Flinders University is committed to providing a student-centred, innovative, supportive and high-quality learning experience, and views the opportunity to take part in some form of work-related experience as an essential form of learning. The Work Integrated Learning program encompasses specific work placements as well as simulated workplace settings on campus and assessment activities designed to simulate authentic workplace activities or requirements.
To support this program, Flinders needed a flexible placement management system capable of supporting a wide range of industry engagement models, in an efficient and effective manner.
Stephen Jones, Director, Academic and Student Services noted during this process “Flinders University licensed QuantumIT’s InPlace solution in October 2010 after an extensive search for a system to administer student placements. It was evident from early demonstrations that the software would provide excellent coverage of the functional requirements of the University, including the very diverse requirements of different professional areas. The initial pilot implementation saw the system deployed in two Schools over the November 2010 to January 2011 period. The deployment continued throughout 2011 and 2012 with the rollout to all areas completed during 2012.
It is unusual for a system to gain the confidence and interest of varied areas of the University so quickly. The comprehensive existing and planned functionality has provided assurance that the system will meet immediate and future needs, and will provide an effective University-wide system replacing the various systems currently and recently in use. The University is expecting the system to deliver cost savings through efficiency improvements, and these savings are already starting to be realised.
University staff has been impressed with the scope and potential of the solution, together with the quality of support provided by QuantumIT. The decision to proceed with the purchase and implementation of this software has been confirmed through early deployment successes, and a productive working relationship with QuantumIT is expected to continue for many years.”