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									National Work Integrated
Learning ( WIL ) Portal :
New Connectivity Between
Work Integrated Learning Partners



Judie Kay & Melinda Bufton
Victoria University
WIL in Australia

• Work Integrated Learning (WIL) : umbrella term referring to range of
  approaches and strategies that integrates theory with the practice of
  work within a purposefully designed curriculum ( WIL Report )

• Practicum, Internship, Service Learning, Placements, Project based
  learning, Service Learning, Industry Based Learning

• Australian Collaborative Education Network
WIL Stakeholders




                   The WIL Report: A National Scoping Study
                                                 ACEN 2008
Project Background
2007: Graduate Employability Skills Report (BIHECC)

2007: A National Internship Scheme (Universities Australia)

2009: The WIL Report (ALTC)

       “Build a web based interface to enhance communication with
       employers and the professions “(P 50 )

2009: Unleashing Aspiration: The Final Report of the Panel on Fair
      Access to the Professions (UK Cabinet )

       Recommendation 49: The Government should develop the
       Talent Pool Internship Portal to become a single website for all
       pre- and postgraduate internships (P 106)
National Work Integrated
Learning (WIL) Portal
Project
    • VU lead with involvement from 34 national universities
Funding
    •     Diversity and Structural Adjustment Fund, DEEWR – 2008
Aims:
    • To link industry, professions and community with HE and VE sectors via web
      based technology from a customised site
    • To provide ease of communication amongst the community of practice
    • To provide a national doorway for industry and community into universities
    • To provide resources and professional development activities
    • To provide links for international placements
Timeline:
    •   Establish Project Team & advisory arrangements -   completed
    •   Planning and Consultation               -          now
    •   Portal Development                      -          2010
    •   Final Report                            -          June 2011
Portal Function


• Web based gateway to Tertiary Institutions for WIL opportunities
• Interface between organisations and Tertiary institutions (Not
  students)
• Functions currently being determined by consultation likely to
  include:
    • WIL opportunities directed by enterprises / organisations to universities by:
         •   Discipline
         •   University / TAFE
         •   State / Region
         •   Type eg.paid,unpaid
• Resources to support WIL Stakeholders in Australia
Partner Universities
What is a Portal ?


• “Portals are large aggregative Internet technologies that are
  increasingly replacing home pages to provide a structured gateway
  to the Internet. They integrate content, community and
  communication services according to users' needs by means of
  personalization and/ or customization. These features of
  integration of multiple services, personalization and/ or customization
  distinguish portals from owner-centered home pages. Portals thus
  are not trap doors to a single Web site, but rather a gateway to a
  market space of multiple services.”
                Educause websitehttp://www.educause.edu/Resources/Browse/Portals/17599
National Work Integrated Learning
(WIL) Portal: Stakeholders
 •   Australian Tertiary Institutions : 34 Universities project partners

 •   Peak Industry and Professional Bodies including:
      • Australian Association of Graduate Employers
      • Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
      • Australian Industry Group
      • Professions Australia
      • Universities Australia
      • TAFE Directors Australia

 •   Employers

 •   Community and Not for Profit Sector

 •   Students: Higher Education and & Vocational Education
Development Process

Consultative Mechanisms :
•   Two-tiered Advisory structure –
     • Project Advisory Group
          • Industry, ACEN, Industry Associations, Universities
     • Project Development Group
          • Industry/Practitioners, Partner Universities, Technical/IT, Experienced WIL
            Employer, Recent Graduate with WIL experience

•   Participating universities : 34 key contacts .
•   ACEN State Networks
Development process continued :

Approach :
   • Conference and workshop presentations: National eg WIL Symposium Griffith
     NAGCAS , CPA Forum
   • Stakeholder face to face consultations through Industry and professional
     bodies and other key stakeholders : AIG , ACCI , Professions Australia
   • On line surveys using surveymonkey for Industry and community organisations
   • Feedback from use case scenarios and prototypes
   • Liaison with Tertiary Institutions
   • Liaison with British Columbian Portal
Overview – Portal Process
                         Organisation has WIL
                             opportunity



                         Organisation Logon to
                                Portal
                                                      Compulsory fields



                           User Inputs data       Free-text data (description
                                                        of opportunity)


  Supplied by each
                        System matches via
     university via
                        university profile data
  standardised form


                      System sends opportunity
                      to automatically matched
                             universities


                                                     Supplied by each
                        Matched universities
                                                        university via
                        receive opportunity
                                                     standardised form



                       Recipient actions the
                       opportunity via normal
                        business processes
Industry & Community : Responses

•   I think this is a fantastic initiative that is long overdue. WIL placements are
    becoming increasingly popular throughout all industries and they struggle to
    justify graduate positions. A portal to advertise these opportunities and to
    communicate with like minded industries and higher education is very
    important.

•   The links may give rural and remote communities better opportunity to host
    students from a wider variety of areas and/or disciplines.

•   We already have a strong relationship with our local TAFE for our
    apprentices. Our relationship with Unis could be enhanced.

•   Could be value in creating a central database as there are so many contacts
    (even within one uni) that it’s challenging to know where to start.
Identified Issues

•   Technology Project / Research project /Stakeholder consultation
•   Unique project therefore scope unclear at the outset
•   National project requiring rural, regional, remote input
•   Key issues and challenges to address in development :
     •   Functionality and effectiveness of the portal
     •   Input and expectations of users
     •   Strategic commitment and usage by stakeholders
     •   Links to existing systems and services
     •   Accuracy, currency and relevance of the content to stakeholders
     •   Sustainability and maintenance
Survey : Organisation by State
Survey : Organisation Size
Survey : Types of WIL Opportunities
Survey : How WIL is initiated
Survey : Discipline Areas
Survey : Contacts per Institution
Survey : No. of institutions WIL students
originate from, per employer
Consultation to date :
University/Industry & Community
  Issue/Benefit Topic       Frequency of Related   Frequency of Related
                            Responses –            Response –
                            University             Industry & Community
  Sustainability            11 *                   2


  Accessibility             2                      10 **


  Cost for Use              7                      2


  Participation             1                      8 ***


  Currency of Information   5 ***                  2


  Functionality/Content     3                      14 *


  Existing Systems          6 **                   2


  Ownership                 3                      0
More information ?

www.acen.edu.au

Judie Kay
Associate Director
Portfolio Learning for Work and Community Service
Victoria University
judie.kay@vu.edu.au         03 9919 4052

Melinda Bufton
Project Officer
National WIL Portal Project
melinda.bufton@vu.edu.au 03 9919 4805

								
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