2016 Grants

The ACEN Research Scholarship and Professional Learning Sub-Committee selected three WIL research grant winners for 2016 from strong pool of 41 applications. The successful proposals are:

Project: Do student-led interprofessional WIL placements enhance graduate attributes?

Margo Brewer (Project Lead) and Dr Helen Flavell (Curtin University) with industry partners, Challis Community School, Brookman Primary School and Juniper Aged Care.

Brief Overview: New models of WIL require strong partnerships with industry which deliver transformational learning experiences for students. Student-led WIL provides students with experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of services to the community. This research will investigate the impact of student-led interprofessional WIL placements on key graduate attributes including communication, role clarification, teamwork, conflict resolution and reflective practice.

Final report

Project: Experiential Entrepreneurship Work Integrated Learning Model

Dr Retha de Villiers Scheepers (Project Lead), Prof Michael Clements and Dr Renee Barnes (University of Sunshine Coast) with industry partners – The Innovation Centre and Spark Bureau.

Brief Overview: Traditional work integrated learning (WIL) models positions the student as an employee, however the precarious nature of work, emphasise the need for an entrepreneurial mindset among graduates. This study investigates how an experiential entrepreneurship WIL model develops graduates ability to proactively navigate rapidly changing industries and reinvent themselves throughout their careers. More specifically it

1) proposes an experiential entrepreneurship WIL model, and

2) examines reflection as an assessment tool to enhance entrepreneurial WIL practice.

Final report

Project: Putting the trust into assessing work integrated learning – Developing a process for embedding Entrustable Professional Activities as an authentic form of assessing work integrated learning.

Dr Lisa Schmidt (Project Lead), Dr Maxine Moore, Professor Lambert Schuwirth, Ms Iris Lindemann and Ms Laura Spencer (Flinders University)
Professor Wendy Hu and Dr Carlos El-Haddad (Western Sydney University)
Dr Jordan Li  – Flinders Medical Centre

Brief Overview: One of the purposes of WIL is to assess professional competencies in context. Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) provide assessors with an intuitive yet robust way to do this. However, EPAs must be carefully designed to effectively drive learning. This project will produce a process for degree programs to design EPAs which are authentic and relevant.