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In this issue

1. 2016 ACEN Conference

2. ACEN Research Grants announced

3. Why innovation requires a mix of skillsets

4. Online WIL Evaluation Tool

5. ASCILITE Annual Conference

6. WIL-AFRICA 2016 Conference

1. 2016 ACEN Conference

'Preparing for the great unknown: What is the role of WIL in developing skills for the future?'

Panel speakers

This question will be addressed by a panel including

More on the Panel

Best on ground

During the Conference the 'Best Paper' Award will be announced.

Full refereed papers were considered and needed to be either empirical studies or theoretical reviews. These papers provided a detailed description of appropriate literature, methodologies, and analytical methods, demonstrating a thorough and rigourous analysis of current issues in work-integrated learning, leading to well-argued conclusions.

There will also be an award for 'Best Poster'.


Reviewers team

All papers underwent a double blind peer review process and our thanks to the team who undertook this demanding task.

See the list

Preconference workshops

1. Reflection (Harvey et al) Abstract

2. Employability (Bennett) Abstract

3. ePlacement (Smith & Smith) Abstract

4. Research skills (Barnandike et al) Abstract

5. WIL & employability (Higgs) Abstract

6. Leadership (Patrick) Abstract

Register for the pre-conference workshops

University of QueenslandConference dinner

Included in the conference fee is the famed Conference Dinner, this year being held at Lauriston House.

Transport is provided between Lauriston House and the Conference venue.

The Dinner is being sponsored by The University of Queensland.

Your chair - we're holding it

While the response has been excellent we're still saving a chair for you.

Register now

2. ACEN Research Grants announced

ACEN Research Grants announcedThe ACEN Research Scholarship and Professional Learning Sub-Committee has selected three WIL research grant winners for 2016 from strong pool of 41 applications. The shortlisting and final selection process involved the committee members' review of applications against criteria. The successful proposals for 2016 are:

Project: Do student-led interprofessional WIL placements enhance graduate attributes?
Margo Brewer (Project Lead) and Dr Helen Flavell (Curtin University) with industry partners, Challis Community School, Brookman Primary School and Juniper Aged Care.


Project: Experiential Entrepreneurship Work Integrated Learning Model
Dr Retha de Villiers Scheepers (Project Lead), Prof Michael Clements and Dr Renee Barnes (University of Sunshine Coast) with industry partners - The Innovation Centre and Spark Bureau.


Project: Putting the trust into assessing work integrated learning - Developing a process for
embedding Entrustable Professional Activities as an authentic form of assessing work integrated learning.

Dr Lisa Schmidt (Project Lead), Dr Maxine Moore, Professor Lambert Schuwirth, Ms Iris Lindemann and Ms Laura Spencer (Flinders University)
Professor Wendy Hu and Dr Carlos El-Haddad (Western Sydney University)
Dr Jordan Li  - Flinders Medical Centre


3. Why innovation requires a mix of skillsets

Article by Dr Max Theilacker, Centre for Workplace Leadership, University of Melbourne

It's not a shortage of STEM skills, but the wrong mix of talent across a business that is holding up the innovation train, a research group finds.

Innovation is today's most used – and least understood – word. Politicians brandish it like a magic wand. But the spell could be broken with a new report challenging the current obsession with STEM.

The Skills and Capabilities for Australian Enterprise Innovation report, produced by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) and released in July, 2016, shines a new light on the innovation debate. It suggests the lack of appropriate skills mixing in and across our enterprises is the biggest barrier to innovation, not the shortage of STEM skills.

4. Online WIL Evaluation Tool

On the 21st July, the Vic/Tas Chapter of ACEN held an interactive workshop on the University of Tasmania's WIL Evaluation Tool which was developed through their 2015 ACEN Research Grant. Associate Professor Annette Marlow and Dr Cassandra Saunders presented their project 'Development of an online Work Integrated Learning (WIL) survey tool to measure, evaluate and enhance the quality of students' WIL experiences' and led the participants through the process of creating a survey and generating reports. The support and enthusiasm for this interactive session was so encouraging that a follow up workshop is being planned for early November in Melbourne.
For further information about the University of Tasmania's WIL Evaluation Tool, please contact the WIL Project Team at: Cassandra.Saunders@utas.edu.au.

5. ASCILITE Annual Conference

AdelaideThe ASCILITE 33rd International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education has opened its online registration system. The conference organizers at the University of South Australia have made every effort to offer attractive conference rates this year and although a detailed conference schedule is some months away the organizing committee have managed to secure several exciting speakers.  

You can register online anytime and Early Bird rate are available through to 7 October.  The conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre 28 – 30 November 2016 and this year the conference is being held in conjunction with the Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute (ALASI).

6. WIL-AFRICA 2016 Conference

20-22 September 2016

University of Johannesburg, South Africa

'WIL and Employability'