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In this issue

1. From the President

2. Chapter Professional Development kicking off 2018

3. 2018 ACEN Conference

4. Global professional development

5. International Conferences

6. Enhancing Resilience

7. 2017 Scholarship report

8. Employability for the WIL community – webinar PowerPoints

Judie Kay ACEN President1. From the President

Our final newsletter for 2017 and what an extremely successful year with busy state chapters, the most extensive and well attended webinar series ever, continuation of the successful student scholarship scheme and another round of grants supporting WIL research and scholarship nationally. For more detail about the achievements this year please see my report to the AGM.

So what does 2018 hold in store for us? Well we will kick off the year with a National Data collection of WIL being undertaken by Universities Australia. This will fulfil one of the key approaches of the National WIL Strategy to determine a baseline for WIL nationally. Details will be in universities shortly with a completion date for the end of February. Interestingly both the UK and Canada are also implementing strategies to measure WIL activity across the country. 2018 is also our national conference year with planning well progressed, the call for abstracts out and registrations open. Do not miss this opportunity to meet with colleagues from across the country.

I would like to congratulate our re-elected Board member Dr Dino Willox (UQ) at the recent AGM I also want to sincerely thank retiring Board members Professor Esther May(UniSA) Assoc Prof Rachael Hains-Wesson (USyd) and Dr Wayne Fallon(WSU) for their great contribution to ACEN over the years. Retiring from the Board but continuing his role of ACEN company secretary is Assoc Prof Alan Blackman (Griffith). I also want to welcome new board members: Robert Ewers (U Adelaide) representing South Australia / Northern Territory, Anna Rowe (Macquarie) representing New South Wales and Faith Valencia-Forrester (Griffith) The Board will meet face to face to plan developments for 2018 next February and updates on plans will be outlined in future newsletters.

I look forward to a very busy 2018 and invite you all to remain actively engaged with ACEN through state chapters or sub committees. Please contact us with 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 2018!

Judie Kay, ACEN President

2. Chapter Professional Development kicking off 2018

ePortfolios and Reflective Practice - ACEN VIC/TAS

Speaker: Katherine Lithgow, Waterloo University, Canada

Tuesday, 6 February, 2018: 2.30pm-4.30pm

As Senior Instructional Developer, Integrative Learning, Katherine Lithgow facilitates e-portfolio and integrative learning initiatives, supporting instructors across campus with the design and implementation of activities that help students integrate learning in academic, workplace, community and social environments

ACEN WA workshopEmbedding Resilience into the Curriculum - ACEN WA

Workshop led by Dr. Margo Brewer, Curtin University

Wednesday 14 February, 2018 - 9.00am – 1.30pm

The journey for students through higher education into the workplace can be complex, unpredictable, challenging and stressful. Research has shown that resilience can diminish psychological stress, help with managing pressures and improve academic results. Discover how a national Australian Technology Network (ATN) funded project is supporting student  outcomes by enhancing academics capacity to embed resilience into the curriculum.

ACEN workshopRealising opportunities through WIL evaluation - ACEN ACT/NSW

Wednesday, 14 February, 2018

This session will focus on evaluation in work integrated learning (WIL). Evaluation can be used for a broad range of purposes in WIL such as informing improvements to practice, policy and research, and measuring impact (on students, partners and the wider community). The workshop will include presentations on different approaches to evaluation in WIL, as well as opportunities to collaborate and network.

3. 2018 ACEN Conference

ACEN 2018 conference strip

early birdCatch the Super Early Bird

Super-Early Bird submission for papers and abstracts closes Dec 17, 2017

Normal submission - March 26, 2018

Super-Early Bird Registration closes Jan 31, 2018



4. Global professional development

Global WILShortly you'll receive information about two online professional development modules available early in 2018.

The modules were developed and are presented by representatives of four national associations: Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN); Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL formerly CAFCE); New Zealand Association of Cooperative Education (NZACE); The Vilar Network (Sweden)

Expressions of interest will open soon.

5. International Conferences

WIL Africa

WIL africa 2018Durban

July 18-20, 2018

Theme: ‘Policy to implementation’.

