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In this issue

1. From the President

2. 2017 ACEN Research Grants applications close May 2

3. Eight student scholarships of $1,500

4. Review of ATO Advice on Scholarships - Industry Based Learning Scholarships

5. New case studies published

6. TEQSA Guidance Notes: WIL video

7. Call for EoIs: Connectedness Learning mentoring / chapters for edited book

8. Two Swinburne vacancies

9. WIL Good Practice Report

10. Canadian Govt announces 13,000 WIL placements

11. 'Assessing employability outcomes through WIL: Challenges and Opportunities'

Webinar recording

12. ACEN Q Exploring Global WIL: WIL Experiences & Funding

Symposium Presentations

13. NSW/ACT ACEN

February Forum

NSW/ACT Chapter Blog

TEQSA Guidance Notes: WIL

14. ACEN Vic/Tas WIL and Social Media

15. Developing Employability Skills within the Curriculum

16. Parlez vous francais?

Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant

New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna student opportunities

Judie Kay ACEN President1. From the President

Already Easter and so much happening across the country over the last month. There has been a flurry of well attended state based events and a successful webinar. At the same time a group of ACEN members are participating in the two 6 week Global WIL modules currently underway. This is a collaboration between the New Zealand, Swedish and Canadian Associations which enables colleagues  to share ideas across the globe from their desk. At the same time ACEN's  advocacy work continues and ACEN have provided a submission to the review of industry scholarships arguing that we should present no barriers to expanding WIL opportunities . 

After Easter I head to the NZACE  Annual Conference which is being held in Queenstown, New Zealand this year where it will be good to catch up with WIL colleagues across the ditch.  

Judie Kay, President

2. 2017 ACEN Research Grants applications close May 2

2017 Research GrantsApplications close 5pm AEST on Tuesday May 2 2017

ACEN is offering up to $10,000 funding for three Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants. Applications are invited on topics related to one of the following themes identified through National WIL Strategy and 2016 ACEN National Research Symposium.

3. Eight student scholarships of $1,500

student in dental clinic

Student scholarship awardee in dental clinic in Ballarat

Applications close on April 21, 2017

The scholarships provide financial support for students undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) placement in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their 2017/2018 university studies.

Once again eight scholarships to the value of $1,500 each are being offered to eligible university students who may experience financial disadvantage from having to complete a WIL placement. The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and assessed against the criteria.

4. Review of ATO Advice on Scholarships - Industry Based Learning Scholarships

The ATO have been reviewing 'the exemption from taxation for amounts paid as a scholarship, bursary, educational allowance or educational assistance'

ACEN has respond by suggesting the proposal to tax Industry Based Learning Scholarships would represent a barrier to participation in WIL that would not only work against the ethos of the National WIL Strategy, but would also have negative impacts on the educational experience of students, and the economy of Australia as a whole.

The full response will be published when released by the ATO.

5. New case studies published!

Case studies logoACEN is working with its members to identify and showcase models of good practice in WIL. These case studies are carefully assessed against a comprehensive rubric to identify innovative and inspiring WIL activities with relevance across disciplines and institutions.

Four case studies have been identified to date and are now available.

RMIT have developed an authentic, simulated, non-placement WIL project for final year engineering students unable to do an engineering work placement. This bespoke WIL module was developed in collaboration with an engineering consultancy, drawing on a real-world engineering project, modified so that final year engineering students, working in groups, could complete the project in 6 weeks.

The Mobile Technology Capacity Building Framework for Workplace Learning aims to enhance students’ WPL experiences and, ultimately, increase their agency capacity to learn and act appropriately while on placement. Developed by Charles Sturt University, the framework consists of a set of resources designed to enhance key pedagogical principles of WPL and provides designs for core learning outcomes.

Curtin University have facilitated a 4-week WIL placement for a 2nd year Health Science student with a not-for-profit agency in rural Cambodia. The placement was completed as part of an existing credit-bearing WIL unit via a new international partnership. This innovative project is potentially adaptable across disciplines and institutions.

