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Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

WIL in curriculum

Graduate employability and WIL

Australian industry defines employability as the “skills required not only to gain employment, but also to progress within an enterprise so as to achieve one’s potential and contribute successfully to enterprise strategic directions” (Employability Skills for the Future, 2002, p.3). The employability of Curtin graduates is of strategic importance to the University. Curtin aims to equip graduates with the necessary employability capabilities throughout their studies to ensure they are highly sought after by employers upon graduation.

Scaffolding WIL across the curriculum is recognised as a strategy for enhancing students’ employability capabilities. All learning outcomes are aligned to Curtin’s Graduate Attributes and evidenced by authentic assessments that reflect workplace scenarios thereby focusing on the acquisition of employability skills. This approach provides evidence for the many Curtin degrees that are accredited by professional and industry bodies.

To ascertain the effectiveness of a course in nurturing employability capabilities, Curtin administers The Graduate Employability Indicator Surveys (GEIs) when appropriate. 

Authentic assessment

Authentic assessment focuses on the integration and application of theoretical knowledge into practice. WIL tasks are assessed through innovative and authentic assessment practices that reflect the world of work and account for the complex, highly contextualised, unpredictable and variable outcomes of the WIL experience. Assessment is designed to ensure incremental achievement of learning outcomes which are derived from Curtin’s Graduate Attributes. Ideally, all stakeholders including staff, students, and community and industry partners play an active role in the assessment process.

The learning design profile for WIL comprises practice opportunities enabling regular and robust feedback on performance to enhance students’ skill development. A variety of assessment approaches are used to enable practice in diverse settings. Reflection, both self and peer, is pivotal to the development of work ready skills through the realisation of strengths and limitations, and setting goals to address gaps in skills.

Benefits of WIL in curriculum

  • Contributing to the enhancement of students’ work-ready skills

  • The opportunity to provide new and innovative ways of teaching and learning

  • Involves industry, business, government and community in curriculum design, assessment, feedback and research

  • The opportunity to link with industry, business, government and community organisations

3D Design Students
3D Design students at the MANY 6160 Exhibition in Fremantle showcasing their craft as part of their course work.