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Adding WBL to Your Syllabus

Documenting Work-Based Learning in Your Courses

Chances are good that you already include some form of work-based learning in your classes, but you may not have realized you were doing so—and your syllabus may not reflect those opportunities! Making clear that your course includes WBL activities not only makes it more attractive for students, it ensures that your course can be accurately counted in the data the college submits to the Chancellor's Office.

An easy way to achieve those goals is to Insert a brief statement about WBL and list the specific activities or opportunities you offer. Below are two sample statements and two real-life syllabus examples, discussed in more depth in the Syllabus Review Workshop.

 

Work-based Learning

Work-based learning (WBL) allows students to apply classroom content in professional setting while gaining real-world experiences. These opportunities will provide you with a deeper, more engaging and relevant learning enviroment. This semester, I will be offering the following WBL activities in order to provide you with the opportunity to explore career options in Computer Information Systems.

WBL Activity Name WBL Activity Description
WBL Activity 1: Guest Speaker Jose Torres, IVC Senior Enterprise Systems Specialist. Presentation on I.T. Fundamentals in the Workplace. Q&A session.
WBL Activity 2: BestBuy Visit Learning to shop for Computer Hardware & other Technology. An application-based learning experience in shopping on a budget at BestBuy
WBL Activity 3: Server Room Visit A tour of the Imperial Irrigation Server Room. An immersive experience in an up-to-date server room. Tour and Q&A Session.

Some examples of WBL assignments are job shadowing, informational interviews, guest speakers and workplace simulations.

 

WBL Statement Examples

Example 1

Career possibilities in [insert field of study]

Work-based learning (WBL) allows students to apply classroom content in professional settings while gaining real-world experiences. These opportunities will provide you with a deeper, more engaging and relevant learning environment. This semester, I will be offering the following WBL activities in order to provide you with the opportunity to explore career options in [insert field of study].

[Insert work-based learning activities that are incorporated into your class here. Be sure to list any that may be for extra credit. Some examples of WBL assignments are job shadowing, informational interviews, guest speakers and workplace simulations.]

 

Example 2

Work Based Learning Opportunities

Field of study areas of employment: [insert possible job options this class might address or lead to]

Applied and work-based learning (WBL) allows students to apply classroom content in professional settings while gaining real-world experience. WBL exists on a continuum that reflects the progress of experiences from awareness-building to training. Students often cycle back through the continuum many times throughout college and throughout their career. Applied and work-based learning can provide students a deeper, more engaging and relevant learning experience. I will be offering the following Work-Based Learning activities this semester to offer you, the students, the opportunity to explore career options in [insert field] regardless of whether this is your major.

[Insert work-based learning activities that are incorporated into your classes here. Be sure to list any that may be for extra credit. Some examples of WBL assignments are Job Shadowing, Informational Interviews, Guest Speakers, and Workplace simulations.]

 

Using the Glossary of Applied and Work-Based Learning Opportunities

For more ideas of WBL activities that you could incorporate into your courses—and include in your syllabi—check out the Glossary of Applied and Work-Based Learning Opportunities (PDF).


Syllabus Examples

Andres Martinez's CIS 101 Syllabus (docx)
Andres Martinez's CIS I19 Syllabus (docx)

 

 

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