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Supporting Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

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• August 2013 Newsletter •

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In this issue

1. ACEN Student scholarships awarded

2. Research Grants awarded

3. State chapter elections

Proxies at meeting

AGM dates

4. Good WIL Leadership

5. Assessing the Impact of WIL on Student Work-Readiness Symposia

6. Vic Tas Chapter

7. News from WA Chapter

The Role of Clinical Educators

Work Ready Workshops at Curtin

8. NSW ACT Chapter

The Challenges of creating WIL Placements for a diverse student cohort

9. Pre-Place Preparation Program resource

10. Governance

ACEN moving to a company limited by guarantee

General meetings

State chapter vacancies

National AGM

11. ACEN 2014 Conference update 'Work Integrated Learning: Building Capacity'

Research symposium • Sept 29

Pre-conference workshops • Sept 30

Conference main • Oct 1-3

Submissions welcome

12. Reflections on 2013 WACE Durban

13. Enhancing 1st year students’ university experience through workplace learning

14. Victoria University vacancies

15. You can contribute too

16. Contact us

1. moneyACEN Student scholarships awarded

ACEN awards five scholarship of $1,500 annually to support students undertaking WIL. In 2013 the focus was again on students who undertake WIL in a regional or remote area of Australia.

Five scholarships have been awarded to students from

  • Edith Cowan University – Bachelor of Social Work
  • Queensland University of Technology – Community and Public Health
  • Flinders University – Medicine
  • Flinders University – Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Queensland University of Technology – Social Work

magnifying glass2. Research Grants awarded

Two research grants valued at $10,000 have been awarded. Confirmation letters are on their way to the two teams and their names will be announced in the next few days (watch the website).

Thanks to the many people who submitted proposals.

3. State chapter elections

voting handsElections are being held for each state chapter for the following positions

  • State Chair
  • State Secretary
  • State Treasurer
  • State Committee members (3 positions)

     and also for the

  • State Chapter Representative on the National Board.

Nominations for the above positions close on August 14 (QLD and WA), August 14 (VIC/TAS), August 16 (NSW/ACT) and August 28 (SA/NT).

Like to nominate for a position?

More details of the process

Proxies at meeting

Members are able to request a proxy to act on their behalf in the meeting through completion of the appropriate notification and form (PDF). All proxies should be notified to the State Chair prior to the beginning of the meeting.

AGM dates

Queensland – Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Western Australia – Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Victoria and Tasmania – Thursday, 5 September 2013

New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory – Friday, 6 September 2013

South Australia and the Northern Territory – Wednesday, 18 September 2013

4. Good WIL Leadership

Workshops are currently being held in five universities to enable a wide range of WIL Leaders facilitate to test and provide feedback on the draft WIL Leadership Framework  that has emerged from the work of the Project.

The framework identifies the five key domains of WIL Leadership, and articulates the strategic and operational responsibilities of WIL Leaders, and strategies to enable and enact WIL Leadership. Following these workshops, resources that support WIL Leadership capacity development will be reviewed in preparation for expanding the Framework for this purpose.

Project details

5. Assessing the Impact of WIL on Student Work-Readiness Symposia

project logosProject details

Announcing the upcoming August/September Symposia being held in collaboration with ACEN. These events will provide opportunities for participants to discuss the research findings from this Australian OLT Project, and consider strategies for enhancing employability outcomes for Higher Education students. Kindly register your interest in attending with project manager Pat Cretchley at p.cretchley@griffith.edu.au

  • Griffith University, Brisbane, 10.30am to 1pm  Monday 9 September
  • Curtin University, Perth, 10.30am to 1pm  Thursday 29 August 2013 (more details below)
  • RMIT, Melbourne,  10.30am to 1pm  Thursday 5 September 2013 (more details below)
  • University of Newcastle,  Friday 6 September, time to be confirmed.

More details (PDF)

6. Vic Tas Chapter

Symposium on the Australian OLT Project titled 'Assessing the Impact of Work Integrated Learning on Student Work Readiness'

Vic Tas Chapter members are invited to a Symposium on Thursday 5 September at RMIT, City Campus Emily McPherson Building (13) Level 3. The Symposium is on the Australian OLT Project titled 'Assessing the Impact of Work Integrated Learning on Student Work Readiness' and will commence at 10:30AM and run for around one and half hours. Time will be scheduled to network over lunch (12 – 1) and  discuss research findings from the project.  The Symposium is being run in collaboration with ACEN (Australian Collaborative Education Network) and RMIT.

