Enabling authentic collaborative education in an online environment : the QUT Virtual Law Placement

Shirley, Melinda J. & Cockburn, Tina L. (2009) Enabling authentic collaborative education in an online environment : the QUT Virtual Law Placement. In 16th World Conference on Cooperative Education and Work Integrated Learning, 23 - 26 June 2009, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. (Unpublished)

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This paper explores an innovative model for work-integrated learning using a virtual paradigm – The Virtual Law Placement Unit at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Australia. It builds upon the conceptual model previously explored at WACE 2007 and provides an account of the lessons learned from the pilot offering of the unit which was conducted and evaluated in 2008. -----

The Virtual Placement Unit offers students the opportunity to complete an authentic workplace task under the guidance of a real-life workplace supervisor, where student-student communication and student-supervisor communication is all conducted virtually (and potentially asynchronously) to create an engaging but flexible learning environment using a combination of Blackboard and SharePoint technologies. This virtual experience is pioneering in the sense that it enables law students to access an unprecedented range of law graduate destination workplaces and projects, including international and social justice placements, absent the constraints traditionally associated with arranging physical placements. -----

All aspects of this unit have been designed in conjunction with community partners with a view to balancing student learning objectives with community needs through co-operative education. This paper will also explore how the implementation of the project is serving to strengthen those partnerships with the wider community, simultaneously addressing the community engagement agenda of the University and enabling students to engage meaningfully with local, national and international community partners in the real world of work.

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ID Code: 30063
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Work-integrated learning, Collaborative education, On-line environment
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 31 Jan 2010 21:44
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 14:19

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