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8. We Want You
Another extremely busy month as we catapult towards the end of the 2015!
Recently, I have represented ACEN at several events which have again reinforced the importance of the further development of actions in the National WIL Strategy. The first was a global benchmarking project with 12 universities at the University of Tasmania around international student employability. One industry representative, when discussing the complexities of connecting with universities around WIL stated 'Sometimes it is just easier to do nothing.' Several other heads nodded around the room. This highlights again the critical need for easier links for industry partners, especially SME's for WIL. I also participated on a panel at the QS Apple Asia Pacific Leaders in Professional Education Conference around the WIL strategy and employability of international students. Enhancing mechanisms to enable international students to undertake WIL again was raised as an area requiring immediate attention. The new QS employability rankings released at that conference has WIL as a key component of the scoring which will again highlight the importance of WIL within our Universities. A work plan for the National WIL strategy for 2016 is in development.
This month, one of our ACEN funded research projects is releasing their report 'Enhancing Work-Integrated Learning Outcomes for International Students in Australia' by Dr Denise Jackson and Professor Ken Greenwood, Edith Cowan University which provides us with insights around international students access to WIL and suggested strategies to increase access. I would encourage you to read it.
ACEN is also releasing a guide for working with Third Party Providers. ACEN, although not endorsing the use of third party providers, is aware of the need for such a guide in the sector and we are seeking your feedback as we continue to improve it.
In November we held the ACEN AGM with two board members retiring from the Board: Fredericka Kaider and Freny Tayebjee, both have made significant contributions at State and National levels. Freny was a founding member of ACEN and has worked tirelessly over many years in various portfolios on the ACEN Board and we wish her all the very best for the future. Friederika will continue to be involved at State level in VIC Tas. At the AGM we welcomed Dr Rachael Hains-Wesson, Swinburne University and Dr Wayne Fallon, University of Western Sydney onto the Board representing VIC/Tas and ACT/NSW respectively. 2015 President's report.
Finally the Call for abstracts has been released for the 2016 ACEN National Conference. Make sure you put in your abstract so you are sure of attending what is shaping up to be diverse and interesting program.
Call for papers now open
Submissions are now being accepted for presentations to the 2016 ACEN conference - full refereed papers, showcase presentations, roundtable discussions and poster submissions will be considered. Sub-themes are
Strengthening connections: Students, higher education, industry and community
Employability and WIL 2020
Learning through WIL: Pushing the boundaries of curriculum and practice
Analytics, evaluation and research of WIL: Towards 2020 and beyond
Developing leadership capacity through WIL
Supporting WIL: Operations and systems for 2020
Pushing the boundaries: Contemporary issues in WIL
Early registration available
The registration site is available for registrations only, to assist those who have funds from 2015 that need to be spent before the end of the year.
Further information about accommodation options, workshops and social events will be available in 2016.
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There has been sector-wide recognition of the increased need for a streamlined, quality-assured process for engagement with third party providers (TPP) to minimise duplication of effort and maximise outcomes for students.
The Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) has worked in collaboration with The University of Queensland (UQ) to produce best-practice guidance on the development of collaborative relationship with TPPs.
The guide builds on best-practice, including the IEAA Guide to Working with TPPs, provides an introduction to engaging with TPPs, and provides suggested resources that individual universities and stakeholders can adapt to their specific requirements.
This is a living document and we invite feedback about content and applicability. Suggestions for additions and amendments should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Third part providers Developing Collaborative Relationships document
The two-year Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) research study titled Volunteering to Learn: Enhancing learning in the student volunteering experience in Australian universities has recently been completed. This educational project is important to all Australian university student volunteering, Work Integrated Learning and Service Learning initiatives so the project team disseminated findings in all Australian capital cities and at various conferences.
