2019 Research Grants

Early Career Research Grants

Grants of $5,000 have been awarded to the following:

‘Supporting professional development and patient safety through online clinical supervision during (WIL) placements’

Project Leads: Dr Lyn Ebert and Dr Eileen Dowse, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Newcastle

 Midwifery students spend a minimum of 1400 hours undertaking allocated and on call WIL experiences, often working with vulnerable women and sensitive issues. The complexities of midwifery WIL make support through clinical supervision difficult to implement effectively.

This project aims to address the difficulties in providing timely and effective clinical supervision through an online mode.

“Stories of success”: Inclusive work-integrated learning (WIL) practices that support diverse learners

Project Lead: Jacqueline Mackaway, Macquarie University

This project showcases evidence informed “Stories of Success” which illustrate to students, WIL practitioners and workplace supervisors conditions and models for work-integrated learning (WIL) building capacity to promote and enable diverse learner access to WIL and the potential benefits it offers.

Research Grants

Grants of $10,000 have been awarded to the following:

‘Virtual reality experiences that facilitate workplace acculturation for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) students in professional placements’

Project Leads: Dr Stacie Attrill, Associate Professor Chris Barr, Dr. Brett Wilkinson and Mrs. Leeanne Pront, Flinders University 

Virtual reality presents an opportunity for CALD students to commence acculturative adjustments for diverse workplaces prior to commencing professional placements. This project will develop prototype virtual reality experiences that enable CALD students to identify and interact with common workplace features, roles and processes to facilitate adjustment and learning for placements.

 ‘Virtual WIL: Technology-enabled WIL placements and projects’

Project Leads: Dr Harsh Suri and Ms Friederika Kaider, Deakin University  

The Virtual WIL project aims to provide educators with a conceptual framework and practical guidelines for developing online WIL placements and projects to increase student access to WIL. This framework, guidelines, case studies, and a sample of digital technologies is aimed at providing practical strategies for maximising the opportunities and overcoming challenges involved in implementing WIL utilising online platforms.

‘Establishing an online community-of-practice model: Supporting students’ development of learner agency and professional identity during work placements’

Project Leads: Dr Kim Dang and Dr Minh Hue Nguyen, Monash University and Professor Angela Carbone, PhD, Swinburne University of Technology and Associate Professor Mohan Yellishetty, PhD, Monash University.

Placements are crucial WIL components where students engage in real work environments and develop their professional identity. Students, however, are commonly placed individually, whilst facing multiple challenges to optimal learning. This project examines how engagement in an online community-of-practice model supports students in exercising their agency and developing professional identity during work placements.