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In this issue

1. President's Update

2. 2014 ACEN Conference 'Work Integrated Learning: Building Capacity'

3. ACEN Webinar 'Engaging diverse students in work integrated learning'

4. The WIL HERDSA Guide • coming soon

5. ACEN Member survey

6. ACEN Student Scholarships



9. 2014 (Society for Health Administration Programs in Education) SHAPE Symposium

1. President's Update

Welcome back to everyone as we all prepare ourselves for an incredibly busy 2014. This year is the ACEN Conference year, so get your abstracts in and put the dates in your diary. Make sure you attend this important biannual conference which this time is being held on the Gold Coast, Oct 1-3 International Keynote speakers and preconference workshops will be announced shortly. Don't miss out!!

ACEN's links to other national associations and particularly to our Asian neighbours have recently been strengthened. I was invited to participate in a workshop for Thai university staff being run by TACE, the Thai Association. The workshop's focus was building Thai University staff capability in international WIL exchanges. One hundred and ten staff from 70 Universities attended the 2 day workshop, presented by TACE and financially supported by the Thai Government. During my visit I was invited to the TACE headquarters in Bangkok with representatives from Japan and the Thai Higher Education Commission to discuss areas for future collaboration. There is a noticeable increase in support and interest in WIL across Asia particularly in Thailand and Japan, Thai groupThis coincides with the New Colombo plan being implemented in Australia with a focus on Asia and inclusion of WIL exchanges enabling an expansion of exchanges of students in the region over coming years.

ACEN has also been approached to facilitate the visit of a delegation from four Japanese universities to Melbourne in late February to learn more about WIL and how it operates in Australian Universities. As a result of strong support from the VIC/TAS State chapter committee the delegation will visit five Melbourne based universities while they are here.

WIL is a focus of the Universities Australia Conference next week and I have been invited to represent ACEN on the panel 'Work Integrated Learning – expanding partnerships with business'. The panel includes representatives from Universities, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Office of the Chief Scientist and Santos. I am looking forward to hearing everyone's perspectives and suggested strategies to enhance these critical partnerships.

The ACEN Board meets at the University of Canberra in the week of the 24th February. A number of important items will be our focus including reviewing and developing strategic and financial plans, identifying key initiatives for ACEN and training for board members. The information from the recent member survey will be a key element in this planning process. We will report back in future newsletters.

Judie Kay, President

2014 ACEN Conference 2. 2014 ACEN Conference 'Work Integrated Learning: Building Capacity'


Call for papers

The theme for the 2014 ACEN conference is 'Work Integrated Learning – Building Capacity'.

Topics of interest for the conference include (but are not limited to)

Theoretical or empirical research, experience reports and case studies addressing the conference theme are invited.

Details of categories of papers.

Critical dates for full refereed papers

Two hundred word abstracts (excluding references) for full papers are due on 4th March.

All abstracts will undergo a peer review process and authors will be notified by 12th April.

The 2,000 word full papers are due by 26th May and may be either empirical studies or theoretical reviews. After the blind peer review of full papers they will be returned to authors on 28th June with final submission due no later than 30th August.


3. ACEN Webinar 'Engaging diverse students in work integrated learning'

The OLT project Building institutional capacity to enhance access, participation and progression in work integrated learning (WIL), led by Deb Peach, is in the process of planning a webinar in partnership with ACEN WA titled Engaging diverse students in work integrated learning. The webinar is a component of the collaborative information gathering and sharing model evident in the research design. The webinar will involve interactive discussion on the challenges in accommodating diverse students and help to inform future directions for the research. Details are:

Wednesday 19th March

12.30 AEDT

11.30 am Queensland

9.30 am Western Australia

It is anticipated that the webinar will be one and a half hours in duration.

Register interest

For queries, contact Sonia Ferns S.Ferns@curtin.edu.au

Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. The views in this project do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.

4. The WIL HERDSA Guide • coming soon

The WIL HERDSA Guide was recently submitted to the HERDSA Editorial Board for review. Sonia Ferns from Curtin University (and ACEN Board member) is Chief Editor of the Guide with authors across Australia and New Zealand contributing. The WIL HERDSA Guide will be a valuable resource for stakeholders who have an interest in the quality of the student experience and the education of Australia’s future workforce. Approaches to embedding WIL in curriculum; assessing WIL; and engaging students in the WIL learning experience; provide valuable insights for Teaching and Learning practitioners. The Guide also provides strategies for administering and monitoring WIL experiences and building partnerships to enhance WIL. Furthermore, the Guide proposes approaches to assessment design and strategies for providing robust feedback to students. University staff in leadership positions, both at a department and institutional level, will source information to assist in resourcing, financing, and managing WIL. For staff from institutional Teaching and Learning centres, ideas to support teaching staff in implementing WIL programs will be suggested. Finally, building partnerships and understanding the WIL educative experience will have value for industry and community representatives.

The Guide has been developed through a collaborative arrangement between HERDSA and ACEN and is due to be launched at the HERDSA 2014 conference in Hong Kong from 7th to 10th July 2014.

5. ACEN Member survey

ACEN calipersACEN conducted a member survey to understand membership requirements. The survey closed on February 14 and thanks to the two hundred and eleven people who responded. The information is being analysed and will be considered by the Board face-to-face meeting on February 24 and 25 and also presented to the membership in the next newsletter.

