Employability and Curriculum Dimensions

Employability and curriculum dimensions

Curriculum Dimensions

Authenticity

Refers to the relevance and realism of the experience. WIL activities should be designed to be as genuine and realistic in function and purpose as possible. Authenticity of the WIL activity is integral to the acquisition of employability skills and connecting theory and practice in workplace contexts.

Quality supervision

Monitoring student learning, progress and practice during a WIL activity. Industry partners and WIL practitioners from universities collaborate in administering, managing, observing, educating, supporting and supervising the student’s progress throughout the WIL activity. Quality supervision and support is central to a positive WIL experience for students.

Preparation and induction

Orientates the student to the workplace context, manages expectations and prepares students for learning in an authentic environment. This entails both pedagogical preparation and personal/emotional preparation to optimise learning.

Integration of theory and practice

The purpose of integration is to make the WIL experience relevant to the theory learned in university with the practical application in a workplace context. It provides opportunities for students to reflect on the application of knowledge in practical, work-based situations aligned to intended outcomes.

Assessment aligned with Learning Outcomes

Which provides support for learning through feedback on performance and providing accreditation of achievement through marking against criteria and standards. Assessment must be valid, reliable, authentic and align to learning outcomes in form, content, and structure.

Debriefing and Reflection

Reflecting on the experience with the student and industry partner (separately or together) after the WIL activity with a focus on the learning, design and management of the process.

Debriefing allows the student to critically reflect on their learning and explore any unexpected feelings that may have arisen throughout the WIL experience.

 

Employability Dimensions

Collaboration

Interact and collaborate effectively and respectfully in workplace settings with diverse others to achieve professional, workplace or enterprise goals.

Life-long Learning

To value and engage in continuous professional learning for work-related learning.

Informed Decision Making

Collect, analyse and appraise information and use it to weigh potential risks, opportunities and outcomes in workplace and professional decision-making.

Professional Practice and Standards

Competently, autonomously, ethically and responsibly perform workplace or professional practices with sensitivity to work contexts and enterprise goals.

Commencement Readiness

The confidence and self-appraisal skills to evaluate employment options and undertake competitive selection processes to obtain positions relevant to career aspirations, qualifications and skills.

Integration of Theory and Practice

Judge the relevance of theoretical knowledge to the workplace and apply it in professional contexts.