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In this issue

1. From the President

2. ACEN Research grant outcomes

3. Creating sustainable WIL programs with WIL in Science – webinar

4. Developing a framework for sustainable WIL relationships – webinar recording

5. Cricket? netball? India? WIL?

Got a good example of an innovative practice?

6. ACEN NSW/ACT Chapter Forum

Collaborative research incubator: Developing cross-institutional WIL research and evaluation projects

7. Vic/Tas ACEN 'Driving outcomes: Curriculum transformation and 21st century challenges'

8. Vic/Tas ACEN 'Service Learning and WIL' - save the date

9. WIL: Creating Connections, Building Futures

10. Are you involved in an Innovative WIL Model?

11. Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education

New APJCE articles published!

APJCE update: upcoming name change

12. Engineers Australia Forum - Our Future Engineers

13. How international students can help your business

14. Vacancies

University of Sydney WIL team

15. WACE seek new CEO

Judie Kay ACEN President1. From the President

Many congratulations to the successful ACEN Research Grant recipients announced in this newsletter. We can look forward to hearing about the research outcomes through ACEN webinars or at the ACEN National Conference next year. I understand that the quality of the applications was very high which made the selection process very difficult for the panel members who do a fantastic job lead by Jude Smith QUT). The broad range of proposals demonstrates the strength of WIL research across the country and the ACEN Board remains committed to supporting WIL research as much as possible in this difficult funding environment.

If you haven't attended one of our ACEN Webinars I would encourage you to do so soon. The Webinars have been a great success providing free accessible professional development across the sector with up to 100 staff attending sessions depending on the topic. The next one is on WIL in Science lead by Dr Michael Whelan and shortly I will be leading one on a project the ATN Universities are undertaking into Innovative WIL models. We are always keen to hear about possible topics or suggestions of speakers so contact me on any Board member

Judie Kay, President

2. Research grant outcomes

The ACEN Research Scholarship and Professional Learning Sub-Committee selected three WIL research grant winners for 2017 from strong pool of 44 applications. The successful proposals are:

Project: Preparing students for the 21st century workplace: the critical role of assessment

Project: Building Students' Capacity for Evaluative Judgement through Near Peer Placements

Project: An employer-student model for developing innovation and employability skills in STEM WIL students that will benefit students and meet the needs of industry

3. Creating sustainable WIL programs with WIL in Science – webinar

WIL in ScienceDate: 31 August 11:00-12:30pm (AEST)

Hosted by: Dr Michael Whelan, Southern Cross University

WIL in Science is a program to build WIL experiences in Australian science degrees. The program reaches into all Science Faculties through the Australian Council of Deans of Science and includes peer networks, case studies, and a growing online resource, the WIL Guide for Science. This webinar will present experiences in creating effective WIL leadership and recent research from the program into student engagement.

Presenter: Professor Elizabeth Johnson, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University

4. Developing a framework for sustainable WIL relationships – webinar recording

Held on 5 July 2017 with Judene Pretti, University of Waterloo, Canada; Dr. Jenny Fleming, Auckland University of Technology and Dr Kathryn McLachlan, Macquarie University.

This presentation reports on a research study drawing on good practice frameworks and stakeholder engagement to assist in addressing the challenges inherent in the engagement process.  The efficacy of the model has now been evaluated and continuing comparative and critical analysis will provide a set of recommendations and strategies for addressing complexities in WIL.

5. Cricket? netball? India? WIL?

WIL in India, kids playingPreparation for international sports-based WIL  joins a small but distinguished group of case studies recognised by ACEN as exemplar models of WIL. Submitted by Deb Agnew and Liz Abery from Flinders University, this case study describes the approach taken in delivering a student-focused, pre-departure preparation model for international sports-based WIL placements.

Got a good example of an innovative practice?

If you have an example of good, innovative practice in WIL, let us know - we would love to help you to get your work noticed! Get more information on how to submit your WIL activity as a exemplar project showcased via the ACEN webpages.

6. ACEN NSW/ACT Chapter Forum

The final ACEN NSW/ACT Chapter Forum for 2017will be held on Wednesday November 8 and hosted by the University of Technology Sydney.

Title: 'Collaborative research incubator: Developing cross-institutional WIL research and evaluation projects.'

Save the Date: Wednesday, 8 November, 2017

Location:  UTS, Design/Architecture building, Sydney

The primary focus will be to foster research collaboration across and between Higher Education Institutions, as well as supporting and enabling like-minded people to come together to explore research and evaluation topics under the guidance of experienced facilitators. It does not matter if you have research experience or not, we aim to cater for all levels of expertise.

There is also room at this forum for those who have already started projects or are well underway with planning to invite partners for collaboration. We will be calling for Expressions of Interest in coming weeks. The intention is to make time and space available so that you can meet with potential research and/or evaluation partners.

