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Work Integrated Learning

Overview

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) refers to learning activities where practical experience complements other course or unit elements. It involves applying theoretical knowledge in practice and reflecting on workplace experiences. It can also refer to deep industry or community involvement in course planning.

WIL features in a wide range of disciplines. For example, Education and Nursing include the practical experiences undertaken by students (often called practicums or internships) as a mandatory component of professional registration.

WIL encompasses a diverse range of teaching approaches and program structures. However, it is commonly understood to be a form of experiential learning. Simulated work environments are increasingly common, partly due to the growing competition for access to WIL opportunities. WIL also provides benefits to students, communities, employers, academic staff and their institutions.

Benefits of WIL