Unit 1 – Work Integrated Learning: The Fundamentals

The suite of Work Integrated Learning – The Fundamentals modules familiarizes learners with common characteristics and formats of WIL and introduces them to the benefits and challenges frequently associated with WIL experiences.  Principles of reflective practice are introduced as a tool to support learning throughout WIL placements.

Module 1.1 – Work Integrated Learning: A Primer

This module includes content and activities that will introduce participants to the concept of work integrated learning (WIL) and its many benefits in post-secondary education.  Participants will consider the breadth of WIL opportunities that they might encounter.


Module 1.2 – Benefits and Challenges of Work Integrated Learning

This module includes content and activities that will help participants to consider the role of WIL in their academic and professional development.  Participants will explore potential benefits and challenges of participating in WIL.


Module 1.3 – Reflective Practice in Work Integrated Learning

This module includes content and activities that will help participants to appreciate the value of reflection as a key component of their WIL experience.  Participants will also identify personally relevant and meaningful strategies to integrate reflection into WIL.



Creative Commons License

All modules created for the Work Integrated Learning Open Module Initiative by Niagara College, Georgian College, Lambton College and Algonquin College are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

Accessibility Features

All modules created for the WIL Open Module Initiative include the following accessibility features:

  • Audio/video content is delivered via a media player that is compatible with assistive technology
  • Full transcripts and synchronized closed captioning of all audio content
  • Keyboard navigable multimedia
  • Downloadable forms and worksheets
  • Web browser and mobile device-friendly functionality
  • URLs (e.g. website or email addresses) are rendered as active hyperlinks in a manner that allows them to be detected and activated with assistive technology
  • Alternative text for all non-decorative images
  • All instructions, prompts, and error messages necessary to complete forms are conveyed as text to assistive technology

Technical Specifications

The modules created for this project include engaging media (video, audio, graphics and animations) and interactive exercises.

  • Module content is authored in Articulate Storyline 360. Source files are editable in Storyline 360 and Storyline 3.
  • Modules are published to industry recommendations and optimized for standard delivery – video quality 5, audio bitrate 48kbps, image quality 80%.
  • Modules are published as SCORM 1.2 packages for LMS and/or web distribution, with HTML5 output and Flash backup.
  • When learners access the modules, content will be delivered based on the device and browser they are using.
  • Learner activity/progress is tracked via number of slides viewed.
  • Learner status can be configured to report to LMS as “Complete/Incomplete" Completion is based on the user viewing all slides in the presentation.

Contact the Authors

If you make use of or have questions or feedback related to any Work Integrated Learning Open Module Initiative content, we would love to hear from you. Please contact:

Dr. Natasha Hannon
Manager of Educational Development
Niagara College

Email: nhannon@niagaracollege.ca
Phone: (905) 641-2252 x4339
Twitter: @NatashaHannon