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In this issue

1. 2018 ACEN Conference

Short extension

Partnership with the International Journal

Registrations

2. Upcoming chapter events

Students as partners in WIL: Is this really possible? - ACEN SA/NT Workshop

Optimising through post-experience interventions – ACEN WA

Flexible and emerging models of WIL - ACEN Vic/Tas

Enhancing resilience - webinar

3. Three ACEN Research Grants valued at $10,000

4. Eight Student Scholarships of $1,500 available

5. How do you maximise millennial students' learning through fieldwork?

6. WIL In The Press

7. Showcase your work!

8. Awards opportunity coming soon

9. Developing employABILITY as metacognition: Opportunities for learning, teaching and research

10. 'Starting Somewhere' podcast

11. Curtin undergraduate 'makes' record(s)

12. Out of the comfort zone at BHPBilliton

13. Canadian company announces $6.6M to support student opportunities

14. WIL Africa Conference

1. 2018 ACEN Conference

ACEN 2018 conference strip

Short extension

Due to a number of requests the Conference Organising Committee has provided a short extension to paper deadlines, with the new due date being Monday 30 April.

However, this is only a matter of weeks away, so do not leave it too late.

Partnership with the International Journal

The Conference Organising Committee is pleased to announce a partnership with the International Journal of Work Integrated Learning (IJWIL) to develop a special issue from the full papers submitted to the conference.

The IJWIL is a new name and focus for the Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education (APJCE) and is a key journal in the area of work integrated learning.

Registrations

Early bird registration still open

2. Upcoming chapter events

HandshakeStudents as partners in WIL: Is this really possible? - ACEN SA/NT Workshop

9:30am – 12:30pm Friday, May 18th at Flinders University Victoria Square

Contemporary Australian higher education providers have championed student partnership and meaningful engagement as key priorities in strategic planning, governance, and teaching and learning. This workshop, including input from an expert panel, explores the notion of students as partners in work-integrated learning (WIL) environments. We trouble the authentic nature of students as partners in this space, and the notion that student partnerships promotes engaged learning and agency. Bringing together staff and students, we take Kettl's (2017) idea of 'doing better by knowing better' to explore the possibilities and challenges that go beyond the usual lip-service paid to engagement and partnership in higher education curricula.

Reference: Kettl, D. F. (2017). Little Bites of Big Data for Public Policy. CQ Press.

Optimising post-experienceOptimising through post-experience interventions – ACEN WA

1.45pm to 3.30pm Wednesday, 6 June

Speakers: Denise Jackson, Abigail Lewis, Nigel Gribble, Susan Edgar and Jessica Colliver.

The five participants from Western Australian universities will briefly present their findings from the OLT-funded ‘Augmenting career development learning and professional identify development through post-practicum interventions' project led by Professor Stephen Billett. Their interventions focused on drawing on the WIL experience to develop career management capabilities, professional identity development, reflective practice, resilience, and self-efficacy among students.

Flexible and emerging modelsFlexible and emerging models of WIL - ACEN Vic/Tas

2.30pm – 4.30pm Thursday, 19 April 2018

Presenters:

Resilience webinarEnhancing resilience - webinar

12.00pm-1:00pm (WST), Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Are you looking for ways to enhance your students' wellbeing and success? Would you like to support them to achieve their best whilst on fieldwork? Research has shown that resilience can diminish psychological stress, help with managing pressures and improve academic results.

3. Three ACEN Research Grants valued at $10,000

2018 ACEN Research GrantsIn 2018 ACEN is offering funding for three Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants valued at a maximum of $10,000 each. ACEN aims to foster research and scholarship initiatives in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) by endorsing research proposals and identifying and advancing WIL research in priority areas.

The priority areas for the 2018 grant scheme are:

Applications are due Wednesday May 2 2018.

4. Eight Student Scholarships of $1,500 available

Applications close on April 20, 2018

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 in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their 2018/2019 university studies. The scholarships are competitive and will be awarded to those who are assessed to have more proficiently met the criteria.

5. How do you maximise millennial students' learning through fieldwork?

Millenial fieldwork reportA recent project completed at Curtin University has created guidelines to support millennial students whilst on fieldwork. Millennials (those born between 1981-2000) are often ascribed stereotypical characteristics, for example, they are seen as digital natives, multitaskers, team orientated and overly confident. Teaching staff often report struggling with millennials and their predisposition for being constantly on their smart phones. The guidelines, developed through a review of the relevant literature and focus groups with students and teaching staff, target fostering a shared responsibility for fieldwork learning and developing a better understanding between staff and millennial students.

6. WIL In The Press

7. Showcase your work!

ACEN has added a new 'Excellence in WIL: Case Studies' category to its suite of awards. This award recognises quality and innovative practice across all disciplines and models of WIL. To be considered you must first submit your WIL activity as a case study to ACEN. Case studies accepted and published as exemplar models of WIL by 1 August will automatically be considered for the 2018 ACEN Excellence in WIL case study award.

