Record of Student Development

What is the Record of Student Development (RSD)?

The Record of Student Development (RSD) is Nipissing University’s way of recognizing that learning happens everywhere on campus. It is a formal record otherwise known as a co-curricular transcript, where students can include workshops, volunteer experiences, awards, and activities they have participated in throughout their time at Nipissing University.

Information for RSD Supervisors

RSD Supervisors are folks who host opportunities for Nipissing University students to build competencies outside of the classroom. These opportunities may be volunteer roles, student employment positions, workshops, awards, or other co-curricular opportunities. 

RSD Supervisors are responsible for:

  1. Reviewing the RSD Policy (linked below)
  2. Adding their involvement opportunity to the RSD Database (linked below)
  3. Choosing the Competencies best suited to their opportunity 
  4. Tracking student participation and competency development 
  5. Completing and submitting the RSD Supervisor Verification Spreadsheet within two weeks of the end of their involvement opportunity (or prior to the end of year deadline of April 15, whichever comes first)

If you have any questions, please contact:

Samantha Fraser
RSD Team Lead
rsd@nipissingu.ca
705 474 3450 ext 4151

RSD Supervisor FAQs

A student has approached me to add something to the RSD, how do I do that?

To request to include something in the RSD Database, fill out the activity submission form via the “Submit an Activity/Award to the RSD Database.” Once you’ve completed the form, your submission will be reviewed by the RSD Team Lead to ensure it is in accordance with the RSD Policy and all required information is included. You will be notified via email if your becomes RSD Approved, at which time it will be posted in the RSD Database for students to see. You may be contacted for follow up questions prior to your activity being approved. An activity submission request may be declined if it does not fit the RSD Policy.

Who are RSD Supervisors?

Anyone who submits the RSD activity submission form becomes an RSD Supervisor as soon as their activity becomes RSD Approved.

RSD Supervisors are those who host opportunities for Nipissing University students to build competencies outside of the classroom. These opportunities may be volunteer roles, student employment positions, workshops, awards, or other co-curricular opportunities.

RSD Supervisors may be any member of the Lakers community or North Bay community including staff, faculty, administration, alumni, students, community partners, or others.

What are my responsibilities as an RSD Supervisor?

RSD Supervisors are responsible for:

  1. Reviewing the RSD Policy

  2. Adding their involvement opportunity to the RSD Database

  3. Choosing the Competencies best suited to their opportunity

  4. Tracking student participation and competency development

  5. Completing and submitting the RSD Supervisor Verification Spreadsheet within two weeks of the end of their involvement opportunity (or prior to the end of year deadline of April 15, whichever comes first).

What are competencies?

The focus of the Record of Student development is to provide students the opportunity to develop competencies or skills. By getting involved in RSD Approved opportunities students develop themselves to become more competent in certain areas. When an RSD Supervisor submits an opportunity to our database, they are asked to to choose the competency areas that students will develop as a result of participating in their opportunity. We encourage RSD Supervisors and staff to have to have conversations about the competencies and how they will be developed, or how development will be tracked over time. There are currently 28 competencies to choose from including Empathy, Intercultural Fluency, Environmental Consciousness, Conflict Negotiation, and more. Definitions can be accessed here.

Is there a limit to the number of competencies I can choose?

When choosing competencies we recommend choosing the ones that are most authentically developed through your opportunity. Ask yourself, how will the student demonstrate this competency area? Take the Communication competency for example. We are all communicating on a daily basis in almost everything we do and so RSD Supervisors often choose this competency as a given BUT not every RSD Approved opportunity provides the explicit opportunity to demonstrate this skill. A student employment opportunity where a student staff is leading workshops for other students has a clear connection to the Communication competency. A workshop where students briefly communicate with one another in small groups has less of a connection to the competency area because it’s not providing as explicit of an opportunity to develop the skill.

Our general guidelines for choosing competencies is that less is more. Typically, a 1 hour workshop may be linked to 1 or 2 competencies. A  multi day training may be linked to 5 - 7 competencies. A year-long volunteer role may have 8 - 10 competencies and a student employment position may be linked to 12 - 15 competencies. These are flexible guidelines and may vary by the length and level of commitment required the particular opportunity.

If you’d like to chat about competencies prior to completing the submission from, contact us via rsd@nipissingu.ca or 705 474 3450 ext 4459.

What is the RSD Supervisor Verification Spreadsheet and Why do I have to fill it out?

