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• August 2012 Newsletter •

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‘Collaborative Education: Investing in the future'  2012 ACEN National Conference

 

Conference early bird closes August 31

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In this issue

1. ‘Collaborative Education: Investing in the future’ ACEN National Conference

Early bird closes August 31

Conference sessions – to whet your appetite

Roundtables and symposia

Accommodation

It won’t be all work!

ACEN on The Pier - venue for the conference dinner

Hip Cats

2. 'Impact of student circumstances: managing the realities of WIL' webinar

3. Unpaid Work Arrangements Study for Fair Work Australia

4. National Career Development Strategy Green Paper

5. National WIL Portal update

6. Publications and Resources

7. ACEN Student Scholarship winners

8. UWA Business School students on the international stage

9. LinkedIn

10. You can contribute too

11. Contact us

1. ‘Collaborative Education: Investing in the future’ ACEN National Conference

Early bird Australia's Premiere WIL Conference

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29 October to 2 November 2012

Early bird closes August 31

It's just a few days away – save dollars.

Conference sessions – to whet your appetite

  • A panel discussion focusing on the changing international landscape of WIL, including representatives from New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.

  • Presentations about the two ACEN supported OLT Projects - WIL Leadership Project & Assessing the impact of WIL

The following papers received good reviews, and capture some broad themes:

  • Developing authentic professional knowledge through transformative community engagement

  • Increasingly embedding workplace and applied learning opportunities within the curriculum: A resource based approach

  • Designing, developing and delivering work integrated learning to large student cohorts

  • High risk, high stakes relationships and great expectations: probing recommendations to improve industry-university partnerships and enhance work integrated learning (WIL).

Roundtables and symposia

Roundtables and symposia are being offered by presenters from Sweden Canada and Australia.

See the extensive list

Accommodation

This will be in strong demand. Book now to ensure you get your first choice.

It won’t be all work!

There are great opportunities for networking and enjoying Geelong and plenty of post-conference touring down the Great Ocean Road or Bellarine Peninsula.

ACEN on The Pier - venue for the conference dinner

Cunningham Pier, Geelong

The iconic building at the end of Geelong’s Cunningham Pier, The Pier Geelong, is the exquisite hospitality location chosen for this year’s ACEN Conference. The Pier Geelong is a sparkling jewel on Geelong’s waterfront. This beautifully designed, stylishly appointed function venue is a mere heartbeat from Geelong’s CBD.

Hip Cats

This four piece band specialises is the American 50's rock music culture from grassroots rockabilly to popular 50's, through to the smoother crossovers of swing and R&B.

 One of the unique features of the “Hip Cats” is that they can play “Acoustic’, without any amplification, and in and around tables. Guests, regardless of age, will be singing, dancing and tapping their feet to all the hits from the “Fifties”. 


2. 'Impact of student circumstances: managing the realities of WIL' webinar

Webinar ‘Impact of student circumstances: managing the realities of WIL’

ACEN and NZACE Work Integrated Learning (WIL)/Cooperative Education

10am AEST • Monday 24 September 2012

This Webinar will focus on

  • An Australian pilot research project conducted to determine the extent and range of issues and possible interventions for students undertaking WIL and encountering financial difficulties

  • Equity issues that are always present in WIL and how one NZ programme has managed these risks.

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3. Unpaid Work Arrangements Study for Fair Work Australia

Implications of Fair Work Australia on WIL in Australia has been the topic of much discussion amongst ACEN members over several years. Professor Andrew Stewart and Professor Rosemary Owens on behalf of the Office of the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is currently investigating one of these areas of concern focusing particularly on those WIL experiences that are not a required element of a course.

ACEN has been invited to participate in the study by facilitating the collection of data from ACEN members.

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4. National Career Development Strategy Green Paper

Under the National Partnership Agreement on Youth Attainment and Transitions, the Department is developing a National Career Development Strategy in order to enable a more strategic approach to providing improved career development for all Australians.

Individuals and organisations were invited to comment on the National Career Development Strategy Green Paper.

Read ACEN’s response

5. National WIL Portal update

The National WIL Portal was designed to make it simple for host organisations and employers to advertise their WIL opportunities and attract university students from all over the country.