Should you wish to register, contact Gail Quirk at g.quirk@latrobe.edu.au

7. News from WA Chapter

A great deal of activity around WIL is underway in WA. A committee meeting was held at Notre Dame University on Wednesday 7th August where committee members enjoyed the hospitality of Notre Dame staff who prepared some delightful (but not healthy) morning tea. Members began planning 2014 ACEN events and discussed nominations for committee positions to be decided at the AGM scheduled for 4th September at 9am.

Symposium for OLT project dissemination: The Impact of WIL on student work-readiness

Curtin University is looking forward to hosting Dr Calvin Smith when he visits to facilitate the Symposium on The Impact of WIL on Student Work-readiness. This is part of the dissemination strategy for the OLT funded and ACEN endorsed project. The findings emerging from the data collection and analysis will provide valuable information for practitioners and institutional leaders. The forum will provide opportunities for discussion and collaboration on designing and implementing curriculum to facilitate student work-readiness. Details for the Symposium are:

Date: Thursday 29th August 10am to 1.30 pm

Venue: Curtin University Building 104 room 101

Lunch will be provided

For further information please contact Sonia Ferns on S.Ferns@curtin.edu.au

The Role of Clinical Educators

Susan Edgar and Joanne Connaughton from the School of Physiotherapy, The University of Notre Dame Australia, have been conducting focus groups with physiotherapy clinical educators to explore the role and skills required of university employed educators in WIL. This has helped to guide the development of Physiotherapy and Inter-professional Clinical Educator Workshops. Educators highlighted their requirements for further interpersonal skill development with emphasis on 'soft skills' such as teamwork, leadership and problem-solving to assist with challenging situations and conflict resolution in the workplace. Susan and Joanne intend to disseminate their findings and share outcomes with fellow ACEN members.

Work Ready Workshops at Curtin

The Curtin Careers and Employment Centre has been conducting Work Ready workshops, mainly targeting international students, throughout 2013. Students are asked to consider if they think there are any challenges to gaining Australian work experience or employment, and where they think they may find support to overcome those challenges. The main focus is to get the students to start thinking about what is within their control in regards to overcoming barriers to employment in a positive and optimistic way.

The interactive 3 hour workshop helps students gain a better understanding of what Australian employers are looking for in the recruitment process. Students enhance their networking skills and compare & contrast Australian workplace culture to their previous experience. Feedback from students about the workshop has been very positive; it is a safe & friendly environment and the networking activities are a good way for students to get know other students from different disciplines across the university. The Work Ready workshops are currently being developed in the online mode to enable improved access and greater flexibility for students.

Sonia Ferns

8. NSW ACT Chapter
'The Challenges of creating WIL Placements for a diverse student cohort'

NSW/ACT Chapter of ACEN Forum • 6 September, 2013

University of Newcastle

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.

More and register

9. Pre-Place Preparation Program resource

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Pre-Place is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary online program designed to provide workplace intelligence to tertiary students prior to an  industry placement. The program, produced by Flinders University, covers university  policy requirements and procedures such as work health and safety; problem solving skills and professional attitudes and skills.

More

10. Governance

ACEN logoACEN moving to a company limited by guarantee

ACEN continues to undertake the necessary paperwork to complete our transition to a company limited by guarantee.  The process involves approval from the Queensland Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the registration with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC).  As explained at our recent special general meeting ACEN is currently an incorporated association in Queensland.  However, this move to a company limited by guarantee will provide better governance and legal structures for us to continue to conduct the work we do.  At present we are still awaiting approval from the OFT, which is expected in the coming weeks.

General meetings

As part of our constitutional obligations we are beginning the process of holding state general meetings, and will soon hold a national annual general meeting.  At each of these meetings members are being asked to vote for people to undertake a range of roles that are more formal under our new constitution.  To conduct these processes we are being guided by our new constitution that was supported unanimously at the special general meeting.  The conditions of this new constitution do not contradict the old constitution, but this will mean we are ready for when the final registration is completed. 

State chapter vacancies

ACEN will have a new model of governance that is based around proper representation amongst the state chapters.  This means that each state chapter is being encouraged to form a formally acknowledged committee comprised of up to 6 members.  The committees will be chaired by the State Chapter Chair, and they are encouraged to also have a nominated secretary and treasurer.  Some states have had these positions informally for a number of years and by having a larger committee with clear roles it is hoped that the state chapters will feel more empowered to grow their member base and engagement.  In addition to the state committees, each state chapter is able to elect one member to represent them on the National Board.  This representative does not necessarily need to be a member of the state committee.  Each of these roles are elected to a two-year term.

