Work based Learning: Creative, Imaginative and Flexible Approaches

By Tina Moore and Barbara Workman.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Traditional education has long been supplier driven and in doing so has failed to meet certain learning needs of the individual and organisation. Middlesex University has pioneered and led on the developments of Work Based Learning (WBL) since the early 1990’s. WBL is viewed as a ‘field of study’ within its own right – learning for, through and at the workplace, providing flexibility and versatility towards learning. This mode of enquiry facilitates individual led investigation, negotiating their own programme of study and providing a more meaningful learning experience (rather than just a ‘training experience’). Through this process of learning individuals are expected to engage in critical enquiry within the work place and acquire new knowledge.

Whilst complex in nature, WBL offers a creative, imaginative and collaborative approach to life long learning that enables the development of a workforce that is ‘fit for purpose’. Middlesex University offers customised learning programmes (all academic levels/disciplines) that can be tailored to the specific needs of the individual/organisation. This can be facilitated through various medium of on-site tutorials/workshops through to remote learning through our virtual learning environment (VLE). Through a review of learning, previous learning is acknowledged and valued and accredited.

Keywords: Work based Learning, Accreditation of Prior Learning, Individual-led Investigation, Individual and Organisational Needs

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 17, Issue 12, pp.67-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 673.152KB).

Tina Moore

Senior Lecturer, Nursing Division, School of Health and Social Sciences, Middlesex University, London, UK

Tina Moore is a senior lecturer in Acute and Critical Nursing within the School of Health and Social Science, Middlesex University. Her past role includes pathway co-ordinator for students entering University with advanced standing. She currently facilitates Work Based Learning Activities within the School of Health and Social Sciences, including the accreditation of prior learning (post qualification) reflective writing and portfolio development. Tina is also the school module leader for the APEL and project modules.

Dr. Barbara Workman

Institute for Work-Based Learning, Middlesex University, London, UK

Dr. Barbara Workman is Director, Centre of Excellence in Work Based Learning (WBL), Middlesex University. Barbara has a background of nursing and teaching with expertise and research interests in accreditation of organisational and individual learning, and facilitation of work based learning across all higher education levels. She is committed to sharing, spreading and facilitating good practice in WBL across a range of Higher Education activities and is a University Teaching Fellow. She has publications in learning from work, clinical skills and negotiated Work Based Learning. She was awarded a UK National Teaching Fellowship in June 2010.


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