Posts by Jo Elliott

Leading WIL: a new resource for science faculties

  There’s so many challenges. There’s the resourcing side of things. There’s obviously the scalability issue – how do you make sure WIL reaches all students? There’s a debate around whether universities should be the training grounds for companies, so there’s always some pushback from academics and researchers about whether we should be teaching students […]

Context is everything: Bringing authenticity to laboratory learning

  It isn’t possible or appropriate to send students out to the workplace in every unit. For example, sending a first-year student out to a commercial laboratory, without prior preparation, is unlikely to achieve favourable outcomes for the student or the industry partner. However, learning in every class can be contextualised and aligned with industry […]

Communicate to engage in WIL

  Our research has revealed that science students are interested in work-integrated learning (WIL), but we need to communicate more if we want them to actively engage. Here are three recommendations from staff who design and deliver WIL in science on how we can communicate better.   We interviewed staff who design, deliver and lead […]