Work integrated learning
Work integrated learning (WIL) can be defined in a number of ways.
At Holmesglen, work integrated learning is considered to be:
- 'an umbrella term for a range of approaches and strategies that integrate theory with the practice of work within a purposefully designed curriculum.'
(The WIL [work integrated learning] report: a national scoping study, 2009, p.iv)
- 'where structure and purposefully designed learning and assessment activities integrate theory with the practice of work. Work-integrated learning includes service learning, and activities normally involve students interacting with industry and community within a work context or similar situation (that may be simulated) to allow them to learn, apply and demonstrate skills and knowledge applicable to the course of study being undertaken.'
(TEQSA Application Guide: Application for accreditation of a higher education course of study, 2013, p.53)
Communities of Practice
The academic staff at the Institute have formed a community of practice to support the execution of work integrated learning within Higher Education at Holmesglen. This cross-faculty group shares perspectives and knowledge about the range of approaches to WIL employed in the different faculties and disciplines within faculties. This community of practice has adopted an informal social structure and offers a forum within which different approaches and issues are discussed and solutions developed to benefit all stakeholders.