Tackling the Challenges of Access, Participation and Progression in WIL

Theresa WINCHESTER-SEETO
Macquarie University, Australia
theresa.winchesterseeto@mq.edu.au

Sonia FERNS
Curtin University, Australia
S.Ferns@curtin.edu.au

Jacqueline MACKAWAY
Macquarie University, Australia
jacqueline.mackaway@mq.edu.au

Deborah PEACH
Queensland University of Technology, Australia
d.peach@qut.edu.au

Keri MOORE
Southern Cross University, Australia
Keri.moore@scu.edu.au

Matthew CAMPBELL
Griffith University, Australia
matthew.campbell@qibt.edu.au

Abstract

Quality WIL experiences contribute to a sustainable and globally mobile workforce through building the capacity of students and graduates. In an increasingly competitive environment, Australian universities are undertaking to provide such opportunities for all students. Simultaneously, student cohorts are becoming more diverse with students facing barriers to successful access and participation in WIL. While much has been done in universities to assist the growing diversity of student cohorts, the implications for WIL have been largely unexplored.

This round table session will examine the enablers, challenges and obstacles to providing inclusive practices in a WIL context. Strategies for catering to diverse student cohorts will be identified. This roundtable is part of the OLT funded study: "Building institutional capacity to enhance access, participation and progression in WIL". The project responds to identified gaps in understanding of the needs and potential contribution of marginalised students in WIL (Orrell, 2011; Oliver, 2011).

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