WIL at Monash
What is Work Integrated Learning?
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”.
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.
Patrick, C. Peach, D. & Pocknee, C. (2009) The WIL (Work Integrated Learning) report: A national scoping study, Australian Teaching and Learning Council
All WIL activities at Monash are classified under three headings:
- Placements (also known as internships, practicums, clinicals) consist of a student performing course-related work while embedded with industry or community partners.
- Projects consist of industry or community partners acting as a mentor and/or client to students in order to complete a specific task.
- 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: