Insights from a national panel of Canadian students." Slides
- March 19, 2012 - Richard Wiggers, Research Director, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), "The Intersection Between Postsecondary Learning and the Workplace".
- December 8, 2011 - Christine Logel, Department of Psychology, Renison University College, "The stigma inoculation hypothesis: How stigma holds students back, and how co-op can help."
- November 18, 2011 - Margaret McBeath, Department of Psychology, "Self-concept and tacit knowledge: exploring the differences between co-op and non co-op university students."
- April 5, 2011 - Robert Sproule, School of Accounting and Finance and Judene Pretti, Director, Professional Development program (WatPD), "Integration of learning: classroom, workplace and PD modules".
- March 22, 2011 - Justin Friesen, Department of Psychology, "Do co-op job ads include gender stereotyped language, and does it matter?"
- March 3, 2011 - Rocco Fondacaro, Director, Student and Faculty Relations, Co-operative Education, "Everything you ever wanted to ask employers about Co-op Undergraduate Degree Level Expectations, but were afraid..."
- January 18, 2011- Christine Logel, Department of Psychology, "Does co-op have particular benefits for negatively stereotyped minority students (e.g., women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields)?”
- October 21, 2010 - Nancy Johnston
Dr. Johnston is the former Director of Co-operative Education at Simon Fraser University and has been an active participant and leader in the co-op community at the provincial, national and international levels. Her research has dealt with inter-related issues around the pedagogy of the co-op curriculum, the teaching of employability skills and the measurement of learning in co-op students. She will be speaking about Co-operative Education, Recruitment and Retention from a multi-institutional study.
- April 20, 2010 - Judene Pretti
The April 20, 2010 speaker was Judene Pretti, Director of the WatPD program. WatPD is a program of seven professional development courses some of which are required of all co-op students. In her presentation she focused on the development and evaluation of the program with particular emphasis on ongoing evaluation plans and activities. Slides
- March 30, 2010 - Nancy Waite
The March 30, 2010 speaker was Dr. Nancy Waite, Associate Professor and Associate Director for Practice-Based Education in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo. As Associate Director, Practice-Based Education, she is responsible for the vision, program objectives and long-range plan for practice-based education. She is guiding the school’s initiatives relating to the co-op aspects of the program and shared their research, development and evaluation activities.
- February 25, 2010 - Kerry Mahoney
The February 25, 2010 speaker was Kerry Mahoney, Director of Career Services at the University of Waterloo. The focus of her work is on student learning outcomes. As an example of her work, recently presented at the meetings of the World Association for Co-operative Education (WACE) she talked about how learning outcomes were assessed (using both subjective and objective measures) in one domain, namely resume writing, and the consequences of instruction (online and face-to-face) in that domain.
- January 28, 2010 - Maureen Drysdale
The January 28, 2010 speaker was Dr. Maureen Drysdale, an Associate Professor of psychology at St. Jerome’s University. She, with colleagues, has done extensive SSHRC-funded work on school-to-work transitions and, more recently on the psychological consequences of the co-op experience. She also is currently the leader of a large, international project (fourteen universities in eight countries) on entering and exiting characteristics of both co-op and regular students.