Principle 1

The key feature of a WIL experience in RMIT programs is assessed professional or vocational work in a work context in which feedback from clients and others from industry and community is integral to the experience.

This WIL experience may be simulated. Assessment of WIL contributes to academic credit for the relevant course(s).

This ‘learning by doing’ critically involves the experience and assessment of ‘doing’ in a context which reflects a realistic work situation along with work relevant interactions:

1.1 Students undertake and are assessed on a structured activity (including projects) which allows them to learn, apply and demonstrate their professional or vocational practice.

1.2 In undertaking this activity students interact with industry and community. A significant interaction for students in many programs will be with clients of practitioners.

1.3 The activity is completed in a work context or situation and can include teamwork with others from different disciplines.

1.4 These interactions and the context provide a distinctive source of feedback to students that underpin their learning.

Any or all of these aspects of a WIL experience may be simulated – including interaction with industry and community.

Some of the activities which can be consistent with WIL as defined in Principle 1 are listed in Appendix A (see Supporting documents and information). Many programs at RMIT already provide their students with experiences and assessments which meet the demands of Principle 1 – or come close to it.

Principle 1 defines the central WIL experience for RMIT students. It does not seek to prescribe what may be involved in rendering it an experience of quality learning. WIL activities shall demonstrate the same qualities as good curriculum design including: alignment of clear goals for learning, support to achieve them, critical reflection, feedback on progress, assessment of achievement, and clear expectations of the roles of the parties.

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10 Fresh tips for Community Managers …

is the title of a fun and quite useful little article from Mashable

My Tribe Project Snapshot | Mon of week 2

My Tribe in week 2 … 52 more fans on Facebook – 25 new works in the Open Exhibition … Top rating project on Pool … praise from the Manager of Radio National… the hero spot and more …

Things are cooking … this week we were promoted on Pool in the ‘hero spot’* (the pool front page) via a guest blog post written by our own Susan Anderson – it is a great bit of work and received lots of positive comments. Members of the pool community are starting to get involved and are interested in our project.

Our Executive Producer Claudia Taranto is happy with our overall progress and sent the (acting) manager of Radio National the link to Susans’ pool post – he sent back this:

Hi Claudia

Thank you for the link – wow these contributions are fantastic, already. Just so nicely told. I love the Castlemaine Rifle Club. It is amazing that they have got involved. Loving it, thank you

Michael Mason
Group Program Director/Acting Manager Radio National

My Tribe online feature – this is up but still in progress. We are yet to get our ‘Showcase Page’ up – this will collect all the work featured in the exhibition (online, broadcast or at Fed Square). This week the selection crew is going to try to organise a ‘vote’ for the next work entered in the showcase – they need to deliver the selection by this Thursday … so, do put in your two bobs worth and vote for what you think should get selected.

My Tribe broadcast – we were not featured on air this week. However, promos on Radio National are starting to be rolled out – I haven’t heard these yet … (there was a Tribal call-out to contribute to these, but no one responded – so Claudia made them). Also, Claudia saw the posters made by Dengli, Camilla and Pei Huan and thought they looked great. There was some concern over the use of the logo – this was cleared by (marketing manager) Nicola Fern who is happy for use but needs a high resolution version – and felt inspired to offer us $300 towards printing costs – so excellent outcome!

My Tribe Pool group – aka Open Exhibition@pool – Rose has reworked the ID image for the group to make it’s function a bit clearer – I think this has been a great improvement. Membership is up by 10 to a total of 90 – and uploaded work by 25 to a total of 50. There has been much more commenting going on – more ABC people are wading into the mix and the Community Managers (aka you!) have been doing much more – the whole thing is looking significantly more lively. I have figured out how to get stats on the group too -we have had 694* views of the group in the past 2 weeks

My Tribe project page@pool – this has had 557 views in the past two weeks

My Tribe work-in-progress group – Again, Rose reworked the ID image so that it explains the function of the group – I think this helps. We have 70 members (up by 6) and 33 bits of work (up by 9). It has had 506* views in the past two weeks … think we still have difficulty trying to differentiate between the work-in-progress group and the exhibition group …

Facebook – we had 38 interactions (up by 25) and a post quality of 8.9 (up by 6.7) – we now have 317 fans (up 53 from 264). Have noticed Jonathon has been very active on pool commenting on work and telling contributors that their piece has been featured on the Facebook page – think this is an excellent strategy. Have a look at the page stats (see photos album on picasa) they are quite interesting – we have a balance of 35%/64% male/female fans – and 154 from Australia, 66 from the US and 49 from the UK … most of the interactions are coming from us – and the post getting the strongest response was the one that asked a question “if you had a choice of any tribe – what would it be?” this was our first experiment posting something other than a link or a comment on submitted work.