The Office of the Chief Scientist commissioned a report to review the involvement in WIL in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. In the science disciplines the participation in WIL is very low (1 in 7 graduates). As a consequence, the Chief Scientist has provided some funding via the Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS) to improve participation rates in science disciplines. ACDS have launched the ACDS WIL project.
Lighthouse projects can attract up to $10,000 funding from ACDS.
Invitations have been sent out for a WIL in Science forum in Melbourne (11/12/15) to bring together faculty staff who are going to be champions of WIL in Science at their universities. The WIL in Science project is being led by Professor Liz Johnson (PVC Teaching and Learning, Deakin University). Dr Roslyn Prinsley (Office of the Chief Scientist) is chairing the WIL in Science Expert Reference Group and Michael Whelan is representing ACEN on the Reference Group.
Held on November 19, 2015
Drawing on comprehensive research undertaken by the Australian Council for Educational Research, this webinar considers WIL practices that improve workplace experiences for university students in Sciences, ICT and Agriculture fields and Engineering. It also provides recommendations for growing WIL in these STEM disciplines.
Dr Daniel Edwards is a Principal Research Fellow, leading the Tertiary Education research program at the Australian Council for Educational Research.
Professor John Rice is Executive Director of the Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS) and an Honorary Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Sydney.
Each year ACEN provides grants of $10,000 for WIL research. One such grant, awarded in 2014 has just been released.
'Enhancing Work-Integrated Learning Outcomes for International Students in Australia'
Dr Denise Jackson and Professor Ken Greenwood, Edith Cowan University
This project canvassed employer, academic and student perspectives on current practice, challenges and barriers to managing Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students in Western Australia (WA). It identifies strategies for stakeholders to enhance WIL offerings, thereby improving international students' employability and making Australia a preferred study destination.
In 2016 ACEN will be awarding the inaugural National WIL Awards and we need three representatives from the state chapters to assist.
The awards will be presented at the National Conference in Sydney in September 2016. There are two categories for the National WIL awards. The Partnership Award and the Local Hero Award.
The National WIL Awards committee at present consists of Michael Whelan (Southern Cross University and ACEN Director) and Kylie Twyford (The University of Newcastle). We would like to have three more members on the committee to assist with:
- Development of the criteria for the award
- Development of the process to manage the award applications
- Make recommendations to ACEN Board of the awardees for 2016
- And like many PDs, 'Other duties as required'.
Given we are both from NSW it would be great to have other state/territory chapters involved.
Can you believe an opportunity to not only work on a new, exciting ACEN initiative but also to work with Michael and Kylie has come up at this time of year? This opportunity will be snapped up faster than real estate in Sydney, so don't wait until after the end of year celebrations commence to get in contact, email us now: Michael.Whelan@scu.edu.au and Kylie.email@example.com
Looking forward to you joining us and being part of history in 2016.
Michael and Kylie
The University of Newcastle (UON) 6th WIL & 18th Industry Scholarship Annual Awards 2015
This year marks the first joint event between the UoN WIL community and the Industry Scholarship employers and scholars at UON.
Along with student and staff awards, to commemorate the importance of the industry partnerships, the WIL Hall of Fame award was established three years ago to acknowledge the support of our business, industry, government and community partners who collaborate with UON to provide WIL activities in over 173 undergraduate courses across UON.
At the Ceremony, there were two inductees into the WIL Hall of Fame; Hansen Yuncken, stalwart supporters of our Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) degree for over a decade, and a WIL Hall of Fame Enterprise Award for UON's three partner Local Health Districts (LHD) – Central Coast, Hunter New England and Mid North Coast. Since 2012, the UON partner LHDs have provided approximately 32,000 clinical placements opportunities for UON students in 13 accredited programs, which represents over 2.5 million hours of clinical placements.
More information WIL@newcastle.edu.au or Dr Kylie Twyford, UON WIL Coordinator, (02) 4921 5589.