The Youth Mentoring Scheme is delivered by Macquarie University and is aimed at third year psychology students. The program provides mentoring training for students, who in turn are then able to mentor high school students facing profound challenges, to help them identify and achieve individual goals.

To get your work noticed as an exemplar project showcased via the ACEN webpages, apply using our online form. Don’t forget, ACEN recognition of your work as an exemplar model of practice can be included in your academic transcript.

6. TEQSA Guidance Notes: WIL video

TEQSa presentationThe presentation was recorded at ACEN NSW/ACT Chapter in February 2016 and focused on the broad overview of the new Higher Education Standards, the WIL Guidance Notes, exemplars of noteworthy practice and those with issues, and the scope of evidence required for compliance.

For ease of viewing and reference, the one hour presentation has been divided into smaller sections as follows:

#1 Introduction & general content of WIL Standards in the TEQSA framework

#2 New additions to the HE Standards from 2017

#3 Relevant sections to WIL in the Standards – institutional quality assurance

#4 HE Standards monitoring process

#5 Third party delivery & the HE Standards

#6 WIL models

#7 WIL risks – examples & scenarios

#8 Expectations of WIL Quality Assurance Framework

#9 Exemplar of WIL good practice

#10 Exemplar of WIL with issues

#11 TEQSA Assessment Framework

#12 Renewal of Registration Model

#13 Three ages of TEQSA

#14 TEQSA Guidance Notes: WIL Q&A with Dr Michael Tomlinson

7. Call for EoIs: Connectedness Learning mentoring / chapters for edited book

Call for EoIs GE.20We are looking for 6-7 teams to mentor in working with the GE2.0 toolkit in different ways during 2017.

Each team will have the opportunity to share their work in progress at a subsidised GE2.0 roundtable in Adelaide in late 2017 / early 2018, and will contribute a chapter to an edited book with a high level educational publisher in 2018.

8. Two Swinburne vacancies

Swinburne logoSenior Lecturer in STEM Work Integrated Learning role

Applications close: 5pm, Thursday 20 April 2017

Senior Lecturer in Work Integrated Learning

Applications close: 5pm, 30th April 2017

9. WIL Good Practice Report

The 2016 Good Practice Report – Work Integrated Learning is now published.

Authored by Professor Judyth Sachs, Dr Anna Rowe and Dr Michael Wilson, the report was commissioned by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching to identify good practices in WIL. It takes up where Janice Orrell’s 2011 report left off, providing a systematic review of the literature and contemporary case studies of good practice evident in 13 Australian and two overseas universities.

Information is synthesised around the following themes: WIL definitions, models and benefits; Approaches to WIL; Curriculum matters; Student experience and managing diversity; Partnerships and stakeholder management; Recommendations. 

10. Canadian Govt announces 13,000 WIL placements

Justine Trudeau has promised to fund 13,000 work-integrated learning placements for students as part of a move to invest in education and training ahead of job automation.

Read down in the linked doc to see the statement.

11. 'Assessing employability outcomes through WIL: Challenges and Opportunities'

Webinar recording

Webinar held on April 3, 2017

12. ACEN Q Exploring Global WIL: WIL Experiences & Funding

ACEn Q symposiumSymposium Presentations

Exploring Global WIL – Alan Blackman

Queensland’s International Education and Training Strategy – what does it hold for employability, community engagement and WIL? (Rebecca Hall, Director, TIQ)

Australian Government funding options (Jan Febey, DET/DFAT)

Meeting the quality challenges of providing internships overseas (Dr Michael Thomlinson, TEQSA)

Videos of sessions

13. NSW/ACT ACEN

February Forum

ACEN Q symposium student panel

The ACEN NSW/ACT Chapter held its first forum of the year on 16 February. In the morning session the focus was on 'Unpacking co-curricular options: WIL for International Students'. This session was focused on the increasing number of WIL related co-curricular activities preparing international students for more formal WIL experiences and employment.

The nature of co-curricular activities presented in the case studies ranged from preparatory programs designed to introduce students to Australian workplace culture and enhance their competitiveness in the job market, through to more targeted programs and forums covering specific areas such as mentoring, professional development, leadership and employability.

