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April 2019 newsletter





In this issue

1. From the President

2. ACEN Research Grants now with ECR included close May 2

3. ACEN Student Scholarships close April 30

4. ACEN webinars

5. Case studies QA

6. Chapter events

7. Dual sector universities call for more integrated learning - report

8. Service Learning Summit - Gold Coast

9. The world at work: IEAA employability symposium

10. Association for Academic Literacy and Learning conference

11. Karsten Zegwaard recognised for research

12. WACE matters

13. Vacancy Head of School and Dean, School of Health Sciences

14. ACEN is on Twitter and LinkedIn!

15. Case study in focus - Creating Authentic Connections

16. Resource in focus - Learning and Teaching Repository

1. From the President

Sonia Ferns ACEN President

As we rapidly approach the Easter holiday period, ACEN is busy developing and implementing strategic priorities for 2019, preparing for research grant submissions, collating student scholarship applications, and organising future webinars for 2019. I urge everyone to register for the webinar to be held on 15 April presented by Lisa Bolton, Director, Quality in Learning and Teaching (QILT). Lisa will provide an overview of QILT data, present institutional data gathered via the Graduate Outcomes Survey, and highlight how the data informs institutional performance on employability and employment outcomes. Early registrations indicate overwhelming interest in the focus of this webinar.

Jude Smith and Anna Rowe facilitated an excellent information session on the ACEN Research grants via webinar on Thursday 4th April. About 40 eager potential grant applicants attended the webinar with particular interest shown in the Early Career Researcher (ECR) grants. There were many questions posed which prompted excellent discussion. Attendees agreed that the session was very useful for clarifying important criteria characteristic of a quality and competitive grant submission. Comments in the chat section of the webinar room were extremely positive and a recording is available. Thanks Jude and Anna for preparing and presenting this collaborative and informative session for our ACEN colleagues.

A key strategy for the ACEN Board in 2019 is to engage with TAFE institutions. Given the national priorities and drivers for educational providers to ensure a seamless education across sectors, it is imperative that ACEN forge strong partnerships with the TAFE sector and work closely on streamlining articulation opportunities. I am delighted to advise the ACEN community that Holmesglen TAFE has become an institutional member of ACEN. On behalf of ACEN members, I warmly welcome our TAFE colleagues to the ACEN community and look forward to working with you in the WIL space. The TAFE sector has been successfully navigating employer engagement and skill development for many years and I am sure will provide many insights for our membership. I, along with several of the VIC/TAS Chapter Committee have scheduled a meeting in May with Holmesglen ACEN representatives where we plan to explore opportunities for collaboration.

With the global emphasis on WIL in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) disciplines, ACEN and the Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS) are working together to develop strategies for enhancing industry/community engagement and WIL approaches in STEM. The collective expertise of ACEN and ACDS will optimise outcomes of this project. It is an excellent example of collaboration, sharing of resources, efficient consolidation of expertise, and will have a positive impact on the profile of both organisations. More importantly, this collaboration will benefit our STEM colleagues and students.

Wishing you all a safe, happy and restful Easter break. I hope you all return refreshed and invigorated post-Easter to embark on developing WIL initiatives for your students.

Sonia Ferns, ACEN President      

2. ACEN Research Grants now with ECR included closes May 2

face and magnifying glassIn 2019 ACEN is offering funding for three Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants up to $10,000 each and two grants of $5,000 for Early Career Researchers. The grants are available to both academic and professional staff.

Applications are invited on topics related to one of the themes identified through National WIL Strategy and the 2018 ACEN National Research Symposium.

Applications close at 5:00pm AEST May 2, 2019

Information session

An online information session has been held and recorded.

3. ACEN Student Scholarships close April 30

windmill in paddockOnce again eight scholarships of $1,500 are available to provide financial support for students undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) placement in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their 2019/2020 university studies.

Applications are now open.

4. ACEN webinars

Employment and Employability: Using GOS and GOS-L data to talk about employability’ webinar

Ring bindersLisa Bolton, Director, QILT Research and Strategy, Social Research Centre

Monday 15 April 2019

We will look at the data that institutions hold from the QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) of recent graduates and GOS- Longitudinal (three years after completion) and the “stories” that can be told to drive improvement in institutions then an overview of QILT and then a deep dive below the public employment indicators.

Evidencing Enterprise and Entrepreneurial skills webinar

Presented by Associate Professor Jude Smith, Director of Next Gen Learning, Learning and Teaching Unit, Queensland University of Technology.

28th May, 12pm AEST

More details to come shortly.

5. Case studies QA

case studiesJoin us for a QA session on the how to submit a case study for subsequent publication as a resource on the ACEN website.

Hear about the steps ACEN takes prior to final acceptance and how you may even get the excellence award at the ACEN conference.

June 26, 2019 by Zoom

6. Chapter events

Evidence entrepreneurial skills through WIL - ACEN Vic/Tas workshop

desktopThursday May 23, 2019

Innovative and entrepreneurial models of WIL challenge the adequacy of traditional assessment approaches in generating the credible evidence of entrepreneurial capabilities.

