From theory to practice: Equipping and enabling Australia’s educators to embed employability across higher education

From theory to practice: Equipping and enabling Australia’s educators to embed employability across higher education

9:30am – 12:30pm, Thursday 6 April
Rm2, Level 1 Flinders University Victoria Square (map)

Is employability at odds with the traditional purpose of higher education? This interactive workshop includes discussion, problem solving and good practice activities for use with staff and students. The workshop has two aims:

  • to redefine employability in terms students developing the dispositions and capacity to engage as professionals; and
  • to brainstorm potential collaborative projects for support through Dawn’s National Senior Fellowship on embedding employability development.

If you would like an idea or project to be considered in the discussion, please contact Dawn at


Enhancing Workplace Learning Through Mobile Technology

9:30am – 12:30pm, Thursday 2 March

Rm2, Level 1 Flinders University Victoria Square

How can students’ capacity to act and learn purposefully in university-led workplace learning programs be enhanced through the use of mobile technology? Whether we embrace it or resist it, mobile technology is relentlessly changing the way we work, learn, play and relate to each other. Technology has blurred the boundaries of private, professional and educational spheres. It has changed the role of and relationship between teachers and learners and calls into question the need for co–presence and a physical campus. Connecting learning and working environments through mobile technology remains a challenging undertaking often highlighted by socio-cultural rather than technical barriers. These barriers are present at personal, discipline-specific and organisational levels. The integration of workplace learning and technology-mediated learning can provide important opportunities to bridge education and work contexts, to connect with and grow online learning networks, and to build students’ digital capacities, online professional identities and technology-mediated work practices. In this workshop we will scrutinise the impact, implications and consequences of mobile technology on WPL.

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WIL in Science – ACEN WA

WIL in Science – ACEN WA

This workshop will give you the opportunity to hear from Prof Liz Johnson (PVC T&L Deakin) and others on what has been achieved in the WIL in Science project which was funded by the Office of the Chief Scientist – 2015-2016. In particular, the workshop will consider: How to identify starting points for Science Faculties to grow WIL? What is the current WIL status in Science Faculties? What are the objectives for WIL in Science? What are the likely challenges/blockages and opportunities in Science?

Date and Time

Wed. 1 February 2017 9:00 am – 2:00 pm AWST


Engineering Pavilion B215, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley, WA 6102


9.00-9.05 am Welcome Jo Ward, Dean of Science (Curtin)

9.05-10.30 am WIL in Science project – report and case studies, Liz Johnson, PVC Education (Deakin), Others from LJ project team

10.30-10.45 am Morning tea (provided)

10.45-12.15 pm WIL in WA/SA – 15-20 minutes per institution to talk about what is being done in their institution. Each institution that wishes to speak should provide a contact person 3 days before the event.

12.15-12.30 pm Successful WIL in Science project – launch Liz Johnson, PVC Education (Deakin)

12.30-1.15pm Lunch (provided)

1.15-2pm What can the WA/SA project node do to help you? Brief Wrap-up All



Unpaid work experience is widespread but some are missing out: new study

From The Conversation

Most young Australians undertake unpaid work experience as part of their education or training, to maintain entitlements to social security, or simply to improve their job prospects. But those from more disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to have those opportunities and those on placements associated with government benefits enjoy their experiences less.

These are some of the key findings from our new report, funded by the Commonwealth Department of Employment.

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