What is Work Based Learning

Work Based Learning

The primary purposes of work-based learning are to expose students to future options and provide opportunities for skill development and mastery over time. All work-based learning experiences involve interactions with industry or community professionals that are linked to school-based instruction. These learning experiences are intentionally designed to help students extend and deepen classroom work and to make progress toward learning outcomes that are difficult to achieve through classroom or standard project-based learning alone. The term “work-based” does not mean the experience must occur at a workplace or during the standard “work day.” One thing to note in a modern age of telecommuting and working remotely work tasks can be done from home overseen by a mentor.  Our work based learning software allows mentors and learner workers to interact where ever they may be.

Work Based Learning

Work-based learning (WBL) is an educational strategy that provides students with real life work experiences where they can apply academic and technical skills and develop their employability.” [1] It is a series of educational courses which integrate the school or university curriculum with the workplace to create a different learning paradigm. “Work-Based Learning deliberately merges theory with practice and acknowledges the intersection of explicit and tacit forms of knowing.  Additional Work Based Learning Resources can be found here

Work Based Learning In Action

Work Based Learning for Internships

Internships are good for both the company and the student.  However some companies are not able to properly utilize the skills of the intern because the organization is busy with their own tasks. iPPRENTICE Work Based Learning Software makes it possible to bring in Interns from College or High School and put them to work right away.  Our Work Based Learning Software is Competency based. We assist each organization at on boarding with competency development as defined by the needs of the organization.

The interns are then assigned 1 mentor.  This can be 1 mentor for every 5 interns.  This number also depends on the number of interns to the number of resources available in each organization.  Once assigned an intern then can follow weekly competency based learning objectives that they can do as a productive member of the organization.