Work based / Work related learner

Work related learners are autonomous learners that take responsibility for their own professional career development. They demonstrate personal characteristics of self-motivation, determination and self-sufficiency but also an ability to utilise professional networks for support and collaboration.

  1. Why is this graduate attribute important?
  2. Ideas for incorporating into module or programme

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Why is this graduate attribute important?

DIT seeks to contribute to technological, economic, social and cultural progress, and to this end is engaged with and within our community. Our students are seeking more than a qualification: they also want exposure to the types of working environments in which they will find themselves after graduation, and as a result DIT graduates are known for being ready for the workplace. This is part of DIT's uniqueness within the Irish higher-education sector.

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Ideas for incorporating into module or programme

Case Studies

Real life case studies enable students to apply theory to practice prior to going out into work placement or transitioning into employment. Case studies increase the relevance of a topic as well as providing an opportunity for students to break down problems into their constituent parts. Students can be provided with a case study situation to work through using standard protocols either individually or as a group. Alternatively, the case study can be presented as part of a staged process when eg students make decisions at various points based on data presented etc Outcomes/processes can be written up as reports or portfolios of evidence.

Interested in finding out more? RAFT Case Study - Social care

Example Learning Outcomes

  1. to collaborate with peers and develop their team working skills
  2. Solve practical problems in applying laboratory skills in new contexts
  3. To utilise real world practice problems to help students to transfer skills to practice related scenarios
  4. Manage learning tasks independently, professionally and ethically

Live Industry projects

Students work in groups or as individuals on live industry projects, but directly linked to programme modules. Project clients can be sourced from industry by the lecturer or the student. Students can be assessed by completing a Group Project Report, Individual Log and an Individual Presentation (which can be filmed)

Interested in finding out more? Group report, log and filmed presentation

Example Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify potential issues at the design stage of a project
  2. Describe the various stages of a project process
  3. Identify good systems of communication and effective strategies to ensure effective workflow of a project through the various stages of production with relevant parties
  4. Evaluate and critically discuss the success of production on completion of projects that draws on practice and theory

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