Micro-Placements​


What is Experiential Learning?

What are Micro-Placements?

What is the purpose of the Micro-Placements modules at IfE?

How long duration of the Micro-Placement?

Who are the course participants mentioned in the Micro-Placement Procedures?

Who are the contributors mentioned in the Micro-Placement Procedures?

What is the process to become a Contributor?

Are there any costs incurred in hosting course participants for placements?

How can a course participant seek a contributor?

Does the IfE monitor the course participants’ placement?

Is the Micro-Placement graded?

How is the Micro-Placement Module assessed?




What is Experiential Learning?

 

Experiential learning integrates knowledge and theory learned with practical application that is, course participants will be undertaking placements within the industry in order to gain different experiences, outside of the classroom. These placements, also called Micro-Placements will be undertaken annually during July.

 

 

What are Micro-Placements?

 

Micro-placements are an opportunity for course participants to gain first-hand experiences within the industry which is different to that of the classrooms.  These placements normally involve short-term projects. For contributors hosting the Micro-Placement, it is to be noted that these placements are non-remunerated. These placements will be taking place annually during July.

 

 

What is the purpose of the Micro-Placements modules at IfE?

 

The Experiential Learning process gives an opportunity for prospective educators to get a different experience from that of the classroom. It is an opportunity to work within the industry in placements, which are structured, short-term and supervised and are often focused on particular tasks or short-term projects.

 

 

How long is duration of the Micro-Placement?

 

For a student following a Bachelor’s degree, the placement period is of 80 hours in a maximum of four (4) weeks.

Course Participants following a Master’s degree have a placement period of 150 hours which are to be undertaken within six (6) weeks.

 

 

Who are the course participants mentioned in the Micro-Placement procedures?

 

The course participants are students reading for the Bachelor of Education or the Master of Education at the IfE.

  

Who are the contributors mentioned in the Micro-Placement Procedures?

 

The contributors are Micro-Placement providers who are willing to take course participants within their workplace. Types of possible contributors would be: employers, NGOs, the tourism industry, private organisations, Local Councils, the public sector and public services.

 

 

What is the process to become a Contributor?

 

1)  Fill in our short online application available at: http://tiny.cc/4bgwkz


2)  Once this is submitted to IfE, it is reviewed, and an on-site visit will be scheduled at the work place to get an idea of what our course participants would experience during their placement. This visit should take approximately an hour.


3)  After the on-site visit, a decision  will be taken by the Experiential Learning Board to start promoting the contributor on the IfE’s webpage: Contributor’s List.

 

For further information please refer to our webpage dedicated to contributors.

Detailed information may also be found within the Micro-Placement: Contributors’ Handbook.

 

 

Are there any costs incurred in hosting course participants placements?

 

The Micro-Placement does not incur any charges/fees on the contributor. The learning agreement stipulates that placements are unpaid therefore the learner is not entitled to wages or compensation for the time spent at the contributor. Furthermore, this agreement is based on an educational programme and there is no guarantee or commitment which will result into employment.

 

 

How can a participant seek a contributor?

 

Course participants are encouraged to find their own placement as this will ensure that the experience provided will meet their expectations. The following steps should be undertaken when seeking contributors:

1) The course participant shall seek a contributor where to undertake the placement. 

2)  The course participant shall contact the contributor to check whether they are listed on the Contributor’s list on the IfE’s webpage.

3)  IfE recommends that course participants prepare their CVs and covering letters prior to contacting the contributor.

4)  If the contributor is listed on the IfE’s website, the course participant shall fill in the interest form (after making contact and agreeing with the contributors that they will be holding their placement at the workplace), indicating clearly the name of the organisation where the placement is going to be held, the working days and hours, the commencement and ended date of the placement.

5)  If the organisation chosen by the course participant is not on the contributors’ list, then the course participant shall ask the contributor to fill in the contributors’ form.

6)  Once the contributor fills in and submits the form, IfE shall vet the contributor and do the necessary checks for the contributor to be listed on the IfE’s webpage.

7)  Once the contributor is listed on the IfE’s webpage, the course participant shall fill in the interest form, and await further instructions from IfE.

For further information please refer to our webpage dedicated to Course Participants. 

Detailed information may also be found within the  Micro-Placement: Course Participant Handbook.

 

 

Does the IfE monitor the course participants’ placement?

 

Yes. IfE representatives, known as Micro-Placement Visitors, shall visit the course participants up to two times during their placements.

 

 

Is the Micro-Placement graded?

 

No. Micro-Placement Visitors will be provided with a checklist, which will be used to guide course participants in enhancing their skills and competences.

 

 

How is the Micro-Placement Module assessed?

 

The module is assessed through a reflective journal outlining the experience gained and the application of inquiry-based techniques.

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