Poster Presentation Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia 2015

A new model for evaluating work-based learning in the curriculum (#332)

Tina Overton 1 , Tomasz Lemanski 2
  1. Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
  2. University of Hull, Hull, UK

Abstract Content (up to 300 words recommended)

 Work-based learning is a valuable pedagogy for providing undergraduates with the capabilities that are essential for them to succeed in the workplace. Work-based learning also plays an essential role in upskilling the existing workforce by contextualizing learning, using authentic assessment and accrediting prior learning. Work-based learning takes many forms and can be university-based or employer-based and the curriculum can be developed by the employer, the university or the student. Combinations of these variables leads to very different learning experiences and develops very different capabilities. We have developed a matrix approach to designing work-based learning to aid curriculum design. The matrix takes into account the location of learning, ownership of the curriculum and whether skills or knowledge are developed. This simple matrix can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of work-based learning and to ensure that the work-based elements are authentic.

Addressing the theme/s of the Conference (up to 200 words recommended)

 How can universities connect with industry and the professions to prepare graduates for changing workforce requirements?

 One of the most effective ways of ensuring that graduates are fit for the workplace is to work with industry to provide work-based learning opportunities. In addition, part-time learners in work require relevant learning opportunities and the opportunity to exploit workplace learning. The matrix described here provides academics with an effective tool for evaluating work-based learning practices in their curriculum.