2017 Research Grants

The ACEN Research Scholarship and Professional Learning Sub-Committee selected three WIL research grant winners for 2017 from strong pool of 44 applications. The successful proposals are:

Project: Preparing students for the 21st century workplace: the critical role of assessment

Project Lead: Dr Rola Ajjawi, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE), Deakin University.

Brief Overview: WIL curricula prepare students for future work and a key aspect of this is assessment. Students’ perceptions of authenticity and alignment are key to driving forward the type of learning necessary for WIL. This study examines students’ perceptions of what learning is captured through assessment focusing on perceptions of authenticity and alignment.

Project: Building Students’ Capacity for Evaluative Judgement through Near Peer Placements

Project Lead/s: Dr Merrolee Penman is Director, Work Integrated Learning portfolio, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney; Professor Sue McAllister is Associate Dean Work Integrated Learning portfolio, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney.

Brief Overview: A work-ready graduate will maintain their competency through self-evaluation, judging their own performance in relation to specific standards. In this project, WIL academics, students and placement providers will collaboratively create and trial innovative and sustainable strategies for implementing near peer mentoring to support the development of evaluative judgement in students.

Project: An employer-student model for developing innovation and employability skills in STEM WIL students that will benefit students and meet the needs of industry.

Project Lead/s: Dr Giselle Rampersad, Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, member of the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute and former WIL Director, Flinders University; Dr Vlatka Zivotic-Kukolj, Lecturer in Engineering and current WIL Director Science and Engineering WIL Program, Flinders University.

Brief Overview: Innovation represents the lifeblood of modern economies. The National Innovation Agenda calls for STEM educators to develop innovative graduates. This project provides a robust mechanism to measure pre-and-post WIL innovation and employability skills based on diverse STEM-WIL student-employer cohorts. This enhances student career literacy, WIL program development and industry engagement.