The ACEN Research Scholarship and Professional Learning Sub-Committee selected three research grant winners for 2015 from a strong pool of 23 applications.
The successful proposals for 2015 were:
Project: Get engaged! Growing WIL through a workplace supervisor capacity building module
Associate Professor Franziska Trede, Dr Katelin Sutton and Mr David Maxwell (Charles Sturt University) with industry partner, Media Federation of Australia.
Brief Overview: Workplace supervisors are often time poor, under resourced and ill prepared for their role. This project develops, tests and evaluates a module to strengthen workplace supervisors’ capabilities to engage systematically and effectively with universities to better align industry, university and student expectations, roles and responsibilities to enhance WIL experiences.
Project: Developing a framework for sustainable work-integrated learning (WIL) relationships
Dr Kathryn McLachlan, Macquarie University, Dr Jenny Fleming, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, and Judene Pretti, University of Waterloo, Canada.
Brief Overview: WIL experiences rely heavily on the development of relationships between the university and industry as well as the community. The purpose of this research is to explore the critical success factors for engagement that contribute towards sustainable WIL relationships. The findings will contribute towards the development of an engagement framework/model that can be used to establish sustainable partnerships across multiple WIL contexts globally.
Project: Development of an online Work Integrated Learning (WIL) survey tool to measure, evaluate and enhance the quality of students’ WIL experiences
Associate Professor Annette Marlow and Dr Cassandra Saunders, University of Tasmania.
Brief Overview: The purpose of this research project is to develop an online portal and survey instrument to measure, and report on, students’ perceptions of their learning while undertaking work integrated learning (WIL), including preparation prior to commencing WIL, engagement with active learning while on WIL and opportunities to develop a professional sense of self.