6. ACEN Student Scholarships

First introduced in 2010, ACEN offers annual scholarships to provide financial support for students who are required to complete a WIL activity in the workplace. Only students from universities that are financial members of ACEN are eligible to apply. Initially three scholarships of $1000 each were offered. In 2013, ACEN increased the funding allocation to five scholarships of $1500 each and this is likely to be the offer in 2014. The scholarships are advertised through the ACEN website and promoted by ACEN representatives at member institutions.

In 2010, the first year scholarships were offered, 70 applications were received. In 2011, 828 applications were received for three scholarships. Following the introduction in 2012 of specific criteria intended to reduce the resource intensive administration of processing large numbers of applications, one hundred and twenty three eligible applications were submitted for the five scholarships at $1500 each. In 2013, 340 applications were received for five $1500 scholarships.

In 2010 applications were submitted in hard copy resulting in a manual selection process which incorporated time intensive administration. To improve efficiency and rigorous data collection methods, the submission process moved on line in 2011. This approach permitted the reviewers to engage in analysis of the applications and this resulted in a paper written on the scholarships by Moore, K, Ferns, S and Peach, D being presented at the ACEN Conference 2012 and winning the Best Paper Award. A full report of the Scholarships 2010-2013 has been submitted to the Australian Pacific Journal for Cooperative Education for consideration for publication.

In order to target the Scholarships to those students who incurred the greatest expense, in 2012 and 2013 scholarship eligibility was limited to those students undertaking work placements in rural and remote locations requiring students to relocate from their existing place of residence. Rural and remote locations were determined on the basis of the RA2- RA5 on the National Map from the Australian Government, Department of Health and Aging (2012).

Scholarships for 2014 will open shortly.
Dr Keri Moore


Curtin University students plunge into regional community development

Curtin University students at Jurien Bay for WIL

In December 2013, twelve Curtin University students travelled to Jurien Bay, 232km north of Perth, to participate in a community work integrated learning project. Under the direction of the local Community Resource Centre, the students developed strategies for attracting visitors to a newly established artificial reef structure and commenced monitoring of the marine system. The Shire of Dandaragan, the Department of Parks and Wildlife, and local champions all joined together to assist the students from marine science, software engineering, film and media and four exchange visiting from Brazil. The project is the start of an ongoing relationship between Curtin University, the Jurien Bay Community Resource Centre, the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the local community.

Notre Dame University physiotherapy student informs curriculum

Eleni Bacopanos, final year physiotherapy student at The University of Notre Dame Australia Fremantle campus, is undertaking a research project under the supervision of Susan Edgar, surveying six years of Notre Dame physiotherapy graduates. The aim of the study is to determine workforce characteristics, job satisfaction and factors linked to attrition. Findings from this study will assist with the development and direction of the undergraduate curriculum at Notre Dame in line with workforce needs and further provide evidence on graduate workforce preferences. Exploration of the factors impacting on job satisfaction and attrition are imperative knowledge for employers and the profession to improve retention of physiotherapists in the future. Most importantly this project will provide Notre Dame and other physiotherapy programs with the necessary information to produce better equipped graduates with realistic career expectations. Eleni and Susan are planning on presenting the final results from this study at the 2014 ACEN conference in October on 'Work Integrated Learning – Building Capacity', identifying how best to address capacity through identification of workforce needs and preferences.


Network Your Networks!

Judie Kay at ACEN SA/NTThe 'Network your Networks' collaborative teaching and learning event held on 20th November 2013 at Flinders University was a resounding success. Hosted by the ACEN SA/NT, the SA/NT Promoting Excellence Network (SANTPEN) and the Higher Education and Research Development Society Australasia SA (HERDSA SA), this whole-day event provided over 70 delegates with an opportunity to work together to maximise knowledge and opportunities in teaching and learning.

ACEN SA/NT NetworkThe event included a variety of expert speakers including Allan Goody, President Higher Education Research and Development Society Australasia, Associate Professor Deborah West, Director, Education and Training Development, Charles Darwin University, Professor Malcolm Tight, Lancaster University, UK and our very own ACEN President Judie Kay. They discussed current gaps in teaching and learning from each of their perspectives, and participants were given the opportunity to discuss and plan how to meet the needs of students and society through teaching or research, via a series of interactive workshops.

ACEN SA/NT Network panelParticipants reported that they found the event informative, practical and relevant to existing and potential projects and grant applications. Similar events are being considered for the future, to maximise the significant benefit of organising joint events for complementary networks.

Videos of the opening panel session and keynote speaker

Next ACEN SA/NT Chapter Meeting: Tuesday 4th March, 10-11:30am, via teleconference. Please contact ceri.macleod@flinders.edu.au for dial-in details if you would like to participate.

9. 2014 (Society for Health Administration Programs in Education) SHAPE Symposium

Abstracts are invited for oral presentations or posters for the 2014 SHAPE Symposium to be held from 9 - 11 July 2014. The overall theme for the Symposium is 'Collaboration and Partnerships in developing the health management workforce - producing the graduates that can respond to the health care challenges'. Presentations and papers are particularly welcome if they explore the key focus areas - the drivers for change and how programs are or might respond to them, the question of whether programs are developing graduates with the competencies and capabilities the industry needs, engaging stakeholders and how we might collaborate and partner.

Themes, details and registrations