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In this issue

1. From the President

2. 2018 ACEN Research Grants open

3. 2018 ACEN Conference

4. ACEN membership renewal

5. International Conferences

6. Recent professional devlopment

7. Opportunities

8. Recognition

Judie Kay ACEN President1. From the President

A belated welcome back to everyone for 2018 .ACEN is certainly off to a flying start to 2018 with a range of extremely well attended ACEN Chapter meetings occurring across the country. ACT/NSW, VIC/TAS and WA and the call for research proposals underway.

National WIL audit

All universities are currently undertaking the National WIL audit with data to be submitted on March 16th with a report due to be published mid-year. During the week Universities Australia issued a significant clarification around the criteria for the audit by confirming that the WIL being reported must involve engagement with industry or community partners. This audit will provide valuable national information about WIL activity in Australian Universities.

ACEN planning

The ACEN Board meets for the first of two annual face to face meetings next week in Melbourne with planning for 2018 a major focus of the day. A key area for discussion is our expanding and successful suite of professional development offerings. I have just received a breakdown of the Australian data from the Global PD survey which we sent out late last year which resulted in 260 responses from Australia, the country with the highest response rate. This survey provides the ACEN Board with very rich data to inform our plans and enable us to deliver the professional development the sector needs. Thank you to all those who completed the survey

ACEN Conference and Research Symposium

Lastly a reminder that now is the time to put in your abstracts and register for the 2018 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 an exceptional network of academic and professional staff working in the WIL area. It only happens every two years, so do not miss out! More here.

Judie Kay, ACEN President

2. 2018 ACEN Research Grants open

2018 ACEN Research GrantsIn 2018 ACEN is offering funding for three Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants valued at a maximum of $10,000 each. ACEN aims to foster research and scholarship initiatives in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) by endorsing research proposals and identifying and advancing WIL research in priority areas.

The priority areas for the 2018 grant scheme are:

Applications are due Wednesday May 2 2018.

3. 2018 ACEN Conference

ACEN 2018 conference strip

Submission for papers and abstracts

Register now and get the Early Bird rate

Become a conference sponsor - lots of small, medium and inviting opportunities!

Sponsorship opportunities

4. ACEN membership renewal

Renewal time - see if your institution has renewed. Updated as payment is made.

Benefits such as conference discounts, research grants and scholarships are only available to financial members.

5. International Conferences

WIL Africa

WIL africa 2018Durban

July 18-20, 2018

Theme: ‘Policy to implementation'.


CEWIL Canada conferenceMontreal

July 29 - August 1, 2018

Theme: 'Embracing Change'

New Zealand

NZACE 2018 conference logoWaiheke Island, Auckland

16-18 April 2018

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

6. Recent professional dvelopement

Stimulating Vic-Tas ACEN Reflective Practice and e-Portfolio Event

Fifty-five participants enjoyed the stimulating eportfolio and reflective practice presentations at Deakin Downtown. Katherine Lithgow from Waterloo University in Canada, discussed Waterloo's 'Bridging the ‘Articulation of the Skills' Gap Through WatCV: Career and Competency ePortfolio' where an interactive rubric and instructor resources support students to create their own ePortfolio and enhance skills articulation. Katherine outlined a study which verified its value by examining student perceptions in units of study which adopted the WatCV and compared them to those who didn't.

The second presentation was by Associate Prof Abdul Jabbar and Dr Natali Krekeler from the Melbourne Veterinary School at Melbourne University. They highlighted that veterinary science in the past had focused primarily on clinical skills, but recently have recognised the need for students to convey their employability skills in a suitable and multi-faceted eportfolio.

The PowerPoint presentations are available.

Katherine Lithgow, Waterloo University PowerPoint

Abdul Jabbar and Natali Krekele, Melbourne University PowerPoint

ACEN WA workshop on embedding resilience

ACEN WA hosted a workshop facilitated by Margo Brewer on Wednesday 14th February on Embedding Resilience into the Curriculum. The workshop was well-attended with 41 staff from across five WA universities. The highly interactive session was informed by a Australian Technology Network (ATN) funded project aimed to support students by enhancing academics' capacity to embed resilience in curriculum.

