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In this issue

1. From the President

2. 2019 ACEN Research Grants

3. Professional development

4. Conferences

5. ACEN Industry Guide 

6. Proceedings of 2018 ACEN Conference

7. Host the 2020 ACEN Conference?

8. Journals

9. Case study in focus - What a Waste: Industry-linked Honours program in Science

10. ACEN Resource in focus - Good Practice Guides

11. WIL Manager vacancy - University of Waikato

12. How's this for an 'internship'?

1. From the President

Sonia Ferns ACEN President

Welcome back to the 2019 academic year. I hope everyone enjoyed the festive season and had a well-earned rest. The year is shaping up to be very busy with lots of activity focussed on WIL and industry/community engagement.

The ACEN Board is looking forward to the South Australian Chapter of ACEN hosting the first face to face Executive meeting for 2019 on 10th and 11th February. Our colleagues in South Australia have kindly assisted with the organisation of a venue, accommodation and other arrangements. Thanks to our University of Adelaide colleagues who have provided meeting rooms. The agenda for the ACEN Board meeting includes identifying strategic initiatives for 2019, reviewing feedback from the ACEN member survey completed in late 2018, planning approaches to support the ACEN membership, and developing ACEN-led professional development opportunities. Outcomes of the meeting will be shared with the ACEN community in due course.

In addition, members of the ACEN Board will be conducting a seminar on 12th February at the University of South Australia, the details of which are included in this newsletter. Redesign of the ACEN Website is underway to enhance the user interface for easier navigation and access to the many valuable resources currently housed on the website. An improved web presence will benefit ACEN members and add value to ACEN’s profile and impact in the broader community.

A reminder that registration for the Global WIL modules closes on 11th February. Large numbers of WIL practitioners globally continue to show interest in the modules and express high levels of satisfaction with the outcomes. The Global WIL modules are an excellent opportunity to develop international networks and share ideas and approaches in WIL.

I know this is a very busy time for everyone with preparation for teaching and the year ahead. I hope you all have a smooth start to 2019.

Sonia Ferns, ACEN President

2. 2019 ACEN Research Grants

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In 2019 ACEN is offering funding for three Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants up to $10,000 each.

Applications are invited on topics related to one of the following themes identified through National WIL Strategy and the 2018 ACEN National Research Symposium.

The grants are intended to:

3. Professional development

ACEN NSW/ACT Chapter Event - WIL Snapshots Conference

skyscrapersThe NSW/ACT State Chapter is hosting a WIL Snapshots Conference on Monday 4 February, 2019 at the University of Sydney CBD Campus.

 This one day event will showcase the latest research and practice in WIL, providing NSW/ACT members who may have missed recent conferences (such as ACEN), a second chance at hearing about current developments and innovations in research and practice.  

For further information please contact: bonnie_dean@uow.edu.au or a.rowe@unsw.edu.au

ACEN Vic/Tas workshop - Preparing Students for WIL

RMIT buildingsWednesday, 6th Feb 2019

The program includes:

ACEN WA - Simulated Learning

Tools and shadow boardThe presenters will discuss their work using simulated learning in

Date: Friday 22nd February 2019 Time: 9:30 to 12:30 followed by lunch

Venue: Murdoch University

ACEN SA/NT Adelaide workshops - double header

three studentsThe ACEN Board is meeting in Adelaide and are delighted to use the opportunity have two prominent Board members offer workshops on developing issues in WIL.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 9am - 11.30am

University of South Australia, City West campus

RSVP: Registration is required – free to ACEN members, $20 for non-members.

Online participation: We are working to provide a Zoom or Collaborate link.

ACEN Q workshop - Evaluation and quality assurance of WIL

Evaluation and quality assurance of WIL – ACEN Q workshop

18 March 2019, 10-11am  

Location: Ship Inn Southbank

Over the last decade there has been a gradual increase in the amount of WIL being undertaken across Australian universities. Questions though have been asked about the quality of these experiences. Recent changes to the Higher Education Threshold Standards have put an onus on universities to assure the quality of WIL experiences and support provided to students. However, assuring the quality of WIL is a more complex undertaking than that of a standard university unit. Measures of quality of WIL are a contested space with a gap in the shared understandings of quality and benchmarks of success.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to explore concepts of quality assurance and evaluation of WIL experiences, with participants being invited to contribute to a research project which aims to develop an institution-wide framework for the quality assurance of WIL (funded by an ACEN Research Grant). 

Facilitators: Matthew Campbell (QUT) and Dr Ricky Tunny (QUT)

Global Professional Development for WIL practitioners

Global WIL odulesOnline study with international colleagues

Three modules are being offered early in 2019

Global Perspectives in Work-Integrated Learning

Provides practitioners the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the relationship between WIL and learning theory; and how theory informs WIL from a global perspective.

Industry/Community Engagement for WIL

Provides practitioners the opportunity to further their understanding the fundamental importance of industry/community engagement for WIL and to improve strategies to enhance this engagement.

Dimensions of Quality for WIL – new module for 2019

Provides practitioners with the opportunity to 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.

Expressions of interest close on 11th February, 2019. (Changed, was previously 18th).

4. Conferences

NZACE Annual Conference - Our Place in the Future of Work!

NZACE logoApril 16-17, 2019 | Te Papa, Wellington, New Zealand

The annual conference of NZACE Inc. is noted as a supportive and inspirational conference focused on cooperative and work-integrated education for practitioners and researchers from the tertiary education sector, industry, community and government.

