Bridging Online (BOL)

Welcome to Bridging Online Learning (BOL), the online Co-operative Education pre-employment course that all SFU Co-op student complete.

BOL is a unique skills transfer course that intends to help you identify and use your skills and knowledge in different contexts. Specifically, BOL will focus on helping you use what you have learned in school, work, volunteer and other experiences effectively in the workplace and vice versa.

BOL is divided into two courses: BOL I and BOL II, and each is delivered as an online course via Canvas.

  • BOL I is a two-week plus two-day online course and takes approx. 10-12 hours to complete. The main topics are skills transfer and drafting your resume and cover letter. You will complete BOL I after you have been accepted into your Co-op Program.
  • BOL II is a one-week plus two-day online course and takes approx. 5-7 hours to complete: The topics will help you transition-to and engage-with your workplace. Register for BOL II once you have been placed on your co-op work term.

BOL I Course Description

BOL I is designed to help you jump start your work integrated learning experience. Interactions with a facilitator and your peers will guide your learning. The material is presented with infographics, videos, and podcasts so there is not a lot of reading. Discussions, assignments, quizzes and self-directed activities will complement your learning. You will:

  • Explore your experiences and learn how your skills can transfer to a professional job
  • Learn the tools needed to write a professional and convincing resume and cover letter
  • Understand your career goals and the variety of paths you can take to success
  • Reflect on yourself through an inclusive lens and learn how to communicate professionally in a diverse context

We are committed to the principle of universal learning in an inclusive environment. We invite participation from all students with the diverse identities that we each bring to the course. Mutual respect, civility, an understanding of ourselves and our peers, and the ability to listen carefully are crucial to universal learning. Active, thoughtful, and respectful participation in all aspects of the course will make our time together as productive and engaging as possible.

BOL II Course Description

BOL II is designed to prepare you for an effective transition into the workplace. Interactions with facilitators, an employer expert and your peers will guide your learning.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Comprehend the logistics and expectations of the Co-op Program
  • Learn how to set learning objectives for your work term
  • Build on prior learning experiences to help you succeed in the first week on the job
  • Develop awareness of workplace culture and the attitudes that will enhance your success on the job
  • Distinguish the critical elements of building relationships in the workplace
  • Identify effective communication strategies
  • Recognize effective elements of being a team member
  • Respect professional conduct in the workplace
  • Understand your rights and responsibilities including workplace safety and freedom from harassment
  • Understand employer rights and responsibilities
  • Prepare to make a lasting impression

Registration

BOL I: Register once you have applied and been accepted to Co-op.

BOL II: Register once you have been placed on your co-op work term.

Register via the events calendar in myExperience.

BOL Session Offerings and Registration

INQUIRIES AND CURRICULUM MANAGER

BOL Course and Registration: Tricia O'Hagan | email: icooppa@sfu.ca | phone: 778.782.2667
BOL Manager: Amie McLean | email: amie_mclean@sfu.ca  

COURSE SCHEDULE

Session #
Fall 2020
BOL I BOL II
Session 1

September 7 - September 23

September 7 - September 16

Session 2

September 14 - September 30

September 14 - September 23

Session 3

September 21 - October 7

September 21 - September 30

Session 4

September 28 - October 14

September 28 - October 7

Session 5

October 5 - October 21

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Session 6

October 12 - October 28

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Session 7

October 19 - November 4

October 19 - October 28

Session 8

October 26 - November 11

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Session 9

November 2 - November 18

November 2 - November 11

Session 10

November 9 - November 25

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Session 11

November 16 - December 2

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Session 12

November 23 - December 9

November 23 - December 2

Session 13

November 30 - December 16

November 30 - December 9

Session 14

December 7 - December 23

December 7 - December 16

Session 15 -

December 14 - December 23