First things first! Too often, educators assume that work-based learning and service learning are the same thing. Not so! This guide provides links to numerous research-based resources that clearly differentiate between the two.
Need to understand the theoretical and research-based foundation behind work-based learning before diving in? Then this scholarly article is for you. If the entire article provides a little more scholarship than you want though, the executive summary provides useful, concrete recommendations that are easily actionable.
Employers have a lot of issues to deal with when accepting students for internships or work-based learning assignments. This FAQ document outlines what employers need to know to protect both themselves and the students involved. It provides links to numerous resources dealing with the safety and liability issues that must be addressed.
Certainly, work-based learning programs require a lot of work and careful consideration to be successful. But all of this work is worth it because it does more than just provide students with a way to develop skills and explore career possibilities. It is also a powerful tool for inclusive education by allowing students with disabilities to learn through job-related placements.
Too often in work-based learning programs, the "work" gets all the focus, and the "learning" takes a back seat. This article on "linked learning" provides guidance on how to ensure that students truly learn according to the desired outcomes as a result of their work experience. Also provided are case studies about successful programs and some FAQs for starting a work-based learning program from the ground up.
This video provides an excellent example of how one high school's program helped students do real, valuable work in health care while still in school. It clearly shows how students were able learn new skills and knowledge in the lab at school and then actually apply that learning the next day at the hospital.
This comprehensive guide begins with basic information about what work-based learning is and the benefits of such programs. Then it covers key information for all groups - the students who will be doing the work, the employers who will oversee the work, and the teachers who will be monitoring the learning that takes place. Written in easy-to-understand language, this guide also provides details for various work-based learning activities that schools can adapt for their own purposes.
Want to know absolutely everything about implementing a successful work-based learning program? Then this online course is just what you need! It requires an investment of considerable time, but it covers everything from education law and regulations involved, how to develop training plans, how to document progress, tips for linking learning, and even how to manage graduation from the program.