Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

WPL for university staff

This page provides information and resources about educational, practical and administrative matters that relate to workplace learning (WPL).


The CSU WPL Guide provides an overview of WPL and its definition and purpose. This document drives CSU's WPL Strategy, its scholarship and quality WPL processes at an institutional level through provision of good practice guidelines. It aligns with the University Strategy, CSU Values, CSU Research Narrative and strengthens the CSU Ethos of 'Yindyamarra Winhanganha" or 'For the public good".
CSU WPL guide.pdf

Online Modules for WPL Personnel

EFPI has developed an online course for WPL educators (academics, practitioners who supervise students in their workplace, university liaison staff who monitor students on workplace placements, mentors, etc.) with information and insights into the many aspects of WPL. These modules have information about all aspects of WPL and are useful for all CSU academic and professional staff.

Introduction & Module Overview

Module 1. Foundations of WPL at CSU

Module 2. Roles & responsibilities in WPL

Module 3. Education in WPL

Module 4. Phases in WPL

Module 5. Achieving Key Goals of Workplace Learning

Module 6. Assessment in Workplace Learning

Online Modules for Leadership in WPL

As part of an Office for Teaching and Learning (OLT) grant the following 7 modules were developed with the aim to

(i) enhance WPL leadership capabilities

(ii) improve workplace learning program quality

(iii) improve students' learning experience

Module 1 - Fieldwork coordinator as academic leader (Developing fieldwork coordinator leadership capability)

Module 2 - Delivering an effective fieldwork program

Module 3 - The role of quality in fieldwork programs

Module 4 - Fieldwork coordinator as academic Leader (Developing fieldwork partners for student learning)

Module 5 - Creating and sustaining fieldwork partnerships

Module 6 - Innovation in fieldwork and managing change

Module 7 - Personal leadership capabilities and their development

These modules are best used in a workshop setting with a facilitator. If you are interested in a leadership program for WPL coordinators – academic and professional staff – please contact

Information about learning and assessment matters can be found in the following links. 

Using mobile technology can be a good way of solving some of the dilemmas we face when implementing WPL. In this video Professor Franziska Trede outlines some practical ideas.

Development of interpersonal skills is an important part of being work-ready and this skill can be developed in many different types of placements, including community based organisations. The exemplar "Community Partnership" describes one such example.

Developing authentic assessment tasks can be challenging. This exemplar describes an assessment used in Psychology. Assessing Practice - Authentic Psychology Assessment

Professional practice is one of the Graduate Learning Outcomes (GLO) at CSU and WPL is an effective pedagogy for this purpose. This video clip outlines some things to think about when embedding GLO. Pedagogies for professional practice graduate learning outcomes

Information about practical and administrative matters can be found in the following links.

Links coming soon.

WPL Occasional Papers

The Education For Practice Institute publishes an Occasional Paper series (ISSN 2201-8395) on an irregular basis. Occasional Papers are based on EFPI's activities. The Occasional Papers are short background or discussion papers too brief to be published as an article or chapter. Read more.

Information about research projects that might be of interest can be found at

Practice Based Education and WPL subjects in the Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (GCLTHE) program

EFPI is teaching two elective subjects in the Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (GCLTHE) program:

EEL501: Professional and Practice-Based Education

EEL513: Workplace Learning - Theory and Practice

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