As a strategic educational priority at Flinders University, Work Integrated Learning (WIL) offers all stakeholders a unique opportunity to work in partnership to link theory and practice. It is a core aspect of the learning experience which enhances employability outcomes.As a University staff member, WIL offers you the opportunity to:
- Integrate student learning experiences into curriculum development
- Identify new and innovative research opportunities linked to practical applications
- Help students gain a whole range of ‘real world’ skills and abilities, linked to their studies
- Establish mutually-beneficial links and partnerships with a wide range of public, private and not-for-profit organisations
- Work with host organisations to ensure that your commercial or industry-related teaching is up-to-date
- Use links to encourage employers to participate on-course validation panels in the development of subject areas, present guest lectures or participate in seminars
- Create and tailor innovative or more applicable WIL opportunities through collaboration with past employers of placement students
WIL support activities are organisationally incorporated into the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), with operational support located at the College level. This local area support ensures operational staff are closely aligned with the teaching programs they service.
Our aim is to ensure we deliver meaningful WIL opportunities at Flinders that are intentional, organised, supervised and assessed to maximise the potential benefits for all stakeholders.
We provide and facilitate a variety of networks, workshops and resources to support the implementation of WIL at Flinders, including:
‘Managing WIL’ Workshops
If you are involved in the development and delivery of WIL programs at Flinders University, it is essential that you are familiar with the processes, policies and practices behind its effective implementation.
The ‘Managing WIL’ workshops are compulsory for all new staff involved in leading, supervising and organising WIL activities including placements, practicum and field studies. They also provide new and relevant information for existing staff managing WIL activities and other on-campus, work-integrated related activities and industry liaison. The workshops consist of an on-line component which is a pre-requisite to a whole day face-to-face workshop. Click here for more information and to register to attend.
Pre-Place is an online program designed to provide guidance to students prior to commencement in a Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) placement. It provides students with information leading to knowledge acquisition and the establishment of a firm foundation for participating in a successful WIL experience. Pre-Place is an update to and incorporates material from the WIL Online Preparation Practicum Program (2003). Pre-Place is multi-disciplinary in its approach. It conveys key information on Flinders University's policy requirements and procedures including occupational health and safety, problem solving tasks (using case study scenarios), guidance on utilising feedback, contexts of organisations, professional attitudes and skills.
It is a self-enrol program which can be accessed via Flinders Learning Online.
For more information on using Pre-Place in your WIL program email firstname.lastname@example.org
The University has a comprehensive insurance program protecting its assets, staff and students. A summary of insurances available, including those applicable to WIL activities can be found here.