2019 IRU Fellowship Project

Associate Professor Amani Bell is the 2019 Innovative Research Universities (IRU) Vice Chancellors’ Fellow and will lead two Fellowship projects this year. The first project is called ‘Reimagining Work Integrated Learning’, with a second project still being scoped.

The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) project will:

  • explore innovative ways of providing WIL at scale
  • investigate models for WIL that are responsive to the changing nature of work
  • showcase WIL developments in generalist / non-accredited degree programs
  • focus on how students develop and articulate transferable skills during WIL that broaden their career options
  • explore the provision of WIL in fully online programs.

In addition, the project will:

  • scope possibilities for staff to refresh their knowledge of the workplace, via short-term placements and exchanges
  • share resources and data about WIL
  • add to and amplify the 31 WIL case studies in the IRU National Innovation Case Study Collection.

As part of the project, a change academy is being held on Monday 11 February and Tuesday 12 February at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. The change academy will bring together diverse perspectives and people to focus on new ideas for WIL. The Flinders change academy team is currently being finalised and likely to comprise three professional staff and one academic staff engaged in WIL placements. Project topics are currently being considered for development.

Notice of IRU WIL webinar – simulation

There are some innovative examples of WIL in Australia and internationally. Hear from WIL experts in a quarterly webinar series that will push the boundaries of thinking around WIL. The second webinar is about how simulation can be an effective form of WIL in both the humanities and the sciences. Professor Felicity Blackstock (Western Sydney University) will discuss embedding simulation in physiotherapy education. Professor Susanne Schech (Flinders University) will discuss a third year intensive where international studies students develop skills for the global workplace by participating online and live in a realistic policy simulation.

Friday 15 February 12–1 pm AEDT | 11 am AEST | 11.30 am ACDT | 9 am AWST | 11.30 am ACST

Register now to join the webinar.

For those who can’t make it, the webinar will also be recorded. If you can’t make it but would like to access the recording please contact Associate Professor Amani Bell. Also feel free to pass on to interested people in the colleges you work with.

Contributed by Nina Tabor
Manager Work Integrated Learning

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