Service Learning Summit

Service Learning Summit

We are pleased to announce that Griffith University will host a SERVICE-LEARNING SUMMIT from 13-15 November, 2019 at its Gold Coast campus. We have secured an excellent Keynote speaker and workshop presenter, Dr Richard Kiely. See brief information on his expertise below. 

The Summit will explore a range of topics within SL and have a refreshing and innovative format that will ensure you gain maximum benefit from attending whether you are new to the concept of SL, or are looking for more of a masterclass experience.  We will provide details of cost shortly.  In line with the nature of SL, we are planning to use social enterprises for catering and keep the cost for participants as low as possible.

To be sure you secure a place at the Summit, please lodge your interest here:  

Introducing Dr Richard Kiely

Dr Richard KielyDr Richard Kiely currently serves as a senior fellow in the Office of Engagement Initiatives (OEI) in Cornell University’s Office of Engagement Initiatives.

In 2005, he was recognized nationally as a John Glenn Scholar in Service-Learning for his longitudinal research that led to the development of a transformative service-learning model (See Kiely, 2004, 2005, 2011). He served as the co-editor of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning for two special sections on global service-learning (2014/2015) and recently completed a co-authored book Community-Based Global Learning: The Theory and Practice of Ethical Engagement at Home and Abroad (2018).

He is the co-founder of a community-driven global service-learning (GSL) partnership in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, which will be entering its 25th year in 2019 and co-founder of, a multi-institutional hub supporting ethical global learning and community-campus partnerships.

Evidencing entrepreneurial capabilities – ACEN WA

Evidencing entrepreneurial capabilities – ACEN WA

Date: Monday 27th May 2019.

Time: 9:30 to 12:30 followed by lunch

Cost: Free to ACEN members

Venue:  Curtin University, Bentley. Building 211 Room 222,

To Register: Click here

Innovative and entrepreneurial models of WIL challenge the adequacy of traditional assessment approaches in generating the credible evidence of entrepreneurial capabilities that give students an employability edge for an ever-evolving and complex future.

The ATN Edge Project is addressing such challenges through the co-design, piloting and evaluation of a range of scalable and sustainable WIL assessment approaches (e.g. 360-assessments, use of online professional networks) in partnership with key stakeholders – national industry and recruiter groups, entrepreneurs, employers, alumni and students.

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to:

  • Explore enterprise and entrepreneurial WIL approaches being implemented in courses across Australia
  • Unpack challenges in evidencing learning and assessment in enterprise and entrepreneurial WIL
  • Work with peers to design curriculum for interdisciplinary WIL experiences which develop enterprise capabilities

This workshop is relevant to course and discipline leaders, WIL practitioners, academic and curriculum developers.

The Speaker:

Judith Smith

Judith Smith Director, Next Gen Learning at Queensland University of Technology

Associate Professor Judith Smith. Director, Next Gen Learning at Queensland University of Technology.
In this role she provides strategic leadership to institutional initiatives and projects in emerging pedagogies and technologies that align to QUT’s real world learning vision addressing wicked challenges in teaching and learning. Judith is a Board member of Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) and Chair of the ACEN Research, Scholarship and Professional Learning Subcommittee. She leads the multi-institutional research project focused on the development of enterprise and entrepreneurial capabilities through emerging models of Work Integrated Learning (WIL).

To ensure you receive information directly about all events, workshops, webinars etc. and you are kept up-to-date on all things WIL, please register as an individual member at Registration and attendance at events is free if your university is an institutional member of ACEN.

A list of institutional members is available at

Studio photo by Chris Knight on Unsplash
Using GOS and GOS-L data – webinar

Using GOS and GOS-L data – webinar

‘Employment and Employability: Using GOS and GOS-L data to talk about employability’ – webinar

Monday 15 April 2019

In this presentation we will look at the data that institutions hold from the QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) of recent graduates and GOS- Longitudinal (three years after completion) and the “stories” that can be told to drive improvement in institutions.  In this presentation we will take an overview of QILT and then do a deep dive below the public employment indicators to discover the wealth of information that is available and how QILT can be customised to maximise its potential to measure what is important to institutions.

Delivered by

Lisa Bolton, Director, QILT Research and Strategy, Social Research Centre

Lisa Bolton, Director, QILT Research and Strategy, Social Research Centre

Lisa Bolton, Director, QILT Research and Strategy, Social Research Centre

Lisa has been working in the QILT program at the Social Research Centre since January 2015.  Prior to this she spent 29 years in the VET and University sector in a range of roles from teaching, curriculum review, academic management, quality management, strategic planning, organisational research, surveys and evaluation. (BEd from Deakin University (Rusden) and MEd (Leadership and Management) from RMIT).

Associate Professor Denise Jackson (ECU)

Associate Professor Denise Jackson (ECU)

Associate Professor Denise Jackson (ECU)

Denise will also be discussing some of the studies she has conducted using data from the Graduate Outcomes Survey and Student Experience Survey to evaluate her own WIL programs and the impact of WIL more broadly.

Karsten Zegwaard recognised for Contribution to Research

Karsten Zegwaard recognised for Contribution to Research

Karsten Zegwaard, known to many ACEN members via conferences and publications, has been awarded the James W. Wilson Award For Outstanding Contribution to Research in the Field of Cooperative Education and Internships.

