“Framework” by Nicholas A. Tonelli 2008 CC BY 2.0

Seminar: Designing a Bridging Framework to Span Work and Learning

You are invited to a research presentation by Dr Jayde Cahir and David Bartolo on the Matchmaking Project Study, designing a bridging framework for cross-institutional collaboration in professional practice and work-based learning. This presentation is the first of a new PACE Research Seminar Series designed to promote research, scholarship and networking within the Macquarie community.

Date and time: Tuesday 12 April, 12.00-12.30pm
Location: E3A 244 Seminar Room

All are welcome – this presentation may be of particular interest to Unit Convenors and Faculty professional staff involved in the organisation of project based PACE activities. Feel free to bring along lunch.

Abstract: Designing a Bridging Framework to Span Work and Learning

This paper reports on findings from our pilot study, which focused on designing a bridging framework for cross-institutional collaboration in professional practice and work-based learning. The term ‘work-based learning’ (WBL), in this case, is used to describe educational curricula that requires educational institutions and external organisations to collaboratively create additional learning opportunities utilising real world projects in work settings (Boud & Solomon, 2001). WBL involves designing into the curriculum, opportunities for reflection and development of professional practice through student engagement in real world projects (Student as Producer, 2013). We referred to these WBL opportunities as Work-based Practice Projects in our pilot survey. The pilot survey was developed from an analysis of contributions from tertiary staff and students, WBL experts, employers and entrepreneurs, who engaged in a 1-day Think Tank to develop a ‘greenfields’ framework for a cross-institutional work-integrated learning program between Northern Sydney Institute (NSI) and Macquarie University (MQU).

Following the Think Tank, we invited students and members of staff from MQU and NSI, in the areas of Business, Marketing, Media, Education, Economics and Information Technology, to complete an online survey. These areas of study were chosen to ensure a comparable framework for both educational institutions could be achieved. The survey asked a range of questions exploring staff and students perception of a work-based learning approach and its application in a cross-institutional environment. Our findings reveal that both staff and students’ first preference for a bridging framework were closely related to the institutions current curricula and had implications for administration.

Written by Anna Rowe

Anna is a Program Research and Development Officer in PACE (Professional and Community Engagement). As an Early Career Researcher she has published in several areas related to learning and teaching in higher education including work-integrated learning, assessment/feedback, graduate attributes and emotions and adult learning.

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