Call for Papers

Closed on 11th March, 2016 (midnight, AEDT Australia)

The Call for Papers is now closed and the program committee has started their intensive work of reviewing, accepting and editing submissions. We are still, however, seeking Expressions of Interest for Pre-conference workshops.

Call for expressions of interest for pre-conference workshops still open

Interested researchers, academics, practitioners and industry partners are invited to submit their expressions of interest for facilitating a pre-conference workshop. The workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Macquarie University (and are to be run concurrently with the Research Symposium), Sydney.

The theme of the forthcoming ACEN conference is "WIL 2020: Pushing the Boundaries". Workshops need to explore the conference theme or at least one of the conference sub-themes:

  1. Strengthening connections: Students, higher education, industry and community
  2. Employability and WIL 2020
  3. Learning through WIL: Pushing the boundaries of curriculum and practice
  4. Analytics, evaluation and research of WIL: Towards 2020 and beyond
  5. Developing leadership capacity through WIL
  6. Supporting WIL: Operations and systems for 2020
  7. Pushing the boundaries: Contemporary issues in WIL

Workshops can be offered as either half-day or full-day sessions.

Expressions of interest (1-2 pages) should be forwarded to twinchester-seeto@csu.edu.au and address the following headings

  • Title of workshop

  • Abstract

  • Learning goals and outcomes

  • Strategies for engaging participants

  • Target participants

  • Facilitator/s Biography

Conference sub-themes

The theme of the conference is "WIL 2020: Pushing the Boundaries", which covers the following sub-themes:

The ongoing success and sustainability of WIL beyond 2020 relies on strong connections. These connections are inclusive of issues such as: innovation in rethinking partnership boundaries and development; industry and community engagement; industry partners and employer associations; institutionalising WIL etc.

This Australian national priority focus covers issues such as: WIL as a mechanism for addressing the changing face of employment; the skills and attributes needed of current and future graduates; global/international WIL, issues of diversity and inclusivity, etc.

This sub-theme has a focus on innovative curriculum design and development in WIL, including pedagogy underpinning WIL; embedding employability into the curriculum; teaching and learning; assessment; activity design etc.

The need to strategically collect and use data for the analysis, research and evaluation of current and future WIL initiatives grows. This sub-theme encourages contributions on: measuring the impact of WIL; measuring employability/other outcomes of WIL; research projects in the WIL space; undertaking research in, and evaluation of, WIL.

Engagement in WIL provides the potential to develop and enhance leadership capacity. By pushing the traditional boundaries, this leadership capacity can be achieved at multi-levels and across organisations. Contributions are invited on: leadership practices in WIL; the role of WIL in developing student/supervisor/host leadership skills and capacity; national strategy; innovation; future careers for WIL practitioners.

A diverse range of interrelated and interdependent systems provide the foundation of supporting and enabling effective WIL programmes and experiences. This sub-theme focuses on, but is not limited to: WIL logistics (e.g. institutional supports/barriers, student pastoral care whilst on placement, etc.); enhancing WIL through technology (elearning, mobile learning, blended learning); risk management/OHS; systems to support WIL.

This broad and inclusive theme for presentations addresses contemporary, even contentious, issues for WIL which are not covered by the other conference sub-themes.

Full Refereed Papers

Full refereed papers may be either empirical studies or theoretical reviews. These papers should provide detailed description of appropriate literature, methodologies, and analytical methods, demonstrating a thorough and rigourous analysis of current issues in work-integrated learning, leading to well-argued conclusions.

Submission

Papers should be no more than 2,000 words (excluding abstract and references) in length. Papers must be submitted using the ACEN style guide for papers (Word doc). Submissions which do not follow these guidelines will be returned to authors.

Full papers for review, including abstract, will be accepted until 11th March, 2016 (midnight, AEDT Australia).

A suggested structure for full refereed papers is:

Review

Full papers will be blind peer reviewed by reviewers selected by the Conference Program Sub-committee. Peer review is a reciprocal process, therefore submission of a paper means that you will be required to review other submissions. The program committee will support reviewers through this process with resources and other assistance as needed. Full paper submissions will be reviewed against the extent to which they meet the following criteria:

Presentation

Full papers will be allocated 25 minutes presentation time, which will include 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

Publication

All papers accepted in this category will be published in the Conference Proceedings that will be made available to all conference participants and online through the ACEN website. Papers in this category meet the criteria for E1 HERDC Publications.

Best paper

All papers accepted for the conference program will be eligible for consideration for an award of 'best conference paper'.

