WIL Leadership Vignette 21:
Dr Karen Young
What was learned from this:
Context of the event, experience or activity:
Despite the diversity, rigour and high quality of discipline specific WIL experiences within courses at Deakin University, the absence of a shared understanding of WIL lead to a loss of opportunity to harness cross-disciplinary practices, knowledge and resources for continuing best practice. Common within the culture was a re-inventing of the WIL wheel thus reducing productivity in terms of service, teaching and research.
Description of the event, experience or activity:
A group of middle management and middle band academics spread the word to create an informal WIL group to get the WIL conversation started. As advocates of WIL, our aim was to begin to formulate a shared understanding of WIL at Deakin. It was clear from the group’s conception that there was a dire need for the development of an institutional WIL vision and policy.
Dr Karen Young is a Lecturer in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment at Deakin University. Karen also has a Faculty-wide policy and project management role, working closely with the Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) on projects relating to assurance of learning outcomes in curricula, with a particular focus on WIL practices, processes and outcomes.