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In this issue

1. ACEN Conference update

Notification of conference submissions

Early Bird registration extended

Conference start and finish times

ACEN Conference pre-conference workshops announced

Sponsorship opportunities

2. Augmenting students' post-practicum experience

Interested in being part of a project aiming to enhance the learning outcomes of your university students' work experiences?

3. 2016 Scholarship winners announced

4. ACEN Research Grants strongly contested

5. WIL Case Studies sought

6. Nominate a person for Life Membership

7. HERDSA Pre-conference workshops now open to non-delegates

8. Moving easy in WA

9. ACEN is NOT an election-free zone - ECU Journalism students hit the campaign trail

10. ECU Public Health team supports post graduate students in navigating the world of work

11. Authentic WIL Assessments presentations

12. WACE Research Grant 2016/2017

1. ACEN Conference update

Notification of conference submissions

The program chairs are in the process of returning feedback to authors.

Presenters should expect their abstracts with reviewer feedback by end of this week (June 10), but there is a slight possibility that a few responses may fall outside this date. Revised abstract and paper submissions are to be uploaded into EasyChair, the online conference submission system by 30 June.

Early Bird registration extended

As a consequence of the above changes Early Bird registration has been extended to July 14, 2016

Conference start and finish times

The conference program is still under development and won't be finalised until all submissions have been updated and uploaded. It is anticipated that the conference itself will start at 9.00 on Thursday September 29, and is likely to finish at 5.00 or 5.30 on Friday September 30.

ACEN Conference pre-conference workshops announced

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 concurrent with the Research Symposium

Workshops are 3 hours duration and run in two blocks - morning and afternoon.

Practice makes perfect: Reflection for learning workshop Dr Marina Harvey Visiting Fellow, Queensland University of Technology

Pushing the boundaries of employability rhetoric to engage teachers and students Professor Dawn Bennett, Curtin University

Strengthening Connections and Building Capacity: sharing the e-Placement Scotland Approach Dr Colin Smith and Sally Smith, Edinburgh Napier University

WIL Curriculum: Embedding employability factors through Research and Learning Skills Barbara Yazbeck, Monash University, Dr. Sue Bandaranaike, James Cook University, Diana Thompson, Monash University

Expanding the Horizons of Employability through WIL: Visioning 2020 Professor Joy Higgs, Education For Practice Institute of Charles Sturt University.

Enhancing your WIL practice – personally or institutionally Carol-Joy Patrick, Griffith University

Sponsorship opportunities

2016 Conference Gold Sponsor

Our thanks to Intersective as a Gold Sponsor for the support they are providing for WIL in Australia.

2. Augmenting students' post-practicum experience

Interested in being part of a project aiming to enhance the learning outcomes of your university students' work experiences?

You get some funding to! If so, read on ……

The OLT-funded project Augmenting students' post-practicum experience is seeking to engage with 30 individuals teaching in university programs with practicum components. That engagement will comprise participating a two-day meeting to evaluate a range of post-practicum interventions (e.g. structured feedback, debriefs) and then funded $3000 to trial and evaluate one or more of those interventions in their teaching across 2017.

Principal Researcher: Stephen Billett, Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University
E-mail: S.Billett@Griffith.edu.au Phone: (07) 370 55855
Project manager: Melissa Cain, Education and Professional Studies, Griffith University
E-mail: m.cain@uq.edu.au

Want to be one of the 30?

Project summary

3. 2016 Scholarship winners announced

The ACEN Board is delighted to announce eight scholarships of $1,500 have been awarded to students in the following courses and universities

  1. Master of Social Work, Queensland University of Technology

  2. Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (BOccThy), Southern Cross University

  3. Bachelor of Medical Imaging, Central Queensland University

  4. Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), University of Newcastle

  5. Master of Social Work (MC150), RMIT University

  6. Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry/Master of Dentistry, La Trobe University

  7. Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Charles Sturt University

  8. Bachelor of Education, Primary, RMIT University

Four hundred and fifty applications were received.

The number and focus of scholarships awarded is reviewed each year but you can see the 2016 details here.

4. ACEN Research Grants strongly contested

Forty application were received for Research grantsthree Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants funded by ACEN valued at $10,000 each. Applications were invited on topics related to themes identified through the National WIL Strategy and ACEN National Research Symposium.

Applications closed on May 27 and a review team are now assessing the applications.

More on Research Grants

5. WIL Case Studies sought

Case StudiesA new section of the ACEN website will describe and share quality, innovative WIL practice using case studies about a diversity of disciplines, models and methods.

New case studies - We want to include material that will inspire, inform and assist WIL practitioners and you're urged to share your experience and ideas.

Update your vignette - Previously we had a section on vignettes. While it's dated (and so deliberately no longer visible) at the moment you can see it here.

