Reconstructing places and spaces in blended work integrated learning

Peach, Deborah, Gomez, Rafael, & Ruinard, Elizabeth (2013) Reconstructing places and spaces in blended work integrated learning. In Frielick, S., Buissink-Smith, N., Wyse, P., Billot, J., Hallas, J., & Whitehead, E. (Eds.) Research and Development in Higher Education: The Place of Learning and Teaching (Volume 36) - Refereed papers from the 36th HERDSA Annual International Conference, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia, Inc, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 336-345.

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This paper considers the emergence and ongoing development of an embedded, studentnegotiated work placement model of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in the engineering and built environment disciplines at an Australian metropolitan university. The characteristics of the model and a continuous improvement strategy are provided. The model is characterised by large student cohorts independently sourcing and negotiating relevant work placements and completing at least one, mandatory credit-bearing WIL unit. Through ongoing analyses and evaluation of the model more experiential and collaborative learning approaches have been adopted. This has included the creation of blended learning spaces using technology. The paper focuses on the five year journey travelled by the teaching team as they embarked on ways to improve curriculum, pedagogy, administrative processes and assessment - effectively relocating much of their interaction with students online. The insights derived from this rich, single case study should be of interest to others considering alternative ways of responding to increasing student enrolments in WIL and the impact of blended learning in this context.

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ID Code: 63416
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Work Integrated Learning (WIL), student-negotiated, blended learning, HERN
ISBN: 0908557930
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Chancellery
Current > Schools > School of Design
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Deborah Peach, Rafael Gomez, Elizabeth Ruinard
Deposited On: 17 Oct 2013 02:52
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 14:20

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