Sub-themes include:

  1. WIL successes, challenges and creative solutions.
  2. Integrated perspective to enhancing employability and entrepreneurship.
  3. WIL Curriculum issues including assessment, decolonisation, etc.


CEWIL Canada conferenceMontreal

July 29 - August 1, 2018

Theme: 'Embracing Change'

New Zealand

NZACE 2018 conference logoAt the beautiful Waiheke Island, a 40 minute boat ride from Auckland city, New Zealand

16-18 April 2018

Theme: 'Fruit of the Vine: Change, Challenge and Opportunity for Learning'

Official closing date for abstracts   15 December, 2017 – email info@nzace.ac.nz before Christmas if you need more time to submit an abstract.

Call for Papers and conference information can be found at www.nzace.ac.nz or contact info@nzace.ac.nz for enquiries.

CEWIL conference 2018

6. Enhancing Resilience

A national ATN funded project is supporting student outcomes by enhancing academics capacity to embed resilience into the curriculum. Led by Curtin University, in conjunction with project partners Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and University of South Australia (UniSA), the project team has worked collaboratively to explore the concept of resilience and has developed an operational definition and conceptualisation of resilience within the higher education context.

Building on this understanding the project team, led by Dr Margo Brewer, has developed and piloted a comprehensive two day professional learning program for university staff. To facilitate its broad adoption, the program has been designed with a multidisciplinary approach in mind and focuses on the key areas of resilience, leadership, networking, change management, curriculum redesign, peer coaching, mindfulness and mentoring. The program culminates with participant’s developing and applying scholarship to an action learning project which targets embedding resilience for students.

Due for completion in mid-2018, work has commenced on a website that will house project resources to facilitate the sustainable delivery of the program into the future and also provide its users with a repository of information on resilience strategies and interventions.

ACEN WA resilience projectSome of the project team at the Curtin Workshop: L-R: Alan Reubenson, Sue Barnard, Sonia Ferns, Dr Margo Brewer, Dr Sharon Maresse, Dr Gisela Van Kessel, Brooke Sanderson and Professor Fiona Naumann

For further information on this project please contact:

Curtin University Dr Margo Brewer M.Brewer@curtin.edu.au

Queensland University of Technology Sue Barnard sue.barnard@qut.edu.au

University of South Australia Dr Gisela Van Kessel Gisela.VanKessel@unisa.edu.au 

7. 2017 Scholarship report

ACEN has awarded student scholarships since 2011. The ACEN scholarship provides $1500 for students to undertake a Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) placement in regional or remote parts of Australia. Each year, eight students from across Australia are successful recipients of the scholarship. Due to the high demand for the ACEN scholarships, a rigorous, two-stage selection process is administered.     

The 2017 ACEN WIL Scholarship round opened for applications on the 27th March. A total of 342 unique applications were received for stage one, which closed 21st April. Of the 342 unique scholarship applications, 32 students were shortlisted and invited to submit additional information for the second stage of the application process. Shortlisted applicants were notified by the 5th May, with advice to submit a 1000 word account highlighting their career aspirations and the value-add of a regional or remote WIL placement for their employability. Applicants were advised of the criteria used to judge applications to ensure a fair, equitable and evidence-based process. Twenty-one applications were received for Stage Two which closed on 19th May. The eight successful applicants were advised on 9th June. Table 1 shows the number of applications received from each university.

Table 1 scholarshipsTable 1 Number of Applications from Universities

Successful applicants for the 2017 ACEN Scholarship were enrolled in:

Successful candidates came from six ACEN member institutions with three students enrolled at Deakin University and one student each from Monash, Queensland University of Technology, James Cook University, Curtin University, and University of Sydney.

Student reflections

Each year, upon completion of the placement, recipients are required to provide a reflection of the WIL experience which should

Here's some extracts

2018 Scholarships

Student Scholarships for 2018 will be announced via the ACEN newsletter.

8. Employability for the WIL community – webinar PowerPoints

Employability for the WIL community – webinar

The PowerPoints from this webinar, conducted on November 14, are available here.