Assessing employability outcomes through WIL: Challenges and Opportunities

Monday April 3  • 11.00 am–12.30pm (AEST)

Learning experiences in a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) context are highly variable, personalised and socially constructed. Traditional assessment models where the focus is on knowledge acquisition as opposed to skill proficiency are challenged as industry claims graduates lack currency of workplace practices. This presentation will showcase a dynamic WIL curriculum framework that highlights the quality dimensions of an active learning experience for students culminating in work ready graduates. The discussion will focus on designing assessment tasks where the intellectual capacity of students is evidenced by practice-based experiences. The challenges of measuring the nuances of unpredictable, context-dependent WIL outcomes are explored and the benefits of innovative assessment models that enable a creative way for students to provide evidence of employability capabilities highlighted.