Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences


School of Communications and Multimedia


This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of: McLoughlin, C.. & Luca, J. (2002). Keeping an anchor watch: Industry partnership a basis for learning. In Winds of change in the sea of learning: Charting the course of Digital Education. Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Auckland, New Zealand, 8-11 December 2002. Available here


During the 1990’s Australia has heard the call for graduates equipped with generic skills as a key theme in the development appropriate curriculum and pedagogy. In tertiary contexts, skills and knowledge are often decontextualised and transferable, and work-related skills are not accorded sufficient emphasis in teaching and assessment. The present study is an example of industry involvement on tertiary learning and assessment enhances the student experience and contextualises the curriculum. The context of the study is a project management unit at tertiary level that utilising online learning and self-directed learning pedagogies. The design of the environment is presented within a framework for professional knowledge development and the tasks and forms of engagement that occurred in this empirical study are described. Critical success factors for engagement with industry are discussed.

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