Recent discussions with both university and employers stakeholders acknowledged that it can be difficult at times for an employer or host organisation to distinguish between work integrated learning and other forms of student employment. The Portal aims to publish broad guidelines on it's website to help employers' understanding of what constitutes a WIL position to ensure that opportunities that flow through are relevant and appropriate.

The key focus at the moment is to increase the number of opportunities distributed through the Portal. Some university partners have agreed to help by marketing directly to their employer contacts. If you feel your university could assist in this way, please contact Kathy Ryan kathleen.ryan@vu.edu.au for copies of marketing letters or flyers.

6. Publications and Resources

From Education for Practice Institute Charles Sturt University

EFPI creates social media presence

EFPI has launched into social media by creating a Youtube channel where you can currently view 16 videos of 2011 and 2012 PBE Summit presentations, including keynotes by Stephen Billett, David Boud, Joy Higgs, Stephen Kemmis, Jan Orrell and Franziska Trede.

Recent EFPI publications

Higgs, J., Ajjawi, R., McAllister, L., Trede, T, & Loftus, S. (Eds.),

Communicating in the health sciences (3rd ed). South Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press

Higgs, J., Trede, F. & Smith, M. (2012).

Physical Therapists as Educators in Clinical, Educational and Community Settings. In L. English (Ed.),

Adult Education and Health, University of Toronto Press, pp. 229-246.

McKenzie, A. D., Higgs, J., & Simpson, M. (2012).

Being a university in the twenty-first century: Re-thinking curriculum. Journal of the World Universities Forum, 4 (4), pp. 1-18. Available http://wuj.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.173/prod.316. Trede, F. (2012).

The role of Work-integrated learning to develop professionalism and professional identity, Asia Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, 13 (3), pp. 159-167 (3), pp. 159-167.

7. ACEN Student Scholarship winners

In 2012 ACEN offered five scholarships, each valued at $1,500, to assist students undertaking WIL placements. We congratulate the following students who have been awarded an ACEN Student Scholarship.

  • Anna Kovacs, Bachelor of Applied Science; Speech Pathology, University of Sydney

  • Hayley Adamson, Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics, Flinders University

  • Elizabeth Stedman, Bachelor of Veterinary Science/Veterinary Biology, Charles Sturt University

  • Leah Dutton, Bachelor of Nursing, Flinders University

  • Tarn Eva, Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education), Curtin University Australia

This year special emphasis was on placements in rural and remote locations which required students to relocate from their home address.

See requirements

8. UWA Business School students on the international stage

SIFE is an international non-profit organisation that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilise university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders.

UWA SIF studentsParticipating university teams apply business concepts to develop projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Teams then present the results of their projects at a National Conference, which are evaluated by business leaders serving as judges. National Champion teams advance to the prestigious SIFE World Cup, this year hosted by Secretary Hillary Clinton in Washington DC.

This year’s National competition was held at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne on the 11th – 13th of July. The Conference itself was an amazing experience. SIFE students from both Curtin University and the University of Western Australia (UWA) had the opportunity to network with some of Australia’s leading business minds and meet fellow SIFE students from 24 universities across the country. SIFE students from WA were strongly represented at the 2012 national competition, with UWA winning the competition and Curtin University awarded runner up champions. UWA’s Students in Free Enterprise team impressed a judging panel of national chief executives to win the competition. It is the fourth time in five years that UWA Business School has won the award. The team will now travel to Washington DC in September to compete in the SIFE World Cup. Through the hard work and business flair of the project teams, SIFE Curtin produced impressive results and were the surprise package at this year’s Conference. After months of hard work and weeks of preparing the presentation, SIFE Curtin was awarded National Runner-Up Champions! WA ACEN is extremely proud of staff and students associated with SIFE. Congratulations to all.

9. LinkedIn

LinkedIn is our online discussion group where members can generate discussions, share literature and other resources, post opportunities, seek advice from other members and remind the membership of any forthcoming activities. Any news from the ACEN Chapters and other related educational communities is most welcome. We now have over 230 members in the space which is quite a sizeable community, so use the space to engage as a community.

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