Work and community experiences

EDGE students use work and/or community experiences to explore opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom and reflect on their personal growth.

Students can complete their work or community experience milestones in three ways:

  • they can complete experiential learning courses, which are academic courses that include a work-integrated learning component;
  • they can complete on-campus experiences, which are work or volunteer opportunities linked to the University's faculties, student societies, clubs, offices and services;
  • they can complete off-campus experiences, which are non-University affiliated work or volunteer opportunities.

Work-integrated learning courses

Courses that are eligible to count as EDGE work or community milestones comprise a subset of courses that would be called experiential education courses. EDGE courses are more specifically labelled work-integrated learning courses.

For a course to be eligible as an EDGE work or community milestone, the learning activities and assessments need to be authentic to the workplace. This means that students must work on problems, processes and projects that they may encounter in their professions and produce work reflecting professional practice. The learning activities and assessments must also have an impact outside of the typical student-instructor course model with an authentic audience beyond the classroom and a clearly articulated need for the student work. An authentic audience is usually an industry or community partner for which the work is completed, but may also be other members of the community, e.g. members of the general public. 

For more information about experiential learning courses, visit our page devoted to the different types of EDGE experiences.

On-campus experiences

On-campus experiences are work or volunteer opportunities linked to the University’s faculties, student societies, clubs, offices and services. Students who complete on-campus experiences develop new skills, explore their career options and reflect on their personal growth.

For more information about on-campus experiences, visit our page devoted to the different types of EDGE experiences.

Off-campus experiences

Off-campus experiences are non-University affiliated work or volunteer opportunities available to students. These experiences could include a part-time position in the Waterloo region, a summer job in a student's home town or volunteer opportunities during Reading Week, as examples. Students who complete off-campus experiences develop new skills, explore their career options and reflect on their personal growth.

For more information about off-campus experiences, visit our page devoted to the different types of EDGE experiences.