Institutions around the world are interested in increasing the number of work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities available to post-secondary students. As the quantity of WIL programs and experiences increases, it's just as important to pay sufficient attention to the quality of these experiences for all key stakeholders. The AAA* WIL quality framework (McRae, Pretti, & Church, 2018) was developed through a review of quality in higher education and the field of WIL. Practitioners can use the framework to identify potential gaps in quality WIL. It also provides a list of potential outcomes and measures that can be used to evaluate WIL programs.

The key components of quality WIL as defined by AAA* are pedagogy, experience, assessmentand reflection, or P.E.A.R. Making sure all four elements of P.E.A.R. are met is critical for ensuring quality WIL. 

WIL Quality Indicators

WIL Quality Framework

In addition to the WIL quality indicators detailed above, WIL experiences also need to be evaluated in terms of their impact on a variety of stakeholders. WIL is a collaborative endeavour, and the perspectives of all stakeholders must be incorporated to ensure the quality of WIL outcomes. 

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