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In this issue

1. From the President

2. Board elections and AGM

President and Chair of Finance and Audit

President's report

3. ACEN Research grants

4. WAND Teaching and Learning Forum 2017

Innovation: Multiple Dimensions in Teaching and Learning

Thursday, February 2, 2017 to Friday, February 3, 2017

5. ACEN WA Research Symposium 2017

Monday 13 February 2017

6. ACEN NSW/ACT Forums 2017

1. Unpacking co-curricular options: WIL for International Students

2. TEQSA Guidance Notes: WIL

7. ACEN VIC/TAS Workshop March 16, 2017

Social media and WIL: for student learning, communication and managing student cohorts

8. ACEN Q full day symposium

Exploring Global WIL: International WIL Experiences

9. Senior Coordinator (WIL) position at Victoria University

10. 20th World Conference - Thailand June 5-8, 2017

Call for papers

11. New APJCE articles published

12. WACE research grant for co-operative and work-integrated education

13. ACEN Victoria-Tasmania Chapter

HERDSA-ACEN Rekindled Conference

14. Recently Published Learning and Teaching Project Reports

Judie Kay ACEN President1. From the President

Our final newsletter for 2016 and ACEN ends the year on a high note with a growing ACEN membership, having held a very successful conference and research symposium, high engagement across the country with vibrant state chapters, an active research agenda and having further strengthened our role as advocates for WIL nationally and internationally.

I am very honoured to have been re-elected onto the ACEN Board and also re-elected by the Board as President for the next two years. I congratulate our re-elected Board members Jude Smith (QUT) and Sonia Ferns (Curtin) as well as newly elected Board Members Denise Jackson of Edith Cowan University and Franziska Trede, Charles Sturt University who now join a strong and dedicated ACEN Board. The Board will meet face to face to plan developments for 2017 next February and updates on plans will be outlined in future newsletters. I also want to sincerely thank retiring Board members John McPhee (Swinburne) and Michael Whelan (Southern Cross) for their contribution to ACEN over the years.

This week ACEN has facilitated a visit from colleagues in Namibia, Ms. Hilya Taetutila Nghiwete – Chief Executive Officer Namibian Students Financial Assistance Fund and Mr Carva Pop - Deputy Chairperson of the Namibian Core Working Group for Cooperative Education, President of Southern African Association of Co-operative Education (SASCE). Hilya and Carva have visited universities across the country and also the Department of Education and Training in Canberra to better understand how WIL is lead and managed in Australia and also to learn about the National WIL Strategy in order inform similar developments in WIL in Namibia.

I look forward to a very busy 2017 and invite you all to remain actively engaged with ACEN through state chapters, sub committees or our Linked In community. We are also always very keen to get ideas or feedback either directly to the Board through me or through State chapter chairs.
I would like to wish everyone and their families a very restful festive season and a happy new year. See you in 2017!

Judie Kay
ACEN President

2. Board elections and AGM

Associate Professor Denise Jackson (Edith Cowan University) and Professor Franziska Trede (Charles Sturt University) were elected to the Board at the recent AGM.

Judie Kay (RMIT University), Sonia Ferns (Curtin University) and Jude Smith (Queensland University of Technology) were re-elected to the Board.

They join continuing Board members Associate Professor Alan Blackman (Griffith University), Dr Annabelle Willox (University of Queensland), Dr Wayne Fallon (University of Western Sydney), Dr Rachael Hains-Wesson (Swinburne University) and Associate Professor Esther May (University of South Australia)

President and Chair of Finance and Audit

The new Board met on December 12 and elected Judie Kay as President and Annabelle Willox as Chair of Finance and Audit.

President's report

The President's report was presented at the AGM.

3. ACEN Research grants

2017 ACEN Research GrantsIn 2017 ACEN is offering funding for three Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants. Applications are invited on topics related to one of the following themes identified through the National WIL Strategy and ACEN National Research Symposium.

The grants are intended to:

More details shortly.

4. WAND Teaching and Learning Forum 2017

WAND logoInnovation: Multiple Dimensions in Teaching and Learning

Thursday, February 2, 2017 to Friday, February 3, 2017

This Forum aims to include presentations that highlight and explore innovations relevant to higher education. Some topics may include, but are not limited to: curriculum of the future; emerging learning technologies; global collaborations; STEM in higher education; graduate capabilities or students as partners.

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5. ACEN WA Research Symposium 2017

ACEN WA Reseach SympoisiumMonday 13 February 2017

9.00am – 1.30pm (Morning tea and lunch included)

Venue: UWA Business School, Stirling Highway, Crawley. Map

The symposium will provide a platform for developing cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional collaborative research projects to achieve ACEN funding in the area of WIL.

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6. ACEN NSW/ACT Forums 2017

ACEN ACT/NSW two forums

1. Unpacking co-curricular options: WIL for International Students

2. TEQSA Guidance Notes: WIL

Thursday 16 February 2017

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7. ACEN VIC/TAS Workshop

WIL and social mediaSocial media and WIL: for student learning, communication and managing student cohorts

March 16, 2017

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8. ACEN Q full day symposium

Global WILExploring Global WIL: International WIL Experiences

Thursday 6 April 2017

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9. Senior Coordinator (WIL) position at Victoria University

HEW 9, $104,436 – $108,656 per annum. This is a full time ( 36.75 hours per week) continuing contract.

