Work-based Learning, or as it is also known, Work-integrated Learning is the term used to describe an activity that integrates course-based learning with the opportunity to demonstrate this learning within a workplace as part of the student learning journey. These educational activities should provide a meaningful experience of the workplace application that is intentional, organised and recognised by the institution, in order to secure learning outcomes for the student that are both transferable and applied. To do this the LTSU is seeking to embed work-based learning initiatives into the curriculum of USQ's Top 16 programs. The two main drivers for incorporating a culture of work-based learning into the curriculum are that:
increasingly employers are expecting to see work ready graduates emerge from USQ
students are now demanding that, what they learn at uni needs to be relevant to them when they enter the work force.
To achieve these outcomes LTSU are seeking to:
develop a coherent, university wide policy on the requirement of work-based learning within the curriculum
see this policy embedded within the learning and teaching plan
develop explicit links to the USQ Graduate Qualities and Skills framework
develop LTSU resources to co-ordinate the implementation of the new policy
obtain exemplars of what is currently happening
NAGCAS Carrick Project
The National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services' (NAGCAS) is taking a leading role in the development of career development learning in Australian universities, through its project Career Development Learning: Maximising the Contribution of Work-integrated Learning (WIL) to the Student Experience. The project is funded by the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
Work integrated learning blog
If you have any queries, contact a LTSU representative.