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In this issue

1. Guide to legal agreements for domestic placements

2. Developing a framework for sustainable WIL relationships – webinar

3. Promoting and fostering higher education students’ agency: Goals and practices workshop

4. ACEN Webinar - Rethinking Employability as Metacognition - webinar

5. ACEN Research Snapshots Webinar May 24 recording

6. 2018 ACEN Conference 'WIL: Creating Connections, Building Futures'

7. Employability Skills in the Curriculum - ACEN Vic/Tas

8. Study NSW grants available for projects relating to international students

9. NSW/ACT Chapter Blog – aspiring bloggers required

1. Guide to legal agreements for domestic placements

glassesThis document provides an example of the clauses and conditions relevant to agreements between universities and host organisations to support student learning through Work Integrated (WIL) placements in Australia. The document can be edited to suit the specific needs of your institution and the partnership. Please consult with the Legal Department at the university prior to negotiating agreements with host organisations. ACEN acknowledges the numerous Australian and overseas universities that provided documents used in formulating this guide.

Importantly the document is a guide, providing a starting point for local development and adaptation.

2. Developing a framework for sustainable WIL relationships – webinar

5 July 2017 11:00-12:30pm (AEST)

July WebinarThis presentation reports on a research study drawing on good practice frameworks and stakeholder engagement to assist in addressing the challenges inherent in the engagement process. The efficacy of the model has now been evaluated and continuing comparative and critical analysis will provide a set of recommendations and strategies for addressing complexities in WIL.

Judene Pretti, Director of the Centre for Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE), University of Waterloo, Canada.

Dr Jenny Fleming, senior lecturer at Auckland University of Technology.

Dr Kathryn McLachlan, Academic Director of PACE (Professional & Community Engagement), Macquarie University.

3. Promoting and fostering higher education students’ agency: Goals and practices workshop

ACEN WA and HERDSA workshopPresenter: Stephen Billett, Griffith University

Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Campus

Thursday, 10 August 2017 • 9:30am-1:30pm

Promoting students to be active, intentional and interdependent learners has been a long-standing goal for higher education. Fostering that capacity is important for:

4. ACEN Webinar - Rethinking Employability as Metacognition - save the date

calendar9 August 2017 11:00-12:30pm (AEST)

Presenter: Dawn Bennett

This webinar reports from international research that is embedding employability across programs. Taking a new approach, employability is positioned as metacognition and maps across curriculum using a model of self- and career literacies. The model provides a common language for educators, students, senior leaders and policy makers. Across contexts, the research is bridging the gap between theory and practice, signalling the difference between employability and employment, and negating arguments that employability is ‘not our business’. The webinar will report both the successes and the failures of this approach. Participants will be asked to share approaches and challenges related to their own contexts, and the webinar aims to establish a community of practice for collaborative action and support.

More details to come

5. ACEN webinar snapshotACEN Research Snapshots

Webinar May 24 recording

Topic 1: From Practitioner to Student Educator: WIL Supervisor Capacity Building Module

Topic 2: Development of an online work integrated learning (WIL) survey tool to measure, evaluate and enhance the quality of students WIL experiences.

6. WIL: Creating Connections, Building Futures

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2018 ACEN Conference • Brisbane • October 3-5

Hosted by The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University.

7. Employability Skills in the Curriculum - ACEN Vic/Tas

Sally Brooks RMIT
Sally Brooks, RMIT University

The Vic/Tas ACEN chapter recently held a combined session with NAGCAS on ‘Employability Skills in the Curriculum: Where WIL and Careers Education come together' at RMIT University. The 50 attendees, representing 8 universities, were very engaged in the fantastic presentations and enjoyed the opportunity to network.

The four presentations covered a variety of strategies to enhance student employability through the curriculum: 'Employability is everybody's business: Strengthening Employability in curriculum' presented by Sally Brooks, Manager Career Development Education, and Lisa Williams, RMIT University outlined a whole-of-university approach, where career learning is not a one-off event but occurs from Day 1; Jason Brown, Manager Careers & Employability, showed us LaTrobe's new 'Career Ready Advantage' website and app, which supports students in the development of skills and attributes valued by employers. Victoria University's Janet Jensen presented 'A case study of careers education within a final year Engineering unit' highlighting the difference the program made to these students; and Chris Gonsalvez, Associate Dean Student Engagement, Monash University kept us entertained with 'Improving employability skills: The sneaky way', showing us how with innovative design, employability skills can be developed in every unit.

8. Study NSW grants available for projects relating to international students

Partnership applications welcomed from a consortium of providers and/or organisations to ensure benefits reach a broad range of international students.

Funds of up to $110,000 (incl. GST) per project are available for 2017-18. All funds must be matched by industry contribution, including through in-kind contributions.

Favourable consideration will be offered to projects which seek to enhance the experience of international students by:

Applications close 5pm on 30 June 2017.

9. NSW/ACT Chapter Blog – aspiring bloggers required

The purpose of this blog is to share information, and facilitate and encourage communication and collaboration between active practitioners and researchers in work integrated learning (WIL). Current blog discussions are focusing on WIL and international students covering topics such as preparation of international students for formal WIL, with examples of programs such as volunteering and mentoring and why employers benefit from international students in their business.

Do you have something to contribute? Email the committee acennswforums@gmail.com and we’d be happy to have you as a guest blogger.