Work-integrated learning (WIL)

WIL embeds employability throughout courses, primarily drawing on cooperative learning theories to develop soft and transferable skills and work ethic.

Recommended Resources

University of Waikato WIL website

WIL Portal from the Waterloo Centre for the Advancement of Cooperative Education

The International Journal of WIL

Books and articles on work-integrated learning

Cooper, L., Orrell, J., & Bowden, M. (2010). Work integrated learning: A guide to effective practice. Abingdon, England: Routledge.

Coll, R. K., & Zegwaard, K. (2011). International handbook for cooperative and work-integrated education: International perspectives of theory, research and practice (2nd ed). Lowell, MA: World Association for Cooperative Education.

Trede, F.,  &  McEwen, C. (Eds.). (2016). Educating the deliberate professional: Preparing for future practices. Basel, Switzerland: Springer.

Archer, W., and Davison J. (2008). Graduate employability: What do employers think and want? London, England: Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE).

Redecker, C., Leis, M.,Leendertse, M., Punie, Y., Gijsbers, G., Kirschner, P., Stoyanov, S., & Hoogveld, B. (2011). The future of learning: Preparing for change. Luxembourg, Luxembourg: JRC European Union.

If you are interested in examining theories and practices related to WIL in greater depth, a specialised paper is offered as part of the PGCert in Tertiary Teaching and Learning. For further details, please contact