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WPL in Motion

Welcome to WPL in Motion.

In this section we bring you Scenarios from WPL in form of short films. Based on the literature, our own research findings, practice experiences and critical moments in workshops we have put together 8 scenes from the world of WPL. These scenes are intentionally neither best nor worst practice examples. Instead these scenes tell it as it is. They are authentic practice situations that embrace the crucial role of workplace cultures. The aim is to enrich and improve WPL practices. This could mean for students becoming more agentic in their learning, for practitioners providing more constructive feedback and involving their colleagues at work in more vibrant student supervision or for academics strengthening professional relations with industry. 

Of course, these films are entertaining to watch but beyond entertainment these films should be seen as a trigger for critique and reflection about how to move forward.  If you are looking for short answers and simple tips then these films are not for you. When you watch these films think about what parts show good practices, what parts demonstrate poor practices and how the entire scene could have evolved otherwise.

WARNING: Images and content of these films may be of concern to some people.

How to say it

Teacher Guide
Workplace Learning (WPL) in Motion Teaching Guide
Context to the film
Sarah and Joe are two university students enrolled in a teacher education course. They are doing their workplace learning placement (professional experience) at a high school and are waiting outside the office of their workplace learning educator, Michelle, who supervises their progress .

An Unwanted Task

Teacher Guide
Workplace Learning (WPL) in Motion Teaching Guide
Context to the film
Ada and Peter work at a community mental health clinic. Peter has worked there for the last three years whereas for Ada this is her first employment after graduation. Both have been called to an urgent meeting by their manager.

Preparing for a Student

Teacher Guide
Workplace Learning (WPL) in Motion Teaching Guide
Context to the film
Emina and Peter work together. They are in the office kitchen. Emina tells Peter that she is about to get a university student to supervise.

Last Day

Teacher Guide
Workplace Learning (WPL) in Motion Teaching Guide
Context to the film
It is Tony's last day of placement. He has a final debrief with his workplace learning educator and a Skype reflection session that also includes the academic coordinator. Isues of self-assessment, peer learning and technology enhanced learning are addressed.

Not Easy to Say

Teacher Guide
Workplace Learning (WPL) in Motion Teaching Guide
Context to the film
Rebecca is a final year student in the Bachelor of Accounting and she is into her third week of her final eight week placement. She was off sick yesterday and seems to be struggling on placement. Melanie, her supervisor is catching up with her.

There is no harm

Teacher Guide
Workplace Learning (WPL) in Motion Teaching Guide
Context to the film
Libby is on a work placement as part of her physiotherapy course. She is revising her theory books for an assignment and at the same time preparing for an appointment with a client. When Jenna, the workplace supervisor, arrives at work, she finds the student tired and confused.

Mid-Placement Visit

Teacher Guide
Workplace Learning (WPL) in Motion Teaching Guide
Context to the film
Anna is a social work student half way through her placement. She is preparing for her compulsorymid-placement visit from her university workplace learning coordinator. Mellika is a social worker who shares an office with Anna. They have an office chat.

I have got it covered

Teacher Guide
Workplace Learning (WPL) in Motion Teaching Guide
Context to the film
Shirin, the workplace educator inducts three students to their placement in her workplace. She covers all the basic expectations about work times, dress codes and tries to build rapport and get to know students' expectations. The three students exhibit very different attitudes towards their placement and workplace educator.

Cast & Crew

Actors: Amanda Marsden, Chris Fung, Chris Tomkinson, Danielle Stamoulos, Natascha Flowers, Norah George

Director: Ali Saad

Writer: Natascha Flowers

Executive Producer: Franziska Trede

Producers: Ali Saad, Franziska Trede

Line Producer: Jennifer Pace-Feraud

Director of Photography: Eloy Zecca

Sound Recordist: Nathan Bell

Editor: Ali Saad

Script Reviewers: Anne McLeod, Barbara Hill, Caroline Robinson, David Maxwell, Ik Hinh, Louise Potter, Maree Donna Simpson, Marilyn Pietsch, Narelle Patton, Padma Nathan, Rosie Corrigan, Wendy Bowles

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