WIL in Science and the Lighthouse Projects webinar

ACEN webinar July 5, 2016

Cape Otway Lightstation aerial view
Cape Otway Lightstation, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

To improve participation of science students in WIL, the Australian Council of Deans of Science and the Chief Scientist have funded six Lighthouse projects. The Lighthouse projects are action-learning projects designed to establish visible organisation and leadership for work-integrated learning in science-based faculties and to generate peer-to- peer learning.

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Internships investigated with ‘The Conversation’

From The Conversation

In today’s hyper competitive job market, internships are becoming a must-have on almost every job applicant’s CV. But when should a worker be paid for an internship, and is the rise of unpaid internships simply broadening the gap between those who can afford to work for free and those who can’t?

These issues are explored in Internships Investigated series.

The growing cost of internships could add to inequality

What evidence is there that internships secure employment?

Are unpaid internships unlawful?

Working Together for Better Outcomes – new report

cover-Working-together-to-achieve-better-WIL-outcomesThe overarching aim of this twelve-month project, funded by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was to develop industry understanding of Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) and assess the support needed by employers to better engage in WIL. Data gathered in a survey of Western Australian employers and industry focus groups prompted the establishment of a WIL Advisory Service (WAS). The service was founded by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCIWA) to broker relationships between employers and universities, and provide support to improve WIL outcomes. In this study, student and employer users of WAS were asked to evaluate the support provided, to measure its success, and to assist in identifying strategies to improve WIL for all stakeholders.

Jackson, D., Ferns, S., Rowbottom, D. & Mclaren, D. (2015). Working together to achieve better Work Integrated Learning outcomes: Improving productivity through better employer involvement. Unpublished report.


Students taking on the (hyper) World

VicHyper, a group of award-winning team of RMIT technology, design, business and engineering students, are designing a hyperloop – a high-speed travel pod system which has the potential to revolutionise transport and save the environment.

An international Hyperloop design competition was held in Texas earlier this year, with the support of billionaire Elon Musk and the involvement of NASA scientists on the judging panel.

VicHyper were only one of 130 groups from 1700 entries selected to present their design – and won the Braking Subsystem Technical Excellence Award!

VicHyper are the only team from Australia, and indeed the Southern hemisphere, to reach the next round of competition (to be held Oct / Nov).


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Augmenting Students’ Post-practicum Experience project

The OLT-funded project Augmenting Students’ Post-practicum Experience is seeking to engage with 30 individuals teaching in university programs with practicum components. That engagement will comprise participating a two-day meeting to evaluate a range of post-practicum interventions (e.g. structured feedback, debriefs) and then funded $3000 to trial and evaluate one or more of those interventions in their teaching across 2017.

In the first phases of this grant, 14 projects from within the healthcare sector have identified and are trialling a range of post practicum interventions across 2016 directed towards specific educational goals. They will present the processes they used and their findings at a Developmental Conference on February 15th and 16th, 2017 on the Gold Coast campus of Griffith University.

We are seeking to engage the 30 participants from at least 10 Australian universities to participate in this free two-day event to engage with those projects and to ascertain how they might be useful for promoting student learning processes and outcomes for employability in their areas of teaching. Then, they will trial, implement and evaluate those interventions in their teaching practice across 2017 and prepare a brief report on the processes and outcomes and share these with others.

Interested in being one of the 30?

Project summary

Principal Researcher: Stephen Billett, Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University

E-mail: S.Billett@Griffith.edu.au Phone: (07) 370 55855


Project manager: Melissa Cain, Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University

E-mail: m.cain@uq.edu.au