Promoting and fostering higher education students’ agency: Goals and practices workshop

Presenter: Stephen Billett, Griffith University

Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Campus

Thursday, 10 August 2017 • 9:30am-1:30pm

Promoting students to be active, intentional and interdependent learners has been a long-standing goal for higher education. Fostering that capacity is important for:

  • effective study;
  • reconciling experiences across educational, workplace and community settings;
  • transitioning to working life and becoming effective ‘lifelong learners’.

So, how should we seek to develop further higher students’ capacities as agentic learners?

Through a structured, but highly participatory process, this workshop seeks to explore and elaborate some means by such an outcome might be approached. Following a brief presentation offering some ways for considering the goals for and personal and institutional practices within higher education, participants will consider how higher educational environments can be designed, enacted and experienced in ways that are generative of graduates as agentic learners.

The four questions directing this activity are:

  • What are the premises for progressing the educational project of securing agentic learners through higher education?
  • What kinds of activities and interactions within higher education institutions are likely to be generative of enhanced student agency?
  • What kinds of experiences outside of those in educational institutions would be helpful to be generative of this agency?
  • In what ways should students engage to develop and deploy such capacities?

Dr Stephen BIllett

Dr Stephen BIllett

Dr Stephen Billett is Professor of Adult and Vocational Education in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. After a career in garment manufacturing, he has worked as a vocational educator, educational administrator, teacher educator, professional development practitioner and policy developer in the Australian vocational education system and as a teacher and researcher at Griffith University. Since 1992, he has researched learning through and for work and has published widely in fields of learning of occupations, workplace learning, work and conceptual accounts of learning for vocational purposes.


Room 545, Building 34, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Campus, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup WA 6027 Interactive map


What is the cost of the ticket?

This workshop is free to staff members of ACEN member institutions. Non-members: $20. Please email Heather (below) for more information.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Visitors parking is marked dark green on the map and is $1.50 per hour. See the online campus map for details.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please send all queries by email to Heather Pate:


70 tickets are available.

Cost for ACEN WA members and HERDSA members: Free; Cost for non-members: $20

All WA universities are financial members of ACEN.

Payment if you are not a financial member of ACEN or HERDSA

Non-members $20

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This event is sponsored by ACEN WA and HERDSA.

NAGCAS conference – Inspiring evidence-based practice: Maximising employability

NAGCAS conference – Inspiring evidence-based practice: Maximising employability

The 2017 NAGCAS Conference will focus on the importance of having an evidence-based practice, to maximise employability in an ever-changing world. Our keynote speakers will focus on the importance of professionalisation, reporting outcomes, maintaining relationships, research and the status quo.

Don’t miss an opportunity to network with careers service professionals from the tertiary sector, and spend a week in Sydney! The infamous Conference dinner will be overlooking the beautiful Darling Harbour, and this year’s theme is…HEROES!

Early Bird Registrations are now open. Register now:


Australian researchers recipients of the WACE Research Grant 2017

Australian researchers recipients of the WACE Research Grant 2017

Pictured ( r.) Norah McRae Executive Chair of the WACE International Research Group, Paul Stonely CEO WACE, Dr Sally Burford, University of Canberra, one of two researchers and Prof Nick Klomp DVCA University of Canberra, keynote speaker at the WACE conference.

Australians were successful in winning the WACE research grant award announced at the recent World Conference held in Chiang Mai Thailand in June.

Researchers are: Associate Professor Sally Burford (University of Canberra) and Professor Lesley Cooper (University of Wollongong).

Title: Stolen Knowledge: learning and knowing in workplace practice

Synopsis: This project attends to the learning and knowing that students acquire in workplace practice; the learning that is situated, tacit and emergent, and cannot be prescribed in advance. It seeks to illuminate these forms of learning, so that they can be acknowledged, valued and better considered by students and university educators. The research aims to conceptualise the student learning that is impromptu and emergent in the workplace so that it is legitimised and becomes the subject of student reflection within the academy. Greater privilege is sought for the learning that is transferred from workplace to tertiary institution.