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December 2019 news





1. From the President

2. Membership renewals

3. ACEN 2020 conference

4. Cooperative Education Workshop – ACEN WA

5. Quality Assurance workshop - ACEN Vic/Tas

6. ACEN admin - impending vacancy

7. Call for Papers 'Journal of University Teaching and Learning'

8. Global WIL – online international professional development

9. WIL - it's an honour

10. HERDSA 2020 Conference

11. ACEN Student scholarship reflections

12. ACEN Awards 2020

1. From the President

Franziska TredeAs I am taking up the role of president of ACEN I want to thank Sonia for her persistent and passionate work for ACEN and in 2019 as its President. I am very pleased that she will continue to serve on the board as the immediate past president to ensure a seamless transition.

A huge thank you to the outgoing board members Judie Kaye, Judith Smith, Chris Gonsalvez, Faith  Valencia-Forrester. ACEN has matured with their expert, passionate and generous contributions. Congratulations to the re-elected board members Denise Jackson, Sharon Scott, Susan Rowland and Anna Rowe. It is invaluable to have continuity on the board. A warm welcome to the new board members   Matthew Campbell, Cate Clifford, Bonnie Dean, Michelle Eady, Annette Marlow and Leoni Russell. No doubt they will bring talent and fresh ideas to help advance ACEN.

Work-integrated learning remains high on the agenda in higher education and industry alike. The future world of work is rapidly changing and the higher education is not idle. There are revisions of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) on the horizons that may emphasise practice-oriented, real world facing approaches and outcomes. The higher education sector is increasingly focusing on more seamless learning pathways to employment. Employability skills that have a focus on creative, critical, communicative, inclusive and resilient capabilities continue to showcase WIL as an attractive approach to preparing graduates for the future world of work and careers. Professional bodies emphasise the need to educate professionals who are not only technically proficient but also practise professionally based on considering sustainable, ethical and social responsibilities. These are opportunities for new WIL possibilities and exciting times for ACEN.

The ACEN Board will have its two-day face-to-face meeting in February 2020 to discuss strategic directions for 2020 and finalise sub-committees.

ACEN continues to be a strategic player in the higher education, industry and employability arena. A key element to success is an engaged membership. Please get involved, take initiative and contribute actively through your state chapters and on sub-committees. We welcome your ideas, critiques and contributions – after all, we are a COLLABORATIVE Network.

I wish you all a restful and peaceful time between the years and look forward to working with you all to make 2020 a rewarding and productive year for ACEN.

Franziska Trede, President, ACEN

2. Membership renewals

Yes, renewal time again - and is vital for ACEN's functioning. Fortunately for most readers your university/organisation pays a fee that allows an unlimited number of staff to get the benefits. It's just 5 if it's Limited Membership.

We update this page as payments are received.

3. ACEN 2020 conference

ACEN 2020 conference

Super early bird registration closes Jan 31

  • 2020 fees are the same as 2018

  • Save $100 with super-early bird

Do you have a little left this year - invest it now!

See fees and register now

Papers and abstracts invited

Submit full refereed papers and abstracts for showcases, posters and roundtable presentations.

  • 'rolling' submissions close 7 April 2020

  • 'super-early-bird' submissions close 1 December 2019

Full submission details

Pre-conference workshops – EoI extended to Dec 17

Skyline and clockBefore each conference ACEN runs a series of in-depth pre-conference workshops to enable ACEN members to explore current WIL topics with leading experts in the field.

The ACEN 2020 Conference Committee is calling for Expressions of Interest to facilitate a 3 hour pre-conference workshop at RMIT University Melbourne on Monday 26th Oct, 2020.

More details and EoI

Sponsorship opportunities

A little or a lottle - a variety of sponsorship opportunities are now available.

More details

4. Cooperative Education Workshop – ACEN WA

ACEN WA squaresDate: Wednesday 5th March 2020, 9:30 to 12:30
Venue: University of Western Australia

This interactive workshop is focused on introducing cooperative education as a way of responding to calls for more employable graduates by government, professional bodies, and employers. Cooperative education (co-op), a form of work integrated learning (WIL), involves students alternating terms in industry and university.

The workshop will first present the experience of academics and industry partners on the challenges and benefits of co-op in Germany and Australia. It aims to motivate and empower individuals to consider co-op in their own institutions. Activities will assist in identifying pathways, and potential challenges, in applying co-op models in the West Australian context.


5. Quality Assurance workshop - ACEN Vic/Tas

jigsaw and holeAdvance notice - 'A framework to support institution-wide quality assurance of work integrated learning' - an ACEN Research Grant project

Feb 12, 2020 9:00am-12noon, morning tea provided.

RMIT University Building 80, Level 2, room 3, 445 Swanston St Melbourne. Map

Facilitated by Matthew Campbell and Leoni Russell.

Enquiries: Leoni Russell

RSVP required

6. ACEN admin - impending vacancy

Don MacDowall, long-time ACEN admin person, has indicated his intention to resign early in 2020.
The Board is currently preparing a position description which will be distributed to the full database (same as this newsletter) when available.
If you think you, or someone you know, might be interested, watch this space.

