Pre-conference workshops

Wednesday, 3 October 2017
Griffith University, South Bank Campus (Building S07)

Introducing and managing e-portfolios in WIL

Time: 09:00-12:00md

e-Portfolios have become an increasingly important tool for graduates seeking to establish a career in their chosen profession. In their efforts to bolster the employability of their students, universities have focussed on introducing e-portfolio systems that students can use to create a usable record of their academic and work experiences. This workshop will facilitate discussion of current management and implementation issues faced by those in the sector.


Panel members include:

Professor Heidi Blair (Chair)

Prof Heidi BlairHeidi is Deputy Director, Learning Futures at Griffith University. She holds a Bachelor of Education from University of North Carolina, and a Master of Education and PhD in Educational Technology from Arizona State University. Heidi has particular expertise in educational systems and instructional design using educational technologies and is currently directing the rollout of the PebblePad e-portfolio system across Griffith University

Mr Sam Harris

Sam HarrisSam is the Learning Designer at the University of Queensland working exclusively in ePortfolio deployment and support. He has assisted numerous Schools and Programs across the university to harness ePortfolios for learning and assessment, guiding processes of outcome/assessment mapping, rubric creation, and assessment instrument redesign, as well as establishing effective workflows for ePortfolio deployment. Sam has a Master of Education (Information & Communication Technologies) and many years of experience in education management and educator training.

Ms Lynn McAllister

Lynn McAllisterLynn is currently the Coordinator of the QUT Student ePortfolio and Academic and Professional Staff ePortfolio programs and sessional academic with the Science and Engineering Faculty. She has been an active member of the Australian ePortfolio Conference and Forum planning committees since 2008. Currently working towards a Doctor of Education, Lynn is exploring the ways in which students experience ePortfolio creation and curation as a way of learning, in higher education. She has a particular interest in effective student engagement in WIL activities as significant opportunities for personal and professional growth and development.

Establishing and maintaining industry partnerships for WIL

Time: 09:00-12:00md

As the university sector comes under increasing pressure to ensure employment outcomes for graduates, to work with industry to boost national innovation and productivity, and to grapple with uncertain financial pressures, universities are working to develop and sustain cross-discipline and multi-level relationships with industry to benefit student learning, facilitate graduate career opportunities, enable research collaboration, and attract industry funding. This workshop will provide an ideal opportunity for practitioners and academics to discuss with industry participants the challenges faced and anticipated when it comes to establishing and maintaining partnerships with industry.


Panel members include:

Professor Anne-Marie Tiernan (Chair)

Anne TiernanAnne is Dean (Engagement) for the Griffith Business School, Griffith University. A political scientist, with earlier careers in government in the Commonwealth and Queensland, and in teaching and consultancy, she is respected for her independent, professional and research-informed analysis and commentary on national politics, public administration and public policy. Anne consults regularly to Australian governments at all levels and is the author of six books.
A National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and a Fellow of ANZSOG, Anne is also Chair of the Queensland Independent Remuneration Tribunal, Ordinary Commissioner of the Crime and Corruption Commission, and a Board Member of the Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House.

Mr Ben Cameron

Ben CameronBen holds Griffith University Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Social Work qualifications. He aims to maximise student and community partner satisfaction with Community Internship and enjoys making a positive contribution to developmental teaching, learning and community outcomes. Ben has an emerging focus on financing social enterprises and multi-disciplinary students building enterprises with a social or environmental mandate at the heart of their constitution. Ben has been responsible for provisioning internship opportunities for students in the Community Internship Course since November 2011 and has provided thousands of internship opportunities for students in that time.

Industry representatives

Identifying and managing placement risks at home and abroad

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm

As more and more students take on internships as a way of gaining meaningful experience and to boost their employability, increasing focus is being put by governments and the higher education sector on the management of risk associated with placements in industry at home and abroad. This workshop will provide opportunity for participants to exchange ideas and insights concerning risk identification and management of the potential exploitation of students, the use of third party providers, and the complexities created by student placements in a wide range of geopolitical situations.


Panel members include:

Assoc. Professor Alan Blackman (Chair)

Alan BlackmanAlan has been Director of Griffith Business School’s (GBS) WIL program since 2012 and responsible for designing and directing GBS’s domestic and global business internship programs.  He holds master degrees in business administration and law from Bond University and a PhD in entrepreneurship from Griffith University. A Churchill Fellow and ICMCI Academic Fellow, Alan was until recently a director and secretary of ACEN and from 2013 to 2017 chaired its Queensland Chapter. He remains as ACEN’s Secretary.

Dr Craig Cameron

Criag CameronCraig is a Senior Lecturer in Corporations Law at Griffith University and Corporate Counsel for the Dental Services Network, advising on corporate and employment issues.  He has served as a Program Director within the Griffith Business School, and as a creator and co-ordinator of WIL programs in Accounting, Financial Planning and Economics. In terms of research, Craig has published extensively in the WIL field on topics including: labour regulation, legal risk and risk management in WIL programs; industry relationships; and generic skills development and self-efficacy of business students.

Ms Fleur Webb

Fleur WebbFleur is an experienced project manager who works with the Service Learning Unit at Griffith University to streamline and support the provision of a WIL shell course. She has extensive experience in the field of higher education with a particular focus in Work integrated Learning (WIL). Fleur’s expertise covers a wide range of areas including WIL, project management, higher education research, strategic operations and business analytics. She has worked on a wide range of projects and was the Senior Project Officer for the Australian Learning and Teaching project; The WIL [Work Integrated Learning] Report: a national scoping study. Fleur holds a Bachelor of Business Management/ Arts from the University of Queensland and Master of Arts (Sociology) from Griffith University.

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