A case study of work-integrated learning (WIL) within Design Factory New Zealand

Bigham, Aidan and Prabhu, Sunitha (2020) A case study of work-integrated learning (WIL) within Design Factory New Zealand. Kotahitanga: He mahinga tahi – Working in partnership to improve outcomes for learners and communities - ITP Research Symposium, Online, 24-25 September, 2020.

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Design Factory New Zealand is a centre within the faculty of Waikato Institute of Technology and is a problem solving and learning space which brings together students, industry and community leaders who are facilitated as a team to co-create a solution to a complex challenge. Students working within Design Factory are placed into inter-disciplinary teams which will therefore have a diverse range of study backgrounds (such as Engineering, Business, Information Technology, Media Arts, and Sports Science). Students are able to learn from each other, challenge each other and see the value of co-creating on challenges beyond their own disciplines and thought patterns. Design Factory New Zealand provides students the opportunity to work in new ways; to develop creativity, empathy, and communication; which enables each participant to be more prepared for the workplace of the future. Work-integrated learning (WIL) is the intentional integration of theory and practice to help prepare graduates in securing work within industry. Feedback from approximately 150 students and 10 industry partners has been collected on different aspects of the project journey for each semester since the inception of Design Factory in 2017. This presentation will focus on the deliberate interactions the Design Factory New Zealand has provided between industry and students that have been implemented to benefit both groups. We will share the key findings (anecdotal in some parts) from the parties involved and discuss where our main findings are leading us for next research stages.

Item Type:Paper presented at a conference, workshop, or other event which was not published in the proceedings
Keywords that describe the item:Work Integrated Learning, Design Thinking, employment skills,
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Divisions:Research Facilities > Centre for Transdisciplinary Research of Innovation
ID Code:7624
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Deposited On:09 Dec 2020 22:35
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