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Assessing performance and capability in work placements

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Chapter D7


Assessing Performance and Capability in Work Placements:

A collaborative study involving Queensland University of

Technology Australia and the University of Surrey England

Jenny Willis, Tony Sahama & Megan Hargreaves




As universities worldwide begin to appreciate the value of authentic learning experiences, so they struggle with methods of assessing the outcomes from such experiences.  This chapter describes the application of an assessment matrix developed by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia, to the assessment requirements and practices relating to work integrated learning at the University of Surrey in the UK.  Despite the very different institutional contexts and independent way in which the assessment regimes have developed, it was found that the values and outcomes being assessed and the methods used to assess them were similar.  The most important feature of assessing work integrated learning experiences is fitness for purpose, hence the learning objectives and assessment of outcomes for a WIL experience must be explicitly aligned to this objective.


Key words: assessment; collaborative learning; professional competence; work experience, Work Integrated Learning

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