Applications Close: 4pm Wednesday 4 January 2017

The Senior Coordinator (WIL) will play a pivotal strategic role in coordinating and promoting innovative work integrated learning programs that engage students, staff, employers and community groups. Collaborating with staff from Colleges to deliver a wide range of contemporary practice-based and professionally oriented learning activities within accredited higher education courses will be a key feature of this role. Working independently and in consultation with staff across the organisation, the Senior Coordinator will also identify, plan and coordinate continuous improvement processes, systems and approaches.

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10. 20th World Conference - Thailand

June 5-8, 2017

WACE 20th World Conference

Call for papers

The Thailand-WACE Organizing Committee are seeking Abstracts and registration. The deadline to submit an abstract for a Refereed Paper is January 22, 2017.

The 20th World Conference will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand and hosted through the alliance of TACE and our four Global Partners in Thailand: Suranaree University of Technology, Siam University, Sripatum University and Western Digital, Thailand. The host university will be Chiang Mai University. The World Conference theme 'New Challenges for CWIE in the 21st Century' was chosen to help stimulate a global conversation about the opportunities and challenges facing CWIE programs. 

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11. New APJCE articles published

APJCE logo

The Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education has published additional papers for the third issue of this year.

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12. WACE Research grant for co-operative and work-integrated education

WACE logoWACE and the WACE International Research Group (IRG) announce a $15,000 CWIE Research Grant competition for 2017. WACE established the research grant, now in its second year, to promote research activity that will advance and strengthen the understanding of cooperative and work-integrated education (CWIE) in post-secondary/tertiary education across the globe. One grant of $15,000 will be awarded to the successful application.

Applications close on January 15, 2017

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13. ACEN Victoria-Tasmania Chapter

Rekindled attendees

HERDSA-ACEN Rekindled Conference

The collaborative efforts by peak teaching, learning and research organisations ACEN and HERDSA resulted in an enormously successful joint conference on December 2nd, 2016. The HERDSA-ACEN Rekindled Conference offered presenters from the respective national conferences the opportunity to present to people who had been unable to attend them.

One hundred and thirty participants registered and the event was abuzz with interest and conversation. Our thanks go to the Monash Education Academy, Monash University for kindly hosting the event.

14. Recently Published Learning and Teaching Project Reports

Graduate Skills & Employability

Good practice report: Nurturing graduate employability in higher education  

Kinash, S. & Crane, L., Bond University 

This Good Practice Report (GPR) is an extension of work from a completed strategic priority initiative ‘Supporting graduate employability from generalist disciplines through employer and private institution collaboration’. The GPR collect reports and analyse themes, disciplines, aims, outcomes and impact of Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) funded graduate employability initiatives with final reports published between 2010 and 2015. It identifies the overall trends in graduate employability research and innovation and makes recommendations for future work on this domain.

Reskilling the manufacturing workforce and developing capabilities for the future

Penesis, I., University of Tasmania

This project identified the existing skills and the skills required for future growth by the manufacturing, advanced manufacturing and maritime industries. Through collaboration between the University of Tasmania (UTAS), TasTAFE and Skills Tasmania the project strengthened student pathways and improved the industry outcomes for engineering students, in particular in associate degrees which are seen as vital in the development of Tasmanian manufacturing, advanced manufacturing and maritime industries.

Walking in consumers shoes: reshaping the pharmacy student placement curriculum via mystery shopping with feedback

Schneider, C., The University of Sydney

This project sought to determine whether learning outcomes, research engagement and clinical competence achieved by pharmacy students participating in mystery shopping with feedback placements (over one semester), improved and were comparable to the achievement of students that undertook traditional pharmacy clinical placements only. The specific objectives were to: measure the impact of this trial on pharmacy student learning, research engagement and clinical competence; investigate the feasibility and acceptability of pharmacy students acting as mystery shoppers and providers of feedback to pharmacy staff; and determine the effect of pharmacy student feedback on staff performance over time.

Technology-Enabled Learning

Expert in my pocket: A mobile repository of learning resources for the development of clinical skills in student health professionals

Lord, B., University of the Sunshine Coast

This project adopted a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching basic clinical skills. An online repository of 30 standardised clinical skills videos as well as supplementary resources to support teaching and learning on campus and in the clinical environment was developed. These skills have been identified as critical to patient care and important as key graduate learning outcomes for paramedical science and nursing. The project also developed three teaching guides on the use of videos for mobile learning, classroom/laboratory teaching, and assessment.

Development of web-based strategies to enhance undergraduate social work students' confidence in discretionary decision making

Moore, S., Charles Darwin University

This pilot project has developed a web-based open educational resource (OER) titled Discretionary Decision Making for Social Workers in Child Protection, which is designed to help undergraduate social work students build capability in understanding and practicing the difficult work of discretionary decision making in everyday professional life. The OER features three narrative multimedia case studies in child protection developed by experienced social work practitioners based on real-life situations. Additional advice was sought from Aboriginal consultant practitioners to ensure the portrayal of an Indigenous family in the first case study was culturally sensitive. Each case study is primarily delivered through video and audio clips that are accompanied by text-based reflective questions and class discussion topics.

Work-Integrated Learning

Building institutional capacity to enhance access participation and progression in Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

Peach, D., QUT

This project investigated current practices in WIL management in the disciplines of built environment, business and health. The project has contributed to the National WIL Strategy (2015) by translating inclusive education principles into the WIL context in order to improve student access, participation and progression, and by influencing change in university principles, policies, guidelines, and procedures to enable better support for students from diverse backgrounds to participate in WIL.