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In this issue

1. ACEN Conference 2016

2. ACEN WIL Awards

3. Research Grants

4. Student scholarships of $1,500 for WIL in remote and regional Australia

5. Enhancing workplace learning through mobile technology

6. ACEN SA/NT Event: WIL Online

7. Third party provider engagement

8. Canadian National Conference - registration now open

9. ECU Careers Fair

1. ACEN Conference 2016

Theresa Winchester-Seeto (Conference convenor)

Planning for the 2016 ACEN Conference is well underway and the sub committees have been hard at work on their respective tasks.

Keynote announced

Prof Dawn BennettWe are fortunate to have persuaded Professor Dawn Bennett from Curtin University to be a Keynote Speaker at the Conference. Professor Bennett is the John Curtin Distinguished Professor and Director of the Creative Workforce Initiative at Curtin University in Perth. With a discipline background in music education and performance, her research expertise is in higher education learning and teaching, creative and academic labour markets, and identity development.

Dawn is an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and a Principal Fellow with the Higher Education Academy in the UK. Her Australian Fellowship investigated the role of identity development in student engagement.


The Call for Papers is now closed and the program committee has started their intensive work of reviewing, accepting and editing submissions. We are still, however, seeking Expressions of Interest for Pre-conference workshops (details)

Social Events

The conference dinner is set to be held at Lauriston House and work is underway to organise a number of other convivial events.


Information about accommodation options is now available on the Registration pages and on the Conference website.

Our conference organiser has negotiated preferential rates at several hotels and delegates will automatically be prompted to book accommodation at the end of the registration process.

Enquiries and further information: Tamika Diehm, Conference Online: tamika@conferenceonline.com.au


We are still seeking sponsors for the conference, if you know of someone or a business or a university who would be willing to be a sponsor, please refer to the Conference website for details of options and who to contact.

Conference convenor

For those of you who do not know as yet, I have moved from my previous employment to the Education for Practice Institute with Charles Sturt University. In this new job, I will continue to organise the conference. Please note my new email address should you need to contact me: twinchester-seeto@csu.edu.au

Early Bird Registration

Don't forget that Early Bird Registration closes June 30, 2016.

Fees and details

Call for expressions of interest for pre-conference workshops

Interested researchers, academics, practitioners and industry partners are invited to submit their expressions of interest for facilitating a pre-conference workshop. The workshops are scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Macquarie University (and are to be run concurrently with the Research Symposium), Sydney.

The theme of the forthcoming ACEN conference is "WIL 2020: Pushing the Boundaries". Workshops need to explore the conference theme or at least one of the conference sub-themes:

  1. Strengthening connections: Students, higher education, industry and community
  2. Employability and WIL 2020
  3. Learning through WIL: Pushing the boundaries of curriculum and practice
  4. Analytics, evaluation and research of WIL: Towards 2020 and beyond
  5. Developing leadership capacity through WIL
  6. Supporting WIL: Operations and systems for 2020
  7. Pushing the boundaries: Contemporary issues in WIL

Workshops can be offered as either half-day or full-day sessions.

Expressions of interest (1-2 pages) should be forwarded to twinchester-seeto@csu.edu.au and address the following headings

Research Symposium

The Symposium is for active WIL researchers or those with an interest in WIL research.

Participants at this symposium will have the opportunity to work with a group of colleagues to develop and present an outline for a research project that investigates a particular aspect of work-integrated learning.

Participation will require some preliminary reading and preparation.

A separate registration is required.


2. ACEN WIL Awards

ACEN is introducing a National WIL Award to recognise the contribution partner organisations make to successful, sustainable and innovative WIL. There will be two categories. 'The Relationship Award' will be awarded to a partner organisation that is working with a university to provide a sustained and significant contribution to WIL. The second category 'The Local Hero Award' will be awarded to a small-medium enterprise partner that is contributing beyond the expectations of the size of their organisation. The awards will only be available to full members of ACEN and each institution is limited to one application in each category.

The awards will be announced at the conference in September.

Details about how to apply will be out soon.

3. Research Grants

Shortly ACEN will be announcing funding of three $10,000 Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants. Applications will be invited on topics related to themes identified through 2015 National WIL Strategy work and 2014 ACEN National Research Symposium.

The grants are intended to:

When confirmed, full details will be sent to recipients of this newsletter and be available on the website.

4. Student scholarships of $1,500 for WIL in remote and regional Australia

Applications are now open for scholarships to provide financial support for students undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) placement in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their 2016/2017 university studies.

Scholarships are only available for students of current financial ACEN member institutions. Check here.

The institution must renew before an application can proceed beyond Stage 1.


5. Enhancing workplace learning through mobile technology

• ACEN WA Workshop, East Perth, March 23, 2016 More

• ACEN NSW/ACT Workshop, Sydney, April 1, 2016  More

Presented by Franziska Trede PhD, Professor of Higher Education Co-Director, International and Partnerships, The Education For Practice Institute, Charles Sturt University

6. ACEN SA/NT Event: WIL Online

The next ACEN SA/NT Event will be held at Flinders University Victoria Square on Wednesday, April 6th from 9:15am – 12pm.  The provisional program and registration form is available at: http://acensant.weebly.com/wil-online.html

Guest Speaker: Deb O'Kane, OLT Project Team Member - Reshaping curricula: integrating culturally diverse/mental health online content to prepare work-ready professionals.

Deb will speak about the development, dissemination and embedding of mental health simulations at Flinders and other universities. The successful efforts in working with community organisations and students in the development of these resources was a key component in their successful integration within curriculum.

7. Third party provider engagement

ACEN, in collaboration with The University of Queensland, has produced best-practice guidance on the development of collaborative relationship with third party providers (TPP). The guide provides an introduction to engaging with TPPs, and provides suggested resources for adaptation.

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8. Canadian National Conference - registration now open

Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) National Conference
Moncton, NB | August 7-10, 2016

Our 2016 conference theme is Attracting the Best Talent, highlighting co-op's purpose for attracting the best students and employers to our post-secondary institutions.


9. ECU Careers Fair

The Edith Cowan University School of Business and Law held its annual Careers Fair on 9th March with 440 students and 27 employers in attendance. Several of the employers have or are currently hosting students through the School's Work Placements and Internship programs. Some of these were on the stands assisting their hosts and speaking with fellow students about what it is like to work in that particular sector and organisation. Some of the WIL students have been offered employment with their host organisations which is a great achievement in a competitive graduate labour market.