ACEN aims to foster research and scholarship initiatives in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) by endorsing research and scholarship proposals and identifying and advancing WIL research and scholarship in priority areas.
In 2014 ACEN is offering funding for two research grants to conduct an investigation into an area of Work Integrated Learning that address a theme identified through consultation with ACEN membership as part of the 2012 ACEN National Research Symposium. These themes are:
- International WIL
- Building partnerships
- The use of WIL to meet the needs of community
The grants are intended to:
- build the capacity for members of ACEN to undertake research into aspects of work integrated learning
- promote and supporting scholarship in work integrated learning
- develop effective mechanisms for identifying, developing, disseminating and embedding researched based practice in work integrated learning programs
- leverage opportunities for collaboration in research into the practices of work integrated learning.
We asked you to tell us what you wanted from ACEN, and you did! Over 200 of you responded to our National Survey, offering your thoughts and feedback on ACEN events, activities and publications. You told us what works well, what needs to be improved and the issues you would like to focus on. You also provided your preferences on the format and frequency of activities, both and National and State level. We listened to your comments, and incorporated your feedback into ACEN’s Strategic Plan for 2014 and beyond.
Read on for a summary of the survey results.
‘What stops students accessing, participating and progressing in WIL?’
An ACENQ half-day symposium • Wednesday 16th April
While much is done to assist increasingly diverse cohorts of students to authentically engage with their learning journey, particularly during first year, perceived barriers to successful participation in WIL remain largely unexplored. This Symposium aims to examine this identified gap, along with some of the issues which inhibit effective student engagement in WIL, through a range of speakers, showcase presentations and discussion groups.
ACEN Student Scholarships
Applications for the scholarships close on 25 April 2014.
The aim of the 2014 ACEN Student Scholarship is to support students who will undertake a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activity in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their undergraduate or postgraduate education.
Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 October 2014 • Crown Conference Centre, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria
The AAGE Annual Conference is ideal for those involved with graduate recruitment and development, including human resources professionals, university careers advisers, service providers and professional associations with graduate programs. The program contains a variety of keynote presentations, workshops, panels and discussion groups which allow the sharing of knowledge across the 300 or so delegates.
Further information via: www.aageconference.com.au
ACEN signs Statement of Intent with industry groups and Universities Australia
A new agreement between Universities Australia and business groups will improve the work-readiness of university graduates, expand their job opportunities as well as enhance outcomes for employers. The agreement, formally announced during an address by Universities Australia Chair Professor Sandra Harding at the National Press Club in Canberra on February 26, comes as the Federal Government and G 20 Ministers commit to a new target for growing the global economy by an additional two per cent.
Signatories to the agreement are: Universities Australia, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Business Council of Australia, Australian Industry Group, and the Australian Collaborative Education Network Ltd.
WIL statement of intent (PDF)
Address to the National Press Club, February 26, 2014 by Professor Sandra Harding, Chair, Universities Australia
‘Work Integrated Learning: Building Capacity’
Registrations now open
Register and pay for the 2014 ACEN Conference – October 1-3 on the Gold Coast.
Research Symposium – September 29
Pre-conference workshops – September 30.
Call for papers
The Call for Abstracts for full refereed papers has now closed.
Abstracts for Showcases, Roundtables and Posters are most welcome until the 1st May 2014
Please contact the Program Chair, Dr Keri Moore, email@example.com for any inquiries
Topics of interest for the conference include (but are not limited to)
- building institutional capacity,
- leadership capacity,
- teaching and learning capacity for Work Integrated Learning programs,
- developing partnership or partner capacity for Work Integrated Learning opportunities and
- staff and student capacity building for Work Integrated Learning.
The Erasmus funded Work Based Learning as an Integrated Curriculum (WBLIC) project is coming to an end there are some outputs which may be of interest:
- An overview of work-based learning in Europe which highlights the need for a common framework to capture the essential characteristics of a range of forms of WBL to inform policy development, implementation and evaluation at the national and European levels
- A number of unique case studies from European partners in seven states describing the curriculum development cycle and reflecting WBLIC specific programmes across a range of disciplines, levels and duration
- An evidence informed Framework for Good Practice designed to articulate a set of indicative principles and practice guidelines to raise awareness of WBL and inform the development of WBLIC in Higher Education
Resources including ‘A Framework for Good Practice’
Fair Work Ombudsman – Invitation to comment
ACEN members played an active role in assisting the research undertaken for the report ‘Experience or Exploitation: The Nature, Prevalence and Regulation of Unpaid Work Experience, Internships and Trial Periods in Australia’.
Now the FWO seeks feedback on some draft fact sheet resources being prepared by them. The resources will provide more guidance to the sector in relation to issues relating to WIL and FWA.
Pre-Place Preparation Program resource
Pre-Place is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary online program designed to provide workplace intelligence to tertiary students prior to an industry placement. The program, produced by Flinders University, covers university policy requirements and procedures such as work health and safety; problem solving skills and professional attitudes and skills.