Interdisciplinary Studio-Based Work Integrated Learning

Interdisciplinary Studio-Based Work Integrated LearningThis interdisciplinary studio-based work integrated learning guide is based on lessons learnt from a 12 month project that  brought together health sciences and architecture students and staff to explore how health and wellbeing con be optimised through interdisciplinary collaboration and space activation.

The guide’s aim is to assist academic staff to create, Implement and evaluate interdisciplinary work-integrated-learning (WIL) utilising design thinking, specifically studio·based learning, as a key element. Although the ‘Architecturing Health’ project involved health and architecture disciplines, the guide is relevant to other interdisciplinary learning contexts.

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Working Together for Better WIL outcomes

cover-Working-together-to-achieve-better-WIL-outcomesThe overarching aim of this twelve-month project, funded by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was to develop industry understanding of Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) and assess the support needed by employers to better engage in WIL. Data gathered in a survey of Western Australian employers and industry focus groups prompted the establishment of a WIL Advisory Service (WAS). The service was founded by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCIWA) to broker relationships between employers and universities, and provide support to improve WIL outcomes. In this study, student and employer users of WAS were asked to evaluate the support provided, to measure its success, and to assist in identifying strategies to improve WIL for all stakeholders.

Jackson, D., Ferns, S., Rowbottom, D. & Mclaren, D. (2015). Working together to achieve better Work Integrated Learning outcomes: Improving productivity through better employer involvement. Unpublished report.


Learning & Teaching through PACE: changing roles and environments

ACEN Grant

Learning & Teaching through PACE: Changing roles and environments

Dr María Amigó, Dr Justine Lloyd, Nanditha Hettitantri, Carina Hart

Department of Sociology, Macquarie University

March 2016

This study explored the implications of new roles generated within WIL-activities through the interrelationships and interconnections of university teachers with other stakeholders.

Final report

WIL: Financial Stress Associated with Student Placements

ACEN Research Grant

Work Integrated Learning in Social Work and Human Services: An Assessment of Financial Stress Associated with Student Placements

Mark Brough, Ignacio Correa-Velez, Phil Crane, Eleesa Johnstone and Greg Marston

School of Public Health and Social Work, Queensland University of Technology

December 2014

Final report

Enhancing WIL Outcomes for International Students

Report by Dr Denise Jackson and Professor Ken Greenwood, Edith Cowan University

This project canvassed employer, academic and student perspectives on current practice, challenges and barriers to managing Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students in Western Australia (WA). It identifies strategies for stakeholders to enhance WIL offerings, thereby improving international students’ employability and making Australia a preferred study destination.