Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Workplace Learning

At CSU we are committed to prepare graduates for the future world of life and work. We use workplace learning (WPL) as a powerful learning and teaching strategy to help students become future professionals and enhance their employability skills and practice capabilities. This commitment is best achieved through effective and mutually beneficial partnerships between university and industry that ensure industry- and profession-relevant courses and by assisting students to develop deliberate professional practices. Effective WPL programs align with the CSU strategy, CSU values, CSU Curriculum, Learning and Teaching Framework and support the goal of promoting "learning for life and work" and CSU's ethos which is clearly described by the Wiradjuri phrase: 'yindyamarra winhanga-nha' ('the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in'), acknowledging the culture and insight of Indigenous Australians.

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Using a PBE approach, course teams create curricula by translating visions and goals for their cohorts in consideration of the context, inherent characteristics of the discipline/profession and the interests of students and other key stakeholders. PBE pedagogies or teaching and learning strategies encompass both the purposes and activities of these strategies. Pedagogies employed in PBE curricula are many and varied; ideally courses incorporate a blending of pedagogies.

Examples of PBE activities include: small group learning, workplace learning, online learning, lectures, role plays, case studies, assignments, assessment and feedback, using open education resources, YouTube, self-directed learning, community engagement, peer learning, service learning, visits to workplaces, tutorials, assignments, residentials, laboratories, open education resources, professional conferences, volunteering, self-reflection, flipped classrooms, simulated workplaces as learning activities and course frameworks.

PBE is a core feature of CSU's Curriculum, Learning and Teaching Framework and the pursuit of good practice in PBE is a key aspect of CSU's Strategy. PBE supports our goal of promoting "learning for life and work" and CSU's ethos which is clearly described by the Wiradjuri phrase: 'yindyamarra winhanga-nha' ('the wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in'), acknowledging the culture and insight of Indigenous Australians.

The Learning Academy in the Division of Student Learning provides leadership in PBE at CSU and works with Faculties, Divisions and the Workplace Learning Network to promote and deliver quality PBE across our curricula.