If you have a vignette, now's the time to update details, contacts, links and images.

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6. Nominate a person for Life Membership

life membership nominationsHonorary Life membership recognises significant service and contribution to Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in Australia and or internationally in areas of practice, pedagogy or research.

Nominees will

Nominations close July 31

More on Life Membership

7. HERDSA Pre-conference workshops now open to non-delegates

The 2016 HERDSA conference will be held in Fremantle on 4 – 7 July 2016 (www.HERDSA2016.org). If you are not attending the conference you can still participate in the pre-conference workshops which will be held at the University of Notre Dame Australia. Many of the workshops are scheduled around themes so that you can participate in a morning workshop and afternoon workshop that complement each other. There is a discount for registering for two half-day workshops.

More details about keynote speakers and program.

8. Moving easy in WA

Student Experiences at Annesley Retirement Village (Rowthorpe, Juniper)

Body Movers session With physiotherapy, nursing, occupational therapy and pharmacy students.

The Interprofessional Practice (IPP) clinical experience is a unique opportunity for Curtin students in various health disciplines to work together whilst on a clinical placement. At any one time the residential care facility can be hosting student occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, nurses, counselling psychologists, dietitians and pharmacists.

The students lead several programs which are aimed to improving the wellbeing of the Annesley residents, many who are living with dementia. These sessions are all designed to meet specific outcomes for the residents and enable students to work interprofessionally to meet these goals.

These group sessions include:

These groups are well received by residents, family and staff at Annesley and provide students with opportunities to develop session planning, facilitation and reflective skills whilst learning with, from and about other health disciplines and having fun!

The Juniper Annesley, Curtin IPP program is a valuable placement for students and receives continual excellent feedback from students and stakeholders.

9. ACEN is NOT an election-free zone

ECU Journalism students hit the campaign trail

Unipoll

ECU journalism students David Trescuri (left) and Jacinta Payne (right) interviewing Greens candidate for the seat of Perth, Tim Clifford.

ECU journalism students have become part of Australia's largest newsroom, reporting on the 2016 federal election campaign through the UniPollWatch project. With students from 28 universities, the project aims to cover every lower house seat in the country with electorate and candidate profiles and reporting on key policy issues. Dr Kayt Davies ECU, Senior Journalism Lecturer and UniPollWatch WA Co-ordinator, said she had embedded the work in the ECU political journalism unit so the articles and candidate profiles the students are writing are for assessment.

The first UniPollWatch project was conducted in Victoria for the state election of 2014. Journalism educators saw that the success of that project could be extended nationally to provide coverage of the 2016 federal election. ECU Journalism and Broadcasting student Mathew Dower said that the project has helped broaden his understanding of politics.

Full article

UniPollWatch

10. ECU Public Health team supports post graduate students in navigating the world of work

From left: Dr Kim Clark, Claire Good, James Macatangay, Siddhi Hariyani, Bhishek Dalal, Ros Sambell, Ganesh Thapa and Samir Mainali.

The Public Health team in the School of Medical and Health Sciences at ECU are paving the way for students enjoying integrated learning experiences whilst at university. The Public Health Leadership Committee commenced in 2015 and is a group of motivated Public Health post graduate students whose main role is to provide opportunities for their fellow students to develop their employability skills via weekly workshops throughout semester. This committee supports development of employability skills including industry engagement, mock interviews and career planning. Along the way nominated leaders perform tasks aligned with sub committees including organising and managing orientation session for the Master of Public Health (MPH) students, communicating possible career pathways after an MPH, bridging volunteering opportunities and coordination of industry experts to share the current face of employment in the Public Health arena.

More details Ros Sambell r.sambell@ecu.edu.au or Dr Kim Clark k.clark@ecu.edu.au)

11. Authentic WIL Assessments presentations

Participants from left to right: Leoni Russell, presenters Elspeth Frew, Sally Webster, Kathleen Keogh

The Vic/Tas ACEN committee hosted an 'Authentic WIL Assessments' session at RMIT on the 19th May. There were 48 in attendance, representing nine different universities. A panel of three presenters: Associate Professor Elspeth Frew from Latrobe Business School, Sally Webster from Victoria University and Kathleen Keogh from Federation University shared their approaches to designing and implementing authentic WIL assessments. This stimulated robust Q&A and discussion.

See and hear

The full session was recorded. See and hear it here.

Presentations slides by Associate Professor Elspeth Frew, La Trobe Business School

WACE12. WACE Research Grant 2016/2017

WACE is the international body of WIL organisations

A research grant will be awarded to a researcher for a single research project. The project must be completed by the deadline on the application form (see IRG Application Form on the WACE IRG website).

Application deadline: July 31, 2016

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