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

  • incorporates a unique approach to WIL design that could be relevant across disciplines and institutions.
  • takes an innovative approach to an accepted teaching practice that could be relevant across disciplines and institutions.
  • represents good and innovative practice in addressing a common concern and/or priority in WIL implementation.
  • 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 need for additional finds.

3. WIL activity includes successful evaluation processes.

The evaluation process

  • is clearly defined and has been tested, with successful outcomes and/or opportunities for improvement identified (eg 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.

5. WIL activity incorporates preparation, implementation and reflection phases of WIL.

All phases of WIL

  • are clearly identified and implemented.
  • involved stakeholders in the development, implementation and assessment of the activity.

6. 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.