June 12-15, 2016 in Victoria, British Columbia Canada
Hosted by Dr. Norah McRae, WACE Board of Director, and the University of Victoria, the Symposium will look to feature and showcase ongoing and new research in the CWIE community. Building upon the solid foundation of the First International Research Symposium at University West in Sweden and the recent World Conference at Kyoto Sangyo University in Kyoto, Japan, the Symposium Advisory Committee seeks abstracts on a broad range of research topics and subjects. The Committee is particularly interested in new and developing CWIE research for both Refereed Papers and Academic Posters from established and new researchers.
The Vic/Tas ACEN Chapter recently held a workshop at RMIT focusing on 'Technology enabled WIL' Over 20 members participated, representing six Victorian and Tasmanian universities. The session showcased a range of examples where technology is used to support both the operational and pedagogical aspects of WIL. Robert Austin (RMIT) presented the InPlace student placement management system, Friederika Kaider (Deakin) showed us the Deakin 'Me in a Minute', the short video resumés made by students, and Sally Parrott (RMIT) shared her resources and experience in using technology to facilitate global online WIL activities.
The feedback from the workshop indicated that participants valued:
hearing about others' experiences and learning from their approaches;
participating in a group activity to apply the principles of the presentation;
becoming informed about different types of technology used for WIL activities;
learning about other WIL models and the importance of Pre, During, and Post WIL activities; and
- networking and talking with others.
WA Chapter of ACEN hosted a Research Symposium on November 5th with academics from a variety of disciplines/programmes from across all WA Universities. Each person brought their own experiences with WIL making for rich discussions. Three research ideas were developed and participants were encouraged to continue to progress these into research proposals.
One project explored non-placement WIL and discussed research ideas to determine how the experience can facilitate inter-disciplinary learning and good practice for assessment of non-placement WIL.
Building on previous surveys and projects focussing on WIL partnerships, roles and responsibilities stimulated discussions about establishing good practice guidelines for a specific discipline.
The final project focussed on the effectiveness of training to prepare students for interpersonal dynamics in the workplace.
It is hoped that this will be the first of many symposia and a launching pad for cross institutional and/or interdisciplinary WIL research projects.
Student Jade Tallowin speaks to Channel 9 Reporter about the Disney Exchange
Three Curtin University students have won internships with Disney International Programs. The flagship Australia New Zealand Cultural Exchange Program is a five month internship commencing at Walt Disney World Resorts in Orlando, Florida, January 2016.
Internship winner, Jessica Tobin, Bachelor Arts, Photography and Illustration Design is excited about living autonomously for five months. The Disney internship also offers seminars to enhance workplace learning. Jade Tallowin, who also won an internship, is completing a Bachelor Commerce Marketing and Advertising. She views the internship as a once in a life time opportunity to enhance her knowledge of marketing and learn from recognised world leaders in customer service.
The internship offers a paid experiential-learning opportunity featuring hands-on training combined with immersive skill-building programs, including seminar courses providing insights into business operations, workplace culture and marketing of the Disney brand.
For the second time, students from the Department of Design attended D&AD's New Blood Workshop for young creatives in Sydney, selected through a competitive process.
Curtin Design students. Behind: Joseph Dennis, Kate Davies, Steph Gotch-Martin and Hayden Griffiths. In front: Roishin Byrne, Sam Hall, Charissa Martin and Giuliana Drudi.
D&AD's New Blood, Brief to Broadcast Workshop, was held in Sydney on 12th November. Students engaged with industry professionals in a WIL experience that led to fully-produced professional advertising output taking a brief all the way from concept to product. This intensive workshop included presentations from design professionals and exclusive one-on-one mentoring. Students engaged in the whole creative process and had the rare experience of directing industry professionals in the production of the final product.
Nils Leonard, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Grey London, a leading creative agency in the UK who hosted the workshop said 'We need to encourage a culture of creativity and D&AD is a fantastic platform for broadcasting this message. Young creatives are the future of this industry and helping to nurture them is essential.'