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From the President

1. 2018 ACEN Conference

2. Successful ACEN Research Grants

3. New case studies published!

4. Future-ready graduates through experiential entrepreneurship – webinar recording

5. Coning events

6. Work Integrated Learning Advisor vacancy at RMIT

7. Starting out

8. WACE $15,000 Research Grant

9. New Partnership for Gateways e-Journal

10. A new university - in the bush

From the President

Judie Kay ACEN PresidentIn this months newsletter we announce the successful applicants for the 2018 ACEN research grants. These research grants have grown in strength each year with close to 50 applications in 2018 making this years selection process very demanding due to both the number and high calibre of the applications. In recognition of the great interest and importance of WIL research, the ACEN Board again has allocated an additional grant bringing ACEN's investment this year in WIL research to $40K. Our thanks to the selection sub committee and congratulations to the successful researchers. We look forward to disseminating the findings from your projects next year.

Other highlights from this month include a productive meeting of the National WIL Partners in Canberra that focused on mechanisms to increase and broaden industry engagement in WIL. State Chapters are currently updating key contacts for each university in Australia. This ACEN list will be used by our Industry Groups to communicate with their industry members to assist in linking them to universities more effectively for WIL. The ATN has released a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Lifelong Skills: Equipping Australians for the future of work

This report calls for a range of measures to support WIL including incentives for industry participation in WIL which the ACEN Board has also long advocated for. Incentives for industry are currently being implemented very successfully in Canada. Our Canadian colleagues have also just held their second national conversation on their journey to developing a Canadian National WIL strategy. We have shared our own journey with them to support their process and wish them every success.

The publication of 6 new case studies on the ACEN website this month reminds us of the power of learning from each other. Many thanks to those colleagues who have shared their WIL practices in these case studies. I look forward to more sharing of great practice and networking at the National Conference in October. Join me. Don't miss out.

Judie Kay

ACEN President

1. 2018 ACEN Conference

2018 ACEN Conference

We are only 2 months away from Australia's largest WIL event of the year!

With only two months until the kickoff of the ACEN National Conference, it’s time to register! The Conference Planning Committee is working hard to make this Conference one to remember. We are excited that over 220 WIL practitioners from Australia and overseas have already registered and will be joining us in beautiful Brisbane in October. We are currently finalising the conference program with many informative presentations, interactive sessions, and networking opportunities.

If you have not done so already we encourage you to register soon to take advantage of extended Early Bird. It is a simple process - just click here to secure your spot and we will see you in October.

Many thanks,

Associate Professor Judith Smith QUT - Chair 2018 ACEN National Conference

Call for session chairs

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2. Successful ACEN Research Grants

face with magnifying glassForty-seven applications for ACEN Research Grants of $10,000 were received and the successful awardees are listed here. Congratulations to these people, we look forward to their reports.

‘Using a near-peer clinical supervision model: Creating sustainability in WIL and developing students'; leadership skills';

A/Professor Thea van de Mortel, A/Professor Saras Henderson and Dr Judith Needham, Griffith University

The study will evaluate a near-peer clinical supervision model that may provide an innovative solution to meeting increasing clinical placement demand, and build future nurse leaders to improve healthcare quality. Student surveys and focus groups with students and nurses will be used to obtain data on outcomes to support WIL.

‘Teaching millennials and promoting deep reflective learning on workplace experience: Does reflective writing on online forums provide an answer?';

Margaret Castles, University of Adelaide Law School and Matthew Atkinson, University of South Australia

This project will investigate millennials'; attitudes to privacy and peer disclosure in assessable online reflective learning. It will compare attitudes to peer to peer and student to teacher reflective journaling, which will support evidence-based creation of online learning and assessment tools that meet millennials'; learning preferences.

‘Developing a framework to support assurance of institution-wide quality in work integrated learning';

Matthew Campbell, Queensland University of Technology, Professor Lindy McAllister, University of Sydney and Leoni Russell, RMIT

This project will undertake a review of existing instruments and approaches to quality assurance of WIL across Australian universities, to develop and benchmark a shared quality assurance framework to support the institution-wide quality assurance of WIL.

‘Story-care: An innovative WIL model for aged-care that builds students'; clinical confidence positive attitudes, and sense of community';

Professor Margaret McAllister, CQ University

This Work Integrated Learning model overcomes barriers to aged-care placements and builds a productive culture. Supervisors and students will develop and apply narrative competence – the ability to listen and share life-enhancing stories. Expected benefits include increased student clinical confidence, attitudes and sense of community and a model to improve aged care learning.

3. New case studies published!

case studies selection

We are proud to announce the publication of 6 new case studies over the past month:

These case studies join eight others that have already been published on our website. All 14 will now be considered for a 2018 Excellence in WIL Award, the winner of which will be announced at the ACEN conference. The deadline for the 2018 has passed - but don't worry, all projects published after 1 August will automatically be considered for a 2020 Excellence in WIL award. Thinking of submitting a case study?

Extra benefits

Members have found the development of case studies a valuable process: "We received excellent and thoughtful feedback throughout the process that really assisted us in developing the case study. As it is the first time we have written about this activity, this support was very helpful indeed" (Lisa Anderson, Program Manager, UTS Shopfront).

