In this issue
Conference session list tops 110
ACEN conference is now on Twitter!
Early bird closes August 4
The growing cost of internships could add to inequality
What evidence is there that internships secure employment?
Are unpaid internships unlawful?
This month around 20 Australians attended the WACE Research Symposium in Canada. I represented ACEN at the WACE Board meeting and together with Sonia Ferns attended the National Association meeting. Reports continue to indicate expanding interest in WIL in Asia particularly in Japan and also increased interest in many countries in Europe with a focus on innovative strategies to engage SME's and enhancing mobility.
The National WIL strategy continues to gain interest with a presentation last week at the National Association of Field Experience Administrators Conference outlining progress and current initiatives. The ACEN Board continues to progress a broad range of projects including the awarding of the annual ACEN Research grants where the number and quality of grants was very high, shortlisting applications for the inaugural industry awards and progressing a new ACEN constitution to streamline governance arrangements.
The proposed changes to the constitution will be outlined to the ACEN membership for approval shortly.
The ACEN National Conference is fast approaching and with the list of sessions now released it is clear it will be a highly informative two days. It also provides the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the country as well as overseas with delegates from Vietnam, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the UK already registered. Register now so you don't miss out !
Judie Kay, ACEN President
Conference session list tops 110
20 Papers + 65 Showcases + 14 Roundtable + 11 Posters
An assortment of delights awaits those attending the 2016 ACEN Conference. Even a cursory glance at the list of topics shows the amazing array of topics. Everything from pedagogy to partnerships, employability, leadership, workloads and student diversity is covered, and more. There are presentations, roundtables and posters from well-known names in the field, as well as from new comers, giving the benefits of broad experience and some fresh perspectives. This is a not-to-be-missed event.
See the full list of sessions at the 2016 Conference
ACEN conference is now on Twitter!
After the success of the Instagram competition at the last conference, ACEN has included a Twitter hashtag for the 2016 conference: #ACENWIL2016. Anyone with a twitter account is able to include this hashtag in his or her tweets. It is a great way to keep up to date with changes as the conference approaches, and 'like' and connect others in the ACEN community. The hashtag will also be active during the conference, allowing those unable to attend to keep abreast of presentations and follow concurrent sessions. Those not on twitter can sign up now.
Early bird closes August 4
Due to popular demand, the Early Bird Registration has been extended and now expires on August 4.
Presenters please note that at least one person from each presentation/abstract must be registered by August 4 or we will, regrettably, remove your abstract and presentation from the program (we need time to get the program and abstracts ready for the conference and time is rushing on).
The aim of the role is to develop a communications / PR strategy to build upon ACEN's current momentum as a key player in the national employability agenda. Specifically, it will involve collaborating with the ACEN Board of Directors to develop a clear and targeted approach to drive sustainable growth in its membership.
Applications close on Friday, July 29, 2016
Professor Stephen Billett from Griffith University thanks ACEN membership for the interest they have shown in participating in this OLT-funded project across 2017. Over 30 ACEN members responded to the expressions of interest advertised through this newsletter and 27 projects from 13 different universities and from 22 disciplines will engage with this national project.
This has been a great response and Stephen has spoken to nearly all of the applicants already and has been very impressed by their interest, commitment and the experiences and expertise they will bring to this important activity.
Their engagement commences officially in February 2017 when they attend a two-day Development Conference and during that engage with others and plan their post-practicum projects across the year. These 30 projects will add to the 14 already underway and provide a wealth of informed accounts of how such activities can be enacted in Australian higher education.
There will be further interactions between ACEN members and this project that will be announced through this newsletter.
If you want to learn more about this project or take up one of the few remaining projects, please contact Professor Stephen Billett at Griffith (07 3735 5855) or by email: email@example.com
5. 'Working together to achieve better Work Integrated Learning outcomes: Improving productivity through better employer involvement'
The overarching aim of this twelve-month project, funded by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was to develop industry understanding of Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) and assess the support needed by employers to better engage in WIL. Data gathered in a survey of Western Australian employers and industry focus groups prompted the establishment of a WIL Advisory Service (WAS). The service was founded by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCIWA) to broker relationships between employers and universities, and provide support to improve WIL outcomes. In this study, student and employer users of WAS were asked to evaluate the support provided, to measure its success, and to assist in identifying strategies to improve WIL for all stakeholders.
