We know it can be difficult to talk about EDGE with your students, and coworkers. The program's flexibility makes it difficult to sum up in just a few sentences, especially when you're trying to share information about EDGE alongside other projects and topics that need attention.
That's why we've created the following email templates for use as part of your routine communication with parties who could benefit from EDGE. Feel free to use and adapt these templates as you see fit. If you have any questions about these templates or have an idea for a new template, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're supervising a student
Dear [student name],
As your supervisor, I'm interested in your personal, professional, and academic success. That's why I'm inviting you to consider pursuing the EDGE certificate program offered by the Waterloo Professional Development Program (WatPD).
EDGE is designed to help traditional (non-co-op) undergraduate students explore their career options, identify the skills they're gaining inside and outside of the classroom and market themselves to employers. Students completing EDGE have the opportunity to earn academic credit for their co-curricular activities by pairing their positions with professional development courses. The program is free to complete, and it offers plenty of flexibility in how and when you choose to satisfy its requirements.
If you decide to opt into EDGE and earn a milestone for the work you're doing as a [job title], I'll have the opportunity to evaluate your performance in this role. The feedback I provide will be valuable to you as you reflect on your personal and professional growth. If you want to learn more about the program, I recommend visiting the EDGE website at uwaterloo.ca/edge for more information. You can also contact the EDGE team with questions at email@example.com.
Sending an email to colleagues
I'd like to take a minute to introduce you to EDGE, the University of Waterloo's new opt-in certificate program for undergraduate students in traditional (non-co-op) programs of study. EDGE is designed to help these students explore their career options, identify the skills they're gaining both inside and outside of the classroom and market themselves to employers.
Students need to earn six milestones to complete the certificate, and they can earn these milestones by choosing from a wide variety of courses, workshops and experiences. It's designed to be completed at their own pace: they can choose whether they want to complete milestones during academic terms or summer terms, on- or off-campus. It's a great way for students to earn academic credit for their co-curricular activities. It's also free to complete.
Those of you who supervise students may want to be aware of EDGE, as you could be asked to evaluate student performance in these roles. Students completing EDGE have the opportunity to earn academic credit for their co-curricular activities by pairing their positions with professional development courses. These co-curricular activities must involve at least 36 hours of work over the course of a term.