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In this issue

1. President's report: National WIL Strategy

2. ACEN offers three $10,000 WIL research grants

3. Increase in ACEN student scholarships

4. Third party providers

5. Webinar 'Building Institutional Capacity For Student Diversity' • Wednesday 29 April 2015

6. Facilitating student placements – FAQs for Higher Education institutions from FWO

7. Enhancing learning in the student volunteering experience

8. OLT Volunteering to Learn Workshop • Brisbane, April 8, 2015

9. 2015 Service Learning Summit • Gold Coast on September 30, October 1, and 2, 2015

10. HERDSA Guide 'Work Integrated Learning in the Curriculum'

11. 'Enhancing Workplace Learning through Mobile Technology' WIL research project awarded OLT grant

12. WACE 19th World Conference • August 18-21, 2015 Kyoto, Japan

13. ICT tertiary courses under review

14. European WIL Institute • May 18-20, 2015

Judie Kay1. President's report: National WIL Strategy

As you will have seen through emails from ACEN as well as press reports, the National WIL Strategy was released at the Universities Australia conference on the 11th March. I was on a panel representing ACEN with representatives from the Australian Industry Group, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Universities Australia as well as the office of the Chief Scientist and Minerals Council of Australia at the conference with around 250 senior university leaders in the session.

The Strategy was well received at that session and subsequently, with comments received from across Australia and from Canada and Japan. The Strategy is an overarching framework including initiatives underway, some by ACEN - see Third Party Providers - as well as identifying actions that are yet to be initiated.

I am now consulting with the other signatories to the Strategy to determine the next steps in developing an implementation plan which will include a forum/s with stakeholders. In the meantime a number of ACEN Initiatives linked to the strategy announced in last month's newsletter have commenced to be rolled out such as the increased Research Grants. This, to the ACEN Board's, knowledge is a first national WIL strategy globally and provides a unique opportunity to build partnerships with industry and grow WIL across Australia.

We are keen to get any feedback or suggestions to admin@acen.edu.au.

Judie Kay, President

2. ACEN offers three $10,000 WIL research grants

ACEN aims to foster research and scholarship initiatives in Work Integrated Learning (WIL) by endorsing research proposals and identifying and advancing WIL research in priority areas.

In 2015 ACEN is pleased to increase the Research Grants from two to three.

This year ACEN is offering funding for research grants to:

  1. build the capacity of ACEN members to undertake research into WIL

  2. promote and support scholarship in WIL

  3. develop effective mechanisms for identifying, developing, disseminating and embedding research-based practice in WIL programs

  4. leverage opportunities for collaboration in WIL research.

The themes for the 2015 grant scheme are:

  1. Partnerships models for engagement with industries and communities to grow WIL

  2. Working with small to medium enterprises (SMEs) on innovative WIL models

  3. Evaluation strategies supporting quality WIL .

Applications are due on May 18, 2015.


3. Increase in ACEN student scholarships

In 2015 ACEN has increased the scholarships from five to eight with broader criteria for applicants.

The scholarship provides financial support for students undertaking a WIL placement in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their university studies.

Applications for scholarships will be accepted until 10 April 2015.


4. Third party providers

Universities across Australia are increasingly engaging third party providers (TPPs) to assist in the identification, management and delivery of global mobility opportunities for students.  These can be in the form of short term study, volunteering or internships and are driven, in part, by the desire to demonstrate student employability.

As more universities are engaging TPPs, so more are marketing their services to universities, leading to a plethora of organisations with which we are required to consider.  Many of us are grappling with the same issues in terms of due diligence, risk management and contract negotiations to ensure that those TPPs with which we work are effective, and deliver a quality service to our students.

ACEN agreed to establish a working party to develop some guidelines, resources and templates, based on best practice, that can assist universities in more effectively and efficiently managing their engagements with Third Party Providers.

Subsequently a conference call was undertaken with representatives of the three professional associations (ACEN, the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) and NAGCAS (National Associattion of Graduate Careers Advisory Service)). Draft guidelines will be produced and considered by this collaborative group and their membership, taking into account the recently agreed National WIL Strategy.

5. Webinar 'Building Institutional Capacity For Student Diversity'

OLT Project Webinar - Wednesday 29 April 2015

As part of the Diversity in WIL Series, the nationally funded OLT project entitled, 'Building Institutional Capacity to enhance access, participation and progression in Work Integrated Learning' in partnership with ACEN WA will host a Webinar on 'Building Institutional Capacity for Student Diversity'.

