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Supporting Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
• Late August 2013 Newsletter •
In this issue
10. ACEN NSW/ACT
11. ACEN WA
12. ACEN SA/NT
13. ACEN QLD
15. Contact us
Symposia on the Australian OLT Project
These events will provide opportunities for participants to
In collaboration with ACEN, the events are scheduled as follows:
The draft WIL Leadership framework that has emerged from the work of the Project has been subjected to testing by groups of WIL Leaders in five universities over the month of August, and the valuable feedback gained from these Leaders is being used to refine the Framework. An important next step is to gather resources for developing WIL Leadership capabilities in each the five domains identified by the Framework. Vignettes will be sourced from WIL Leaders for this purpose, and linked to the Framework over the months to come.
State Chapters are holding there AGM and election of state committees and representative to the national Board. Most are offering an option to join in by teleconference.
Queensland – Wednesday, 4 September 2013, 2.00pm
Western Australia – Wednesday, 4 September 2013, 9.00 am
Victoria and Tasmania – Thursday, 5 September 2013, 12:30pm
New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory – Friday, 6 September 2013, 1.15pm
South Australia and the Northern Territory – Wednesday, 18 September 2013, 10.30 am
We are pleased to announce the following applications have been successful in obtaining a grant of $10,000 under the ACEN Research Grant program.
Measuring, impact and evidence: Playing and building WIL in the Sandpit
Team led by Friederika Kaider with Dr Rachael Hains-Wesson.
The project will tease out some of the different ways in which WIL authenticity is used and often confused between simulations, real experience, case studies and problem based learning. The project will investigate 'the student voice' and present a quantitative data analysis from pre- and post- Course Enhancement Process (CEP) that occurs at Deakin University.
Work Integrated Learning in Social Work and Human Services – An assessment of financial stress
Team led by Professor Greg Marston, Queensland University of Technology
This project seeks to understand and analyse the financial impact on social work and human services students resulting from their participation in work placements and to recommend strategies for alleviating this stress. The project will explore student perceptions of how financial stress impacts on how well they engage with the potentially rich learning opportunity provided through placements.
Tuesday 30th September, 2014
Anyone interested in presenting and leading a workshop on this day is encouraged to contact Michael Whelan (firstname.lastname@example.org) to explore your ideas and possibilities.
Wednesday 1st – Friday 3rd October, 2014
Call for papers
A call for papers will be published shortly on the conference website, with full refereed research papers due by mid-March.
The Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework (the CSfW) describes a set of non-technical skills, knowledge and understandings that underpin successful participation in work.
This set of non-technical skills, often referred to as generic or employability skills, contribute to work performance in combination with technical or discipline specific skills and core language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills.
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).
Special Issue: Work Integrated Learning - Investing in the Future.
Papers from the Australian Collaborative Education Network Annual Conference 2012
Guest Editor: Matthew Campbell
Consultation with the sector on progressing the recommendations from the recent report will be delayed until after the election as the Government is in caretaker mode and is not able to do external consultation at this time .
by Dr Keri Moore, SCU, Chair of the selection panel
Advertised through the ACEN website the Student Scholarships are intended to be a value add for member institutions. In 2010, the first year scholarships were offered, 70 applications were received. In 2011, three scholarships were offered with 828 applications received from across all states of Australia, including two overseas applications. One hundred and twenty three eligible applications were been received for the five scholarships at $1500 each in 2012.
In 2013 we received 340 eligible applications for five $1500 scholarships for students undertaking WIL regional and remote communities of Australia.
An overview of the data collected during analysis of the 2013 applications is as follows.
Weeks on placement: 4 weeks (n=34); 5 weeks (n=55); 6 to 8 weeks (n=80); 8 to 10 weeks (n=38) and; more than 10 weeks (n=118). 57/340 said they will earn income while on placement and 194/340 report they will need to pay double rent.
Distance travelled to WIL: no travel (n=16); up to 100km (n=58); between 100-500km (n=106); 500-1000km (n=56); 1000-2000km (n=58) and; Over 2000k (n=46). Average distance between 100-1000km
Current living status: Partnered no dependants (n=32); Single, living at home, supported by family (n=37); Single, living away, supported by family (n=22); Single living at home, financially independent (n=60); Partnered with dependents (n=25); Single, living away, financially independent (n=145) and; Sole parent=7 (n=7).
Below are details of the number of applicants from each university.
'The Challenges of creating WIL Placements for a diverse student cohort'
NSW/ACT Chapter of ACEN Forum • 6 September, 2013
University of Newcastle
Closing date extended to Sunday 1 September.
The topic is The Challenges of creating WIL Placements for a diverse student cohort. It will be an interactive day with a number of interesting case studies and panel discussions.
There will also be a workshop on How we can place ALL our students and a special presentation by Dr Calvin Smith on Student Outcomes from WIL experiences. Those of you who attended the forum in May will have heard Calvin speak about the research design for this major investigation at 13 universities to determine student outcomes from Work Integrated Learning experiences. Calvin will be able to present the research findings at our forum in September.
2013 Work Ready Festival
Curtin University hosted the 2013 Work Ready Festival on Wednesday 14th August. This event is designed to showcase and facilitate varying approaches students can take to increase employability and career success. In addition to Curtin career specialists, this year's festival featured over 70 employers across all industries plus a range of associations and clubs.
The priority is to ensure students are getting meaningful, personal advice in a dynamic and engaging setting – we want students to be motivated and energised by the opportunities that lie ahead. In addition to individual employer booths, the initiative included a small business and entrepreneurship networking zone and opportunities for students to get one on one resume and interview advice from employers such as KPMG and Ernst & Young.
The online delivery of the Work Ready Festival was also a vital component of the event this year as this approach ensured information was easily accessible – both before and after the event. Students were not disadvantaged if they were unable to attend. Students have access to the Work Ready Festival online portal with supportive resources across Facebook, Tumblr and You Tube – live online chats, industry Q&As, Curtin Alumni stories and online workshops.
'Assessing the Impact of Work Integrated Learning on Student Work-Readiness'
Symposia on the Australian OLT Project
The WA chapter of ACEN is looking forward to hosting the Symposium for the OLT project on student work-readiness. Dr Calvin Smith will be facilitating this event. Sixty eager participants have registered to attend. Details of the event are:
Curtin, Perth, 10.30am to 1pm Thursday 29 August 2013
Curtin University Building 104 room 101
Lunch is provided
For queries or registration please email Sonia Ferns on S.Ferns@curtin.edu.au
Diary marker: ACEN SA/NT is working in partnership with SANTPEN (SA/NT Promoting Excellence Network) and HERDSA in developing a joint event within the broad theme of Evaluation, Collaboration and Collegiality. This full-day event will be held in Adelaide on 20th November, and will include a variety of speakers and workshops covering topical issues relevant to each of the networks. Elements of the event will be video-conferenced.
Details are still being finalised and will be circulated as soon as possible. In the meantime, please add this date to your diary!
Ship Inn, South Bank, Brisbane, Monday 9 September, 10.30am to 1.30pm.
This will be the fourth in the series of Symposia organised in collaboration with ACEN, on the findings of the national OLT-funded project, titled, 'Assessing the impact of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) on student readiness for work'.
The Symposium is an opportunity to
After the Symposium enjoy lunch on the lovely verandah of Ship Inn, with Project Leader Dr Calvin Smith and fellow guests.
Note that for those who cannot be in Brisbane, an e-mediated Symposium will held at a later date. Details to come
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