Updated April 2020

The ACEN case studies are an opportunity to share quality, innovative WIL practices in a range of disciplines, models and methods.

We aim to showcase WIL practices and innovations that will inspire and lead to the development of quality WIL experiences. On this page we invite WIL practitioners to submit their own WIL case study for publication on the website.

Video of Q and A session held on April 1, 2020


These are the criteria ACEN uses when assessing submissions for acceptance as case studies. Where necessary the author will be contacted for more information.

See the criteria

Collect your information

Here’s a list of information you’ll be asked to provide

Here’s how

  1. Complete an online submission
  2. An external review process occurs; we get back to you if we have any suggested amendments or we require clarification
  3. The final process is publication of the WIL Case Study on the ACEN website for wider circulation and to share practice as a community.

To submit a case study

Complete an online submission of your WIL case study. Your application will be externally reviewed and author/s advised if any additional information or clarification is required. You will be notified if your case study is selected for publication on the ACEN web pages and we will work with you to agree on the content for publication. The ACEN Board will evaluate all published case studies and determine one awardee biennially. The award will be announced and presented at the ACEN conference.

All published case studies will automatically be considered for an Excellence in WIL award unless ACEN is otherwise informed that authors do not want their published case study to be considered.

For more information

Examples of published case studies can be found on the ACEN web site. If you have any further enquiries, please email admin@acen.edu.au.

Authors may opt out of automatic inclusion by advising ACEN in writing at the time of case study submission.

Innovation and Excellence Award

This award recognises quality and innovative WIL practices across a diverse range of disciplines, models and methods. The publication of a WIL case study on the ACEN website constitutes a submission for the award, with winners announced biennially at the ACEN conference. This achievement may be awarded to the sole author of a case study, or to a team of contributors.


To be considered for an Innovation and Excellence Award you must first submit your WIL activity as a case study to ACEN. Each case study will be assessed against specific criteria. Case studies subsequently accepted as exemplar models of WIL will be published on the ACEN web pages and showcased to all members. All published case studies will automatically be considered for the ACEN Excellence in WIL case study award.


The award will be presented to the author/s of a published case study that has demonstrated the most outstanding level of contribution within the following themes:

  • Innovation: Has a very high level of innovation or represents an innovative approach to accepted teaching practice in WIL.
  • Adaptability: Demonstrates the potential to be rolled out as an exemplar model of practice across disciplines and institutions.
  • Topicality: Has the potential to offer a significant positive impact on topical issues in WIL including, for example, non-placement WIL, international placements, promoting employability or engaging alumni.
  • Impact: Demonstrates an ability to benefit a wide variety of stakeholders including students, the community, industry and VE institutions.
  • Evaluation: Demonstrates effective evaluation processes to build on and improve the activities outlined within the case study.

Case studies must be submitted four months prior to the commencement of the ACEN Conference when Awards are announced. Typically the conference is held in October each year but the actual closing date for submissions will be adjusted each year to suit the ACEN Conference dates.

Award recipients will be determined by ACEN Board Members.