Request for Proposals to Prepare a Course for the WatPD Program

Deadline for Proposals: Monday, November 24, 2014

Submit Proposals to: Anne Fannon, Director, WatPD (, CPH 2376D

Presentations of Shortlisted Proposals: Monday, December 1, 2014, 12:00–1:30 PM


The Waterloo Professional Development (WatPD) Program aims to improve the professional skills of Waterloo’s co-op students through the delivery of dynamic and engaging online courses. Recognizing that the co-op workplace provides an opportunity for real world professional skill development and application, the PD courses serve to provide a theoretical foundation for students. The courses also provide an opportunity for students to make connections between what they are experiencing in the workplace and the PD course content.

Co-op students from all six Faculties take PD courses during their work terms as part of the requirements for their co-op degree. The Co-operative Education Council (CEC) is requesting proposals for the development of two new courses: one that focuses on reflection and learning in the workplace and one that focuses on technical report writing.

Possible topics for the courses include, but are not limited to, the following.

Reflection and Learning in the Workplace

  • Co-op outcomes/WatPD outcomes
  • Goal setting
  • Developing autonomy and professional capacity in the workplace
  • Critical reflection on workplace learning including:
    • Skills and knowledge gained in the most recent work term that supplemented or complemented those learned in the classroom
    • Effectively dealing with knowledge limitations in the workplace
    • Learning and growth from negative experiences
    • Working effectively with others
    • Clarity on education and career objectives

Technical Report Writing

  • Selecting a topic/determining scope
  • Report organization
  • Collecting and analyzing data
  • Developing and defending arguments
  • Writing conclusions and recommendations
  • Citing sources
  • Formatting reports (including effective use of word processing software)
  • Writing – style and tone
  • Writing mechanics (common issues in punctuation, grammar, spelling)
  • WatPD program objectives and course details, including the objectives of the current version of PD2: Critical Reflection and Report Writing can be found at

PD Course Guidelines

  • The course must require an average of 20–25 hours of student time (content and assessments) spread over a 10 week period
  • The course materials must be presented online using UW’s Learning Management System
  • All learning activities should require student engagement and encourage deep learning
  • Some learning activities should require students to reflect upon their growth of understanding over the course
  • The learning activities and content should utilize a variety of media and accommodate a range of learning styles
  • The learning activities and assignments should allow for student choice of context and should use creativity as a motivational aid
  • A positive view of academic integrity (it is a virtue for students to take pride in their creativity and productivity) should be maintained. Course assignments must be authentic, and variable/flexible enough to deter plagiarism and cheating.

Proposal Requirements

Submit a 4–6 page proposal that adheres to the guidelines stated above and includes at least the following information:

  1. A statement of course objectives and a description of how the course objectives support WatPD program objectives.
  2. A week-by-week (10 week) outline/syllabus with topics.
  3. A brief outline of a sample unit with activities, readings, assignments and marking keys.
  4. A brief description of how the PD Course Guidelines will be incorporated.
  5. A description of previous experience in developing and/or delivering courses on this and/or similar topics.
  6. A description of previous teaching experience with university students.
  7. A description of previous experience in developing web-based courses.
  8. A résumé.

Proposals that include group work components must discuss how group work contributes to the course objectives and should describe how non-participation will be addressed.

Authors of shortlisted proposals will be asked to prepare a 10 minute presentation on their proposal. Presentations are scheduled for Monday, December 1, 2014 (12:00–1:30 PM).

Requirements of the Selected Content Developer(s)

  • Work closely with an online learning consultant and web developer from the Centre for Extended Learning (CEL)
  • Adhere to the best practices and guiding principles of the WatPD program
  • Incorporate feedback from end of course surveys and other course evaluation data in the re-development of the courses
  • Meet the schedule of deliverables established by the WatPD Director and CEL
  • Participate in course design review meetings with the Co-operative Education Council
  • Develop the content and act as the instructor for the course for at least two consecutive offerings.
  • After that time, the instructor responsibilities can be passed to a delegate deemed appropriate by the Co-operative Education Council
  • Convey to the WatPD Director the pre-requisite background or skills required for the course marking team
  • Be available for advice/consultation during the life of the course, which is expected to be at least five years
  • Be a University of Waterloo employee with relevant teaching experience

Additional Notes

  • The university will have exclusive and unrestricted right to use and to modify the course as necessary to meet the needs of the WatPD Program.
  • There will be remuneration for the development of the content and for assuming the responsibilities of an instructor. Contact Anne Fannon ( for details.

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