Learning activities

WIL can take many forms, including work placements, simulations, industry-based projects and case studies 1.4. The WIL typology on the right, broadly categorises WIL activities as those that take place on- and off-campus 1.8.

Factors that you should consider in your choice of learning activity include:

  • The learning outcomes intended  
    For suggestions on WIL activities to achieve particular learning objectives, see Edwards et al (2015) 1.4, pp. 46 – 47.
  • The size of the cohort  
    For strategies to provide WIL for large student cohorts, see Dickson and Kaider (2012) 3.8,
  • The stage of the course
  • How much time you have available
  • Your relationships with industry partners.


Thinking outside the box
The Faculty of Science at the University of Queensland has developed a unit that enables students to link learning and capabilities gained through work, to those needed for a career in science. Approximately half of Australian students work part-time 6.11, and the unit design recognises that this work can contribute to skill development and employability regardless of whether it is directly related to students’ discipline of study. In the unit, students are engaged in critical analysis and discussion of scholarly literature on work-related learning and behaviour, and reflect on their own employability as science graduates.
Want more information? Check out the SCIWILWORK case study.


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