Assessing Work-Integrated Learning


Work-integrated learning promotes learning through authentic engagement in a natural workplace setting. Students develop their knowledge and skills through lived experience in a professional, discipline-specific context of practice (Fry, Ketteridge & Marshall, 2005).

The term "work-integrated learning" (WIL) refers to "a range of approaches and strategies that integrate theory with the practice of work within a purposefully designed curriculum" (Patrick et al., 2009). Particular disciplines and professional settings have their own traditional names for WIL. Terms in common use include:

  • field work
  • internship
  • cadetship
  • clinical placement
  • professional practicum
  • cooperative education
  • service learning
  • capstone course
  • industry project.

Assessing WIL consolidates its learning benefits in any program, not just those in which it is core to meeting professional accreditation requirements.

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How Field Based Learning works - A/Prof Elizabeth Fernandez

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