Integration of workplace learning in an engineering course to strengthen regional development

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Workplace learning (WL) experience is integral for the development of ‘work ready’ graduates. Most of the traditional WIL in engineering is short lived 2 weeks to 1 year, and is generally offered towards the later part of the undergraduate degree. Often this model does not offer an opportunity for students to reflect, plan and extend their professional development; the WIL stands separate to the university learning. CSU Engineering uniquely integrates workplace learning in their undergraduate and post-graduate engineering qualification, while simultaneously serving the regional NSW engineering industries which struggle with lack of skilled labor force. This poster presents a case study of two performance planning and review subjects in the third and fifth year of the Engineering undergraduate and masters program which uses the professional development review model at industry, self-reflection and interactive orals to scaffold and personalise the workplace learning and development of diverse cohorts. Further, the study led to the identification of common challenges faced by students in the workplace by analysing the learning and teaching activities and student enagagement in these subjects. The results are vital in improving the WIL experiences of students in regional universities to motivate them to continue to be an integral part of building a sustainable regional community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRefereed Proceedings of the 4th WACE International Research Symposium on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education, 2022, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan
Subtitle of host publicationNew industry-university collaboration initiatives to realize a sustainable society: Contribution and expectations of co-operative & work-integrated education to Sustainable Development Goals
EditorsT Judene Pretti, Jenny Fleming, Karsten E Zagwaard
Place of PublicationWaterloo, Canada
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781738661800
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2022
EventWACE 4th International Research Symposium: World Association for Collaborative Education (WACE) - Hybrid - online and Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Ishikawa, Japan
Duration: 31 Aug 202202 Sept 2022 (Conference proceedings)


ConferenceWACE 4th International Research Symposium
Abbreviated titleSustainable development goals
OtherThe International Research Symposium (IRS) is an international conference organized by the World Association for Collaborative Education (WACE), where leaders in industry, government and academia, as well as experts in collaborative education gather from around the world to present research and case studies, exchange information and know-how, and build human networks.

While the WACE 4th International Research Symposium will be held from August 31, 2022 to September 2, 2022, there will be additional meetings held on August 29 and August 30 for the WACE Executive Council, Global Strategy Council and other committees. These meetings and dates will be confirmed in the upcoming months and attendance will be invitation only.
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