ACEN Research Snapshots – Webinar May 24

ACEN webinar Reseacrh Snapshots 24 May 2017, 2.00pm

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Research projects undertaken through ACEN grant scheme are being showcased at the next webinar. Through this interactive and informative event, participants will have the opportunity to share approaches and challenges related to their own contexts.

Facilitator: Judith Smith

Franziska Trede

Topic 1: From Practitioner to Student Educator: WIL Supervisor Capacity Building Module

Presenter: Franziska Trede

Franziska Trede is Associate Professor in Higher Education at Charles Sturt University where she leads research and scholarship in professional education and workplace learning.

Her research focuses on professional practice, learner agency and relational practices in WIL.

She has developed innovative online capacity building teaching tools using arts-based approaches.

Topic 2: Development of an online work integrated learning (WIL) survey tool to measure, evaluate and enhance the quality of students’ WIL experiences.

Presenters: Cassandra Saunders and Annette Marlow

Cassandra Saunders‘ primary role is the coordination of University surveys, data collection and analysis and reports related to teaching and curriculum quality. Cassandra’s role also incorporates leadership of interventions and initiatives in response to triggers for review from survey data and provision of support for University of Tasmania staff and course teams related to access and interpretation of data related to teaching and curriculum. Cassandra also co-coordinates ELT502 Enhancing Professional Practice in University Learning and Teaching, a core unit in the Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching.

Annette Marlow is Director of Professional Experience within the Faculty of Health, University of Tasmania. Her role focuses on the provision of quality professional experience placements for undergraduate students within health disciplines. Annette is particularly interested in learning and teaching in health care settings, and in particular the provision of support, guidance and mentorship to those staff who undertake the role of supervising students in practice.

Instructions and assistance using Blackboard CollaborateAs well, email support is available immediately prior to the event.
Program Evaluation Manager – Macquarie University

Program Evaluation Manager – Macquarie University

PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) is a Macquarie University-wide initiative designed to provide undergraduate students with practical, experiential learning opportunities with a range of local, regional and international partners.

A strategic priority for PACE is to determine the impact and value of the initiative for the University, its stakeholders and the broader community, as well as understand the factors that enable positive change through PACE as a basis for continuous improvement and development of the program.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and talented Program Evaluation Manager to join our PACE Research and Evaluation team to lead the development and implementation of an evaluation and impact reporting framework for PACE. If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit

The position closes on 7th of May.

Developing Employability Skills within the Curriculum – ACEN VIC/TAS

Developing Employability Skills in the Curriculum
– Where WIL & Careers Education Come Together


Date: Thursday, 25th May 2017
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm

Where: RMIT

Seminar Room Level 7, Building 16 (Storey Hall)
336-348 Swanston St, Melbourne

RSVP: to Kelly McDermott,
(Please indicate dietary requirements)

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Not able to make it? The session will be recorded and access details published in the ACEN newsletter.

ACEN Q ‘Exploring Global WIL: WIL Experiences & Funding’

ACEN Q ‘Exploring Global WIL: WIL Experiences & Funding’

Symposium Presentations

Held on Thursday 6 April, 2017 at Griffith University, South Bank, Brisbane

Call for EOIs: Connectedness Learning mentoring / chapters for edited book

Call for EOIs: Connectedness Learning mentoring / chapters for edited book

Who should apply?

Educators and educational leaders who want to explore connected and networked approaches to learning and teaching, the development of learners’ professional connectedness capabilities (online and/or face-to-face), and / or strengthen the connectedness of their educational programs and organisational areas. Teams can be from any area or multiple areas of a higher education institution, or multiple institutions. Teams can be from Australian or international higher education institutions.

Focus topics may include one or more of:

work integrated learning, alumni engagement, students as partners, connected and networked learning, learning through social media, informal learning, industry and community partnerships, student networking, online professional identity development, co-curricular awards, teaching stakeholder engagement, transdisciplinary teaching, research-teaching nexus, teacher professional connectedness, intra- and cross-institutional collaboration, social capital.

Criteria for selection:

  • a clear link between the proposed area of exploration and elements of the Connectedness Learning model / networked approach to Graduate Employability
  • a demonstrated commitment to engaging in the project, championing the connectedness learning approach in the institution, attending the roundtable to share work in progress, and delivering a chapter for the edited book
  • commitment on the part of the institution / organisational area/s involved to support the project and the team

What does it involve?

Successful teams will:

  • adapt, trial and test connectedness learning, including aspects of the GE2.0 model and toolkit for their contexts over a period of approximately 6 months (May-November 2017), with Ruth’s mentoring input (if required). Projects already underway are OK too, providing they fit the criteria.
  • become champions for connectedness learning in their institutions – they will promote their projects and the connectedness learning approach more broadly
  • attend a 1.5 day roundtable in late 2017/ early 2018 to share their in-progress findings with one another, and to work on their chapters (travel and accommodation costs will be subsidised up to $1,000 per team)
  • submit a chapter for the edited book in early-mid 2018.

What should my expression of interest include?

Submissions are due COB April 28th 2017 by email to

Submissions should include:

  • an abstract of 250-300 words that outlines your educational context/s, what the team intends to explore, the potential contribution of the project to theory and practice in higher education learning and teaching
  • details of your team and their contributions to the project
  • brief written responses to the criteria for selection above

More information

More information on GE2.0, connectedness learning, and the networked approach is available at

see particularly:

  • the Connectedness Learning Model and toolkit
  • Connectedness Learning fact-sheets
  • Connectedness Learning discussion paper and chapter