Community Engagement through a model of Virtual Work-integrated Learning

Davies, Iyla T. & Shirley, Melinda J. (2007) Community Engagement through a model of Virtual Work-integrated Learning. In Van Ernst AM, Barbara (Ed.) 2007 AUCEA Inc National Conference, 2-4 July 2007, Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs.

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Vibrant, relevant and enduring community engagement is a common goal for Australian universities and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) has held a long-term commitment to the wider community, building a reputation as a university for the ‘real world’. However, there is awareness within the university sector that in order to be relevant community engagement needs to be continuously renewed. Also, there is a growing willingness within the business community to build social responsibility. Increasing pro-bono work within the legal profession is an example of this movement.

To satisfy changing community and student learning needs, the QUT Faculty of Law is developing a virtual model of work-integrated learning to renew and strengthen partnerships with the wider community. The virtual work-integrated learning model will enable students to assist the legal and business community with these endeavours while enhancing their learning experience. The model will thereby balance the needs of community partners and also engage student learners. The virtual platform proposed will enable students to engage meaningfully with local, national and international community partners. This model should successfully embed QUT’s core business of teaching and learning within a community engagement framework. The model is to be introduced into the curriculum in Semester 2, 2008 and will be evaluated and reviewed from both the university and the community perspectives from Semester 1, 2009.

The theory and literature of the fields of ‘work-integrated learning’ and ‘community engagement’ and the interaction between the fields of ‘work-integrated learning’ and ‘community engagement’ are analysed. The university context will be examined along with the need to balance student learning objectives and community needs. The paper proposes a ‘virtual’ model of WIL that is being designed to meet the rapidly changing nature of the modern workplace and twenty-first century student learning preferences.

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ID Code: 12482
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: virtual work, integrated learning, community engagement, flexible learning experience
ISSN: 1833-4482
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law and Society (180119)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 AUCEA Inc.
Copyright Statement: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the written permission of the copyright holder.
Deposited On: 15 Feb 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:34

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