Flexible & Emerging Models of WIL

Flexible & Emerging Models of WIL

ACEN VIC/TAS workshop


  • Leoni Russell (RMIT) “Emerging models of WIL: features, enablers & challenges”

  • Kerin Elsum (RMIT) “Wicked Problems: Innovative Solutions”

When: Thursday 19th April 2018 (2.30pm – 4.30pm)

Where: RMIT University, Building 80, Level 9, Room 6 (street address: 445 Swanston Street Melbourne)


ACEN members free, non-members $15

RSVP by Friday  13th April

How do you maximise millennial students’ learning through fieldwork?

How do you maximise millennial students’ learning through fieldwork?

A recent project completed at Curtin University has created guidelines to support millennial students whilst on fieldwork.

Millennials (those born between 1981-2000) are often ascribed stereotypical characteristics, for example, they are seen as digital natives, multitaskers, team orientated and overly confident. Teaching staff often report struggling with millennials and their predisposition for being constantly on their smart phones. The guidelines, developed through a review of the relevant literature and focus groups with students and teaching staff, target fostering a shared responsibility for fieldwork learning and developing a better understanding between staff and millennial students.

Both the project and the guidelines adopted a partnership approach with several students acting as co-creators. As part of the guidelines, there are templates to create checklists, learning contracts, and define fieldwork learning and feedback expectations. Although the guide explores allied health students and the staff who educate them during fieldwork (clinical educators) the information has broad application to those working with millennial learners.

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PhD Scholarship in H.E. Assessment

PhD Scholarship in H.E. Assessment

A PhD Scholarship opportunity in Assessment in Higher Education with the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Portfolio of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University is now available.

The aim of the project is to provide useful evidence to inform assessment research, practice and policy, with a particular emphasis on approaches that work at a large scale.

The PhD student will be based at Deakin University’s Melbourne City Centre, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne; and will work with researchers in the Centre and have a variety of topics to consider.

If you know of any specific domestic and international students who may be interested, please forward accordingly..

All initial enquiries can be made to Dr Helen Walker, Research Manager CRADLE on 03 92445448.

More about the scholarship

2018 ACEN student scholarships

2018 ACEN student scholarships

Eight scholarships of $1,500 provide financial support for students undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) placement in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their 2018/2019 university studies.

Applications closed on April 20, 2018

The scholarships awarded in 2018 went to students in the following areas:

  • Social Work,  Monash University
  • Dental Surgery, James Cook University
  • Occupational Therapy,  La Trobe University
  • Psychology, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Education, Deakin University
  • Occupational Therapy,  The University of Sydney
  • Dental Surgery, The University of Adelaide
  • Medicine,  University of Wollongong

Criteria for applicants

The 2018 ACEN Scholarship applicants:

  • Must be from institutions that are financial members of ACEN. (See http://acen.edu.au/list-of-financial-institutions/ for a list of current financial institutions.)
  • Must be studying a postgraduate or undergraduate degree program which requires a WIL placement as a part of their studies
  • Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply.

The WIL placement must be:

  • Undertaken and completed between 1st June 2018 and 30th May 2019
  • Undertaken in an inner regional, outer regional, remote or very remote location which requires relocation. Regional and Remote locations (RA2- RA5)  are noted on the map: http://doctorconnect.gov.au/internet/otd/publishing.nsf/Content/locator
  • Fulltime (4-5 days per week, for a minimum of three weeks duration)
  • Within Australia
  • A requirement for completion of the degree.

Two-stage submission process

Stage 1: Students complete an online application form (applications close on April 20, 2018).

Stage 2: Short-listed applicants will be invited to submit a 1,000 word account which addresses specific criteria:

  • Evidence of reflection on work-based context and skill development
  • How the WIL placement will support and enhance development of employability
  • Highlight the focus of personal skill development during placement
  • Evidence of clear and concise communication skills.

Applicants will also be required to submit

  • A copy of their most recent academic transcript.
  • A written statement from an institutional representative supporting the application.

Stage 1 Marking Rubric

Levels of Attainment
Assessment Attributes Poor Good Excellent Exceptional
Address personal aspirations Not addressed or personal aspirations not addressed clearly just reiterating background information or expecting marker to make the link. Ok, personal aspirations mentioned Personal aspirations addressed with links to the other areas – professional skills or placement Personal aspirations addressed with clear links to the professional skills developed and reason for rural placement – inspirational.
How the placement will help to develop your professional skills Not addressed at all or very poor connection. Ok, mention of professional skills that may be developed. Excellent outlining certain professional skills that will be developed and how, or why it benefits them. Clear links between the regional / rural placement and development of employability skills – showing deep level of reflection and forethought.
Why you have elected to undertake a regional and remote placement No reason cited or poor, eg to travel. Brief mention of reason to undertake placement, not built on or marker expected to make the connection. Excellent outlining why they have elected to undertake placement with clear links to one of the attributes above at least. Showing greater level of reflection, career planning with inspirational story and clear links between all assessment criteria, inspirational.

Key Dates

Date Activity
26 March 2018 Call for applications
20 April 2018 Applications close for stage 1
11 May 2018 (was 4th)
Short-listed applicants notified and invited to provide a 1,000 word account that addresses specific criteria and send a supporting statement from their institution and a copy of their most recent academic transcript.
25 May 2018 (was 18th)
Applications close for stage 2
8 June 2018 Successful applicants notified
Developing employABILITY as metacognition

Developing employABILITY as metacognition

Developing employABILITY as metacognition: Opportunities for learning, teaching and research

HERDSA Roadshow March – April 2018

These workshops will engage participants in a personalised self-assessment profile and the resources and strategies with which to embed employABILITY within existing programs and courses. Workshops will suit teachers, program leaders, curricular designers, senior managers and careers advisors. No prior expertise or experience is required.

Participants will gain:

Access to the online self-assessment profile tool for students;

Resources, ready to embed into a learning management system (LMS) or unit/module outline;

Career stories to share with students; and

Examples of the SoTL and educational research that flow from students’ respones and engagement.

As well as visiting Hong Kong, the roadshow will be at these locations

  • Perth Friday 6th April – 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Adelaide Monday 9th April – 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Melbourne Wednesday 11th April – 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Launceston Friday 13th April – 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Sydney Monday16th April (NEW) – 10:00am -12:00pm Workshop;12:00pm-1:00pm Drop-in session
  • Brisbane Thursday 19th April – 2:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Sunshine Coast Monday 23rd April – 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Townsville Tuesday 24th April – 9:00am-12:00pm

Cost: Free but please register

Find out more about the roadshow or register

Questions about the Roadshow