Global Internship Conference

8th Annual Global Internship Conference (GIC) to be held at the University of Auckland, NZ, July 2nd – 5th, 2019.  The 2019 Auckland GIC marks the first time the conference has been held in Australasia.

In addition to practical workshops, sessions and presentations by experts from around the world, the conference will offer the option to visit internships in Auckland, a pre-conference workshop on Maori culture, as well as a post-conference excursion on New Zealand’s North Island.

If you have not attended one of the Global Internship Conferences since 2012 Berkeley, you can obtain a 100 USD discount in the registration fee by entering the code FIRST at checkout in the online registration form at www.globalinternshipconference.org

Embedding Employability Exchange Initiative (EEEI) Conference

Registrations are now open for the Embedding Employability Exchange Initiative (EEEI) Conference Enhancing and Sharing Employability Practice which will be held at Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast Campus on 13 and 14 February. This timely conference includes a full-day workshop on 13 February exclusive to EEEI Project participants while the second day is open to everyone interested in the conference theme. Delegates also have the option of attending an Employability Symposium on 15 February hosted by Study Gold Coast.

5. ACEN Industry Guide 

As part of ACEN's commitment to the National WIL Strategy, the ACEN Board has decided to develop a brief guide for industry partners engaging in WIL in 2019.

The guide would provide an overview for industry and community partners of the major considerations when engaging in WIL and link to existing resources and information. The aim is to provide additional support to organisations engaging in WIL to enhance the experience for all stakeholders and to support others to consider becoming involved. The Industry guide would then be available to be used or adapted by universities for use with their WIL industry partners.

At this stage we are seeking your input into the development of the guide. Please send us any resources you currently use or ideas you have for content that should be included to Judie Kay judie.kay@rmit.edu.au or Franziska Trede Franziska.Trede@uts.edu.au

6. Proceedings of 2018 ACEN Conference

2018 ACEN Confernce proceedings coverAll abstracts and papers reproduced in these proceedings were presented at the ACEN National Conference held in Brisbane, Queensland between October 3rd and October 5th 2018.

Papers reproduced in these proceedings have been independently blind peer reviewed, by at least two peer reviewers, with consideration for HERDC reporting requirements: EI Conference Publication – Full Paper, Refereed.

7. Host the 2020 ACEN Conference?

ACEN 2020 conferenceACEN will be holding a conference in 2020 and universities in the eastern states are invited to submit a proposal for the hosting of the event.

The proposal must reach ACEN admin@acen.edu.au by Friday, March 29, 2019.

In the proposal a university wishing to host the 2020 ACEN conference needs to:

and address a list of items in the response.

8. Journals

International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning (IJWIL)

International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning (IJWIL) logoThe International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning (IJWIL) publishes peer-reviewed original research and topical issues dealing with Work-Integrated Learning (WIL). IJWIL was formerly called the Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education.

The latest Vol 19, Issue 4 2018 came out just before Christmas

Gateways university-community engagement Journal now ‘Open’

Volume 12:1 of the peer-reviewed, open access, online journal, Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, was launched in January in a new ‘publish-as-you-go’ model, which will see articles added when they are ready for publication. This change to an ‘open volume’ means authors and readers will not have to wait on lengthy academic publication timelines. Articles on collaborative engagement in the new volume include: ethics training for climate science organisations working Native American Tribes; an innovative program for health researchers working with Pacific Islanders; a stakeholder engagement process for health and environment research in Alberta; and a mentoring program for young people from the Kibera slum to transition to higher education in Nairobi.

9. Case study in focus - What a Waste: Industry-linked Honours program in Science

Each newsletter we'll feature one of our case studies. Why not submit your own case study?

Using waste to fight against Dengue Fever, Kiribati (central Pacific) – an industry linked project.

Rubbish in KiribatiThe Bachelor of Science Advanced-Global Challenges Honours year is a unique research program that immerses talented science students in an experiential and industry-linked education.

Students work in groups on authentic multi-disciplinary challenges posed by our industry partners over the year-long project.

The student groups are co-located between the campus and the partner organisation and the students are jointly mentored and assessed by the industry partners and Monash University academics. This co-location provides students with the opportunity to learn through direct industry exposure, whilst also developing their research skills.

10. ACEN Resource in focus - Good Practice Guides

Each newsletter we'll feature one of our resources. Why not suggest a resource?

WIL impact logoThe ACEN resources includes a series of Good Practice Guideson the topics of

11. WIL Manager vacancy - University of Waikato

University of WaikatoThe University is seeking an enthusiastic and well organised person who relates well to a wide range of people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures and who has demonstrated experience creating positive relationships across key stakeholders and external partners. In this position you will be responsible for maintaining central oversight of all operational WIL processes at the University.

Commencing salary will be in the range of NZD $93,748 to $95,000 per year depending on qualifications, skills and experience.

The position will remain open until filled. Vacancy number: 380295

12. How's this for an 'internship'?

Robyn Williams, long-time host of the award-winning hour-long The Science Show on ABC Radio National, handed his microphone over to a student, Zofia Witkowski-Blake for the entire program.

Zofia spoke to fellow students about their feelings towards studying science, how they see the relevance of science and their views and fears for the future. Zofia also spoke to science minister Karen Andrews, shadow minister Kim Carr and newly appointed director of Australia’s Space Agency, Megan Clark.