How to Make the Most of Work Integrated Learning: A Guide for Students, Lecturers and Supervisors
How to Make the Most of Work Integrated Learning: A Guide for Students, Lecturers and Supervisors is the latest completed project from the Central Hub of Ako Aotearoa. This project was developed and produced by Andy Martin (Massey University) and Helen Hughes (Stratum Ltd) and is thoughtfully broken down in easy-to follow guidelines with helpful hints to improve the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience. There are specific guides just for students, another for academic supervisors as well as a third combined guide for both.
“Give your student an overview of the types of communication that will be involved in the project and ask them about their confidence levels in each. This will give you an understanding of their capabilities and how you can help them develop”
One of the basic ideas presented is encouraging educators to ‘challenge the student to stretch their capabilities by providing a variety of communication opportunities’ for students. The project explains that though there is a perceived notion that the actual spoken words are the most crucial in face-to-face contact, in reality the majority of communication is through tone and body language.
The project emphasises students’ enjoyment of their work and how it is directly related to what they experience. Seeing value in their own tasks is crucial. They need to know that what they are doing is making a difference. It is pointed out that educators must ‘praise enthusiasm and positive mentality’ for students to gain the most from their educational experience.
Another factor discussed is that being in control of times and deadline setting is vital. The understanding of personal organisation helps achieving goals. This project breaks down the various elements to assist students in understanding their need for prioritisation, especially when they are confronted with deadline pressures. The hints and tips will help students from becoming overwhelmed and stressed in their learning experience. These prioritisation skills will carry on to their success in the world of work.
“Make sure your students are involved in completing action planning documents. This may help them see the bigger picture and how things are broken down into smaller tasks. It will also help them to see how if one thing is late, other things are affected”
This flexible and valuable document will be an asset to students, lecturers and supervisors and their combined efforts to achieve better a Work Integrated Learning Experience.