How to build Rigour into WIL Programs

If you are running, or thinking of running, a Work Integrated Learning program, consider the following papers and the webinar run by Ray Tolhurst (University of Wollongong and Suzanne Schibeci (University of New South Wales)


Webinar: Using the Work Skill Development Framework (WSD) to Build Rigour

into WIL Programs

Date: Friday 27 October, 1 hour
2.30 pm Central Daylight time
3.00 pm Eastern Daylight time
2.00 pm Eastern Standard time
12.00 noon WA
(+10.30 GMT/Universal time)


The idea behind Ray and Suzanne’s presentation is that a conceptual framework- the WSD– can be helpful and even provocative to help students understand the thinking and action processes involved in Work Integrated Learning.

You might want to ask some questions re their use of the WSD, or some broader questions about WIL.

I am in a School of Education, and Education as a discipline has been doing WIL as long as their has been Teacher Education & Training- but use of the WSD is useful to unpack and understand the practices in Teaching Professional Placements. The same could be said for other areas that have a long history with placement, such Medicine & Nursing. However some disciplines have little WIL history and the WSD may be useful to help disciplines conceptualise major purposes and outcomes. In all cases the WSD can help students make their thinking processes visible- to themselves, their university supervisors, to their work placement managers and to future employers.



Teaching Evidence Based Decision Making: MELT disciplinary perspectives

In the build-up to the International Conference on Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (I-MELT) 11-13 December 2017 we will feature papers on a variety of themes, and run webinars by groups from different states on these themes.

The two papers attached are on the theme of Evidence Based Decision Making:

Transforming teaching practices: A model to conquer Evidence Based Decision Making skills

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The authors are from 4 Higher Education Institutions and a School, all in South Australia.


Scaffolding Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making: Clinical Handover

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Katie Piper from Monash University.

The South Australian group is also running a webinar on this theme Friday 6 October for 1 hour:
1.00 pm Eastern Daylight time
12.00 pm Eastern Standard time

12.30 pm Central Daylight time
10.00 am WA
(+10.30 GMT/Universal time)

Read the abstracts of the attached papers in advance of the webinar to be warmed up, so you can MELT in the webinar and find ways to MELT your classes.

Three questions that I am interested in your perspective on: how much difference in approach to evidence based decision making is there between disciplines or even within a discipline? What about differences in approach to teaching and learning EBDM? How useful are the shared parameters of MELT  for sensible conversations about EBDM approaches?



Early bird registration for I-MELT closes 30 September 17

The Full Program (draft) is now available for the International conference on Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching. Go to,au to get a great sense of keynotes, presentations and workshops that you could experience at the conference.

Make the most of early-bird registration before 30 September

I hope to see you at the National Wine Centre, 11-13 December 2017 during the beautiful early summer of Adelaide.


I-MELT call for posters with 200 word abstracts

In response to a number of requests, and to complement the International conference on Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (I-MELT) full program of presentations and workshops, we warmly welcome submissions of 200-word abstracts for poster presentations. If you didn’t have the time to write a short paper of 1500 words, or you are still in the early days of exploring MELT-related ideas, the committee invite your abstract submission.

The poster session is called ‘MELTing Moments’ and will involve two minute presentations to the whole audience. In addition posters will be on rolling display on large screens in the National Wine Centre during the conference.

Poster presentations are an opportunity for creatively representing to the audience aspects such as:

  • your own adaptation of MELT that suits your context
  • what happened when you implemented MELT
  • MELT in the design of:

o individual activities

o components of a subject such as the laboratory stream

o a whole subject

o assessment activities, marking and feedback

o a whole program

Papers may be submitted to by 6 September and will be reviewed by the committee. You will be informed by 13 September about acceptance.

Details on the abstract focus, structure and submission is at

You can see the program of keynotes and outline for workshops, peer-reviewed presentations and conference events, as well as registration and accommodation details at (early-bird registration closes 30 September)

EoIs for Special Issue on RSD due 24 August

JUTLP will publish a special issue on connections, critiques and curricula in Research Based Learning (RBL) that gravitate around a shared conceptual model, the Research Skill Development (RSD) framework (Willison & O’Regan, 2007).

RBL is used here as an umbrella term to encapsulate a variety of active learning strategies, including Inquiry Based Learning, Problem Based Learning, Project Based Learning, Critical Thinking tasks, Undergraduate Research, Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning and Discovery Learning.

I invite you to submit an expression of interest (EoI) for this special issue:

Information and submission:

Length of EoI: 1500-2000 words

Due: 24 August 2017

Invitations to submit a full paper for the Special Issue will be sent by 25 September to successful EoIs

Proposed Publication date: October 2018

If you have any questions, please ask


Editor for the Special Issue: Research Skill Development spanning Higher Education:

Connections, critiques and curricula



Extension for I-MELT short papers-14 August

It seems that preparation for the start of Semester 2 filled a lot of colleagues’ mid-year break, so we have had numerous requests for an extension to I-MELT short paper submission deadline.

The Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (MELT), which inform the conference, include:

For those who submitted on time, we are still planning to have peer reviewers’ comments back to you by the 24th August, so that you can plan your travel and accommodation accordingly.

As I-MELT is 11-13 December, accommodation is at a premium; conference rates are currently available on the website

For those who submit by 14 August, you should hear about outcomes for your paper by 14 September.

Short papers submitted to date include a focus on:

Problem Based Learning; Critical Thinking; Work Integrated Learning; Clinical Reasoning; Development of the research skills of Pacific People’s, refugees in Australia, English Learners in Pakistan; RSD for addressing Equity Gaps; Enhancing Maths learning and problem solving; First year transitions; Masters programs and MBAs; Integrated Online Reports; RSD Communities of Practice; Research Training; and Experiential Writing.

Some accepted short papers will be invited to submit a full paper for a Special Issue of the JUTLP. There is also a separate call for EoIs .

We hope to receive your submission


For the I-MELT organising committee

I-MELT in your mouth: Call for papers opens

Dear colleagues

The organising committee of I-MELT, the International conference on Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching invites you to submit short papers of 1500-2000 words by 1 July 2017 for:

  • presentations of 15min + 10 Q&A, called MELT in Your Mouth
  • workshops of 1.5 hours, called sMELT
  • posters, with 2 minute presentations to the whole group, called Posters

MELT are the family of models, originating with the Research Skill Development framework,  that have been adapted in terminology and configuration  so that each are fit for purpose. See the conference website for:

Significantly over the past year, the number of MELT have increased substantially as people have come to adapt the model for their own context. So the conference is a great opportunity to submit a short paper to the Practice Stream about your emerging MELT and ts use. There will also be a Research Stream for well-designed studies of MELT implementation, as well as critiques and philosophy of MELT.

We would love to hear your MELT in Your Mouth, so consider submitting a short paper.

Assistance with Short Papers is available too.

Hope to see you at I-MELT in National Wine Centre from 11-13 December 2017.

John, for the I-MELT Organising Committee.