Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is the broad term referring to any structured and purposefully designed learning and assessment activity in a course curriculum that integrates theory with the practice of work. This encompasses clinical placements, internships, field education and industry projects.
WIL is a key element of Flinders University’s commitment to high quality learning and teaching. It is recognised as making a significant contribution to the transition of graduates to the workplace.
There are two categories of WIL:
WIL may take one of the following forms:
Flinders University places an emphasis on integration as a key element of WIL and recognises the importance of student-centred learning as a focus for its delivery. The University has a clear commitment to WIL. All undergraduate and, where relevant, postgraduate coursework courses must include an opportunity for students to undertake a WIL activity as a core or elective component of at least one topic in a course. If the professional accreditation of a course requires students to complete specified WIL placement/s, all such placements must be provided, and satisfactory completion must be a compulsory requirement for successful completion of the course.
These pages have been designed to provide information and resources to support WIL delivery for university staff, and our host organisations.
As a strategic educational priority at Flinders University, Work Integrated Learning (WIL) offers all stakeholders a unique opportunity to work in partnership to link theory and practice. It is a core aspect of the learning experience and recognised as making a significant contribution to the transition of graduates to the workplace. As a University staff member, WIL offers you the opportunity to:
WIL support activities are organisationally incorporated into the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), with operational support located at the College level. This local area support ensures operational staff are closely aligned with the teaching programs they service.
Our aim is to ensure we deliver meaningful WIL opportunities at Flinders that are intentional, organised, supervised and assessed to maximise the potential benefits for all stakeholders.
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) positively impacts the learning experience in many ways. A WIL experience is an opportunity to apply classroom learning to a professional environment. WIL is a key element of the University’s commitment to high quality to teaching and learning and improves graduate employability by increasing work readiness and competitiveness. Engaging in WIL activities provides students with an opportunity to put theoretical learning into practice regardless of the discipline they study. Effective WIL activities meet the needs of industry, students and universities in developing, delivering and reflecting upon learning experiences that benefit all stakeholders.
Work-Integrated Learning has the ability to provide significant benefits for employers, students, and academics :
Benefits for employers
Benefits for students
Benefits for academics
Flinders University is committed to developing creative, enterprising, career-ready graduates prepared to become lifelong contributors to society. Offering our students Work integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities enhances their graduate employability and capacity to meet the requirements of tomorrow’s workforce.
By hosting a placement student, taking on a workplace project, or working with us in delivering an on-campus, industry project, you can contribute in developing enterprising graduates equipped with the skills required for success in the knowledge economy.
Working in partnership with our students and Flinders University also offers significant benefits to you including:
Flinders University is committed to supporting students in each phase of their placement, including monitoring their work and progress as well as assessment. All university courses and topics are quality assured in line with the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) and our relevant policies and procedures.
The National Strategy on Work Integrated Learning in University Education is a partnership approach between universities and enterprises to improve the quality and capacity of education and the innovation, breadth and competitiveness of our economy. It has been developed to improve the scale, breadth and value of work integrated learning and improve the work readiness of graduates. Flinders University is actively engaged with external bodies to progress work in this area and ensure our students are effectively prepared for entry into professional practice.
Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN)
The ACEN is the professional association for practitioners and researchers from the higher education sector, industry, community and government representatives involved in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in Australia.
If you are a Flinders University staff member, you can join ACEN free! As an ACEN member you will be joining the national leading network for WIL and thereby extend your opportunities to access and be a part of the ongoing development and research in WIL, both at a national and global level. ACEN is a partner of the World Association of Cooperative Education (WACE) and has negotiated an arrangement whereby membership of ACEN automatically provides for concurrent WACE membership.
National Association of Field Experience Administrators (NAFEA)
NAFEA represents tertiary administrators engaged in the logistical placement of students for field experiences. The issues and problems surrounding the logistical organisation of field experience programs are addressed and discussed are relevant to all disciplines. Flinders University has an institutional membership, meaning all staff are able to join for free.
Innovative Research Universities (IRU)
IRU is a network of seven comprehensive universities conducting research of national and international standing. The IRU network has national reach, with an institutional presence in every mainland State of Australia and the Northern Territory. The IRU have developed a range of practical tools to help business and industry engage with universities, to work together to develop Australia's future skilled workforce.
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