Curriculum Enhancement through Industry Partnership

By Roberto Bergami.

Published by The Organization Collection

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Industry partnerships that provide meaningful practical learning for students are often one of the results of the development of a community of practice. The links developed with an external IT solutions organisation enable student to use industry-based software during problem based learning (PBL) activities in the classroom. The curriculum has been enhanced to ensure that the activities closely resemble everyday ‘real-life’ business situations. The practical aspects of the PBL exercises ensure that students are exposed to first hand experience of clearing export cargo through customs and generating the necessary paperwork to comply with barrier control regulations. Although customs clearance is obtained in ‘test mode’ through the external IT solution partner, for the user the process followed is identical to that of a ‘live’ clearance. The additional documentation required for compliance with legislation, and also to satisfy commercial contractual requirements, is generated by the students using specialised software, with the output academically assessed. Students have the additional option of submitting their work for external industry assessment and obtain a proficiency certificate. Such an approach enables the development of a community of practice by linking students, industry and educational institutions to fulfil the common goal of employment ready graduates.

Keywords: Communities of Practice, Curriculum Enhancement, Problem Based Learning, Industry Partnership

The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 7, Issue 11, pp.73-82. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 600.946KB).

Dr. Roberto Bergami

Senior Lecturer, School of Applied Economics, Institute for Community Ethnicity and Policy Alternatives, Footscray, Victoria, Australia

Roberto has over twenty years experience in the manufacturing industry, primarily within the pharmaceutical industry. He has held a number of roles in finance, sales, marketing, customer service and logistics, all with an international focus. Roberto teaching experience spans over 20 years with experience in Higher Education, TAFE and private education providers. A full time member of staff at Victoria University since 1998, Roberto has a Master in Education and Master of Business by Research (Applied Economics) and is currently undertaking his Ph. D. Roberto has maintained his involvement with industry though a number of peak associations where he enjoys various grades of senior level membership. In 2002 Roberto received the State of Victoria Quarantine Award for his efforts in educating students in quarantine matters.


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