The RSD Supervisor Verification Spreadsheet is an excel document where you record the students who participated in the RSD Approved opportunity you supervised, and make note of whether they developed the competencies associated with your RSD Approved opportunity. After your RSD Approved opportunity has ended, we ask that you submit this spreadsheet as an attachment to rsd@nipissingu.ca. We will keep it on file so that when a student requests to include their participation their Record of Student Development, we can approve them by checking our files. This saves you from receiving multiple emails to approve individuals.

Note: The RSD Team does not populate student accounts for them. Students need to log in via my.nipissingu.ca > Services > Record of Student Development to add the RSD Approved opportunities they’ve been involved in to their accounts themselves.

When is the RSD Supervisor Verification Spreadsheet to be completed by?

Please submit your RSD Supervisor Verification Spreadsheet within two weeks of your RSD Approved opportunity ending, or prior to the April 15th end of year deadline, whichever comes first. For those who host year-long volunteer roles, we recommend submitting your verification in early March.

Why is April 15th an important date for the RSD?

Students need to add any RSD Approved activities they’ve been involved in to their RSD accounts within the same academic year that it occurred, prior to the annual deadline of April 15th. Activities from previous years are not accepted. In order to ensure students are able to receive recognition for participating in the RSD Approved opportunity you supervise, sending in your verification spreadsheet ahead of this deadline is key! We cannot approve student requests without your verification!

RSD Supervisors are always welcome to remind students of this deadline in late March/early April. The RSD Team sends out reminders, but word of mouth is always helpful!

What are students working towards when they’re building a Record of Student Development?

Click here to see our RSD Transcript Walkthrough video. Click here to see a PDF copy of a Sample Transcript.

Why do students choose to build a Record of Student Development?

Students choose to build a Record of Student Development because:

  • It’s a great way to get involved on campus and in the community

  • To develop new skills while also practicing existing ones

  • To have an official transcript to showcase the ways in which they have been involved outside of the classroom throughout their degree

  • To showcase their skills to employers

  • To use on bursary, scholarship, and grad school applications

Do you tell students that I submitted the RSD Supervisor Verification Spreadsheet?

No. Students are responsible for adding anything they participate in to their account themselves. We encourage RSD Supervisors to remind students to log in to add the things they’ve been involved in.

What does the RSD Database look like? Do RSD Supervisors have access?

Check out our RSD "How-To" videos to see what the database looks like. Currently, only students can access the database.

I have feedback about the Record of Student Development, who can I contact?

We’d love to hear from you! Send us an email via rsd@nipissingu.ca, call 705 474 3450 ext 4459. If you’d like to offer feedback in person, let us know when you reach out that you’d like to book a meeting with the RSD Team Lead.  

How do I track student participation in my RSD Approved opportunity?

We recommend using the RSD Verification Spreadsheet as your main place to track student participation and competency development. If you have another process you would like to use  for tracking, feel free to use whatever method works best for you. Some RSD Supervisors like to use our “Blank Attendance form for in person RSD Activities” to have students sign in to their workshop/opportunity. Some prefer to use digital forms like Google Forms, and still others prefer to use student card scanning apps. If you opt to use another method for tracking, we ask that you please complete and submit only the RSD Supervisor Verification form.

I know the students’ names but not their student ID #’s, can I still submit my verification form with this information missing?

Absolutely. Student numbers are used in circumstances where names are accidentally spelled incorrectly or to differentiate when a student has an identical first and last name as another student. We can work without this information, but it’s helpful for you to include it if you can!

A student reached out to me with questions about the RSD, where do I direct them?

Let the student know that they have an RSD Administrator who is available via email and for appointments to support them with their RSD. They can contact their RSD Administrator via  my.nipissingu.ca > Services > Record of Student Development > Contact Us page. You may also direct them to this page (nipissingu.ca/rsd) or to the "Information for Students" page below, where a set of how-to videos available for help. Students can book an appointment by dropping by B210, calling 705 474 3450 ext 4459 or booking online here.

Information for Students

Does Your Degree Tell Your Story?

Your experience at Nipissing University is more than just the time spent learning great things in lectures, labs, and seminars. Your experience is also about the activities you are involved in outside of the classroom: the causes you champion to make change on campus, the clubs you organize, the awards you receive for being a student leader, the workshops you participate in, the volunteering you do, and all of the learning that occurs outside of the classroom.

The Record of Student Development (RSD) is Nipissing University’s way of recognizing that learning happens everywhere on campus. It is a formal record otherwise known as a co-curricular transcript, where students can include workshops, volunteer experiences, awards, and activities they have participated in throughout their time at Nipissing.

To get started building your Record of Student Development transcript, login to the RSD database via my.nipissingu.ca > Services > Record of Student Development.