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Stepping forward: a role for UTAS professional staff in the University’s work integrated learning and teaching

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Forbes, LNH and Evans, CE and Pemberton, K and Luther, L (2008) Stepping forward: a role for UTAS professional staff in the University’s work integrated learning and teaching. In: 7th Teaching Matters conference, 4 Dec 2008, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. (Submitted)

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Abstract

The School of Computing and Information Systems offers a Graduate Diploma in
Information Management. The program is cross-institutional, with Edith Cowan University
(ECU) supplying the library-oriented units via distance education. Following concerns raised
by students in focus group discussions with academic and Library staff, the University of
Tasmania (UTAS) Library offered to take responsibility for the practical placement
component of the course. As a result, in 2008, practising professional librarians coordinated
the KXI 310 unit. This comprised coordinating two 30 hour professional placements for each
of the 14 students in libraries across Tasmania, and designing and teaching the accompanying
12 hours of workshops, which provided students with the context for their professional
placement. This paper describes how the planning, implementation and evaluation of this unit
is an example of creative collaborations – between an academic school and professional staff
in an administrative service centre; between UTAS Library and the Tasmanian library
community; between the Library and the Centre for Advanced Learning and Teaching
(CALT); and internally between practitioners in the Library. The experience is an example of
an academic school using practising professionals from an administrative section to teach
academic content providing the context for student learning in the workplace.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: librarians, work integrated learning, information management, professional placement
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2009 23:39
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:56
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