OLT presentation Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia 2015

Improving work placements for international students (#99)

Anna Podorova 1 , Sonia Ferns 2
  1. Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
  2. Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia

Much current research on international students acknowledges the many challenges that they face when undertaking study in another country. There are additional challenges when these students participate in various work environments. Understanding that individual international students have distinct needs, in particular during work placement components of study, is not present in existing learning and teaching and research studies.
This Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) project, led by Griffith University, aims to improve the ways in which international students, as individuals, engage with their work placement as well as with their mentors or industry partner throughout the assessment process. The project will identify current procedures and practices; identify challenges and concerns as well as successes for international students; and develop a working model of effective practice which will inform a website and accompanying supporting materials and resources.

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