VP Education

Jeff Gulbronson - VP Education
Posted on: October 22, 2016

Welcome back to another edition of the Iron Warrior! If you’re in first year, I hope midterms went well. If you’re not, I’m honored you’re tearing yourself away from studying to read this article. First, a moment of silence for the Toronto Blue Jays postseason.

And now, on to the article.

Council Mandate

At the first EngSoc meeting of the term, I was mandated by Council to present the following stance to the Faculty:

The Society believes that the Faculty of Engineering should adopt policies discouraging and/or restricting professors’ ability to reuse old exams.

Last Thursday I had a meeting with Peter Douglas, Associate Dean Undergraduate to do just that, which was positive overall. I’ll be setting up a second meeting with him discuss possible outcomes, and would love to hear student feedback. If you have an opinion on what you think profs should be able to reuse from old exams, please reach out to me at vpeducation.a@engsoc.uwaterloo.ca.

Course Critiques

Starting November 14th, course critiques will be open for the term. More information will be available in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for that. Like last term, they’ll be done online, with a few exceptions (some profs are able to opt for written critiques). As always, we’ll need volunteers to help review the written comments to remove the inappropriate ones. This term it’ll be happening from 11:30 – 2:30 on December 1st. It’s a lot of fun to see what students write, as there are usually some pretty funny ones. If that’s something that interests you, keep an eye out for the call for volunteers in mid November.

WaterlooWorks Update

And finally, a WaterlooWorks update. All data from Jobmine will be switched over to WaterlooWorks in early December. From that point on, all functionality such as workterm evaluations, applying to jobs, and scheduling interviews will take place in WaterlooWorks. It will have some interesting new features, such as:

  • 24/7 access

  • One free “no-rank”, where you can sign off on a job after an interview, no questions asked

  • The ability for employers to provide feedback to students after an interview. This is a feature that companies have been using with Architecture, and sounds like something that will benefit students

If you have any questions about WaterlooWorks, don’t feel free to shoot me an email or stop by the Orifice. I’d be happy to answer them, or I can pass you along to someone with answers.

Wrap-Up

That’s all for now, but keep an eye out in my next article for information on Co-op 2.0. It will offer more flexible work terms, co-op specializations, and more!

Until then, good luck with classes!