"Workplace learning" [WPL] is the preferred generic CSU term to refer to student activities undertaken in authentic workplace settings and covers various terms that are commonly used, including work integrated learning, professional practice/experience, internships and placements.
Workplace Learning involves four key participants who have different but complementary roles and goals for Workplace Learning:
Workplace learning consists of completing relevant agreed learning task(s) that provide learning and practice in actual service settings which include community health centres, medical practices, laboratories, pharmacies, on-road with an ambulance service and hospitals. The key function of your workplace learning is to cement the link between knowing facts about your chosen discipline to being capable of applying those facts in authentic practice.
As workplace learning is undertaken in authentic workplace environments, it is important to highlight to both students and supervisors that learning activities undertaken in these environments will be very different to those undertaken in academic settings. WPL supervisors will often have a client load or a case load in addition to supervisory responsibilities, therefore, effective WPL outcomes often require flexibility, adaptability and innovation on the part of both students and supervisors.
Further information for site organisations and students, including copies of the relevant forms for upcoming placements, can be found on the following pages:
For further information, please email FOS-WPL@csu.edu.au