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Credit bearing work-based learning: learning from other's practice

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posted on 02.03.2012, 09:44 by Sarah Bamforth, Debra Lilley, Caroline Lowery, Adam Crawford
Work-based learning (WBL) in Higher Education (HE) encompasses a range of activities associated with employability and the workplace. This paper focuses on work-based learning in the context of learning for work, with campus-based learners gaining experience in the workplace, linked to formally accredited Higher Education programmes. In Engineering work-based learning typically involves industrial sandwich placements which may result in an additional award, such as a ‘diploma of industrial studies’, but rarely result in credit. In other disciplines such as Health and Medicine, however, there is a long tradition of awarding credit for work-based learning. This paper outlines the context and drivers for awarding credit for work based learning in Engineering and draws on literature, cross-discipline case studies and stakeholder perceptions to describe models of work-based learning and assessment practices appropriate to Engineering. It concludes by reflecting on the practical implications for academic institutions, staff, students and industrial supervisors involved.

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  • University Academic and Administrative Support

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  • Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre

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BAMFORTH, S.E. ... et al., 2010. Credit bearing work-based learning: learning from other's practice. Engineering Education 2010: Inspiring the next generation of engineers, Aston University, EE2010 Conference Proceedings, Loughborough: Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre, Loughborough University.

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2010

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This paper was presented at Engineering Education 2010 (EE2010): Inspiring the next generation of engineers, 6 - 8 July 2010, Aston University, organised by the Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre, Loughborough University.

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