EEL513 Workplace learning: Theory and practice (8)

This subject offers an introduction to the theories and practice of workplace learning. It acknowledges the central role of workplaces in shaping student learning and professional identity. It illuminates the pivotal contribution of workplaces to nurturing students' development of professional practice capabilities. In this subject workplaces as physical and cultural learning environments, and role expectations of students as pre-accredited and often peripheral members of communities of practice are explored. This subject scrutinises the roles of students, workplace learning supervisors and university staff and privileges a model of reciprocity and collaboration in workplace learning.

Workplace learning pedagogies, underpinned by situated and workplace learning theories are explored. These theories move the pedagogical focus away from acts of teaching in order to privilege student engagement with and participation in authentic workplace activities and relationships. Students will be assisted to reflect on and critique their current workplace learning practices with a view to enhancing those practices and improving student outcomes. As an example, the ways in which technology can be used to enhance workplace learning experiences are explored.

This subject focuses on learning in workplace contexts and does not explicitly cover learning in academic contexts. This subject would be of interest to anyone involved in workplace learning including practitioners who supervise students in workplaces and academics who support students and supervisors before, during and after workplace learning placements.

Subject availability
Session 1 (30)
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
One session
Division of Student Learning
Enrolment restrictions

CSU staff and workplace learning supervisors who supervise CSU students.

Assumed Knowledge

Students who enrol in this subject must be currently working in or have some experience in workplace learning.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Analyse the characteristics of workplace learning
  • Critically discuss the role of WPL in higher education
  • Analyse the role of specific WPL stakeholders
  • Justify the implementation and management of WPL
  • Critique contemporary WPL practices in the context of workplace learning theory and research
  • Identify and critique options for enhancing the student's own WPL practices
  • Identify and critique possibilities for integrating academic and WPL curricula
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The role of WPL in higher education
  • Workplaces as learning spaces
  • Theories underpinning workplace learning
  • Roles and responsibilities in workplace learning
  • Preparing for workplace learning experiences
  • Supporting students during workplace learning experiences
  • Assessment and feedback during workplace learning
  • Debriefing and reflecting on WPL experiences
  • Technology enhanced workplace learning
  • Integrating academic and WPL curricula
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.