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June 2019 newsletter





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

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

Sonia Ferns ACEN PresidentUnbelievably 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      

2. ACEN webinar - The Edge Project: 'Evidencing entrepreneurial capabilities through innovative WIL'

Wednesday 19 June 2019, 12:00-1:30pm AEST

Hot air balloonsInnovative entrepreneurial WIL models are supporting students to develop these capabilities giving them an employability edge for an ever-evolving and complex future. These WIL models are also challenging the adequacy of traditional assessment approaches to generate credible evidence of students' enterprise capabilities.  

The ATN Edge Project is addressing such challenges through the co-design of scalable and sustainable WIL models, assessment approaches and online modules.

Details and registration

3. Case studies QA

case studiesJoin us for a QA session on the how to submit a case study for subsequent publication as a resource on the ACEN website.

Hear about the steps ACEN takes prior to final acceptance and how you may even get the excellence award at the ACEN conference.

June 26, 2019 by Zoom

4. WIL Research Conversations

Screenshot of research conversations participants

In May, 26 ACEN colleagues from around Australia came together to discuss Quality in WIL. The reading in focus was the recently published Australian Council of Deans of Science (2019) titled “Quality and Standards in Work Integrated Learning” by Dr Theresa Winchester-Seeto.

See a report on May

Join June WIL Research Conversations

Resaerch ConversationsCurious about WIL research? Want to learn more about what others are doing in the WIL space? Interested in meeting others working in WIL?

The ACEN NSW/ACT Chapter and ACEN National Research and Scholarship sub-committee invites you to join our next WIL Research Conversation.

On Friday 28 June, 12pm – 1pm (AEST) Dr Jenny Fleming (NZ) is the guest speaker, discussing methodologies in WIL from her recent paper in IJWIL titled 'Methodologies, methods and ethical considerations for conducting research in work-integrated Learning' (Fleming & Zegwaard, 2018).

5. ACEN Research Grants selection

face and magnifying glassACEN has offered funding for three Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants up to $10,000 each and two grants of $5,000 for Early Career Researchers.

The grants were available to both academic and professional staff.

A selection process is now underway and a decision and an announcement will be made in mid-July.

6. ACEN Student Scholarships gets a huge response

windmill in paddockWe are now working through a selection process to select eight people from over a thousand applications by inviting a limited number of people to submit a further 1,000 words on their circumstances and capacities.


Update - the eight people have just been notified!

7. Grifffith livestreamed events

nnTwo events were recently held by Griffith University and ACEN members were invited to join, including by live streaming.

Video of 'Service Learning and the Sciences'with researchers from Cornell University, Griffith University and the University of Queensland.

Video and PowerPoints from ‘Research and Scholarship in WIL'symposium which explored the relationship between work-integrated education (WIE) and work-integrated learning (WIL), and research and scholarship from a range of perspectives.

8. 'Transforming Futures: International Perspectives on Research Based Education' Conference 2019

The second International Perspectives on Research Based Education Conference will be hosted by The University of Adelaide, Australia, from 14-16 July 2019, in collaboration with University College London and McMaster University.

It will bring together academic staff, professional staff who support and develop student learning, researchers and students to explore a theme that reaches to the heart of what higher education is all about: transforming futures. The focus will be on the potential of RBE to impact our students’ futures, and all our local and global futures, for the better.

Sub-themes for the conference are:

  • Employability and the future of work

  • Inclusion, diversity and education for the global common good

  • Students as partners

Join us in exploring the potential of RBE to impact our students’ futures.

9. New WIL book 'Education for Practice in a Hybrid Space'

book-cover-education-in-hybrid-space'Education for Practice in a Hybrid Space: Enhancing Professional Learning with Mobile Technology'

Authors: Trede F, Markauskaite L, McEwen C, Macfarlane S

This book:

  • Offers a mobile technology capacity building framework for academics and workplace educators to promote the purposeful and skilful use of technologies in workplace learning and practice.

  • Connects workplace learning with the education of future professionals and their later development.

  • Provides a critical discussion of the strengths and shortcomings of using mobile technology to enhance workplace education.

  • Shares ideas on creating authentic learning opportunities for students to help them become agentic, knowledgeable, and responsible future professionals.

  • Helps to identify innovative and creative approaches to enhance workplace learning with mobile technology.

10. ACEN is on Twitter and LinkedIn!

ACEN social media inviteConnect with Australia's rapidly expanding WIL community and share your WIL experiences in real-time.

Why wait?

Follow us on Twitter @ACENau and join our closed Linkedin Group now.

11. Case study in focus - 'Youth Mentoring'

Mentoring groupThird year psychology students complete one full day of mentoring training (a TAFE Accredited certification) followed by two hours of mentoring a week for two 10-week school terms (46 hours of placement in total). Students then mentor high school students who are facing profound challenges through a mentoring program managed by a small not-for-profit organisation, Raise Foundation.

12. Resource in focus - 'Workplace Learning: Get Engaged!

WPL: get engagedThis online, self-paced resource is for practitioners who plan to or are already supervising university students in their workplace. Its purpose is to help you make the most of your effort in student supervision through building really good engagement strategies with universities and students but also with your colleagues.

More about Workplace Learning: Get Engaged