Co-Op Programming

The Center has scheduled several events during the Fall 2015 semester to directly support the revised co-op curriculum. In addition to these offerings, you can always request an individual, confidential consultation to work one-on-one with a learning scientist on your course. For more information, contact Cigdem Talgar at (617) 373-4584 or

NEW this semester – For Co-op faculty who are presenting at a conference, the Center is offering the opportunity to attain feedback from learning scientists and the Co-op community about any aspect of the presentation. These sessions will be scheduled upon request. If you are interested in scheduling a session, please email

Registration for these programs is preferred. Click an event date/time to read more and to register for that session. All sessions will take place in 215 Snell Library.

Fall 2015 Co-Op Programs

Using Student-Developed Learning Outcomes to Promote Self-Directed Learning while on Co-op
In this workshop led by learning scientists and Co-op faculty, we will explore Co-op learning outcomes as tools that drive self-directed learning on Co-op and as benchmarks that help the Co-op coordinator to better assess student professional development. We additionally intend to demonstrate how learning outcomes can aid in bridging the gap between academics and the Co-op experience, and we will explore classroom modules that aid in the development of good learning outcomes. Finally, we will introduce you to reflective practice activities and methods for efficiently and effectively facilitating feedback to students during their Co-op work period.

Co-op Teaching Exchange: The Learning Science behind Guided Inquires (Reflections)
Learning science has shown that reflective practices (Guided Inquiries) lead to student learning. Furthermore, providing appropriate feedback to students regarding their Guided Inquiries can deepen learning. Given that providing Co-op students with feedback on the responses to their Guided Inquiries will be mandatory starting with the 2016 Spring placements, this session will briefly present the learning science behind reflective practices and providing students with feedback, which will provide Co-op faculty with the opportunity to share their teaching practices regarding Guided Inquiries.