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Student responses to a work integrated learning approach in a new media teaching unit

Fassbender, Eric, Taylor, Andrew and Houtmeyers, Peter (2012). Student responses to a work integrated learning approach in a new media teaching unit. TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs,16(Special Issue Oct 2012):1-15.

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Title Student responses to a work integrated learning approach in a new media teaching unit
Author Fassbender, Eric
Taylor, Andrew
Houtmeyers, Peter
Journal Name TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs
Publication Date 2012
Volume Number 16
Issue Number Special Issue Oct 2012
ISSN 1327-9556   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 1
End Page 15
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Australian Association of Writing Programs
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract This paper describes student responses to the application and integration of a Work Integrated Learning approach to a New Media teaching unit at an Australian university. The purpose of the work-integrated approach was to attempt to teach students how to collaborate in ‘real-world’ work situations and solve ‘real’ problems as they occur. Data on student responses and learning outcomes was collected by questionnaires over four semesters. Results show that students respond positively regarding the Work Integrated Learning approach in comparison to traditional coursework based
assessment. Students particularly identified their own learning and development in the areas of problem solving, ability to work in a team, analytical skills and their ability to plan and organise, as being positively affected. Furthermore, improvements to student motivation, engagement and overall learning at university are reported.
Keywords Work integrated learning
Student project management
Collaborative student project
Real-world projects
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