7. Call for Papers 'Journal of University Teaching and Learning'

Special Issue 'Advancing Non-Placement WIL Across the Curriculum'

The Journal of University Teaching and Learning has issued a call for papers for a special issue on research in non-placement WIL. In recent years, WIL activity has extended beyond just placement to include a range of simulated, authentic or industry-based activities. While these non-placement learning activities are growing, the research that underscores their utility, innovation and evaluation presents an opportunity for further investigation. By focusing on research that specifically advances non-placement WIL, this special issue seeks to contribute to a broad understanding of WIL, and the diverse and innovative teaching and learning practices designed to build student career readiness. Examples may include (but not limited to) program evaluation, analysis of student learning, larger scale research projects, or industry partner perspectives relative to:

  • Authentic industry projects

  • Simulations

  • Field work

  • Creative studio work

  • Digitally enabled WIL

  • Other non-placement WIL experiences

 We welcome authors to contact the guest editors to discuss the appropriateness of other topics related to the themes of this special issue. Submit your paper to this Special Issue by 31st January 2020.

 Guest Editors: Bonnie Amelia Dean bonnie_dean@uow.edu.au, Venkata Yanamandram venkaty@uow.edu.au and Michelle Eady meady@uow.edu.au

8. Global WIL – online international professional development

Global WILJoin international colleagues in this outstanding professional learning opportunity

Modules offered for 2020

Dimensions of Quality for Work-Integrated Learning

Explore the concept of quality in a WIL context from the perspective of all stakeholders and to reflect on practice and identify improvements to the quality of WIL programs.

Learning and Assessment in Work-Integrated Learning

Explore designing an assessment profile to evidence authentic learning including consideration of the nature of learning, WIL pedagogy, the purpose of assessment and challenges of implementing authentic assessment.

Global Perspectives in Work-Integrated Learning

Enhance your understanding of the relationship between WIL and learning theory: how theory can inform WIL practice, models of WIL and current issues In WIL practice.

Industry and Community Engagement for Work-Integrated Learning

Provides an opportunity to further their understanding of the importance of industry and community engagement for WIL and of strategies to enhance this engagement.

More details and EoI

9. WIL - it's an honour

The ACEN NSW Chapter is proud to share news from University of Wollongong. This year, two honours students from the Bachelor of Primary Education completed their theses work on the topic of WIL.

Miss Phoebe Rankin-Starcevic's thesis entitled, 'Stepping Up the Up-Take: Exploring Feedback Literacy within Work Integrated Learning in the Bachelor of Primary Education' and Ms Hannah Godden's thesis entitled, 'Transition pedagogy and WIL practices: Perspectives of first year subject coordinators on the transition into university and beyond', both received First Class Honours!

Honours students

Congratulations Hannah (left) and Phoebe (right) and on a job well done and everyone watch this space for publications to come! Submitted by honours supervisors Dr Bonnie Dean and Dr Michelle Eady.

10. HERDSA 2020 Conference

HERDSA 2020 ConferenceWelcome to HERDSA 2020 Research & Development in Higher Education You are invited to join us at HERDSA 2020, the 43rd annual conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Brisbane Australia 30th June – 3rd July 2020.

More on HERDSA conference

11. ACEN student scholarship reflections

Windmill in paddockEach year ACEN awards eight $1500 scholarships to provide financial support for students undertaking a WIL placement in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their university studies. Upon completion of the placement recipients are required to provide a reflection of the WIL experience.

Here's two recently completed placements.

Speech pathology in The Riverland

'... I thoroughly enjoyed working in rural South Australia and all the opportunities I was offered to increase my learning and develop new skills.  I would not have had the same opportunities, if I had remained in the city.  There are many challenges to service provision in rural areas. I found that each challenge I faced gave me an opportunity to use each setback and frustration to foster my identity as a speech pathologist.'


Social work in Broome

' ... My rural student placement has installed trust in my own ability to relocate and immerse myself in a different cultural context, contributing to my development as an upcoming social work practitioner. I have witnessed my own personal growth in a short period of time, which was aided by the unique and challenging practice experiences I was exposed to. ...

My most profound learning has been in working with Aboriginal young people and the generosity of my colleagues and our service users in sharing their cultural wisdom....'


12. ACEN Awards 2020

BubblesThe National WIL Awards recognise the contribution that organisations, institutions and individuals make to work-integrated learning.

ACEN Collaboration Award

The Collaboration Award is awarded to a partner organisation that is collaborating with a university to provide a sustained and significant contribution to WIL.

ACEN Local Hero Award

The Local Hero Award is awarded to a small-medium enterprise  partner organisation whose engagement with a university in WIL and whose contribution to the WIL experience of students, is above and beyond the expectation of the size of their organisation.

Innovation and Excellence Award formerly Case Study Award

This award recognises quality and innovative WIL practices across a diverse range of disciplines, models and methods. The publication of a WIL case study on the ACEN website constitutes a submission for the award, with winners announced biennially at the ACEN conference.

More about ACEN Awards

Honorary Life Membership

Honorary Life membership recognises significant service and contribution to Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in Australia and or internationally in areas of practice, pedagogy or research.

More about Life Membership