Work integrated learning: Exposure to professional practice : expectations and challenges

Boles, Wageeh & Peach, Deborah (2013) Work integrated learning: Exposure to professional practice : expectations and challenges. In Lemckert, Charles, Jenkins, Graham, & Lang-Lemckert, Susan (Eds.) 24th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE2013), Griffith School of Engineering, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Abstract

Prior to graduation engineering students are expected to provide evidence of relevant experience in the workplace. This experience is expected to provide opportunities for exposure to the profession and to help students develop confidence, skills and capabilities as emerging professionals.

This investigation considers the expectations and challenges in implementing WIL programs in different contexts. While this will inform the next iteration of engineering course development at QUT the issues and interventions described provide useful insights into options available and engineering curriculum design more broadly.

This comparative analysis across three phases highlights expectations and challenges including stakeholder responsibilities, expectations, and assessment. The study draws on the findings of a 2005 investigation into the purpose and provision of WIL and findings of a 2012 Faculty review of the current WIL model.

The enhancement of WIL through a series of developmental phases highlights strengths and weaknesses of various models. It is anticipated that this investigation will inform course development decisions on a whole-of-course approach to WIL that improves student engagement and learning experience.

The importance of WIL is not disputed. However with industry expectations, increasing student numbers and cohort diversity the ways in which students and industry currently engage in WIL are not sustainable and more creative, flexible and engaging approaches are needed.

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ID Code: 65898
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Industry experience, Work Integrated learning, Professional skills, Course development, HERN
ISBN: 9780992409913
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > OTHER ENGINEERING (099900) > Engineering not elsewhere classified (099999)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Wageeh Boles and Deborah Peach
Copyright Statement: The authors assign to AAEE and educational non-profit institutions a non-exclusive licence to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The authors also grant a non-exclusive licence to AAEE to publish this document in full on the World Wide Web (prime sites and mirrors), on Memory Sticks, and in printed form within the AAEE 2013 conference proceedings. Any other usage is prohibited without the express permission of the authors.
Deposited On: 10 Jan 2014 00:30
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2014 10:09

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