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Submission Types

Blog
SFU Story
Experience
SFU Video Story
Educational Video
Podcast
Cover Letter
Resume
Project Item
Interview Q&A's

There are so many ways to tell a story and learn from each other.

You may already know which submission type that you want to use … or you may have no idea at all! Read through this section to learn about the range of storytelling and learning tool types as well as the differences between each. Some contributions (i.e. SFU Stories, Experiences etc.) can be quickly submitted to the site by yourself. Other contributions take some time to craft or are developed over a longer period of time (i.e. Series). No matter the submission type that you choose, the OLC offers editorial support and resources to help you out. Also, we welcome submissions from all SFU Community members, which include students, staff, alumni and associated organizations.

Two Ways to Submit Content

DIRECT

Directly submit to OLC.

INDIRECT

Submit as part of a program or course. Follow their submission and approval criteria.

Blogs

A long-form, written story that informs, reflects, and inspires.

We're currently seeking blogs on the following topics:

  • International Student Life
  • Accessibility
  • Overcoming Challenges

For some inspiration, have a look at blogs written by other contributors for the OLC.

Blogs

Blogs are written, immersive, and long-form stories with multimedia components and in some cases, are part of multi-part series. These blogs aim to share informative advice and knowledge, as well as reflective and inspirational stories with the SFU Community.

Create a story from start to finish with support from the OLC in editing and publication.

SFU Stories

A visual snapshot in time of your SFU journey.

We're currently seeking SFU Stories on the following topics:

  • Volunteering Experiences
  • SFU Club, Group, and Union Involvement
  • Peer Education and Mentorship

For some inspiration, have a look at SFU Stories created by other contributors for the OLC.

SFU Stories

SFU Stories are a brand new way to visually share a moment in time of your SFU journey and to connect, educate and inspire the SFU Community. Similar to Instagram, they are visually based with one or multiple images along with a short story.

It's quick and easy to submit an SFU Story all by yourself to the OLC.

Experiences

Guide others through your Experience by reflecting and sharing insightful advice and tips.

We're currently seeking Experiences on the following topics:

  • Co-op
  • Field School
  • Study Abroad

For some inspiration, have a look at Experiences created by other contributors for the OLC.

Experiences

Experiences are a structured way for students to reflect, share their learning story, and provide tips on working, volunteering and academic opportunities.

It's easy to submit an Experience all by yourself to the OLC.

SFU Video Stories

A short moment in time of your SFU journey through video.

We're currently seeking SFU Video Stories on the following topics:

  • A day in your life as a professional
  • Study Abroad
  • Semester in Dialogue
  • Co-op

For some inspiration, have a look at SFU Video Stories created by other contributors for the OLC.

SFU Video Stories

SFU Video Stories are a brand new way to share your SFU experience in a video format. Similar to daily vlogs or “Day In The Life”-style videos, SFU Video Stories are first-person short stories meant to connect, educate and inspire the SFU Community.

It's quick and easy to submit an SFU Video Story all by yourself to the OLC.

Educational Videos

Long-form videos that educate on all topics related to professional, personal, and academic development.

We're currently seeking Educational Videos on the following topics:

  • Startup
  • Job Search
  • Research
  • Community Engagement

For some inspiration, have a look at Educational Videos created by other contributors for the OLC.

Educational Videos

Educational Videos are longer videos that are meant to inform and inspire viewers to reflect and take action towards their careers while learning about new fields and skills to learn. We welcome submissions from SFU students, staff, alumni and employers.

Create an Educational Video from start to finish with support from the OLC in editing and publication.

Podcasts

Episodic stories told in an audio format.

We're currently seeking Educational Videos on the following topics:

  • Life + Health
  • Community (Graduate Students, Student Clubs etc.)
  • Tech and Innovation

For some inspiration, have a look at Podcasts created by other contributors for the OLC.

Podcasts

Podcasts are audio content that teach and share stories on all topics covered on the OLC, including but not limited to: culture, diversity, making an impact, mental health and more.

Create a Podcast from start to finish with support from the OLC in editing and publication.

Gallery Items: Resume, Cover Letter

Authentic resume and cover letter samples created by students, for the SFU community.

We're currently seeking Gallery items on the following topics:

  • From 1st Year Students
  • Your first and latest samples
  • From 4/5th Year Students

Have a look at the Resumes and Cover Letters other contributors have submitted to the OLC.

Resumes
Cover Letters

Gallery items include real resume and cover letter samples that were created at any point of a community member’s professional journey. We encourage submitting gallery items with diverse design styles and unique accomplishment statements to help collectively educate our community on the countless ways they can improve their resumes and cover letters.

It's quick and easy to submit your Resume and Cover Letter sample all by yourself to the OLC.

Project Items

Inspiring student projects that are created, designed, and presented using any medium.

We're currently seeking Project items on the following topics:

  • Course and lab related Artifacts
  • Personal Projects
  • Field School
  • Experiential Learning Projects (i.e. Change Lab, Semester in Dialogue)

Have a look at the Projects other contributors have submitted to the OLC.

Projects

Projects are artifacts created by students participating in SFU courses, labs, experiential learning programs etc. and are meant to showcase the hard work, thoughtfulness, and creativity of the creators.

It's quick and easy to submit your Project item all by yourself to the OLC.

Interview Questions and Answer Tips

Interview questions and answer tips encountered in the real world of job seeking.

We're currently seeking Interview Questions and Answer Tips on the following topics:

  • Questions that stumped you in your interview
  • Answer tips from Alumni and Senior Students

Have a look at the Interview Q&As other contributors have submitted to the OLC.

Interview Question Database

Help your peers and fellow community members by contributing interview questions you may have come across while job seeking, which can be categorized by job sector, faculty, and interview type. On the flip side, provide your insight and submit answer tips for interview questions in the Interview Question Database.

It's quick and easy to submit your Interview Questions and Answer Tips all by yourself to the OLC.

There are two ways that content is submitted to the OLC: directly and indirectly.

Directly: Submissions can be sent directly to the OLC editorial team to be reviewed and published to the site if you are submitting independently.

Indirectly: You have an indirect submission if you are participating in a program, course, initiative etc.. Your content will need to be first approved by your supervisor. If approved, it will then be forwarded to the OLC for publication.

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STEP 1

Ideas and Inspiration

What content?

If you already have an idea in mind, you can proceed to the second step. Additionally you can also check our Call out topics, which is content we are mostly interested in.

Otherwise, browse through the SFU OLC to get a sense of the site and its content. We have also created an inspiration gallery for you to peruse, with tips and questions to consider while developing your story.

Topics
Inspiration Gallery
Call out for ideas

STEP 2

Choose a Tool

Which method?

Once you know the content you are most interested in creating, you can choose how you wish to tell it.

 

STEP 3

Development

How to produce content?

If writing is not your forte, we will provide significant tips and instructions that will enhance your story telling.

 

STEP 4

Submit content

Final step

Once you have completed all the previous steps, there are specific instructions and guidelines for submitting your work, depending on the tool you have chosen.