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Blended Design and Project Based Learning: a future for engineering education
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Monday, December 7 • 3:05pm - 3:20pm
| 2B | From work placement to employability: a whole-of-course framework

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This paper describes the framework for embedding work integrated learning across the engineering curriculum in the context of employability within a dedicated stream of project units (design and/or professional practice). This was motivated by the rapidly changing work environment globally and the need to assure and evidence not only student achievement but student confidence and ability to self-reflect, adapt and transfer their learning across the curriculum. Employability gives particular coherence to the integration, connection and reflection on these developments by students, academics and industry project supervisors. Employability is a focus across the higher education sector, nationally and internationally, including the ability to apply knowledge in context, self-awareness, self-efficacy beliefs, and the ability to reflect prior and post action, and to adapt accordingly (Yorke & Knight, 2006; Scott, Coates, & Anderson, 2008).
Our paper makes use of important prior work by Oliver (2010) in relation to ‘Benchmarking partnerships for graduate employability’, and Franz (2008), Billett (2011) and others on models and activities to support work integrated learning and employability skills effectively across a program.

While our focus in the paper is the designated stream of project units across each major of the program, Oliver has provided guiding questions for explicit identification of student capabilities, WIL experiences and evidence of learning that are guiding our development process in linking units, assessments and tools for ongoing student reflection and assurance of learning across the program.

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Monday December 7, 2015 3:05pm - 3:20pm
Winkipop Room RACV Torquay map C4

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