University-industry partnership for pedagogy : some principles for practice

Choy, Sarojni C. & Delahaye, Brian L. (2009) University-industry partnership for pedagogy : some principles for practice. In Proceedings of : 16th World Association for Cooperative Education Conference, June 23-26, 2009, Vancouver, Canada.

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Industries demand a closer alignment of university learning curriculum to real work tasks to better meet the needs of organizations and learners. Both, industries and learners prefer the learning challenges to be based on the exigencies of work to precisely reflect real work circumstances that overtly add to business outcomes. However, such alignment is often complicated and challenging for academics and workplace managers alike. It demands partnerships between universities and industries, similar to arrangements forged for the vocational education and training sector. Such partnerships should allow active participation by learners, academics, workplaces and university administrators to move beyond a teaching orientation to a demonstrably effective learning arrangement through work integrated learning.

This paper draws on a case study that negotiated a partnership between a non-government organization and an Australian university to design and facilitate a boutique curriculum that met the needs of learners and their workplace. Data were collected from interviews with participants, a focus group of the interviewees, and feedback from university staff involved in the course delivery. The paper presents a set of principles for universities and industries for partnership to enhance the alignment of academic curriculum to meet organizational and individual learning needs through work integrated learning.

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ID Code: 27778
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: HERN
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Deposited On: 06 Oct 2009 23:13
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