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In this issue

1. President's report

2. 'WIL 2020: Pushing The Boundaries

Pre-conference workshops

Conference Call for papers due on Feb 26

Research Symposium

3. Building better WIL agreements

4. Vacancy: Assistant Manager, Placement Office, University of Canberra

5. Webinar - Enhancing workplace learning through mobile technology

6. Workshop - Enhancing workplace learning through mobile technology

7. HERDSA Guide - Work Integrated Learning in the Curriculum

8. Exciting exchange of ideas at Scaffolding WIL workshop

1. President's report

A reminder to everyone that now is  the time to put in your abstracts and register for the 2016 National Conference and Research Symposium. Make sure you don't miss out on this  conference which provides important updates on best practice and current research in WIL  but also connects you to a  valuable network of academic and professional staff working in the WIL area.

We continue to progress work with the National WIL Strategy in collaboration our partner signatories with a joint national website in planning and a communications plan being developed. The Office of Learning and Teaching are updating the Good Practice Guide and have called for submissions with the work expected to be completed by mid-year. ACEN's work on developing a WIL agreement template has progressed with the mapping of content of university agreements in this newsletter.

Finally at our recent face to face Board meeting we welcomed Professor Esther May from  University of South Australia who has been elected Chair for ACEN SA/NT and joins the ACEN  Board. Ceri Macleod, who had been chair in SA/NT for several years, has moved to New Zealand with her family. We wish Ceri all the best and thank her for her  contribution to ACEN particularly around our communications and website as well as with the SA/NT Chapter. ACEN's loss is NZACE's gain (the New Zealand association).

Judie Kay
ACEN President

2. 'WIL 2020: Pushing The Boundaries

Pre-conference

Call for expressions of interest for pre-conference workshops

Interested researchers, academics, practitioners and industry partners are invited to submit their expressions of interest for facilitating a pre-conference workshop. The workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Macquarie University (and are to be run concurrently with the Research Symposium), Sydney

The theme of the forthcoming ACEN conference is "WIL 2020: Pushing the Boundaries". Workshops need to explore the conference theme or at least one of the conference sub-themes:

  1. Strengthening connections: Students, higher education, industry and community
  2. Employability and WIL 2020

  3. Learning through WIL: Pushing the boundaries of curriculum and practice

  4. Analytics, evaluation and research of WIL: Towards 2020 and beyond

  5. Developing leadership capacity through WIL

  6. Supporting WIL: Operations and systems for 2020

  7. Pushing the boundaries: Contemporary issues in WIL

Workshops can be offered as either half-day or full-day sessions.

Expressions of interest (1-2 pages) should be forwarded to theresa.winchesterseeto@mq.edu.au and address the following headings

Conference

Call for papers due on Feb 26

Interested researchers, academics, practitioners and industry partners are invited to submit papers, abstracts and posters for the forthcoming ACEN Conference to be held in Sydney, 29th – 30th September, 2016. Submissions are due by 26th February, 2016. The theme of the conference is "WIL 2020: Pushing the Boundaries", which covers the following sub-themes:

  1. Strengthening connections: Students, higher education, industry and community
  2. Employability and WIL 2020
  3. Learning through WIL: Pushing the boundaries of curriculum and practice
  4. Analytics, evaluation and research of WIL: Towards 2020 and beyond
  5. Developing leadership capacity through WIL
  6. Supporting WIL: Operations and systems for 2020
  7. Pushing the boundaries: Contemporary issues in WIL

Submissions are invited across four categories:

  1. Full refereed papers
  2. Showcase presentations
  3. Roundtable discussions
  4. Poster submissions

More details

Research Symposium

The Symposium is for active WIL researchers or those with an interest in WIL research.

Participants at this symposium will have the opportunity to work with a group of colleagues to develop and present an outline for a research project that investigates a particular aspect of work-integrated learning.

Participation will require some preliminary reading and preparation.

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3. Building better WIL agreements

Last year we asked for copies of WIL agreements to help ACEN develop a guide incorporating the key elements of an agreement to clarify the role of the host organization and university. This was one ACEN response to the National WIL Strategy.

A draft of the guide is now being reviewed and will be circulated to members when available.

In the meantime, here's the frequency of the key components of those agreements.

4. Vacancy: Assistant Manager, Placement Office, University of Canberra

The University of Canberra has an excellent opportunity for an Assistant Manager to join the Placement Office. The Placement Office is a busy and growing unit that is responsive to the changing needs of our internal stakeholders (students and staff) and external stakeholder (industry partners).

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Recruitment and application questions: please contact the Managed Recruitment team on 02 6180 8000 or email recruitment@managedrecruitment.com.au quoting ref No 364.

Closing Date: 11:59pm, Wednesday 2 March, 2016

5. Webinar - Enhancing workplace learning through mobile technology

Thursday 10 March 2016, 11.30 am - 1 pm AEDT

Presenter: Prof Franziska Trede, Co-Director, The Education For Practice Institute, Charles Sturt University.

Workplace learning and technology-mediated learning are two key foci for university education. However, they often remain separate discourses and practices, though the integration of authentic work-based activities and technology-mediated learning can provide important opportunities to bridge education and work contexts and build students' digital capacities, online professional identities and technology-mediated work practices.

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6. Workshop - Enhancing workplace learning through mobile technology

Enhancing workplace learning through mobile technology

Presented by - Franziska Trede PhD, Professor of Higher Education, Charles Sturt University

Date: Wednesday 23rd March, 2016

Time: 2.30am – 4.30pm (Afternoon tea included)

Venue: CCIWA, 180 Hay Street, East Perth

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7.HERDSA Guide - Work Integrated Learning in the Curriculum

Edited by Sonia Ferns, published by Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia

Work integrated learning (WIL) connects students with industry, business, government and community with the intention of creating authentic learning experiences that strengthen students' capacity to develop work-ready skills. WIL has emerged as a key strategy for educational institutions in response to changes in tertiary education and the demand for graduates with work related capabilities. This HERDSA Guide highlights the uniqueness of WIL and the opportunities and challenges it affords. The Guide provides insights into curriculum design, performance-based assessment, academic standards, risk management, institutional leadership, building staff capacity and evaluation strategies for WIL. The Guide offers a range of existing, new and emergent perspectives about WIL in a global context and provides useful information for practitioners and institutional leaders.

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8. Exciting exchange of ideas at Scaffolding WIL workshop

Vic/Tas Chapter ACEN event

On Thursday the 11th of February, the Vic/Tas Chapter of ACEN held an interactive workshop on 'Scaffolding WIL'. Opportunities for both discipline specific and career development scaffolding were explored. We saw two presentations on quite different, yet equally engaging topics - "great examples of good practice" to quote one participant.

Chances to network and learn what others were doing were other highlights for participants. Thirty-eight people attended the workshop, including three national ACEN executives from WA, SA and NSW Nine Victorian universities were represented and a number of people conferenced-in. The discussion sessions were very lively and generated some interesting ideas in response, such as a MOOC for WIL preparation.

Key questions emerging from feedback on the session included:

Presentations were 'Scaffolding WIL' by Leoni Russell (RMIT) and 'WIL@Deakin: WIL Typology and Course Scaffolding' by Friederika Kaider (Deakin Uni).