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In this issue

1. President's Message

Statement of Intent : Update

2. ACEN Conference update

Research Symposium


3. ACEN student scholarships

4. WACE Research Grant $15,000 (USD)

5. Fair Work Australia

6. Wanted: Experts in international fieldwork and international clinical placements—health

7. Early Career Award


Assessing work integrated learning (WIL)

Larger Than Life: An Arts Event by the Sea

9. Poignant Pedagogies for Discovery – or of Compliance?

The Case of Negotiated, Work-Based Learning in Higher Education

10. Educators and managers of university on-campus clinics

Judie Kay1. President's Message

Statement of Intent : Update

The organisations that are signatories to the Statement  met last week. It was agreed to commence on the development of a national strategy to be completed by March 2015. Universities Australia is in the process of setting up an advisory group. ACEN is establishing a subcommittee from reps from state chapters to provide advice to the ACEN Board. A roundtable at the ACEN Conference will provide a further mechanism for discussion of work in progress and develop actions for inclusion into the strategy.

In addition ACEN is supporting a number of national research projects currently underway to better determine the breadth of WIL and identify key enablers, barriers an potential strategies to increase and enhance WIL in Australia.

More detail about the study

Regular updates will be provided through the ACE newsletter and through state committees or for more information contact Judie Kay judie.kay@rmit.edu.au

Judie Kay,

ACEN President

2. ACEN Conference update

Register now

QUT and Grifffith University logosResearch Symposium

Monday 29th September, 2014, Brisbane

Sponsored by Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University

Program elements

Symposium draft program

Symposium registration (separate to Conference registration)

2014 Conference logoConference

The ACEN conference at the Gold Coast is a just two months away with registrations rolling in. 

The social activities are coming together with sponsorship from Curtin University for the Welcome Drinks on Wednesday afternoon and the Conference Dinner on Thursday evening.

The workshops are filling fast! There is only one spot left for the 'Reflection as a pedagogical practice' workshop.

With over 42 refereed papers, 17 roundtable discussions and 31 showcase presentation, the program promises to be inspiring. Program details will be announced shortly and it will allow plenty of time for discussion after the papers have been presented. Here's a small sample

See the full list of abstracts, roundtables and showcase presentations.

Conference sponsors InPlace - smart placement solutions Griffith University

3. ACEN student scholarships

Five students are about to received congratulatory letters providing them with a $1,500 scholarship.

The winners of the 2014 ACEN student scholarship were finalised following a rigorous selection process. Three of the five winners are nursing students, one is studying Occupational Therapy and the fifth winner is a Medical Radiation Science student.

The ACEN scholarship recipients are studying at various institutions including Charles Sturt University, University of South Australia, and Southern Cross University.

Thanks to Joshua Soh and Alison O'Shaughnessy who provided valuable support to Sonia Ferns in administering the selection process.

More about the criteria

WACE logo4. WACE Research Grant $15,000 (USD)

Developed by the WACE International Research Group Executive

Value and Duration: $15,000 (USD) over two years (Inaugural grant sponsored by WACE)

A research grant will be awarded to a researcher or a research team for a single research project. The project must be completed within two years of receiving the notification of the award. To encourage completion of the project and dissemination of the results, the grant will be dispersed in two installments – 75% of the grant dispersed immediately and the final 25% will be dispersed when a final report (not the final paper) is submitted to the IRG and a proposal accepted for presentation at a WACE conference or symposium.

Proposal Deadline: November 1, 2014 Decisions announced: February 1, 2015

Purpose of the Award: WACE seeks to promote research activity that will advance and strengthen the understanding of cooperative and work-integrated education (CWIE) in post-secondary/tertiary education across the globe and has, at its core, a focus within one of the identified WACE research themes. (see link)

Focus of the Award: An awarded study may sample from a variety of disciplines, but the study findings must address one of the themes identified by the WACE research committee. The results should have educational implications for CWIE programs across geographic regions and/or more than one institution. Preference will be given to proposals involving two or more collaborators.

Further details and criteria (PDF)

Fair Work logo5. Fair Work Australia

The Fair Work Ombudsman website is undergoing a transition to the a new website. Links to two fact sheets that were released in February 2014 are given below to make it easy to access them.