The discussion generated in the forum led to the idea of providing a place where we could continue to share the collective wisdom and insight of practitioners around NSW and the ACT and so the NSW/ACT Chapter Blog was born...

NSW/ACT Chapter Blog

Blog link: http://acennswactchapter.blogspot.com.au/

So what to expect? The first series of posts will be by members and guest bloggers on WIL for international students. Pop over to the blog now to read about the top three take always that Anna Rowe from Macquarie University had on preparing international students for WIL.

How can you get involved? Simply comment on posts or if you have a burning topic or perspective that you would like to contribute, then please contact the committee to be a guest blogger.

TEQSA Guidance Notes: WIL

The afternoon session of the forum was focused on the TEQSA Guidance Notes: Work Integrated Learning, which were released for comment late last year. The presentation focused on the broad overview of the new Higher Education Standards, the WIL Guidance Notes, exemplars of noteworthy practice and those with issues, and the scope of evidence required for compliance.

The presentation was recorded for wider distribution amongst the ACEN network. For ease of viewing and reference, the one hour presentation has been divided into smaller sections. Sections 7, 8, 9, 10 and 14 may be of particular interest for WIL practitioners to view.

At this stage, the TEQSA Guidance Notes: WIL consultation paper has not been altered on their website from the Beta 1.0 version at 9 August 2016. It was clear in Dr Michael Tomlinson's presentation to the ACEN NSW/ACT Chapter forum, however, that they were listening to the WIL community and were reviewing the Guidance Notes: WIL based on the feedback from ACEN, ACED, and higher education institutions. Keep your eye on the TEQSA website for further updates.

14. ACEN Vic/Tas WIL and Social Media

ACEN VicTas held its first professional development workshop for the year on 16 March, 2017. The hot button topic of 'WIL and Social Media: for student learning, communication and managing students' drew record numbers to the workshop.

ACEN VICTAS march forum

Kerin Elsum from RMIT University shared her use of Google+ to create a self-directed learning community. Kerin's students in her New York City Study Tour subject used Google+ to collaboratively reflect on their learning as they absorbed what New York had to offer. The collaboration was fun and organic with hidden structure, developing the students employability with useful and authentic experiences.

Rachael Hains-Wesson of Swinburne University of Technology encouraged student engagement during their Industry Study Tours using WhatsApp and WeChat. These platforms were used to encourage group collaboration, give students up-to-date information in real time, and facilitate post learning connections. Rachael also provided excellent hints for managing this type of engagement.

Ross Monaghan from Deakin University had the audience excited about using the social media platform LinkedIN for networking. He highlighted the importance of creating happenstance by using LinkedIN to help others rather than just as a medium to contact others for help. Ross' many examples of using LinkedIN to find placements, encouraged the audience to take his advice to get started immediately and fail fast. The presentations were followed by a rich panel discussion leaving the audience enthused to explore social media as another way of providing a rich WIL experience for our students.

15. Developing Employability Skills within the Curriculum

This is the next ACEN Vic/Tas workshop

Date: Thursday, 25 May

Location: RMIT

More detailed information will be provided in the next newsletter.

16. Parlez vous francais?

Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant

The Embassy of France in Australia is pleased to announce that the applications for the 2017-2018 Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant are now open. The Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant is designed to encourage students to undertake study, research or professional development in France. The grant consists in a return flight ticket between Australia and France. For students undertaking an internship in a French laboratory or company, social insurance is also provided for a period of up to six months.

The Higher Education section has made some exciting new changes to the program from previous years, notably to include cotutelle candidates, students undertaking an internship in France, and students participating in a short course.

New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna student opportunities

Applications for the 2018 Language Teaching Assistant Programs in New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna are now open!.

Students selected to participate in these programs are offered the opportunity to gain invaluable professional and personal experience within a French speaking primary or secondary school, located within the idyllic paradises of either New Caledonia or Wallis and Futuna.

Wallis and Futuna

Wallis and Futuna