Theme 3: Work-based Learning & Teaching
Why is Work-based Learning & Teaching a precondition for a successful collaboration for institutions?
The workplace is a powerful location for learning.
There are many different types of work-based learning (WBL), and these types can differ in terms of attendance, organisation, teacher/instructor involvement, assessment regime, duration and accreditation. WBL can be significantly improved by collaborations between employers, providers and students. This is considerably enriched when there is a close linkage between learning that takes place in the classroom and in the workplace. To achieve this aim, fora needs to be established that facilitates providers to understand from employers industrial and commercial practices; employers to gain recognition of the educational processes and framework; and students to be co-producers of knowledge. Work-based learning facilitates this exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience.
Work-based learning is more successful when there is joint working between providers and employers at strategic as well as operational levels. Employers can play a crucial role in making learning relevant to the workplace and they can do so through their involvement in the design and development of the curriculum, learning and assessment. Likewise, providers can play a vital role in making work-based learning successful through flexible learning, supportive tutoring and innovative assessment.