More details will be available soon and we look forward to seeing you there.

7. Vic/Tas ACEN 'Driving outcomes: Curriculum transformation and 21st century challenges'

Combined HERDSA & Vic/Tas ACEN  professional development session

This event combines a range of rekindled HERDSA presentations and roundtable discussions on student experience, curriculum transformation, WIL and graduate employability.

Date: 26th September 2017

9.00am - 12.30pm

Venue: Monash University, Caulfield Campus Building H116 - Map

RSVP

8. Vic/Tas ACEN 'Service Learning and WIL' - save the date

Planning is underway for WIL and Service learning professional development events in October. Details will be posted as soon as arrangements are finalised.

Please put a placeholder in your calendar for  'Service Learning and WIL' 18th October

Come to one or both events. We have international presenters from Goethe University, Germany and Carol-joy Patrick from Griffith University.

Remember to save the date, more details soon.

9. WIL: Creating Connections, Building Futures

ACEN 2018 conference strip

2018 ACEN Conference • Brisbane • October 3-5

Hosted by The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University.

Research Symposium

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Queensland University of Technology

Pre-conference workshops

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Griffith University, South Bank

Two day Conference

Thursday, October 4 and Friday October 5, 2018 at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

It's expected fees will be announced shortly.

10. Are you involved in an Innovative WIL Model ?

Does your WIL model involve micro placements? Incubators or start-ups? Is it done mostly online or is it event based ? Are you industry partners mainly SME's? Are you including features such as students from multiple disciplines, co-designing the activity with industry or working through brokers?

A project funded through the ATN universities is currently underway to identify and showcase emerging innovative WIL models, their features and develop resources to support these models. The project team includes RMIT, QUT and Curtin universities in partnership with the Australian Industry group and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The outcomes, snapshots of models and resources will be available through the ACEN website.

If you would like to share your insights or contribute to the project please contact us through http://acen.edu.au/innovative-WIL-models/ or contact Judie.kay@rmit.edu.au

APJCE11. Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education

New APJCE articles published!

APJCE is pleased to announce the recent completion of a special issue deriving from the ACEN 2016 conference, with Dr Anna Rowe (Macquarie University, Australia) as guest editor.

The theme of the issue is 'advancing the WIL curriculum to enhance graduate employability'.

APJCE update: upcoming name change

The Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education (APJCE) commenced in 2000 as a regional journal with a focus on a broad definition of cooperative education.  Since commencing, the journal readership and authorship has grown well beyond the Asia-Pacific region.  In addition, international usage of terminologies has shifted to favour Work-Integrated Learning (WIL).  

To reflect these shifts, APJCE will be renamed to 'International Journal of Work-Integrated-Learning (IJWIL). The change will take effect at the beginning of 2018. 

12. Engineers Australia Forum - Our Future Engineers

On 13 July 2017, the WA Branch of Engineers Australia held a well- attended forum  titled  Our Future Engineers. Mark Keenen, Director of Momentum Engineering presented and lead discussions on making a difference to our future engineers and the profession. The commentary and ideas were excellent and a clear signal that the Engineering profession is full of passionate and driven individuals.

As part of the event, 'Building the Next Generation of Engineers' flyer was launched containing  information for employers of engineers about the importance of and how they can support student practicum (professional experience exposure opportunities) for undergraduates. Representatives from all Western Australian Universities were present and the flyer includes contact details to make it easier for industry to connect with Engineering students wanting placements.

All forum participants were encouraged to distribute the flyer to their contacts in industry, engineering panels and industry advisory boards.

13. How international students can help your business

Anna Rowe at IEAA event NSWThe event, 'Opening Doors to Success - How International Students can Help Your Business' was jointly hosted by CPA Australia, IEAA, StudyNSW and Sydney Business Chamber. It provided a valuable opportunity to engage with representatives from business and industry, the government, education providers and recent international graduates.

Anna Rowe, ACEN NSW State chapter (second from left ) representing ACEN on a panel at an IEAA event in Sydney for industry to promote the benefits for their business of engaging with international students for WIL and employment.

14. Vacancies

University of Sydney WIL team

University of SydneyThe Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney are seeking to appoint an experienced health professional to the multi-disciplinary Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team to coordinate and deliver units of study that include placements primarily in the diagnostic radiography undergraduate and graduate entry masters programs. The WIL team provides a dynamic and supportive multi-disciplinary environment for the development of teaching and research expertise in preparing the future health workforce.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference number 1134/0617 to apply.

Closing date: 11.30pm 23 August 2017

15. WACE seek new CEO

At the recent WACE World Conference in Thailand Dr. Paul Stonely announced his plan to retire as CEO of the WACE organization on June 30,2018. The WACE Executive Committee of the Board now seeks his replacement.