Monitoring Work Integrated Learning
Student supervision and mentoring through the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activity is the responsibility of both the partner organisation and the WIL representative.
WIL activities must be monitored in order for RMIT to receive funding under the Higher Education Support Act 2003. WIL practitioners can efficiently monitor students’ progress during their WIL activities by:
- ensuring the student has commenced the activity
- communicating regularly with students and partner organisations
- scheduling site visits to students and their supervisors at their placement workplace where appropriate
- developing procedures defining the type and frequency of WIL communication
- reviewing examples of students’ work
- promoting self-reflective practices
- keeping accurate placement records.
Work Integrated Learning supervisor feedback
In most instances it will be necessary for WIL supervisors to provide feedback on aspects of the student’s performance. This may highlight good practice or areas in need of improvement. WIL practitioners can assist WIL supervisors in their role by providing information on:
- encouraging students to take responsibility for their own actions
- discussing student learning needs and concerns
- encouraging students to reflect on their performance
- how to provide constructive feedback and bring the placement its conclusion.
The Higher Education Support Act 2003 requires that WIL activities are monitored. Site visits are not mandatory in order to comply with the Act, however it is recommended that staff attempt to visit students while on their placements as it can:
- help support a student who is having difficulties
- mitigate problems before they become a significant threat to the student’s progress or safety
- build relationships with the partner organisation.
When visiting a site the WIL practitioner should:
- arrive at a time mutually agreeable with the WIL supervisor
- attempt to visit all students whilst on placements
- as commence resolving any issues affecting student performance or the conduct of the student’s placement program.
These visits may be initiated by the student or by their WIL practitioner.