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Assessing employability outcomes through WIL: Challenges and Opportunities

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

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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.


Sonia FernsSonia Ferns (PhD Candidate, MEd, BEd, Diploma in Training and Assessment Systems) Sonia manages the Course Design team which is responsible for the quality and design of all courses at Curtin University. This encompasses embedding authentic learning across the curriculum. From 2013 to 2015 she led the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) strategic project to establish an institutional framework for WIL at Curtin University. She is a Director on the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) Board. Sonia has worked on several OLT projects on WIL and has published extensively on industry engagement and WIL. She works collaboratively with an international consortium of WIL researchers.

Rachael Hains-WessonDr Rachael Hains-Wesson is an award winning teacher and writer who specialises in the higher education sector around Work-Integrated Learning, blended learning, and reflective practice. She has over 70 industry-related publications that include peer-reviewed articles, videos, presentations and media interviews. She has been awarded a number of research funding awards, including an ACEN Research Grant (2013) and is an ACEN Executive Board Member. Her teaching and learning philosophy focuses on the use of inclusive creativity to undergo cutting edge research, improve teaching practice and undergo team-based curriculum design and delivery for student engagement. Rachael is a Senior Lecturer in Work-Integrated Learning at Swinburne University of Technology where she presently is responsible for the curriculum development and delivery of The Swinburne Advantage.

Leoni RussellMs Leoni Russell

Qualifications: BBus (Mngt), GradDip (Training & Development), MBus (Training & Change Management) Victoria University

Careers and Employability, Education Portfolio RMIT University

Leoni is a Senior Educational Advisor, Learning and Teaching in Careers and Employability at RMIT. Her multi-sector experience includes teaching, research, policy and curriculum development and managing strategic WIL and employability projects. She provides academic educational leadership and support to build staff capability across a range of educational strategies including WIL and employability. Leoni is a member of the Vic/Tas Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) Committee. She has worked on several OLT WIL projects, has published on industry engagement and WIL and is currently working on an ATN project, researching innovative WIL practices in SMEs. 

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