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In this issue

1. Lakhnu Village Project: Education Beyond the Classroom

2. Building better WIL agreements

3. ACEN State Chapter elections coming up

4. 'WIL 2020: Pushing the Boundaries' • 2016 ACEN conference

5. Webinar 'Volunteering to Learn'

6. 'Integrating practice-based learning experiences into higher education programs'

7. 'The Economics of Cooperative Education'

8. International Employability Guides Online

9. APJCE special edition

10. 'To give is to receive: true service-learning' conference

Curtin University School of Built Environment students in India

1. Lakhnu Village Project: Education Beyond the Classroom

When a village becomes your classroom you know the experience is going to be very different to your usual day at university. In February of this year, 20 students from the School of Built Environment exchanged design studios and iLectures for a rural development project in the village of Lakhnu, east of Pune in southern India, as part of an International Fieldwork unit.

The Lakhnu 2015 Fieldtrip is the fifth phase of the ongoing Lakhnu Sustainable Rural Development Project in India. The project is a partnership between Curtin University School of Built Environment, Dr Bhanuben Nanavati College of Architecture (BNCA) and non-government organisation Indian Rural Education Development (IREAD). This partnership commenced in 2010 and the first Curtin students visited Lakhnu in 2011.

The 2015 Study Fieldtrip comprised two major activities. Over two days Curtin students and staff collaborated in a joint workshop in Pune, centred on proposals for the development and improvement of a number of important heritage market spaces. Following this Curtin and BNCA students and their lecturers collaborated with the Lakhnu village community to build 2 toilet facilities, improve the health and workability of a heritage well site, improve living and health conditions for a number of poor families and began a study tour on indoor ventilation and pollution.

Project leader Associate Professor Reena Tiwari, said the best part of the experience for students is (that) 'the project has provided a model of Work Integrated Research and Learning (WIRL) where students have participated in a real project and learned from the community members, industry professionals, staff and from each other.' In this model students not only achieve course learning outcomes, they also achieve lifelong learning and employability skills by working in an interdisciplinary, intercultural and international context.

The Project has a strong future and is set to be scaled up and expanded into nearby villages in the future, increasing the scope and scale of potential projects and providing partners with opportunities for further collaboration.

2. Building better WIL agreements

Thanks to all who have responded - the more the merrier!

In response to the National WIL Strategy, ACEN is funding a project to develop Agreement Templates which incorporate the key elements of a legal contract to ensure the safety and well-being of students while on a WIL placement and clarify the role of the host organization and university. The project entails researching, collating and creating agreement templates for Work Integrated Learning. ACEN is seeking support from the ACEN Community in collecting samples of agreements currently used to formalize partnerships with industry and community.

Please forward examples of agreement templates to ACEN at admin@acen.edu.au. Your support will be acknowledged.

3. ACEN State Chapter elections coming up

handsSee who’s nominated or to get a nomination form or find out more about your chapter election …

A call for nominations has been circulated to all members seeking nominations for the following positions in each State Chapter.

Remember

Constitution

4. 'WIL 2020: Pushing the Boundaries' • 2016 ACEN conference

Register your interest

Call for papers

The call for papers will open in mid-October, 2015.

5. Webinar 'Volunteering to Learn'

Thursday 1st October 2015

9:00am (WA)/10:30am (SA/NT)/11:00am (AEST)

Based on findings from the OLT funded project 'Volunteering to Learn: Enhancing learning in the student volunteering experience in Australian universities'

Featuring presentations on:

  1. Good practice guides for students, host organisations, university decision makers, university program managers and employers; Concept guides on terminology and learning.

  2. Findings from the research project.

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6. 'Integrating practice-based learning experiences into higher education programs'

Author: Stephen Billett

This book is about how higher education students' experiences in practice settings (i.e. workplaces) can be most effectively utilised and integrated with their university programs. Essentially, the book is a product of an ALTC National Teaching Fellowship that included 20 projects from a range of disciplines across 6 Australian universities. The content of the book addresses the educational purposes of an occupational focus and the integration of students' workplace experiences in higher education. It also attempts to elaborate what such an integration comprises. Then it sets out the findings of the 20 projects in terms of curriculum, pedagogic practices and how students need to engage with these experiences.

Billett, S. (2015) Integrating practice-based learning experiences into higher education programs Springer; Dordrecht, The Netherlands ISBN 978-94-017-7229-7

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7. 'The Economics of Cooperative Education:

A practitioner's guide to the theoretical framework and empirical assessment of cooperative education'

Author: Yasushi Tanaka, Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan
Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern World Economy
The book offers a rigorous theoretical framework based on human capital theory of labour economics and econometric analysis, which are well-established concepts in the field of Economics, with an objective quantitative methodology to analyze and assess cooperative education programmes.

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8. International Employability Guides Online

From IEAA (International Education Association of Australia)

International Student Guide

This guide provides advice to international students for identifying their career goals and acquiring employability skills in the first, second and final years of study in Australia. It also provides guidance to students after graduating and emphasises the importance of managing expectations, knowing their rights and the benefits of lifelong learning. Jo Doyle, Trinity College, The University of Melbourne

Enhancing the Employability of International Graduates: A Guide for Australian Education Providers

This guide is designed to assist education providers in preparing international students for success in a volatile and highly competitive graduate employment labour market. Dr Cate Gribble, Deakin University

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9. APJCE special edition

Papers from the Australian Collaborative Education Network Annual Conference 2014

The Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education publishes peer-reviewed original research, topical issues, and best practice articles from throughout the world dealing with Cooperative Education (Co-op) and Work Integrated Learning/Education (WIL).

Volume 16 (2015)

Issue 3 (Special Issue)

10. 'To give is to receive: true service-learning' conference

27-28 November 2015

The conference aims to showcase student service-learning projects and will focus on how these experiences have impacted on the students' personal development and perhaps the lives of others. You will also find out about the latest research and logistics of organising service-learning programs. 

Combined with opportunities to network with fellow educators and share your experiences, we can work together to build school cultures of service learning.

Special guests 'How Ridiculous' on overcoming child poverty.

 Register now: nd.edu.au/slc2015 

More information Dr Glenda Cain E: glenda.cain@nd.edu.au P: 08 9433 0174 or Associate Professor Shane Lavery E: shane.lavery@nd.edu.au P: 08 9433 0173