A framework for assessing work integrated learning

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Richardson, Joan, Kaider, Friederika, Henschke, Kathy and Jackling, Beverley (2009) A framework for assessing work integrated learning. In: The Student Experience - Proceedings of the 32nd HERDSA Annual Conference , 6-9 July 2009, Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory, Australia. Research and development in higher education . Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA), Milperra, NSW, Australia, pp. 336-345.


Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is a signature feature of study at RMIT University and takes many forms including industry projects, field work, internships and one year co-operative education programs. Student ‘work readiness’ is a strategic priority. This capability relies on successful WIL experiences that ideally integrate the advancement and application of academic knowledge and skills with personal and generic employability capabilities. Assessing the acquisition and application of these skills in a work-based learning situation is the challenge addressed in this paper. Traditional assessment practices are typically used to measure the understanding and application of academic knowledge disseminated within the confines of the higher education environment. As these tools are not always the most appropriate measure for assessing work-based learning, research was conducted to map emerging innovative tools and practices designed for use outside the classroom and educational institutions. Surveys were conducted to obtain information from all stakeholders (academics, students, industry representatives) to provide their perceptions of assessment task validity in terms of professional and generic skill development. A synthesis of the findings formed the basis of the Contextual, Capability driven, Action-based learning, Relationship and collaboration building, Developmental, Student Centred (CCARDS) assessment framework. Each phase of our investigation either reinforced previous findings or gave new insights into the complexities surrounding WIL assessment practices. This paper presents the CCARDS framework as a simple checklist to be used to improve the quality of WIL assessment resources.

Item type Book Section
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/6857
Official URL http://www.herdsa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/confer...
ISBN 0908557787
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1301 Education Systems
Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Historical > SEO Classification > 9302 Teaching and Instruction
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Faculty of Business and Law
Current > Division/Research > Other
Keywords ResPubID17174, ResPubID22631, work integrated learning, work-based learning, assessment in the workplace
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