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BUS2011 Work Based Business Learning – Murdoch Business School

Holloway, D.A. (2010) BUS2011 Work Based Business Learning – Murdoch Business School. In: National Teaching Fellowship Dialogue Forum, 28 - 29 June, Brisbane, Qld, Australia

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The WIL project in the Murdoch Business School was a one-off special topic unit in first semester 2010: fourteen students completed the semester. Students were required to already be in a work placement as a precondition in the unit enrolment process. The learning outcomes were focussed on students evaluating and reflecting on the ‘authenticity’ and relevance of their University based learning when mapped against their current ‘real world’ work experiences. The students were being asked to assess, question and integrate their individual (and collective) work-based experiences and acquired real-life knowledge with their business-based university learning.

The students completed a number of individual and team based learning tasks including a reflective learning log; an individual reflective essay on a personally selected topic; in-class team based tests; and, a team based business relocation assignment. There was no final exam in the unit, which for a number of students was an initial attraction in the early enrolment numbers.

The students reported a universally positive assessments of this WIL unit in their teaching evaluations and in the two focus group interviews conducted at the end of the semester. All students rated this particular unit as one of the best learning experiences they had encountered to date at the undergraduate level within their MBS business programs. They also concluded that the learning topics within the unit had provided them with critical and personally useful insights into their own and the wider work environment. It also led to a deeper questioning of the university learning that they had received to date within their Business majors.

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