Work Integrated Learning

Our vision is to provide opportunity for every UOW student to engage in a variety of scaffolded, purposefully-designed and learner-centred WIL experiences within their degree. UOW is dedicated to enhancing the employability of our students through the provision of WIL strategic governance and support for WIL teaching and learning.

Our definition

Work Integrated Learning describes activities that integrate work practices with learning in an academic institution. Through WIL, students undertake authentic, experiential learning relevant to their program of study. WIL may occur in person or remotely, in a physical or simulated workplace, or in the classroom. It includes practicums, placements, internships, service learning, industry projects and experience, workplace simulations and professional activities.

WIL activities at UOW:

  • are purposefully designed
  • are informed by design principles
  • draw on industry expertise, where relevant
  • foster opportunities for reflection and engaged feedback
  • shape and support students’ career goals through alignment of activity with career development frameworks

While the nature, scope and extent of WIL may vary considerably across the institution, WIL is classified into five types: Co-curricular WIL, Foundational WIL, Embedded WIL, Applied WIL and Professional WIL. Find out more about the UOW WIL design principles and the UOW WIL Curriculum Classification Framework in the resource below.

WIL@UOW WIL Pedagogy Overview

Our governance

The Work Integrated Learning Advisory Committee (WIL AC) was established in 2017 comprising WIL practitioners, academics and scholars. It has representation from all faculties and divisions, the student body and industry, each contributing through their various roles to the ultimate goal of WIL – to enhance student’s learning and employability. WILAC works to a WIL implementation plan that provides a framework to guide the delivery of the WIL Plan objectives, and are also in turn responsible for enacting its goals.  The WIL AC implementation plan comprises objectives and actions in three core areas:

  • Learning & Teaching
  • Resources & Infrastructure
  • Quality Assurance & Access