Simulated work-based learning: Instructional approaches and noteworthy practices
Work-based learning (WBL) has long been used in career and technical education (CTE) to allow students to practice the knowledge and skills they acquire in the classroom within a “real-world” business or industry setting. This exploration of nine sites revealed three different models used to offer simulated WBL, with
each providing different advantages. Educators considering the adoption of simulated WBL need to consider each model’s advantages and tailor their program offerings to their specific community needs. They also can benefit by addressing some key considerations in their program design, including
engaging employers, offering professional development and training to instructors, and locating sustainable funding sources to purchase and maintain equipment.