As at November 2018
These are the criteria ACEN uses when assessing submissions for acceptance as case studies. Where necessary the author will be contacted for more information.
1. WIL activity benefits all stakeholders; the student, community/industry and university/VE institution.
We look for case studies in which
- all stakeholders can clearly identify how they have directly benefited from the activity.
- the activity actively incorporates alumni into its development and delivery.
2. WIL activity demonstrates good practice and/or innovation.
The WIL activity
- takes an innovative approach to WIL design and/or an accepted teaching practice that could be relevant across disciplines and institutions.
- represents good and/or innovative practice in addressing a common concern and/or priority in WIL implementation (e.g. employability, international WIL, diversity, non-placement WIL).
- can be adapted to suit the requirements of the VE and HE sectors.
- is sustainable over time, it utilises available resources and does not rely on additional funding and/or reduces the need for additional funds.
3. WIL activity includes embeds successful evaluation processes.
The evaluation process
- is clearly defined and has been tested, with a focus on program development, quality enhancement and/or impact measurement (e.g. evidence of improved employability/employment outcomes)
- has successful outcomes and/or opportunities for improvement are identified (e.g. publications/clear processes for improvement)
4. WIL activity has a wider impact beyond completion.
There is clear evidence
- the wider impact of the activity beyond completion has been identified and realised.
- that the activity has strengthened university/VE and community/industry partnerships.
- that the activity promotes employability and/or employment outcomes.
- that the activity is inclusive in its approach, thereby supporting equity of access and participation in WIL for diverse student groups (e.g. indigenous, international, mature age).
5. WIL activity is integrated into curricula and incorporates preparation, implementation and reflection/debriefing phases of WIL.
All phases of WIL
- are clearly identified and implemented.
- involved stakeholders in the development, implementation and assessment of the activity.
- show evidence of clear alignment between the WIL activity, learning outcomes, assessment and learning activities.
6. Case study informed by a scholarly approach.
The case study
- is supported by relevant theoretical or empirical literature, research and/or scholarship.
7. Structure, format and content of case study.
The case study
- is clearly written
- meets the word count
- is concise and accessible to a wide audience, including professional and academic staff across disciplines and institutions (VE and HE).
- uses images or graphics to provide strong visual impact.