4. Future-ready graduates through experiential entrepreneurship – webinar recording

chess piecesRecorded Monday 30 July 2018

The Experiential Entrepreneurship WIL model aims to demonstrate how adaptable and resilient graduates can be developed who are ready to respond innovatively to the new world of work.

This webinar gives an overview of the model, which was developed and trialled at the University of the Sunshine Coast and share findings and resources on how this model can be rolled out at other universities. Participants will be able to discuss their ideas and initiatives, as well as challenges and how to overcome this in their own contexts.

5. Coming events

Emerging models of WIL – ACEN WA workshop

Emerging modelsWorkshop leader: Sonia Ferns – Manager, Course Design. Curtin Learning and Teaching

Thursday, 30 August 2018

With growing student numbers, traditional models of WIL which are resource intensive are unsustainable. Further expansion of quality WIL opportunities is seriously limited without system-wide attention being given to innovative models enabling greater engagement and capacity. Importantly, these emerging WIL models need to align with the contemporary work environment and meet student needs by preparing them for this changing world of work.

HERDSA - ACEN Snapshots 2018 - VIC/TAS workshop

HERDSA ACEN snapshotsMonday 24 September 2018 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

HERDSA Victorian Branch in conjunction with ACEN Vic-Tas Branch, and Deakin University invite you to attend a ‘snapshot’ of the 2018 HERDSA and ACEN conferences. We welcome academic and professional colleagues to join us as we explore theory and practice that advance future education and work. Free to ACEN and HERDSA members.

6. Work Integrated Learning Advisor vacancy at RMIT

RMIT logoThe Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Advisor provides a central business analysis and advisory service to internal and external stakeholders, developing business processes, sharing WIL best practice, managing online and face-to-face communities of practice, developing resources, and resolving operational issues. HEW 7. 12 month Fixed term position.

7. Starting out

'Starting Somewhere' podcasts

Starting Somewhere podcast'Starting Somewhere', the 10 part podcast has been compiled and narrated by Buffy Gorilla and Ben Pawson, and is produced by Dr Andi Horvath. Starting Somewhere demystifies the employability landscape, dissects the seemingly scary world of work, and helps students to land that important internship.

How to get an internship (or three) at a Big Four accounting firm

Many students complete one internship, and some complete two – but rare is the person who even attempts to do three.

Have degree, will work: Connecting migrant engineers to the infrastructure boom

ABC News engineers"We thought we'd take 20 people into a pilot program, and after having the applications [open] for two weeks, we got 450 applications," said John Holland's executive general manager Trevor Hall.

8. WACE $15,000 Research Grant

WACE and the WACE International Research Community (IRC) are pleased to announce the $15,000 CWIE Research Grant for 2019.

The application period ends on March 1, 2019.

The grant will focus within one of the identified WACE research themes. The five (5) research themes are:

9. New Partnership for Gateways e-Journal

UTS Shopfront at the University of Technology Sydney and The Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University, Rhode Island, have joined forces to grow the impact of the open scholarship e-journal, Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement. The partnership aims to increase Gateways'; position as a global leader in the field of engaged scholarship and practice.

 Calls for papers for two special themed volumes in  2019 are out now. Volume 12, No. 1 will focus on the strategies, policies and practices driving systemic, culturally transformative institutional engagement. Volume 12, No. 2 explores  the epistemologies and forms of scholarship emerging from and through community engagement, which are both challenging and enriching higher education.

Download the Calls for Papers.

10. A new university - in the bush

Nowanup students Ciurtin University

Since 2015 Professor Simon Forrest from Curtin University has established a strong connection with Nowanup, an important meeting place for Nyungar people. Nowanup is located in the Great Southern Region of WA, about 515 kms from Perth. Professor Forrest, Curtin University's Elder-in-Residence, has taken Curtin University students to Nowanup to study the On Country Unit Noongar Culture and Identity. This is an immersive, experiential and transformational unit of study that has been conducted at Nowanup on nine occasions over 4 years.

Through the partnership with Nowanup Nyungar Elder Mr Eugene Eades, Gondwana Link CEO Mr Keith Bradby, and Professor Forrest, the concept of a bush university at Nowanup was conceived. The intent is to provide a bush setting for students that promotes transformational learning.

In November 2017 under the guidance of Associate Professor Khoa Do and Professor Simon Forrest a WIL project was developed named 'Ideas Design Competition for Nowanup'; where current Architectural students from School of Built Environment partnering with Five Architectural firms in Perth have developed design models for possible future infrastructure at Nowanup. These students visited Nowanup in early December 2017 and April 2018. Once the building works are completed, Nowanup Bush University will incorporate various programs for university students, school groups, and community groups to interact and learn in an environment that is delivered in and from a Nyungar perspective and principles.

The development of the Nowanup Bush University will strengthen and expand the cultural and educational foundation already working effectively at Nowanup to achieve and provide for an educational approach that strengthens the Nyungar culture for Nyungar people and supports a greater understanding of its essence and importance to non-Nyungar people. The Nowanup Bush University will also a cultural learning environment that enables institutions such as Curtin University to involve students in On Country and Work Integrated Learning experiences.

Student feedback on the experience of visiting Nowanup reflects the depth and breadth of the experience:

 'Being immersed in Nyungar culture and getting hands on experience was inspiring. I have so much respect for all the speakers. So, so, so legendary.'

'Thanks so much for an amazing experience that was not only extremely educational but will be remembered forever'.