Debrief is the process of having a conversation with the student and industry/community partner (separately or together if appropriate) after the WIL activity. The debrief focuses on reflections on the experience, the learning and/or the design and management of the process.
The purpose of debrief is to structure deliberate opportunities for the student and industry/community partner to ‘download’ and examine aspects of the experience and reflect upon these. The purposes are dual. One is for the benefit of the students; and the other is for the improvement and quality assurance of the WIL activity design and process. The student benefits from reflecting on the learning and the opportunity to divulge or explore unexpected feelings that have arisen as a consequence of the experience. Debrief, when thoughtfully planned and organised, can inform both learning and evaluation of the WIL activity.