Interdisciplinary Studio-Based Work Integrated Learning

This 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 can 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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Good Practice Guide – Integration

Integrative learning brings together theory and practice in the workplace or professional context. The ‘theory-practice nexus’ is simply the site in which theoretical ideas or disciplinary techniques and skills which were learnt in class, are developed and applied in the real world.

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Good Practice Guide – Assessment

Assessment is the process of gathering information and evidence about a student’s performance for the purposes of either supporting or accrediting learning. Assessment serves different purposes including providing support for learning through feedback on performances and providing accreditation of achievement through marking against criteria and standards. More broadly, assessment results in the aggregate that can also be used to inform design, re-design and evaluate WIL activities.

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Good Practice Guide – Preparation

Preparation activities consist of introductory and practical activities that assist in getting the student ready for the WIL experience. Regardless of the type of WIL activity e.g. placement, an industry/community project on or off campus, fully online or a combination, students need to be prepared to engage and work with industry and/or community partners.

Preparation activities should also extend to preparing the industry/community partner to host WIL students to ensure their involvement in WIL meets all stakeholders’ needs and expectations.

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Good Practice Guide – Supervision

Supervision is the monitoring of the student learning experience, progress and practice during a WIL activity. Industry/community partners and WIL practitioners from universities collaborate in administering, managing, observing, educating, supporting and supervising the student’s progress throughout the WIL activity. Supervision is a complex interpersonal activity that involves numerous activities and functions.

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