jigsawDimensions of Quality for WIL
New module for 2019

This module explores the concept of quality in a WIL context. Participants will consider quality from the perspective of all stakeholders. The expected outcomes and benefits for each of the stakeholders will be discussed and important dimensions integral to quality WIL identified. Participants will reflect on their own practice and determine changes they might make to improve the quality of their WIL programs.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module, participants will be able to:

  1. Synthesise contemporary literature and identify features of national and institutional quality frameworks that relate to WIL.
  2. Describe the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders including students, university staff, university executive leadership, government and industry /community partners in ensuring quality WIL outcomes.
  3. Justify ideas and insights through communication and collaboration with an international community of practice.
  4. Identify quality dimensions of WIL and how they inform curriculum design and teaching practice.
  5. Evaluate personal practice and identify interventions that improve quality outcomes for all stakeholders.


McRae, N., Pretti, J., & Church, D. (2018). Work-Integrated Learning quality framework, AAA. University of Waterloo.  

Participants will also identify other readings. Readings may be chosen from the extensive reference list in the McRae et al. reading.


During the module there will be an on-line webinar and other forms of communication. Each week the participants read and comment in the online discussion. Participants may find that one reading can cover the discussion for two or three weeks.

Week 1: Introduce self in an introductory webinar and with an introductory posting about self

Week 2: Read Quality white paper and comment on how this would fit within national and institutional context.

Week 3: Student as stakeholder; read an article and comment

Week 4: Employer/host organization as stakeholder; read an article and comment

Week 5: Educator as stakeholder; read an article and comment

Week 6: Institution as stakeholder; read an article and comment

Week 7: Government as stakeholder; read an article and comment (This could include national quality assurance frameworks)

Week 8: Present a webinar identifying one area of quality the participant would like to consider and present in terms of: Aims, Actions and Achievements as per the framework. Post a final concluding reflection on the module learning.

Participation time:

Expected total participation time approximately 15 – 20 hours – including preparation and participation in online tasks/activities.

Certificate of completion:

On completion of the module, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion. This will be awarded to participants who complete all the required tasks/activities.