WIL at Monash
What is WIL?
Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is an “umbrella term for a range of approaches and strategies that integrate theory with the practice of work within a purposefully designed curriculum”.
We will demonstrate our commitment to being enterprising by generating a 10 per cent year on year increase in student participation in industry-based experiences (Focus Monash Strategic Plan, 2015 - 2020).
For an activity at Monash to be classified WIL, it must be:
- Curricular: must occur within an assessed, for-credit unit of study or as an assessed course requirement.
- Authentic: creates experiences that replicate, or are informed by, professional work contexts.
- Purposeful: explicitly connects to unit/course learning outcomes.
- Supervised: students are appropriately guided, supported, monitored and evaluated (including the provision of feedback) throughout the activity.
- Collaborative: designed and/or delivered with an industry or community partner.
All WIL activities at Monash are classified under three headings:
1. Placements - also known as internships, practicums and clinicals. Placements consist of a student performing course-related work while embedded with industry or community partners.
2. Projects - consist of industry or community partners acting as a mentor and/or client to students in order to complete a specific task.
3. Field trips also known as study tours) involve students working with industry or community partners undertaking site visits and/or data gathering in the field.
If you would like to find out more WIL initiatives in your facilities, please contact your faculty WIL representative:
Mr Daniel Von Sturmer Associate Dean (Education) - Daniel.VonSturmer@monash.edu
Dr Felix Nobis - Felix.Nobis@monash.edu
Associate Professor Janet Scull - Janet.Scull@monash.edu
Associate Professor Victoria Haritos - Victoria.Haritos@monash.edu
- Associate Professor Ross Hyams Ross.Hyams@monash.edu
- Professor Christopher Thompson Associate, Dean of Education - Chris.Thompson@monash.edu
Refer to our list of WIL resources below:
An online toolkit to support academics planning or running industry projects in their units.
The WIL staff toolkit is available internally for Monash staff - view the toolkit.
All industry-based experiences and work integrated learning at Monash must comply with the relevant policies and procedures
TEQSA is Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education. All organisations that offer higher education qualifications in or from Australia, universities and non-universities alike, must be registered TEQSA.
TEQSA Guidance notes are available around the provision of Work Integrated Learning.
Australian Collaborative Education Network
All staff involved in WIL activities can join the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) through the Monash-wide subscription. ACEN aims to:
- provide peer support to WIL practitioners and researchers
- facilitate effective networking
- provide professional development
- develop good practices.
Join the ACEN network - free membership for Monash staff.
ePortfolios Australia is a professional network which aims to support the use of e-portfolios in Australia and beyond through professional development activities and the sharing of resources, ideas and practice.
There are many resources available to students looking to incorporate professional experience into their studies.
View student WIL resources.
Monash Professional Pathways
Monash Professional Pathways (MPP), as part of Monash College, facilitates a large number of Work Integrated Learning experiences for students throughout various faculties at Monash. Academic oversight and assessment of these programs are maintained by the faculty, with MPP staff managing the program administration.
In partnership with the Student Academic Experience team, MPP are working to grow the number of WIL experiences offered at Monash.