Learning and Teaching Investment Fund 2009

Summary of Projects

Project Title

Models of Industry Feedback for Work Integrated Learning Programs and Activities

Project Leaders

Dr Joan Richardson

Project Summary

This project proposed the development of a repertoire of models of industry feedback for students which RMIT University academics could draw upon and integrate into their Work Integrated Learning (WIL) courses and activities, in accordance with the Work Integrated Learning Policy at RMIT University. A set of samples, templates and guidelines have been developed to provide feedback to students as a practical aid for academics.

The project also examined models for incorporating industry feedback in assessment of WIL courses through a literature review and interviews with industry supervisors and academics involved in the supervision of the RMIT School of Business students.

Outcomes

  • The documenting of industry feedback practices in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) courses from industry and academic perspectives.
  • An Industry Supervisor Induction Package created by the School of Business Information Technology WIL team.
  • Templates for workplace agreements as a component of this package.
  • Development of a student learning plan. The Social Work program has also included this plan into their WIL program.
  • Industry feedback templates created by the School of Business Information Technology are currently being used.
  • Guidelines for reflective practice developed by the College of Business, Academic Development Unit.
  • Best practice samples, templates and guidelines identified as a result of the data collection phase of the project.
  • A review of literature was conducted in two fields:
  • Work integrated learning, the value of feedback in facilitating learning; and
  • Feedback practices, particularly how to solicit feedback and direct it towards learning.

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