The ATN Edge Project is addressing such challenges through the co-design, piloting and evaluation of a range of scalable and sustainable WIL assessment approaches in partnership with key stakeholders.

Evidencing entrepreneurial capabilities – ACEN WA workshop

StudioMonday 27 May 2019

Innovative and entrepreneurial models of WIL challenge the adequacy of traditional assessment approaches in generating the credible evidence of entrepreneurial capabilities that give students an employability edge for an ever-evolving and complex future.

Curious about WIL research?

ACEN Research ConversationsWant to learn more about what others are doing in the WIL space?

Interested in meeting others working in WIL?

The ACEN NSW/ACT Chapter and ACEN National Research and Scholarship sub-committee invites you to attend our monthly WIL Research Conversation! This is a friendly, informal gathering of like-minded practitioners and scholars interested in furthering our knowledge of WIL scholarship, research and practice.

WIL Research Conversations will take place on the last Friday of the month, starting in May 2019. More information soon. Questions or further details email Bonnie Dean bonnie_dean@uow.edu.au   

7. Dual sector universities call for more integrated learning - report

reform-post-sec-dual-sector-report coverA report from the 6 Australian Dual sector universities calls for

8. Service Learning Summit - Gold Coast

Service Learning SummitGriffith University will host a Service Learning Summit from 13-15 November, 2019 at its Gold Coast campus.

Keynote speaker and workshop presenter, Dr Richard Kiely currently serves as a senior fellow in the Office of Engagement Initiatives (OEI) in Cornell University’s Office of Engagement Initiatives. In 2005, he was recognized nationally as a John Glenn Scholar in Service-Learning for his longitudinal research that led to the development of a transformative service-learning model.

9. The world at work: IEAA employability symposium

IEAA SymposiumMelbourne - June 21, 2019

Employability is one of the primary drivers for those seeking an international education; for many students, however, it remains one of the most elusive. This symposium will explore how students, education providers and industry can work together to enhance international employability and ensure students are set for success in the world at work.

10. Association for Academic Literacy and Learning conference

AALL Association for Academic Language and Learning'AALL Around the World: international perspectives, research and practice in academic language and learning'.

Fremantle, WA November 27-29, 2019

11. Karsten Zegwaard recognised for research

Karsten ZegwaardKarsten Zegwaard, known to many ACEN members via conferences and publications, has been awarded the James W. Wilson Award For Outstanding Contribution to Research in the Field of Cooperative Education and Internships.

This award is competitively determined and is intended to recognize longstanding contributions to the field both by participating in research activity and providing leadership for others.

12. WACE matters

International Research Community $15,000 Research Grant

There is still time to submit an application for the $15,000 Research Grant being offered by WACE. To learn more about the grant please visit the website, the criteria and to access the online grant application. Submit your grant application to WACE@uml.edu  For more information about the grant please contact jenny.fleming@aut.ac.nz

International Research Symposium Proceedings Online

The International Research Symposium Proceedings from the IRS in Stuttgart, Germany are available online. A complete list of all Refereed Papers submitted for the Proceedings is available here.

International Research Community (IRC)

Interested in becoming a member of the International Research Community? If yes, please send a note to WACE@uml.edu with the subject heading International Research Community and a person from the IRC will contact you. More information about the IRC is here.

WACE Awards - call for nominations

WACE logoWACE (World Association for Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education) is excited to announce the Call for Nominations for three prestigious awards.

The deadline to submit nominations for these awards is June 1, 2019. Please go to the WACE Awards tab on the WACE website for more information about the awards and a full list of all the criteria for each award

13. Vacancy Head of School and Dean, School of Health Sciences

University of SydneyThe University of Sydney is seeking to appoint a distinguished academic as Head of School and Dean, Sydney School of Health Sciences, who will join the leadership team of the Faculty of Medicine Health. The school consists of six professions, five research groups and three research centres. The school provides professional preparation programs for a comprehensive range of health science professionals, as well as majors in health science and disability.

Applications close on Sunday 5 May 2019

14. ACEN is on Twitter and LinkedIn!

ACEN social media inviteConnect with Australia's rapidly expanding WIL community and share your WIL experiences in real-time.

Why wait?

Follow us on Twitter @ACENau and join our closed Linkedin Group now.

15. Case study in focus - Creating Authentic Connections

creating authentic connectionsThis project is a series of blended-learning online modules designed to support students and their industry partners progressively throughout the major stages of a WIL internship placement: preparation, industry engagement, and reflection, and to allow students to access material relevant to their particular timeframe and relevant to their particular placement.

16. Resource in focus - Learning and Teaching Repository

Learning and Teaching RepositoryThe ACEN Resources section lists individual items, some based on ACEN funded projects, conference proceedings and various reports as well as major items such as the Learning and Teaching Repository.

This Repository contains a collection of higher education learning and teaching materials flowing from projects funded by the Australian Government from 1994-2018.

It lists 1098 items in the Resource List.