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Innovative Working Integrated
Learning Models

This Australian Technology Network (ATN) Project in partnership with Australian Industry Group and the Australian Chamber of Commerce has investigated innovative ways of engaging students from tertiary institutions for placements or projects particularly for small to medium enterprises and community partners.

The following resources were developed for use by industry, tertiary institutions and students. These resources include snapshots of both curricula and co-curricula examples of the 5 innovative WIL models with industry and community engagement with tertiary institutions. Additionally, there are also snapshots of two key emerging features: stakeholder engagement, brokerage and deep partnership models. Information resources for industry partners and students as well as a self assessment guide for institutions are also available.

Project Team

Judie Kay: RMIT University (Lead)
Sonia Ferns: Curtin University
Leoni Russell: RMIT University
Judith Smith: Queensland University of Technology

 

In Partnership with:

Australian Chamber of Commerce: Jennifer Lambert
Australian Industry Group: Anne Younger

Contact:

Judie Kay
E: judie.kay@rmit.edu.au

Project Funding:

Funded by Australian Technology network (ATN) Grants Scheme for Excellence in Learning & Teaching 2017

Innovative WIL Models Overview

The project identified five innovative WIL models:

Micro-placements:

Typically involve short periods in the workplace ranging from two to ten days

Online Projects or Placements:

Involve students and industry working online

Hackathons/Competitions and Events:

Events typically involve students working in teams on one-off intensive activities for and/or with industry partners or with university-based activities.

Incubators/start-ups:

WIL students are undertaking placements or projects in or for startup businesses or in incubators

Consulting:

Students providing consultancy services and information to others, including other students, industry partners and community organisations

In addition to the five innovative WIL models, the project identified a range of innovative WIL features. The following snapshots overview two of these features: Brokerage and Deep partnerships

ABC Fact Check:
Academic Excellence and Australian Journalism

Deep Industry Partnership

Innovative Models

WIL Features