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WIL - Using Online Technologies

Design Pattern

: Activity (Mini), WIL, Online learning, Google Sites, Reflective practice, Teamwork

WIL - Using Online Technologies

Anthos Yannakou, Susan Trigg, Andrew Buntine
December 2015

This pattern outlines an approach to work-integrated learning (WIL) within the ‘Applied Industry Practice’ course of the MBA program, which provides the opportunity for students to gain work-relevant skills such as how to conduct quality applied industry research, while developing relevant ‘soft skills’ such as communication and presentation skills, and how to work collaboratively in teams.

The major assessment of the online mode is virtual collaborative learning network (CLN) groups working with a real client to fulfil a project brief, which then requires the team to research, pitch, present, and produce a final report.

Over the years, the course has being continuously adapted to the student cohort and client needs, and improved, such as including issues such as critical thinking, design principles, project management, working in a virtual team, and including more effective feedback to students.

Feedback from both students and clients has been very positive, and a number of students have also been employed by companies involved in the course as a client.