From First Year to World-Ready: Putting Skills at the Centre of the Student Experience

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 1:30 PM EST

Jackie Pichette

Senior Researcher and Manager


Jackie is a Senior Researcher and Manager of Special Projects at HEQCO, responsible for research projects that explore methods of improving post-secondary access and outcomes. Her current focus is a province-wide evaluation of, a self-service e-learning platform, and it’s utility for Ontario students and faculty.


Prior to joining HEQCO, Jackie worked with a private consultancy, serving Indigenous communities with strategic policy advice and community engagement, primarily related to education and training. She also worked as a research analyst at the federal government and at Simon Fraser University.


Jackie holds a Master’s of Public Policy from Simon Fraser University, and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Studies from Queen’s University.

Webinar Summary:

Our global economy is changing at an unprecedented pace and scale. As students and employers anticipate the disruptions and opportunities that lay ahead, they look to our post-secondary institutions to impart the skills needed to meet tomorrow’s economic needs. Institutions are responding, offering programs and resources designed to develop technical and transferable skills. But are students and prospective students aware of these skill development opportunities? How do they perceive them?


This presentation will explore student awareness and perceptions of two such opportunities: Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and online video libraries. We’ll offer evidence to inform marketing and recruitment strategies, including results of recent student surveys that provide insight into student skill development needs and how they relate to institutional offerings like online learning and WIL.

Comments From Previous Presentation Attendees 


(Gathered anonymously from SEMM Forum 2018 app feedback)

"Excellent session. Really good information and

"Was so happy to see recommendations on what to do with the data, since many other presentations I saw didn't do that. Really impressed!"

"Lots of great food for thought!"

"This presentation caused me to wonder how we could better convey our students readiness as we recruit new students."

"Nice approach, useful information and cool format."

"One of my favourites. well done. well researched."

"One of the best presentations of the conference!"

"Very timely topic."

"Well organized. Relevant content."


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