Work Integrated Learning for Engineers – the effective use of alternative learning environments

Peach, Deborah & Button, Cliff (2013) Work Integrated Learning for Engineers – the effective use of alternative learning environments. In Australasian Association for Engineering Education 24th Annual Conference, Gold Coast. (Unpublished)

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Structured abstract BACKGROUND This paper reports on the integration of Engineers Australia’s Stage 1 competencies in a mandatory, credit-bearing approach to work integrated learning (WIL). The use of blended learning environments (face-to-face and online) as a way of increasing flexibility, access and student engagement is also discussed. PURPOSE This investigation will inform work integrated learning teaching approaches and course development in engineering and will be of interest for those looking for more creative and flexible ways of exposing students to professional practice. DESIGN/METHOD The paper provides an overview of Engineers Australia’s Stage 1 competencies; describes a creditbearing approach to WIL; and discusses lessons learnt from the introduction of blended learning to support students in WIL preparation, placement and reflection. RESULTS It is anticipated that this investigation will assist in curriculum design and teaching approaches that improve student engagement in the development of EA’s Stage 1 competencies – in many areas, such as Work Integrated Learning. CONCLUSIONS The approach described in this paper is only one aspect of the development of professional competencies across the undergraduate engineering curriculum. The development of these competencies must be clearly supported from first to final year. However, this approach requires continuous evaluation to ensure that students are motivated to remain engaged in a blended learning context; that staff regularly communicate and provide feedback on student progress; and that content is clearly presented. KEYWORDS Work integrated learning, Stage 1 competencies, blended learning, engagement

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ID Code: 63423
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Work Integrated Learning, Engineering, Challenges
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Administrative Services
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013, Deborah Peach & Cliff Button
Deposited On: 19 Sep 2016 07:21
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2016 07:28

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