Edith Cowan University
School of Business and Law
This project trialled an innovative, scalable model of work-integrated learning (WIL) in micro-businesses in a coworking space. WIL embeds industry and/or community engagement into the curriculum through authentic learning and assessment activities. This project focused on workplace-based WIL, specifically, business students undertaking internships in a cluster of coworking spaces—under the umbrella of ‘Spacecubed’—in Perth CBD, Australia.
The project aims were broadly 1) to trial and evaluate ways to enhance enterprise capabilities among business students through WIL and 2) to introduce a model of WIL that overcomes some of the barriers that have previously prevented smaller organisations from participating in WIL.
Given rapidly changing work environments, due largely to evolving technology and globalisation, new graduates need to be agile, collaborative, digitally literate, able to transfer their skills across different contexts and connected. Micro-businesses offer a unique environment for learning these enterprise capabilities and the coworking space is a fertile learning ground for interns who are exposed to the development and use of emerging technologies and extensive opportunities to apply skills and build professional networks...