Leading WIL: distributed leadership approach to enhance work integrated learning outcomes

Project Information

Year Funded:2011
Grant (ex GST):$219,000
Project Status:Ongoing
Project Reference:LE11-2084
Program:Leadership for Excellence
Project Discipline:(X) Not disciplinary based
Project Keywords:Community of practice, Distributed leadership, Master Class, Work integrated learning

Lead Institution

Griffith University
Griffith University

Partner Institutions

Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN), Central Queensland University, Deakin University, RMIT University, University of Western Sydney, Victoria University

Project Team

Ms Carol-Joy Patrick (Project Leader), Dr Calvin Smith, Ms Judie Kay, Ms Leoni Russell, Associate Professor Dineli Mather, Associate Professor Malcolm Campbell, Ms Freny Tayebjee, Dr Wayne Fallon, Ms Justine Lawson, Mr Ian Devenish, Associate Professor Dale Holt, Ms Patricia Cretchley


Work Integrated Learning (WIL) provides rich, relevant learning through a partnership between
universities and employers. Through a collaborative approach to building knowledge, the capability and
capacity of experienced WIL leaders in the university and workplace will be enhanced for improved
student outcomes. Having established how and where WIL leadership is situated, the project will identify
the critical challenges to WIL leadership capabilities and structures. Through institutionally-based Master
Classes that model and employ a distributed learning approach, through national Communities of
Practice and a WIL Leadership Summit, a framework and guidelines to support WIL leadership capacity
building nationally will be developed, trialled and validated. The project will draw upon expertise and
experiences of staff from five Australian universities, each with a demonstrated strong WIL commitment.
The distributive leadership approach to WIL will be developed and tested within employer-based
individual disciplines. The framework and guidelines will be sustained nationally through the key WIL
professional association, the Australian Collaborative Education Network.


The information on this project's page was updated 28 August, 2013.


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