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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, Evans, CE, Pemberton, K and Luther, L 2008 , 'Stepping forward: a role for UTAS professional staff in the University’s work integrated learning and teaching', paper presented at the 7th Teaching Matters conference, 4 Dec 2008, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.

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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)
Authors/Creators:Forbes, LNH and Evans, CE and Pemberton, K and Luther, L
Keywords: librarians, work integrated learning, information management, professional placement
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