If you have developed or deliver a WIL activity or initiative that you think could be considered as an exemplar project, let us know. Visit our WIL case studies page for more information and to find links to our online submission form.

Apply now and get your work noticed!

8. Awards opportunity coming soon

Shortly there'll be an opportunity to nominate people or organisations for the following

Honorary Life members

People who have made a significant contribution to advancing the practice, theory or status of work integrated learning and have a minimum 5 years' service in the field of Work Integrated Learning

Collaboration Award

Awarded to a partner organisation that is collaborating with a university to provide a sustained and significant contribution to WIL.

The Local Hero Award

This award is made to a small-medium enterprise (SME; 0-199 employees) partner that is contributing to WIL beyond the expectations of the size of their organisation.

Excellence in WIL Award

ACEN has added a new 'Excellence in WIL: Case Studies' category to its suite of awards. See the item 'Showcase your work' above.

9. Developing employABILITY as metacognition: Opportunities for learning, teaching and research

Employability Roadshow

HERDSA Roadshow March - April 2018

These workshops will engage participants in a personalised self-assessment profile and the resources and strategies with which to embed employABILITY within existing programs and courses. Workshops will suit teachers, program leaders, curricular designers, senior managers and careers advisors. No prior expertise or experience is required. 

Participants will gain: 

As well as visiting Hong Kong, the roadshow will be at these locations

Cost: Free but please register

10. 'Starting Somewhere' podcast

Starting Somewhere podcastIt's the (University of Melbourne) podcast you wished you had when you started your working life. Starting Somewhere delivers insights and stories that demystifies the internship landscape and dissects the seemingly scary world of work. Work has changed. Employers want more than a grade, candidates are demanding as much from their employer as their employer is of them. Internships are a crucial bridge from the classroom to the workplace.

11. Curtin undergraduate 'makes' record(s)

Curtin undergraduate student Kathryn Boynton participated in an outstanding work integrated learning experience in January and February 2018. Kathryn is in the third year of the Bachelor of Arts, Librarianship and Corporate Information Management course. The course is accredited by three** professional bodies and requires two * work integrated learning experiences to be successfully completed. In 2016, Kathryn was residing in Queensland and completed a first year, two week library placement with the Sunshine Coast Regional Council Library Service. Fast forward to 2017 and Kathryn had relocated to Alice Springs. Kathryn stated on her application for the third year, three week, records management and archive placement that she would like to 'learn about how records are managed in Indigenous organisations and how cultural protocols are observed and incorporated in this process'. Kathryn grew up in a predominantly Indigenous community in Normanton, Queensland, in the Gulf of Carpentaria/Kurtajar country. She said she would like to listen and learn.

Kathryn BoyntonFortunately, Bec Shillington the Curtin University Practicum Program Coordinator in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry tracks employment and various professional networks and had noted the existence of a records manager at the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress in Alice Springs. The records manager, with support from management, keenly agreed to have Kathryn on board. Kathryn enthusiastically and respectfully learnt about and participated in the daily work of the small records team. Project work involved cataloguing and archiving the CAAC's historical collection from 1973 to the early 2000's, including commencing digitising the collection. The placement was tremendously successful, mutually beneficial and long story short, Kathryn recently secured a 7 month full time contract as an assistant archivist with the CAAC and couldn't be happier,

Photo courtesy of Kathryn Boynton.

*first year, two weeks – third year, three weeks. Students decide whether to select library OR records management and archives first. The alternative is completed in third year.

** ALIA Australian Library and Information Association

ASA Australian Society of Archivists

RIMPA Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia

12. Out of the comfort zone at BHPBilliton

Lachlan at BHPECU student Lachlan Burr was looking to get out of his comfort zone when he applied for a Stepping Into internship with mining giant BHP Billiton, and his courage paid off.

The usual summer jobs he'd taken in the past made him feel his career expectations were limited and that his disability was a hindrance, but a positive experience within the supportive environment at BHP turned that around. Now, Lachlan can be excited about what awaits him post-university.

13. Canadian company announces $6.6M to support student opportunities

Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC), has announced its 'Empowering Futures' program, a Student Work Integrated Learning Program, designed to create up to 1000 new jobs for post-secondary students in the electricity sector over the next 4-years. The objective of the project is to better align the skill sets and job readiness of graduates with the needs of electricity industry employers, in all provinces and territories across Canada. The program is funded by the Government of Canada's Student Work-Integrated Learning Program.

14. WIL Africa Conference

WIL Africa logoSASCE hereby invites you to the 3rd WIL Africa Conference to be held on 18-20 July 2018.

The theme this year, is: WIL: Policy to Implementation

Sub-themes: 

  • WIL Successes Challenges and creative solutions
  • Integrated Perspectives to enhancing employability
  • WIL Curriculum issues including assessment, decolonization of education, etc.

Keynote speaker: Prof Feridun Hamdullahpur, President: Waterloo University.