Twitter we are up 10 followers from 43-53. All Facebook comments by admin automatically get re-tweeted – as do new tags on Delicious. We are getting more mentions of @mytribehq (mainly from ourselves). We have 6 tweets retweeted (last week it was 4) – we are also up by about 3 on tweets containing “my tribe” and “radio national” – so, things are bubbling along.

delicious tags – looking a bit thin at the moment … would welcome any social bookmark friends

my tribe blog – a my tribe blog sketched – now it’s over to ABC

FOR IMAGES: see Picasa Album HERE

* to compare – the front page got 5620 views in past two weeks – and the front page site feed has 18601 subscribers. Note that my tribe is the top rating pool content – after the front page and the pool blog.

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My Tribe Project Snapshot | Mon of week 1

The public adventure begins … My Tribe launched April 10 … we are featured on the front page of Radio National and receive two voice over television ads on ABC1 and ABC2

reviewing our assets as of Monday April 12 this is our starting point

My Tribe broadcast – we launched with a mash up of stuff from my tribe here – – to be honest, I don’t think it sounded great … but good to listen and see how the project is being framed

My Tribe online feature – said quite a bit about it in the last post – we have some of our featured work up, but the feature is as yet unfinished –

My Tribe exhibition @Pool – we have 80 members and 25 pieces of work – these are healthy numbers (because PP1 is a healthy crew) not a whole lot of commenting going on – and quite a few bits of work that don’t appear to have any relation to the theme … also, some work in there that should be in the work-in-progress group … also some work coming in with no ID image and no explanatory text …

My Tribe work-in-progress@Pool – we have 72 members and 24 pieces uploaded. Some of the same probs as the exhibition group – a few bits with – no ID images, no explanatory text or it is clearly in the wrong group – also, very few people commenting

Facebook – we have 14 interactions this week and a post quality of 3.2 – currently sitting on 264 fans and we have lost about 9 … While we have lots of ‘fans’ they are not very active – they have given a few thumbs up – but there are no comments and no one has taken the initiative of writing on the wall … the best reaction was to Cris’s my tribe video – explaining the whole venture (which I uploaded stright to FB)…

Twitter – we currently have 43 followers – content gets tweeted straight from FB and also from the delicious account. We have had three re-tweets according to the stats … But I’ve come across quite a few others that have not been counted – I’ve saves some searches and it’s interesting seeing the pathways tweets take – getting some retweets via RN and also the Pool

Other – we are featured on the front page of RN – and had a couple of voice over ads on ABC 1 and 2 – I haven’t heard any RN promos yet

*** tried to upload photos but kept getting an error – see the full glossy picasa album HERE

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    Knowledge at work and knowledge in the university are recognised as being broadly, differently structured, differently acquired and used for different purposes. The idea of difference creates boundaries which delineate the two knowledge domains, in general, as distinct communities of practice. The question raised here is how the boundary can successfully be crossed such that the emergent curriculum knowledge looks both ways, satisfying both work and academic requirements. To answer this question the article analyses examples of work/academic curriculum interactions through a socio-cultural learning theory, and in particular activity theory, lens. Conditions for successful interactions, involving raising and brokering differences and mobilising other boundary-crossing devices, are then proposed.

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Some Transitional Learning research

Roles: Wikieducator list of roles within thier network:

Search term: “Transitional learning” models

Making sense of learning for work. Towards a framework of transitional learning

Courses and Working Conferences as Trasitional Learning Institutions

Search term: “Trasitional education”

Bringing Good Teaching Cases “To Life”: A Simulator-Based Medical Education Service

Search term: education cadetship model

Reflections: Development of Australian journalism education

Search term: transitional learning model tertiary education industry professional

Ivory Tower to Concrete Jungle: The Difficult Transition from the Academy to the Workplace as Learning Environments


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