Academic Awards for Workplace Learning

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Bhonde, Dinesh
Patil, Vijaya
Ajbani, Latika
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Academic Awards for Workplace Learning By- 1. Dr. Dinesh Bhonde, Registrar, Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik (India) 2. Dr. Vijaya Patil, Associate Professor, Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik (India) 3. Dr. Latika Ajbani, Assistant Professor, Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik (India) Abstract: Workplace learning is acquiring knowledge and skill at the place of work that may be achieved by learning formally or informally from the coworkers or special initiatives like coaching, mentoring, training, workshops organized by the organizations. Various training such as induction, content updating etc are organized by the employers to add value in the work force. Workplace learning is conventionally viewed as a mean to improve knowledge, skill and attitude of the employee. According to (Collin, Sintonnen, Paloniemi, & Auvinen, July 2011)learning in the workplace is achieved by conventional work system. The knowledge is created at the workplace through learning and development. (Avis, 2010) // Yashwantrao Chavan Maharshatra Open University, Nashik (India), one of the mega Universities, has been practicing various educational experiences to achieve excellence through inclusive and sustainable education. A curriculum designed as per the need of the industry to develop required manpower through continuous workplace learning supported by regular teaching learning sessions and practical experience has a blend of academic as well as learn and earn process and has been successfully implemented by YCMOU in some industries. A complete undergraduate programme has been designed by YCMOU in collaboration with industries to award degree to the incumbent employees after successful completion. Continuous evaluation and term end examinations are conducted by University in the industry. The companies select higher secondary school passed candidates from villages for the programme, provide them employment and conduct teaching, online counseling along with learning material. After graduation these students are placed to higher position or seek employment in similar industry. This is a blended, inclusive, sustainable, workplace educational experience. er. This paper discusses workplace blended learning scenario and such various innovative programmes being offered at YCMOU.// Paper ID 216
Lifelong Learning, Experiential Learning