Jackson, D., Ferns, S., Rowbottom, D. & Mclaren, D. (2015). Working together to achieve better Work Integrated Learning outcomes: Improving productivity through better employer involvement. Unpublished report.
From The Conversation
In today's hyper competitive job market, internships are becoming a must-have on almost every job applicant's CV. But when should a worker be paid for an internship, and is the rise of unpaid internships simply broadening the gap between those who can afford to work for free and those who can't?
These issues are explored in Internships Investigated series.
Paula McDonald, Queensland University of Technology; Damian Oliver, University of Technology Sydney, and Deanna Grant-Smith, Queensland University of Technology
Internships can have direct and indirect costs that may exclude some who can't afford them.
Robin Price, Senior Lecturer in Employment Relations and HRM, Queensland University of Technology
Deanna Grant-Smith, Senior Lecturer, Management, Queensland University of Technology
Andrew Stewart, John Bray Professor of Law, University of Adelaide
Employers run the risk of breaking the law if they are getting interns to do work that otherwise would be done by paid employees.
Australia was strongly represented at the recent WACE International Research Symposium in Victoria, Canada hosted by the University of Victoria with around 20 Australian delegates. Highlights included a spectacular Indigenous performance, a spell binding keynote by Dr Patricia Linn highlighting the pivotal impact WIL has on student's life journey, a lively panel chaired by DVCA of the University of Canberra Nick Klomp, a New Zealand / Australian networking evening and very active research workshop with many new research collaborations formed. Australian WIL research was prominent with a large number of presentations and posters which were very well received. The WACE World Conference which will be held in Chiang Mia Thailand in June 2017. Judie Kay (ACEN President)
Here are some other highlights from participants :
As a new participant in a WACE conference/symposium it was both professionally and personally a wonderful experience. To present at an International Symposium for the first time, while nerves were present, a warm and pleasant atmosphere was evident both during the presentation and feedback. This atmosphere continued throughout the whole of the symposium. Opportunities for networking for colleagues for research, personal study and specific work areas were available. Karen Robinson (Griffith)
As an early career researcher, the recent WACE research conference provided an invaluable opportunity to learn and share with others who are deeply interested in progressing research in WIL. The structure and pace of the conference allowed time to make new connections and to catch up with my WIL buddies. A thoroughly worthwhile and enjoyable conference. Jacqueline Mackaway (Macquarie)
The international collaboration the WACE Research Symposium affords is a major highlight. The professional collaboration and social interaction with like-minded people from around the world opened up new opportunities and potential for global research in WIL. The city of Victoria on Vancouver Island was a perfect venue with ocean views and sun-filled days – although very chilly for the middle of summer!! The event was well organised and included excellent presentations and sufficient time for networking. I came away with many new ideas and friends. Sonia Ferns (Curtin)
WACE has announced that the 20th WACE world conference will be in Chiang Mai, Thailand 4th - 8th June 2017 hosted by Thai Association, Suranaree university of Technology, Siam University, Sripatum University and Western Digital Thailand.
More information coming soon
The ASCILITE 33rd International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education has opened its online registration system. The conference organizers at the University of South Australia have made every effort to offer attractive conference rates this year and although a detailed conference schedule is some months away the organizing committee have managed to secure several exciting speakers.
You can register online anytime and Early Bird rate are available through to 7 October. The conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre 28 – 30 November 2016 and this year the conference is being held in conjunction with the Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute (ALASI).
This first issue is a special Annual Reports edition showcasing the year in review. This initiative aims to grow the group and work together to advance research on cooperative and work-integrated education (CWIE).
VicHyper, a group of award-winning team of RMIT technology, design, business and engineering students, are designing a hyperloop - a high-speed travel pod system which has the potential to revolutionise transport and save the environment.
