Learning and Teaching Investment Fund 2009

Summary of Projects

Project Title

Enterprise Education 2: A New Model Linking Work Readiness with Assessment

Project Leaders

Associate Professor Anthony Mills

Project Summary

The aim of this project was to integrate a new assessment approach into an innovative model of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) called Enterprise Education. Enterprise Education is a model that provides teams of students with an opportunity to solve real-world problems supplied by industry partners in simulated settings. The initiative was modelled on a similar concept used by Michigan Tech University in the USA. This project, entitled Enterprise Education 2 (EE2), is an improvement on the WIL Enterprise model developed for the 2008 LTIF funding round and is strategically aligned with the university’s Industry Relevance priorities including work-ready graduates.

This project is the third phase of work previously undertaken in two earlier funding rounds of the LTIF scheme. The research focussed on the distinctive issues associated with Work Integrated Learning in the property and construction industry. This research demonstrated that although the construction industry has considerable good will towards RMIT University, as industrial employers they have difficulty providing learning experiences in their work places. The adopted solution is a course that gave teams of students an opportunity to solve real-world problems supplied by industry partners in a university setting.

Outcomes

  • Development of a robust framework of graduate attributes for the
  • construction industry.
  • Creation of all the resources required by the university to implement the EE2 model of WIL, including Part A and B course guides and a website for use by students and industrial stakeholders
  • Exit surveys of student perceptions.
  • Research presented as a case study for dissemination at the Australian Technology Network Conference, RMIT University, October 2009.
  • Dissemination in academically relevant conferences and journals – paper presented to Associated Schools of Construction; International Proceedings of the 46th Annual Conference in association with CIB-W89 Building Education and Research, Wentworth University, Boston, MA, USA, April 2010. (Runner up to best paper).
  • Paper submitted to the International Journal of Construction Education and Research (Under review).
  • Successful; ALTC Project No. CG-10 1504.

www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/pdsc/dsc/dsc_dls/wil_construction/index.html

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