Guest speakers include Jude Smith, Associate Director, Academic, Real World Learning, Learning and Teaching Unit, QUT and Leoni Russell, Senior Advisor, Learning and Teaching at RMIT.

The Webinar will be held on Wednesday 29 April 2015, commencing at 9am (WA), 10:30am (NT, SA) and 11am (AEST).


6. Facilitating student placements – FAQs for Higher Education institutions from FWO

The Fair Work Ombudsman's Office has developed the FAQ in response to numerous questions about student placements and when they should be paid or unpaid. It aims to provide clarity around such arrangements and help education institutions in ensuring any unpaid work experience arrangements their students engage in are lawful.


7. Enhancing learning in the student volunteering experience

You are invited to a free workshop, which will present stories gathered to date from a two-year project examining student volunteering in universities across Australia.

'Volunteering to Learn' is an Office for Learning and Teaching funded project involving four WA universities and Macquarie University. A desk audit of volunteering in universities around Australia, literature review, and interviews with key stakeholders have revealed interesting insights about why students volunteer, what they hope to achieve from doing so, what assists the volunteering process and what needs further attention.

The workshop will share some of the stories and participants will be introduced to the Good Practice Guides being developed for students, hosts, employers and university management. The workshop is designed for staff designing and delivering student volunteer programs, host organisations and students.

More (PDF)

8. OLT Volunteering to Learn Workshop

Brisbane, April 8, 2015

An OLT funded workshop, in Brisbane, exploring how student learning can be enhanced through volunteering.

Presenters: Dr Susan Young & Dr Rowena Scott

More (PDF)

9. 2015 Service Learning Summit

Gold Coast on September 30, October 1, and 2, 2015

If you are interested in expanding WIL opportunities through Service Learning, then consider attending the Service Learning Summit 

Email servicelearningsummit@griffith.edu.au


Promotion for the Summit will soon become available so be sure to be at the top of the list to hear about the exciting program that is planned for this national event that will share ideas for Service Learning/Community Engagement in your course, or your institution.

World renowned Service Learning experts, Professors Andy Furco, and Barbara Holland will be attending as keynote speakers and workshop presenters. This is a fabulous opportunity to hear from two of the world's foremost experts in Service Learning.

HERDSA Guide - Work Integrated Learning in the Curriculum, edited by Sonia Ferns10. HERDSA Guide 'Work Integrated Learning in the Curriculum'

Edited by Sonia Ferns (ACEN Board member)

This HERDSA Guide highlights the uniqueness of WIL and the opportunities and challenges it affords. The Guide provides insights into curriculum design, performance-based assessment, academic standards, risk management, institutional leadership, building staff capacity and evaluation strategies for WIL. The Guide offers a range of existing, new and emergent perspectives about WIL in a global context and provides useful information for practitioners and institutional leaders.

ACEN members are able to purchase the Guide at the HERDSA member price.


11. 'Enhancing Workplace Learning through Mobile Technology'

WIL research project awarded OLT grant

ACEN members, A/Prof Franziska Trede (CSU) and Ms Freny Tayebjee (UWS), are part of a research team recently awarded a $224,000 grant from the Office for Learning and Teaching for a two-year research project that will examine how to enhance students' workplace learning through the effective use of mobile technology. ACEN has endorsed this project and will be supporting dissemination of findings through its website, WIL portal and a series of ACEN-hosted webinars and presentations. More information will be provided through ACEN's newsletter as the project progresses.

More on the project or contact A/Prof Trede on ftrede@csu.edu.au

12. WACE 19th World Conference

August 18-21, 2015 Kyoto, Japan

The deadline to submit refereed paper abstracts is April 1, 2015 to be considered for the
19th WACE World Conference.

Non-refereed paper, panel, workshop and academic poster abstracts are due by May 1, 2015 for review and approval.


13. ICT tertiary courses under review

'A key message we are hearing from employers is that in addition to the deep technical skills, graduates also need to develop the softer skills which help make them more work ready. So one of the important matters the Review will consider are the merits of, and issues associated with, work integrated learning.'

The Australian Business Review

14. European WIL Institute

European WIL Institute is a 2.5 day interactive, discussion-based program designed and delivered by academic faculty and thought leaders from the U.K., France, Germany, United States and Canada.

May 18-20, 2015