Workload implications of teaching and administering work-integrated learning

the Macquarie University experience through PACE

Anna Rowe, Lindie Clark, Alex Cantori, Ayse Bilgin

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    Macquarie University's Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) program is an initiative designed to provide work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities to all undergraduate students. The size and scope of PACE, and its thorough embedding into the curriculum across multiple disciplines, differentiates it from other university work-integrated learning initiatives. These characteristics also portend a number of workload implications for staff. While previous research and anecdotal evidence suggest that WIL units (i.e. courses, subjects) are more time consuming and resource intensive to administer and teach than 'traditional' classroom-based subjects, few studies have systematically collected empirical data on an institution-wide basis to test these assertions. This chapter presents preliminary findings of the first phase of a research project examining the workload involved in developing and delivering PACE units at Macquarie University. More specifically, we report data obtained using a diary-style survey instrument administered to ten university staff over one teaching session. Initial findings suggest that there is considerable variability in the workload involved in teaching and administering WIL units (particularly in terms of overall hours worked). The main drivers of this variability appear to be the number of students enrolled in the unit, and aspects of its mode of delivery. Some commonalities were also identified, most notably peaks and troughs in workload, atypical session structures and similarity in the types of tasks that were most time-consuming.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOur university, our future
    Subtitle of host publicationselected research from Learning and Teaching Week 2013
    EditorsTheresa Winchester-Seeto, Elizabeth Shoostovian, Vanessa Fredericks
    Place of PublicationNorth Ryde, NSW
    PublisherMacquarie University
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print)9781741384024
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventOur University, Our Future : Celebrating Learning and Teaching 2013 - North Ryde, NSW
    Duration: 16 Sep 201320 Sep 2013


    ConferenceOur University, Our Future : Celebrating Learning and Teaching 2013
    CityNorth Ryde, NSW


    • experiential learning
    • higher education
    • work-integrated learning
    • workload

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