Student Placements

Unpaid Work

Our understanding is the FWO is currently producing some further vocational placement resources. When these are released ACEN will update you via the newsletter.

6. Wanted: Experts in international fieldwork and international clinical placements—health

Invitation to be on a panel to establish best practice guidelines for international student outbound mobility in health sciences

A recently funded Office for Learning and Teaching project is seeking participants to form an expert panel in international fieldwork or clinical placements in health. The project aims to identify good practice in the sector and establish minimum academic standards (e.g. the learning outcomes, preparation, supervision and assessment practices). If you have at least one year of experience in either developing, coordinating or supervising international fieldwork or clinical placements in health we invite you to be part of this study. The time commitment required will be minimal as the project is adopting a Delphi method. For more information, to be a part of this study, and/or added to the project communication list please contact Dr B-K Tan bk.tan@curtin.edu.au

Dr Denise Jackson7. Early Career Award

The WA ACEN community are proud to announce that Dr Denise Jackson, Senior Lecturer in the School of Business at Edith Cowan University, was awarded the WAIER (Western Australian Institute for Education Research) Early Career Award for her contribution to research on graduate employability, WIL and employment outcomes.

Denise is a great asset to the WA WIL community as an active ACEN member. She is also leading the joint project between WA universities and the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry on employer engagement in WIL .


Assessing work integrated learning (WIL)

On Thursday 17th July ACEN WA hosted an event Assessing work integrated learning (WIL) facilitated by Sonia Ferns and Megan Le Clus. Forty attendees explored strategies for evidencing students' skill development and discussed the value of the Authentic Assessment Framework as a tool for scaffolding learning activities and authentic assessment tasks. Participants engaged in robust discussion about the challenges of implementing innovative assessment approaches in a traditional paradigm. Murdoch University hosted the event and provided a sumptuous spread. The great food and friendly networking provided the basis for a successful and enjoyable afternoon.


Students at EssperanceLarger Than Life: An Arts Event by the Sea

Three Curtin Art Students travelled to Esperance, about 750 kms south-east of Perth, to participate in the Larger Than Life: An Arts Events by the Sea, hosted by Esperance Community Arts Centre, on 17 & 18 May.

The students gained valuable practical experience by working closely with an arts professional, setting up sculptures for the Community Sculpture competition at the grounds of the Esperance Historic Museum Village. Further to learning about artwork professional practice, the students shadowed sound and lighting professionals, setting up multiple stages for performance arts. They were also given the opportunity to learn more about videography and photography from professionals in the field. Contributing to the event, our students created a temporary colourful ball sculpture that was opened up for children on the final day.

In addition, Phoenix Hudson, a Performance Arts student, got into the spirit of community participation in the arts and performed an impromptu poetry reading of her own work. As well as the opportunity to work with professionals in a community setting, students gained work integrated learning experience in a regional context and saw first-hand how art can be a vehicle for community engagement.

9. Poignant Pedagogies for Discovery – or of Compliance?

The Case of Negotiated, Work-Based Learning in Higher Education

Presented by the Deakin University Centre for Research in Educational Futures and Innovation (CREFI).

Thursday 21 August 2014, 11:00am- 12:30pm, Burwood Campus

tony-wallDr Tony Wall from the University of Chester's Centre for Work Related Studies, UK

Educationally, work-integrated learning can provide a rich and authentic pedagogic space in which to grow personally and professionally, where the learner has the opportunity (and ability) to explore from their own cultural perspective. But this place of discovery can also become a place of compliance; where learners mechanically do what is required of them, without creative engagement, curiosity or connection to their cultural perspective. The question is asked: are we crafting poignant pedagogies for discovery – or of compliance?


10. Educators and managers of university on-campus clinics

A consortium of educators and managers of university on-campus clinics is currently convened from across Australia. While the Terms of Reference are yet to be determined the Consortium led by SCU will meet to discuss the range of issues related to the operations and education that takes place in this type of clinic. It is envisaged that the group will work towards implementing Standards and Peer Review Evaluations and Benchmarking of policies, practices, and procedures. The group might explore research and funding opportunities and collaborative initiatives.

If you are an on-campus Clinic Manager or CEO or the Senior Clinical Education Academic please contact Dr Keri Moore at SCU to indicate your Expression of Interest in being involved in the Consortium: keri.moore@scu.edu.au.