Work Integrated Learning
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) connects the classroom to the workplace.
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is an umbrella term that describes a range of models and approaches to learning and assessment that integrates discipline theory, knowledge and skills with the practice of work as an integral part of program design.
Industry engaged WIL activities involve students interacting with organisations (industry, government and community) through discipline relevant projects and work placements. These WIL activities maybe face-to-face, online or a blended approach.
WIL activities at RMIT are aligned to course and program learning outcomes. These WIL activities are assessed, involve authentic engagement with industry and community, integrated across the whole program and undertaken in a workplace context whether on or off campus, or online.
Common terminology for WIL placement activities include: practical placement, practicum, co-operative education, clinical placements, fieldwork, internship. These activities are generally on-site placements in a workplace or community setting, on or offshore, or online and may be paid or not paid. Apprenticeships and traineeships, structured workplace learning and work experience are types of placement but are excluded from the scope of this procedure.
Industry engaged Projects
WIL projects are co-designed with industry and community partners. These industry engaged projects commonly require teams or individual students to undertake a real project that is based on real problems or address needs of industry or community. Industry partners are engaged in the project and provide feedback to students. WIL projects may be paid or unpaid. They may take place on or off campus, offshore, or online.
WIL in simulated workplace environments
WIL activities in simulated workplace environments are sometimes necessary for ethical, safety or professional reasons or when other forms of industry engaged WIL are unavailable. These environments are designed to simulate real workplaces in their function, equipment and mode of operation, so that students can experience a variety of scenarios and inter-related activities similar to real work experience in the industry or profession to which the program leads. Partner organisations are involved in the design of the simulated workplace environment and provide feedback to students.
Examples include engineering and chemistry laboratories with real-world equipment, mock hospital wards, radio and TV studios, moot courts and practice firms. WIL in simulated workplace environments may take place on or off campus.
As a staff member involved in WIL (in any capacity), it is strongly recommended you undertake the WIL Staff Module to provide you with a base of knowledge regarding requirements for facilitating WIL at RMIT.
The Staff WIL website provides you with an overview of both Learning and Teaching and operational WIL requirements
There are many training resources in Quick Reference Guide and Video format, guidelines for reporting, tips and tricks and FAQs.
If you require further assistance you can always contact the InPlace Business User Support Team on the details below:
Phone: +61 3 9925 5111
(Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm AEST)
WIL Operational and Learning and Teaching Support
Email email@example.com for help with operational and learning and teaching WIL issues. We are also very happy to receive feedback and suggestions about this website, the WIL processes and support resources available to WIL practitioners.