Looking back whilst moving forward - implementing Learning in the Workplace and Community at Victoria University

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Russell, Leoni, Standfield, Rachel and Kay, Judie (2010) Looking back whilst moving forward - implementing Learning in the Workplace and Community at Victoria University. In: Work integrated learning (WIL) : responding to challenges : ACEN national conference 2010, conference proceedings. Campbell, M, ed. Australian Collaborative Education Network, Rockhampton, Qld., pp. 390-398.


In 2007 Victoria University (VU) embarked on a major repositioning which aimed to put students‘ needs at the centre of all its activity, and had a focus on student employab ility. The University implemented 5 commitments, one of which was the integration of Learning in the Workplace and Community (LiWC) – VU‘s term for work - integrated learning – into all VU courses. The intention is for LiWC to be embedded within courses and appropriately developed throughout a course. The result is that implementing LiWC at VU is a major project not only in terms of curriculum design, but also one of organisational change. This paper will consider VU as a case study for implementing an insti tution - wide work - integrated learning, providing an overview of the program and offering insights into the complexity of implementing a large - scale organisational change program. It will outline the implementation of an institution - wide LiWC project, and co nsider the issues and challenges of such a major organisational change project. The paper will look back and consider the lessons learned from institution - wide implementation of LiWC including the importance of key pedagogical and curriculum strategies, s taff capability and the significance of an institutional framework that drives the project. The paper will also outline the key challenges that remain to be addressed as an institution, including the evaluation of the LiWC program across the university. While the institution - wide implementation of LiWC at VU is an ongoing process, it is one that has major implications for VU. The process of reflecting on the challenges of organisational change and progress made will help inform future planning. The key ch allenges and lessons learnt from implementing institution - wide LiWC at VU will be valuable for those looking to implement work - integrated learning broadly in their institutions.

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27 September - 1 October 2010, Curtin University, Bentley Campus, Perth, Western Australia

Item type Book Section
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9894
Official URL http://www.acen.edu.au/conferences/archive/ACEN-20...
ISBN 9780980570618
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Historical > SEO Classification > 9399 Other Education and Training
Current > Division/Research > PVC Students and Learning and Teaching
Keywords ResPubID21030, ResPubID20627, institution wide implementation, program evaluation, lessons learned, Victoria University, Making VU unit, Melbourne, vocational education, workplace training, VET, work integrated learning, work experience
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