The session was broadly divided into three parts: conceptualising resilience; resilience in the higher education context; and ways to enhance resilience. Take-aways for participants included not only potential strategies for ways to embed resilience into the curriculum to benefit students, but also improving our understanding of precursors to our own resilience and how to better manage these.  

Please get in touch with Margo directly on m.brewer@curtin.edu.au if you wish to learn more on this topic or are interested in the resources and professional development which the project team are busy developing.

ACEN ACT/NSW - Realising opportunities through WIL evaluation

ACEN ACT NSW event l to r: Assoc. Professor Annette Marlow, Julieanne O'Hara, Theresa Winchester-Seeto, Rachael Hains-Wesson (Pic Kylie Twyford)

An excellent forum was held on Wednesday by the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) NSW/ACT Chapter exploring research and evaluation in work integrated learning (WIL). The presenters - Rachael Hains-Wesson (USyd), Julianne O’Hara (UTS), Dr Theresa Winchester-Seeto, Associate Professor Annette Marlow (UTas), Dr Anna Rowe (MacquarieU) and Associate Professor Assoc. Prof. Kate Lloyd (MacquarieU) - were so generous in sharing their knowledge and insights. The camaraderie of the WIL community across institutions, state/territory borders, nationally and internationally is such a privilege to be apart of and joy to be involved with. 

7. Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunity – Community Connector

Street by StreetThe Street by Street Project helps people turn streets into communities and fosters a national network of neighbour groups. We make it easy for people to get to know those who live near them and to feel more connected, safer and more supported as a result.

Community Connectors are the leaders / organizers who bring their neighbours together to provide the opportunity for a neighbour group to form. Once formed, they keep the group going in a positive way, creating opportunities for real life neighbourly relationships to form. Students can also undertake promotional tasks.

Students will be guided and stepped through the process and will gain:

  1. Community development experience
  2. Leadership experience
  3. Project management / event experience
  4. Promotion experience
  5. The chance to contribute to bringing back the norm of community life.

See www.streetbystreet.org.au and www.facebook.com/streetbystreet for more information.

To apply email Irene Opper, National Manager, at Irene@streetbystreet.org.au and include why you are interested and any organizing experience you have had or call 0413 706 233 to discuss the role.

NAGCAS QILT Webinar: Wednesday 7 March 2018

Please join us for an overview of the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT), and an update on the 2017 Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS).

The webinar will be presented by Lisa Bolton, QILT Research Manager.

Date: Wednesday 7 March 2018

Time: 11am - 12pm

Location: Your desk

The webinar is free, and has been specifically designed for members of NAGCAS.

The session will provide a unique opportunity to ask questions directly of QILT's Research Manager, Lisa Bolton.

8. Recognition

Student Experiences and Services Supporting Learning, Development and Growth in Higher Education

Griffith Student experiences

l to r: Ben Cameron, Catherine Longworth, Carol-Joy Patrick, Debra Henly, Bernadett Dobos and James Smith

The Griffith Community Internship program is available to all students across the university as a way to achieve personal and professional transformation through volunteering in not-for-profit organisations while studying a purposefully designed curriculum with a focus on human rights, citizenship and social equality. The program has designed an academic support model which ensures students of all capabilities and capacities can succeed in their internship. This approach results in graduates of influence who continue contributing to their community as volunteers after the completion of the course.

The program provides a sustained and demonstrably effective whole-of-university approach to concurrently enhance students' employability and their on-going civic engagement. Since 2012 over 2300 students have achieved personal and professional growth while providing over 120,000 hours of volunteering to almost 400 community organisations. The program has grown from availability as a free-choice elective and is now included as a core or listed and recommended elective in over 70 discreet undergraduate or postgraduate programs. The program has attracted significant interest across the sector as an example of transformative work-integrated learning.

Curtin University Award for enhancing fieldwork education

Curtin Citation

Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student learning: for leadership of fieldwork education in the Health Sciences, fostering innovation and enhancing the quality of students' fieldwork learning experiences.

Brooke Sanderson received recognition for excellence in teaching by receiving a Curtin University Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award from the Provost, John Cordery s at an official Awards Ceremony in November. This award recognises that, through Brooke's leadership, the student learning experience during fieldwork at Curtin has been enhanced.