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Work-integrated learning opportunities for students are essential for their development of key employability skills, consolidation of learning, and ensuring their ‘work-readiness’. The University of Warwick has developed an innovative module in its Master of Public Health which offers students the opportunity to undertake a novel virtual learning experience. The students are partnered with local and international public health agencies and can collaborate on ‘real life’ projects within a workplace based setting.
Professor Dragan Ilic and Dr Debbi Marais plan to work together to share learnings and best practice with the vision to developing shared virtual work-based placements in an international setting. This would be a significant step in broadening the opportunities offered to students at both institutions, and would give them the chance to reflect on their experiences and learning, not only across disciplines, but also geographically and across cultures by interacting with their peers at the partner university.
Equipping undergraduate students with well developed transferable skills is high on the agenda in order to support graduate employability. Dr Christopher Thompson, Associate Dean of Education in the Faculty of Science at Monash University and Russell Kitson, Senior Teaching Fellow, Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick are working together to achieve this through testing and evaluating different curriculum methods through the design of ‘digital’ badges for transferable skills.
These badges will be added to curriculum material and MLE sites to raise awareness of undergraduates of the learning opportunities presented to them. In Monash University this will be supplemented through the establishment of workshops on reflection and the use of Student Futures to log skills development. At the University of Warwick the badges will be awarded to students through assessment and micro credentialing of threshold skills competencies. These two different approaches will be evaluated and best practice shared between the two institutions.
As health professionals continue to drive change and offer more flexible pathways for undertaking study in healthcare improvement, a For Fee Open Online Course (FFOOC) will be developed introducing participants to knowledge mobilisation in complex healthcare systems, and providing a pathway to the joint Master program currently under development at Monash and Warwick.
The development of the FFOOC will be driven by Dr Tracy Robinson, Senior Research Fellow in Implementation and Healthcare Improvement and Professor Helen Skouteris, Monash Warwick Alliance Joint Professor of Healthcare Improvement and Implementation Science based at the Monash Centre for Health Research & Implementation and Dr Debbi Marais, Postgraduate Academic Lead for Curriculum Innovation, Warwick Medical School and will provide a unique opportunity to offer a micro-credentialing course allowing clinicians to customise their learning in healthcare improvement, whilst meeting pressing health industry needs.
The future of Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) applications are gaining ground as potentially game-changing technologies within industry, the workplace, to consumers, and also have the potential to engage students in innovative approaches to learning and teaching that have not been previously considered. In an educational setting, AR/VR technology opens new avenues for students to engage in a variety of simulation and collaboration opportunities within an immersive environment, thereby enhancing the learning experience for students using a mix of authentic and experiential processes.
Together Dr Irwyn Shepherd, Assessment Specialist from the Office of Learning and Teaching at Monash and Graeme Knowles, Principal Teaching Fellow, Warwick Manufacturing Group will develop a strategic educational approach for the use of Augmented and Virtual Reality in Engineering education at both universities, investigating new and innovative learning and teaching approaches that will have impact on education across the globe.
Adding a global perspective to Work Integrated Learning (WIL) enables students to benefit from work experience in an international context, whilst developing employability skills such as project management, communication, teamwork and intercultural skills through being part of a multi-disciplinary international student team. Added to this, international Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experiences are known to enhance student mobility and help define a student’s perception of their own graduate success.
Monash University Student Academic Experience Manager, Michelle Maes and University of Warwick International Employer Liaison Manager, Esther de Perlaky will work together to develop a new flagship initiative that provides a range of virtual, international Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and internship opportunities for students from Monash and Warwick. The Go International Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program will provide students with valuable intercultural and international experiences by working on a virtual industry project with an external organisation. A key strategy of the project team will be to work with Monash University, Malaysia campus to include their students and make connections with Monash industry partners in Asia.
Phase 1 will enable 50 students to form 10 teams of 5 to be supported and mentored by university staff throughout the project. Each team will also have a project mentor from the host organisation and will utilise secure online platforms designed to enable virtual groups to work together on projects.
By working together, the delivery and success of this program will be hugely accelerated through the sharing of knowledge, utilising existing resources, support mechanisms, technology platforms, industry contacts, tracking and outcome measurements and, importantly, differing cultural viewpoints.
Staff will collaborate to develop and deliver the program, produce new resources, and share and enhance existing resources to support students and industry mentors before, during and after the program to ensure both students and organisations gain maximum benefit. The pilot programme will be explored and proven, ahead of it being potentially rolled out more widely across both institutions.
Importantly, this initiative will enable the team to work with specific groups of students, including Widening Participation students, to be supported to explore and gain international Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experiences.
The rise of digital technology is transforming how universities effectively engage students. Whilst the use of Augmented Reality (AR) in higher education is still in its infancy it is an area that is growing rapidly.
Dr Yeng Lee from the School of Pharmacy at Monash University and Professor Kevin Moffat from the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick have identified an opportunity to introduce AR technology into Pharmacy teaching at Monash University, and Biomedical Sciences teaching at Warwick. Due to the complex nature of visualisation required, teaching staff are often faced with a major challenge when engaging students in the learning of pathophysiology of a disease, and the pharmacology of drugs use in treating the condition. Introducing AR technology will enrich learning experiences, especially for those who prefer visual and kinaesthetic learning.
The universities will worked together to develop AR content including novel interactive learning materials on the cardiovascular system, normal physiological function, the physical consequences of diseases, and the mechanism of drugs used to treat them.
The linguistically diverse nature of contemporary societies is related to a range of complex phenomena in the areas of: language policy and practice; language contact and change, translation, interpreting and heritage learning; public sector translation/interpretation, translation and human rights. These constitute areas in which Monash and Warwick have an unbroken history of world-leading research. MultiDiv (Multilingualism and Diversity school) builds on this expertise and aims to push further current knowledge in the field. MultiDiv is led by: Professor Angouri (Warwick); Dr Chantal Wright (Warwick); Dr Willoughby (Monash) and Professor Burridge (Monash). It seeks to become a unique and sustainable rotating biennial Sprinter School which will be hosted alternately by the Universities of Warwick and Monash University. It will bring together senior academics, undergraduates and post graduates for an intensive five-day school which will involve writing workshops, data training and sessions on interpreting research for wider audiences, in particular policy makers and the media.
MultiDiv stems from the work of The Migration, Identity, and Translation Network (MITN), co directed by Professor Angouri (Warwick) and Professor Wilson (Monash). MITN is a multi-disciplinary network supported by the Monash Warwick Alliance which brings together researchers from across a range of faculties from Monash University and the University of Warwick. It explores issues relating to migration, identity, and translation from a variety of literary, cultural, linguistic, sociological, and historical perspectives, and seeks to bring that expertise into developing world-leading research and teaching and learning projects.
MutliDiv and MITN share a commitment to supporting student research and the development of early career researchers. MultiDiv will include all students, Undergraduate and Postgraduate, as equal participants and is keen to encourage and embed further undergraduate research in the curricula of the two institutions. MultiDiv aims to become a global hub of excellence for the study of multilingualism and diversity. MultiDiv 2019 will take place at the University of Warwick.