An international Hyperloop design competition was held in Texas earlier this year, with the support of billionaire Elon Musk and the involvement of NASA scientists on the judging panel.
VicHyper were only one of 130 groups from 1700 entries selected to present their design - and won the Braking Subsystem Technical Excellence Award!
VicHyper are the only team from Australia, and indeed the Southern hemisphere, to reach the next round of competition (to be held Oct / Nov).
All applicants will be notified by the end of July.
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.
- Have made a significant contribution to advancing the practice, theory or status of work integrated learning
- Have a minimum 5 years' service in the field of Work Integrated Learning.
Nominations close July 31
The Collaboration Award is awarded to a partner organisation that is collaborating with a university to provide a sustained and significant contribution to WIL.
The Local Hero Award is awarded to a small-medium enterprise (SME; 0-199 employees) partner that is contributing to WIL beyond the expectations of the size of their organisation.
To improve participation of science students in WIL, the Australian Council of Deans of Science and the Chief Scientist have funded six Lighthouse projects. The Lighthouse projects are action-learning projects designed to establish visible organisation and leadership for work-integrated learning in science-based faculties and to generate peer-to- peer learning.
ECU's Criminology and Justice student Leilani Kwan
ECU's School of Arts and Humanities Criminology and Justice student Leilani Kwan has become the first ECU student to complete the Evidence Based Policing Internship Program with the WA Police. Evidence Based Policing aims to reduce the demand on policing services and develop practices that target those areas and people responsible for the most harm in our communities. Leilani's project consisted of data analysis and evaluative research which she found highly complementary to her existing course of study. Leilani said, 'I cannot emphasize enough the value of this experience, it has provided me with a strong motivation to contribute to work efforts regarding crime and criminal justice.'
Read more at the School of Arts and Humanities News and Events website.
17. Refreshing approaches at ECU: EPortfolios and WIL innovation prepare students for inspiring careers
ECU Health Science student Lisa-Jane Martin on a practicum at the Cancer Council WA, with supervisor Melissa Ledger.
The Public Health team in the School of Medical and Health Sciences at ECU have developed a student centred approach to support employability in undergraduates. Students are engaged in interactive experiences including the preparation of a Job application, Industry based interviews and written reflections; a range of 'vox pops' to explore authentic professional experiences; and Careers focused workshops. Third year students are afforded the opportunity to undertake a prac placement with local Public Health and Safety Agencies. Students are then supported to package their experiences and skills into an electronic portfolio, to enhance and facilitate career planning. Teaching resources, online 'vox pops' and materials were developed through engagement with a public health career change consultant.
This flexible, Work Integrated Learning approach, underpinned with an ePortfolio platform is transferrable to a range of learning disciplines. This model allows for professional skill acquisition, utilising a professional portfolio and opportunities to network with industry.
In the last 2 years, KCTT (an engineering consultancy) have actively pursued a strategy in both Western Australia and Serbia of employing under-graduate and graduate civil engineers, traffic engineers and architects. The reason for this is simple – young people are enthusiastic and bring with them enthusiasm for new tasks and for learning. This is invigorating for the experienced people within the company as well. We get to go through our own processes of learning, by re-tracing our own steps and trying to find better ways of explaining and sharing the information we have learnt. It hasn't always been easy, but now that KCTT is developing a mass of personnel (currently we sit at 24 in both Western Australia and Serbia) there are now a number of people who can engage in the programme at the same time, and be mentored by a number of people with varying experiences.
KCTT's partnership with Curtin University is something that we are extremely proud of. KCTT currently employs 5 Curtin alumni and 3 current students of Curtin University. Our strategy will be to continue this growth through 2016 / 2017 and to develop our reputation as an employer of choice for young Western Australians who are interested in a career in land development, urban infrastructure and traffic engineering. Work Integrated Learning is a way for KCTT to grow our business and our brand. It is our commitment to developing talent and helping great people take their first steps in their careers.
By Colin Kleyweg
Managing Director – Executive Engineer
Stefan Drasko, Josh Di Grandi, Colin Kleyweg, James Olsen, Joshua Joseph, Lachlan Harris, Chris Clay