In this issue
1. From the President
2. ACEN webinar - The Edge Project: 'Evidencing entrepreneurial capabilities through innovative WIL'
3. Case studies QA
4. WIL Research Conversations
Join June WIL Research Conversations
5. ACEN Research Grants selection
6. ACEN Student Scholarships gets a huge response
7. Grifffith livestreamed events
8. 'Transforming Futures: International Perspectives on Research Based Education' Conference 2019
9. New WIL book 'Education for Practice in a Hybrid Space'
10. ACEN is on Twitter and LinkedIn!
11. Case study in focus - 'Youth Mentoring'
12. Resource in focus - 'Workplace Learning: Get Engaged!'
1. From the President
Unbelievably we are rapidly approaching the midway point of 2019. Students and staff are frantically finalising assessment grades for semester one of the academic year. In preparation for semester two industry-based projects for STEM students, I have met with many of our existing and new industry partners. Their enthusiasm and willingness to partner with universities has been invigorating and highlights the growing capacity in Australia for the business and higher education sectors to collaborate in co-designing and co-delivering WIL opportunities for our students.
There are several important events on the ACEN calendar over the coming weeks. Jude Smith from QUT will present a webinar on Wednesday June 19 at noon AEST. The webinar titled The Edge Project; evidencing entrepreneurial capabilities through innovative WIL is the culmination of an Australian Technology Network funded project led by Jude. The project explored strategies for evidencing students' entrepreneurial skills through innovative assessment approaches. The webinar will explore collaborative models of assessment design and introduce four online modules produced as a key outcome of the project.
Anna Rowe and Ceri MacLeod are conducting a Q and A webinar on June 26 at 12 noon AEST. The webinar will outline the requirements for submitting a WIL case study that inspires, informs and assists WIL practitioners. This session will discuss the criteria for a quality case study, explain the information required, and provide an overview of the preparation and submission process for case studies. The collation and showcasing of case studies is an important activity facilitated by ACEN as it addresses the strategic imperatives of promoting and enhancing WIL in Australia, enhancing staff capacity, and facilitating knowledge sharing and practice in WIL. A standout case study is recognised by an award at the ACEN conference. To peruse the case studies available on the ACEN website see http://acen.edu.au/case-studies-2019/
Two important selection processes for the ACEN community are underway at the moment.
Assessment of submissions for the ACEN Research Grants is currently in progress. Research proposals are of an extremely high standard which is indicative of the increasing activity around research in WIL and the evidence-based approach informing the design and enactment of learning experiences.
Likewise, an announcement of the successful recipients of the ACEN Student Scholarship will happen in the coming days.
Submissions of Expressions of Interest for chapters in the ACEN publication Theories, practices and research in work integrated learning in Australia: Enhancing employability capabilities for a sustainable future are now closed. The submitted EOIs are scheduled for review over the next month with successful authors to be contacted thereafter. Interest in and support for this publication has been extensive.
Also, an announcement about the location and host organisations of the 2020 ACEN conference is imminent. I urge you to start thinking about how you will be involved in the ACEN conference – aside from dancing all night after the conference dinner!!
Finally, Deloitte have released an insightful report on the importance of WIL in preparing graduates for the future working world. The report presents some interesting insights into economic imperatives and highlights the importance of 'people' for societal and economic well-being. The report is available at The path to prosperity: the future of work is human
Once again, I urge you to connect with the Australian WIL community through Twitter and LinkedIn. Engaging in conversations through these portals raises the profile of WIL, strengthens the voice of the ACEN community, and provides a mechanism for sharing WIL practices and ideas.
Sonia Ferns, ACEN President