Learning in the workplace is a mode of learning that is commonly used in clinical professional education. Key aspects of workplace-based learning include:

  • students observe established practitioners doing the work
  • students sometimes have opportunities to do some professional tasks (appropriate to their abilities and subject to constraints of professional practice / registration Boards, depending on discipline)
  • when students do professional tasks, they are typcically¬†
    • supervised
    • given feedback on their performance
    • allowed opportunities to improve.

Supervision is a key responsibility of the clinical educator and involves:

  • observation of student practice, clinical reasoning, planning and handover tasks
  • giving educationally relevant and useful feedback that guides the student in improving and developing their abilities
  • assessing student performances.

The AMC has a useful collection of resource pages on workplace-based assessment.