Showcase Presentations

Showcase presentations provide an opportunity for delegates to share aspects of good practice, emerging research projects, and topical issues that are being developed. Submissions should outline the initiative, practice or issue being showcased and its relevance to one of the conference sub-themes. Presentations in this category are NOT considered to be refereed papers.

Submission

Proposals should be submitted as a 150-200 word abstract using the ACEN style guide for abstracts (Word doc). Proposals submitted not using this template will be returned to the authors and may not be included in the conference program. The abstract should address the background/context, initiative/practice, method(s) of evaluative data collection and analysis, evidence of effectiveness and theme(s) addressed.

Showcase presentation abstracts submissions will be accepted until 11th March, 2016 (midnight, AEDT Australia).

Showcase presentation abstracts should contain the following:

Review

Abstracts will be evaluated by the Conference Program Sub-committee. Abstracts will be reviewed against the following criteria:

Presentation

Showcase presentations will be allocated 10 minutes to present. Each showcase session will also include question and discussion time.

Publication

Accepted abstracts will be published in the Conference Program and will be available to all delegates and published online. Authors may consider having a copy of an associated paper available for sharing at the conference. Abstracts submitted in this category meet the criteria for E3 HERDC Publications.

Roundtable Discussions

Roundtable discussions are spaces within the conference program for detailed discussion around emerging issues of importance for the conference community. Submissions should consider the importance of the proposed issue alongside how the presenters intend to engage delegates in discussion. These presentations are intended as interactive engagements and should not be extended presentations of papers.

Submission

Proposals should be submitted as a 350 word structured abstract using the ACEN style guide for abstracts (Word doc). Proposals submitted not using this template will be returned to the authors and may not be included in the conference program. The abstract should address the expertise of the convener/s, intended outcomes, overview of activities and details of intended audience.

Successful authors may consider having a copy of an associated paper available for sharing at the conference.

Abstracts for roundtable discussions will be accepted until 11th March, 2016 (midnight, AEDT Australia).

Roundtable abstracts should contain the following:

Review

Abstracts will be evaluated by the Conference Program Sub-committee. Abstracts will be reviewed against the following criteria:

Presentation

Roundtable presentations will be allocated 90 minutes to present/facilitate the session, which will include discussion and activities.

Publication

Accepted abstracts will be published in the Conference Program and will be available to all delegates and published online. Abstracts submitted in this category meet the criteria for E3 HERDC Publications.

Poster Submissions

Poster submissions will be evidence-based and should outline the background/context and outcomes. Posters allow participants with similar interests to interact by using the poster as a discussion point. Please note that presentations accepted in this category are NOT considered refereed papers.

Submission

Proposals are to be submitted as a 250 word abstract using the ACEN style guide for abstracts (Word doc), plus further information on how the proposal fits the conference theme (an additional 50-100 words). Final poster presentations should be developed to an A0 size for presentation at the conference.

Poster presentation abstracts will be accepted until 11th March, 2016 (midnight, AEDT Australia).

Poster presentation abstracts should contain the following:

Review

Abstracts will be evaluated by the Conference Organising Committee. Abstracts for posters will be reviewed against the following criteria:

Presentation

Posters will be available for viewing for the duration of the conference. An interactive poster viewing session will be held for authors to discuss their poster with other delegates. Authors can present their work using any layout /design but must present the poster on an A0 size format.

Publication

Submitted abstracts will be published in the Conference Program and will be available to all delegates. Edited versions may also be published online. Poster abstracts submitted in this category meet the criteria for E3 HERDC Publications.

Best poster

All posters accepted for the conference program will be eligible for consideration for an award of 'best conference poster'.

Further enquiries

Contact the conference chairs:

Dr Marina Harvey marina.harvey@mq.edu.au

Dr Anna Rowe anna.rowe@mq.edu.au

 

The Gold Sponsor of the ACEN 2016 Conference is Intersective, supporting work-integrated learning in Australia

Intersective

Performance Careers is a Silver Sponsor of the ACEN 2016 Conference

Performance Careers

InPlace is a Silver Sponsor of the ACEN 2016 Conference

 

The Conference Dinner is generously sponsored by The University of Queensland

The Universiy of Queensland

The Welcome Reception is generously sponsored by RMIT University

RMIT University

The Networking Function is sponsored by HERDSA


HERDSA

The ACEN Conference is grateful for the support of

Macquarie University
Western Sydney University
Education for Practice Institute - Charles Sturt University

Partner organisations

South African Society for Cooperative Education
Canadian Association fo Co-operative Education
New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education
National Association of Field Experience Administrators Inc.
Thai Associataion for Cooperative Education
WACE