All State Chair positions are open for election this year, and thanks is extended to all State Chairs for the work that they have done throughout their terms, particularly managing the transition to a company limited by guarantee.  Most current chairs have advised that they will re-nominate for their positions, and they are wished luck with the election.  However, both Deborah Peach (Queensland) and Freny Tayebjee (NSW & ACT) have advised that they will not be standing for re-election.  Both Deborah and Freny have committed many years to the development of ACEN from an idea to reality.  In particular Deborah was instrumental in leadership of the ALTC funded WIL Report that laid the foundation for a lot of the discussions around WIL across our sector, and Freny led the organisation of the WACE-ACEN Asia Pacific Conference held at Manly in 2008 that provided the fire that ignited large-scale interest in WIL across Australia.  Both have done much more than can be listed here to advance the scholarship and practice of WIL across Australian higher education and ACEN will be forever indebted to them for the contributions they have made.  We wish them luck with the future and am sure that each will continue to be part of the larger ACEN community.

Interested in nominating?

National AGM

Later this year we will be holding a National AGM that will welcome the newly elected state representatives.  The National Board will be comprised at this AGM of the state representatives, plus 7 other elected members.  Currently these additional members are Judie Kay (President, RMIT), Pamela Struthers (Treasurer, Murdoch), Matthew Campbell (Secretary, Griffith), Keri Moore (SCU), Calvin Smith (Griffith), Michael Whelan (SCU), and Heather Smigiel (Flinders). Under the new constitution there is no requirement for elections to be held for these positions with all elections to be held at the conference in 2014.  However, an election will be held for the position currently held by Matthew Campbell who was co-opted to the Board upon the retirement of David Jorgenson earlier this year, and for any other members that are retiring.  Therefore, closer to the time of the AGM a notice will be sent to members calling for nominations for the Board.  All members are encouraged to consider whether they are able to make a contribution to ACEN through these roles, and to speak with members who are currently in these roles to find out more.

All members should keep an eye on their emails over the coming months for all information related to both the state and national general meetings, and in the event that you have any questions regards these processes please do not hesitate to send an email to admin@acen.edu.au.

Matthew Campbell

11. ACEN 2014 Conference update 'Work Integrated Learning: Building Capacity'

It has now been confirmed that the venue for the 2014 ACEN National Conference will be Twin Towns Services Club located at Coolangatta on Australia's famous Gold Coast.

Research symposium • Sept 29

The 2014 conference will be preceded by a research symposium co-hosted by Griffith University, at the Southbank campus, and QUT, at the Garden's Point campus, in Brisbane on Monday 29th September. This venue will allow participants easy access to some of Brisbane's most well regarded dining and entertainment precincts, with easy access to transport to the Gold Coast for the conference proper.

Pre-conference workshops • Sept 30

On Tuesday 30th September, SCU Gold Coast campus will host a number of pre-conference workshops providing the opportunity for participants to explore in-depth some of the great challenges of WIL in Australia. Anyone interested in presenting and leading a workshop on this day is encouraged to contact Michael Whelan (michael.whelan@scu.edu.au) to explore your ideas and possibilities.

Conference main • Oct 1-3

Twin Towns logoThe conference organisers are planning to welcome several keynotes and over 100 papers and presentations in addition to panel discussions across the three days of the conference.

Submissions welcome

Again the ACEN Conference welcomes paper submissions from academics, professional staff and students, which consider the important and cutting-edge issues and ideas around work-integrated learning in Australia. The theme for the 2014 Conference will be Work Integrated Learning: Building Capacity. It is anticipated that the 2014 Conference will again provide a forum for discussion and engagement in key issues around how to better prepare students for the WIL experience, staff development and capacity building, industry engagement and responding to the changing agendas of higher education. A call for papers will be published shortly on the conference website, with full refereed research papers due by mid-March. The conference organisers will also welcome submissions for non-refereed strands, as well as continuing our success with roundtables and symposia, alongside a rejuvenated poster option.

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12. Reflections on 2013 WACE Durban

Three delegates share some of their experiences at the recent World Conference on WIL.

13. Enhancing 1st year students’ university experience through workplace learning

EFPI Bulletin (The Education For Practice Institute, Charles Sturt University) reported on a recently completed a study on CSU’s first year students' expectations of university studies and experience of workplace learning (WPL) . Using an online survey and follow up interviews the research team gathered expressions of lived experiences and narratives.

More (PDF)

14. Victoria University vacancies

Victoria University's new Centre for Collaborative Learning and Teaching, which reports to the PVC (Learning and Teaching) and comprises five teams, is advertising several positions.

15. You can contribute too

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16. Contact us

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