The award was presented at the Cooperative Education and Internship Association in Chicago.

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the promotion and advocacy of research activity in cooperative education. The award is not given every year. The award is competitively determined and is intended to recognize longstanding contributions to the field both by participating in research activity and providing leadership for others.

Karsten is Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning, co-editor of the International Handbook on Cooperative and Work-integrated Education, vice-president of New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education, board member of the World Association of Cooperative Education (WACE), and Vice-Chair (Oceania) of the WACE International Research Committee.  In 2013, he was the recipient of the CEIA Ralph W. Tyler Award for Outstanding and Distinguished Research, and in 2015, the recipient of WACE Donald McLaren Academic Award for Professional Achievement in Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education.

Congratulations Karsten

More about the Award


2019 Research Grants open

2019 Research Grants open

In 2019 ACEN is offering funding for three Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants up to $10,000 each and two grants of $5,000 for Early Career Researchers.*

“An ECR is an emerging researcher who is at an early stage of their academic career. Researchers may be eligible to apply if they have been awarded a PhD within 8 years. The award is open to both academic and professional staff.

Applications are invited on topics related to one of the following themes identified through National WIL Strategy and the 2018 ACEN National Research Symposium.

  • Innovative and scalable WIL models
  • WIL and global mobility
  • Leadership in WIL
  • Digital technology enabling WIL
  • Building learner agency and professional identity through WIL
  • WIL practices supporting diverse learners

Scheme Objectives

The grants are intended to:

  • build the capacity of ACEN members including early career researchers and higher degree research students to undertake research into WIL
  • promote and support scholarship in WIL
  • develop effective mechanisms for identifying, developing, disseminating and embedding research-based practice in WIL programs\
  • leverage opportunities for collaboration in WIL research and the sharing of WIL resources.

Funding and Reporting Requirements

These research grants are valued at a maximum of $10,000 plus GST for each full Research Grant and $5,000 plus GST for ECR grants. The projects should be completed within a twelve-month period. Funding will be paid at the commencement of the project on provision of an invoice from the institution. Any unspent funds must be returned to ACEN at the end of the project.
At the conclusion of the project successful applicants will be required to complete a project report which will be published to the ACEN website and to submit a statutory declaration detailing how funds were spent.

  • The grants are available to professional or academic staff of institutions with ACEN Full Institutional Membership.
  • The grants are not available to members of the ACEN Board.
  • Applications that include industry or community organization partners are encouraged.

Application Requirements

The application must be provided as a Word document and not exceed five pages and may be addressed to the ‘ACEN Research Chair’.
Areas that must be addressed in the application are:

  1. Whether you are applying for a full Research Grant of $10,000 or an Early Career Researchers Grant of $5,000
  2. Title of Project
  3. Identification of the relevant theme to the project (see above)
  4. Brief description of project for communication to WIL Community (around 50 words)
  5. Project Lead/s contact details and short relevant bio (100 words max)
  6. Names of other people, institutions and organisations (if applicable) involved in the project
  7. How the project is consistent with vision, mission and aims of ACEN and how it will build on existing research and scholarship in work integrated learning
  8. Aims of the project
  9. Expected Outcomes
  10. Research methodology
  11. Impact of the project and significance to higher education (for example: expected impact on stakeholders, future practice and policy)
  12. Dissemination plan
  13. Overview of project phases and timeline
  14. Project budget
  15. If projects involve creating a website, the project must make clear how the website is to be maintained for up to five years.

Examples of allowable budget expenses include personnel plus on-costs (clerical support, student assistance, etc.), postage, printing, photocopying, travel for conference presentation, telephone and fax costs, and office supplies. Items must be directly related to achieving the research project.

Examples of non-allowable budget expenses include salary for the applicant, indirect institutional expenses, institutional overheads, permanent equipment and capital purchases.

A letter of endorsement from the first named project lead’s line manager must accompany the application. This endorsement indicates support for the project and a willingness to provide time for the project to be undertaken. The letter of endorsement should be attached to the same email as the application.

It is the responsibility of the Project Lead to:

  • arrange ethics approval
  • involve other ACEN members in the process, especially early career researchers, where possible\
  • meet negotiated timelines and ACEN reporting deadlines
  • present on findings at an ACEN event including webinars
  • leverage dissemination opportunities to share good practice including a refereed publication
  • ensure that any resources developed through the project are designed with a view that these are made available for use by the ACEN community and where appropriate a Creative Commons License such as Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International is applied to these resources
  • any publications and resources developed through the project should acknowledge the contribution of ACEN to the project
  • provide details of the refereed publication (when available) to ACEN National Board for dissemination.

Selection Process

The project proposals will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • significance to one or more of the research grant themes
  • quality of the design
  • potential impact and transferability of project outcomes
  • capacity of the project to deliver proposed outcomes
  • involvement of early career researchers (this will be viewed favourably for projects applying for full research grants)

Closing date

Applications must be sent to by 5pm AEST on Thursday May 2, 2019


Information session

An information session on the research grants will be held via Zoom 12.00-1.00pm on Thursday 4 April, 2019 AEDT. We’ll send you details just prior.