Summer 2021 PCDR Fast Facts

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What is the Professional and Career Development Record (PCDR)?

  • The PCDR is a tool built into Experience Guelph that formally recognizes a student’s involvement in on- and off- campus professional and career development activities, most notably experiential learning.
  • This tool is designed to help a student reflect on their transferable skill development and encourages them to make connections between their experiences and their personal, academic, and career goals.

What are some PCDR feature highlights?

  • Students and their advisors can review participation in a wide range of activities and experiences including career and professional development workshops, experiential learning courses, and co-curricular activities.
  • Students can filter completed activities and experiences by type and transferable employability knowledge, skills, and attitudes developed.
  • Only activities and experiences that meet specific quality standards and are validated by a U of G faculty or staff can be displayed on the PCDR.
  • Activities validated on the PCDR are exportable to a student’s LinkedIn profile.

What students have access to the PCDR?

  • All undergraduate and graduate students registered at the main University of Guelph campus.
  • Guelph-Humber students will have access to a similar tool through Humber College.
  • Diploma and Open Learning students do not currently have access to the PCDR.

Which activities will be included in the Fall 2021 launch?

In early Summer 2021, students will be able to view records and request validation for any of the following activities completed in the Fall 2018 semester or after:

  • Work Study positions
  • URA, USRA, summer research positions
  • Gryphon Athletics employment positions
  • Peer Helper positions
  • Residence Life positions
  • The Hub Incubator participants
  • Catalyst Reading Week and Summer Programs participants
  • RBC Backpack™ Work-Integrated Learning Program participants

In addition, students will be able to view participation in:

  • College government positions
  • Events registered in Experience Guelph
  • Undergraduate experiential learning course completions (as tagged by academic departments)

When is this happening?

  • Late April 2021
    • Fast Facts memo sent to key campus stakeholders.
    • Launch of PCDR online resource centre.
  • May - July 2021
    • Students, staff, and faculty granted access to the co-curricular module and PCDR in Experience Guelph.
    • All students who have completed an activity or experience included in the initial launch since Fall 2018 will receive an e-mail from the EL Hub with instructions on how to verify their records and submit reflections.
    • All staff and faculty who have supervised an activity or experience included in the initial launch since Fall 2018 will receive an e-mail from the EL Hub with instructions on how to review and validate a student’s reflection.
    • Information and training sessions start to be offered through the EL Hub Events page.
  • August - September 2021
    • Broad marketing will start to appear on U of G pages and social media.
    • The process for requesting new activities and experiences to be included on the PCDR will open to students, staff, and faculty.

How can you help?

  • Watch for updates and encourage students you interact with to take part in the PCDR.
  • If you are a leader or supervisor for any of the activities listed in the initial launch, watch for an e-mail in mid-May 2021 with important information on your role as an activity validator.
  • We are a new team coordinating a new program; we appreciate all the patience you can afford us while we work through these new processes.

What are some future features?

  • Badges – The PCDR will feature a full badging system which will allow students to be recognized for a variety of professional and career development activities beyond only experiential learning.
  • Pathways – Students will be able to view the experience pathways of alumni to help them plan.

Where can I learn more?

  • Watch for PCDR-related information sessions and workshops on the EL Hub Events page.
  • For specific questions, contact the Experiential Learning Development and Recognition Team at

Experience Profiles

  • Bhavya is a highly engaged student at the University of Guelph. She has been a peer helper, and worked on campus as student staff, and through the work study program. In addition to this, she has also engaged in applied research in the curriculum.