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As an organization with a strategic mandate of building career development knowledge, mindsets and competencies, CERIC is committed to understanding the varied learning needs, preferences and behaviours of people working in career development. Your participation in this survey is greatly appreciated and will help inform CERIC’s future learning and professional development opportunities. A selection of the results will also be shared with the career development community to support efforts in the field to advance learning for your professional development. Your answers will be confidential and will only be shared in aggregate. You do not need to be familiar with CERIC’s learning initiatives to complete this survey. 

Your survey completion will offer you the chance to be added to a draw for a chance to win 1 of 2 free registrations to CERIC’s Cannexus23 Conference (value of $375 per registration) or 1 of 3 free CERIC webinar registrations (value of $159 per registration).
 
The survey will take between 15 to 20 minutes. If you have any questions regarding the survey, please reach out to CERIC Lead, Content, Learning and Development Lindsay Purchase at lindsay@ceric.ca.

The survey is also available in French.
Professional development

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* 1. How much time per month (on average) do you typically spend on professional development (both formally and informally)?

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* 2. Considering your budget, time and workload, how often do you use the following types of learning for your professional development:

  Daily Weekly Monthly Less than once per month Not applicable
Academic journals
Books
Conferences (virtual or in-person)
Online articles/blogs  
Online courses *
Online newsletters
Peer-to-peer learning (e.g. mentoring, networking, communities of practice)  
Podcasts
Print magazines  
Workshops (virtual or in-person) **
Webinars
Videos (e.g. YouTube, TED Talks, social media videos) 
*A course that is conducted completely online, whether synchronous or asynchronous, free or paid. Some are offered by educational or training institutions, while others are produced by experts in their field."

** Workshop learning is conducted with a group of learners and a trainer. It’s often interactive. Often, workshops are for a group of colleagues, with the goal of getting everyone to the same level of understanding and skill on a topic.

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* 3. What additional types of learning would you like to access for your professional development?

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* 4. What specific websites, blogs, magazines, newsletters and/or academic journals do you read most often for your professional development? (Leave blank if not applicable)

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* 5. We understand that restrictions related to COVID-19 may have affected how you access learning and/or your learning preferences. If there were no health restrictions in place, please rate how you would expect your participation in the following types of learning to change over the next two years.

  Decrease participation Maintain participation Increase participation Not applicable
Conferences (virtual)
Conferences (in-person)
Conferences (hybrid – offering both virtual and in-person presentations)
Courses (virtual)  
Courses (in person) *
Courses (blended – offering both virtual and in-person courses)
Workshops (virtual)  
Workshops (in-person)  
Webinars
Videos (e.g. YouTube, TED Talks, social media videos) 
* Face-to-face learning is an instructional method where course content and learning materials are taught in person to a group of students.

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* 6. Please rank which of the following types of online courses you would be more likely to use for your professional development: (1: most likely; 3: least likely)

* Micro-credentials: are rapid training programs that represent assessed achievement of a subset of learning. This short-term learning experience can occur within a recognized post-secondary program, in the workplace or in other settings.

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* 7. Please rank the following sources of learning in terms of how often you use them for your professional development. (1: most often; 6: least often)

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* 8. How likely would you be to use digital badges* to demonstrate your skills?

* A digital badge is a visual representation of a credential, or other type of informal or formal achievement, that is displayed and verified online. The badge is often linked to a page that explains what it represents, how it was earned and other information.

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* 9. Aside from the learning format and topic, what affects your decisions on what professional development you engage in? (Select top 3)

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* 10. What issues, topics or themes would you like to learn more about to support your work?

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