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In this issue

1. From the President

Council for International Education

ACEN Board meeting

2. Research Grants

3. Social media and WIL - ACEN VIC/TAS - 16 March, 2017

4. Exploring Global WIL: WIL Experiences and Funding - ACEN Q - 6 April, 2017

5. From theory to practice: Equipping and enabling Australia's educators to embed employability across higher education - ACEN SA/NT - 6 April, 2017

6. Seeking 2018 ACEN Conference host

7. Innovative WIL Models Project : Do you know of an innovative WIL model?

8. Augmenting Students' Post Practicum Experiences Project Development Conference

9. Participants pay $1,500 to work for an ASX-listed corporation

10. 20th World Conference Chiang Mai - discounts for ACEN members - June 2017

11. New APJCE articles published!

12. ACEN WA Research Symposium

13. Southern African WIL visit

Judie Kay ACEN President1. From the President

February has been a particularly busy month. The ACEN Board met at the Griffith University Gold Coast Campus which enabled a number of board members to also attend the very successful Augmenting Students' Post Practicum Experiences Project Development Conference. The Gold Coast Campus overlooks the construction of the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village, a reminder of how these big events provide great WIL opportunities with Griffith University partnering with the organisers to provide 250 for credit placements with the games. There will be a profile of that partnership in future newsletters. Outcomes from the Board meeting were a review of 2016 strategic plan targets and setting new targets and initaiatives for 2017. The Board also refined the governance and sub committee's structures to ensure ACEN continues to meet all the targets and our overarching goal of improving WIL in Australia and contribute to enhancing the employability of our students and graduates.

Council for International Education

Last week ACEN joined an expert group at a workshop in Adelaide with the Council for International Education which is advising Minister Birmingham of priorities across a whole range of areas for international students including employability, housing, and wellbeing for funding aligned to the implementation of the International Education Strategy. This week after to the University Australia Conference is a Graduate Employability Forum in Canberra. I am on a panel entitled 'The role of universities in delivering good WIL and enhancing student employability', chaired by the VC Southern Cross University.

Judie Kay
ACEN President

ACEN Board meeting

The ACEN Board met on the Gold Coast on February 16 and 17 following the attendance by some at the Stephen Billet Augmenting Students' Post Practicum Experiences conference.ACEN Board F2F meeting Feb 2017ACEN face-to-face Board meeting, Gold Coast, February 2017: back row l to r, Jude Smith (Queensland University of Technology), Judie Kay, ACEN President (RMIT), Don MacDowall (ACEN admin), Associate Professor Denise Jackson (Edith Cowan University), Sonia Ferns (Curtin University), Associate Professor Alan Blackman (Griffith University);
front row l to r, Dr Rachael Hains-Wesson, (Swinburne University), Dr Annabelle Willox, (University of Queensland), Dr Wayne Fallon (Western Sydney University) and Professor Franziska Trede (Charles Sturt University). Not present: Associate Professor Esther May (University of South Australia)

2. Research Grants

ACEN Research Grants

Applications close 5p.m. AEST on Tuesday May 2 2017

In 2017 ACEN is offering funding for three Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants. Applications are invited on topics related to one of the following themes identified through National WIL Strategy and 2016 ACEN National Research Symposium.

  • Innovative and sustainable WIL models
  • Assessment practices for WIL
  • Global WIL
  • WIL and Technology
  • WIL in STEM
  • Evaluating return on WIL investment for stakeholders

3. Social media and WIL - ACEN VIC/TAS

Social media and WIL

10:00-12:00, 16 March, 2017

Deakin Downtown, Collins Street, Melbourne

  • Kerin Elsum, Lecturer in Media and Communications, RMIT University: Using Google + Communities to support WIL
  • Rachael Hains-Wesson: Senior Lecturer in WIL, Swinburne University of Technology: Employing mobile platforms for managing student mobility
  • Ross Monaghan, Lecturer in Communication/Director, Graduate Employment, Arts & Education, Deakin University: Social media for industry networking

4. Exploring Global WIL: WIL Experiences and Funding - ACEN Q

Exploring Global WIL

Thursday 6 April, 2017 9:00am – 3:00pm

Griffith University, South Bank, Brisbane

  • Queensland's International Education Strategy Partnership Fund
  • Australian Government funding options
  • Meeting the challenges of providing internships overseas
  • Our students' experiences: the good, the bad, and the ugly

5. From theory to practice: Equipping and enabling Australia's educators to embed employability across higher education - ACEN SA/NT

9:30am - 12:30pm, Thursday 6 April

Flinders University Victoria Square

Professor Dawn Bennett, Director of the Creative Workforce Initiative and co-Chair of the Curtin Academy at Curtin University

Is employability at odds with the traditional purpose of higher education? This interactive workshop includes discussion, problem solving and good practice activities for use with staff and students. The workshop has two aims:

  1. to redefine employability in terms students developing the dispositions and capacity to engage as professionals; and
  2. to brainstorm potential collaborative projects for support through Dawn's National Senior Fellowship on embedding employability development.

6. Seeking 2018 ACEN Conference host

Full expression of interest">Host 2018 conferenceACEN will be holding a conference in 2018 and universities in the eastern states are invited to submit a proposal for the hosting of the event.

The proposal must reach ACEN by Friday, March 31, 2017

7. Innovative WIL Models Project : Do you know of an innovative WIL model?

RMIT , QUT and Curtin Universities together with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and the Australian Industry Group have been successful in an ATN funded grant 'Expanding Work Integrated Learning (WIL) possibilities: enhancing student employability through innovative WIL models'.

The grant aims to identify and showcase innovative approaches to WIL including micro internships, online WIL , WIL in incubators, start-ups with a particular focus on engaging small to medium ( SME) companies and the community sector . The outcomes of the project will be resources and guides for students, academic and professional staff and SME’s to support adoption of these models as well as case studies which will all be available at the end of the project. All the outputs of the project will be available through ACEN
If you are managing or know of a model that you think is innovative or engages SME’s , including any interesting models of engaging with companies please let one of the Project Team know as we would like to include it in the project mapping of these models.
Judie Kay judie.kay@rmit.edu.au
Leoni Rusell Leoni.russell@remit.edu.au
Sonia Ferns s.ferns@curtin.edu.au
Jude Smith je.smith@qut.edu.au

8. Augmenting Students' Post Practicum Experiences Project Development Conference

The Augmenting Students' Post Practicum Experiences Project Development Conference was held from February 15-16 at Gold Coast University Hospital. The conference was an invitation-only event associated with the Office of Learning and Teaching grant: Augmenting students' post practicum experiences (2015-2018). 75 delegates from 17 higher education institutions Australia-wide attended this highly successful event.

9. Participants pay $1,500 to work for an ASX-listed corporation

A start-up has launched a program where participants pay $1,500 and go to work for an ASX-listed corporation.

The company, Paper Plane, says this is not an internship program, but a 'learning platform of the future' that consists of a mix of life coaching, digital workshops with 'industry experts', and actual work for the partner company – around 35 hours in total. The weekly breakdown is three hours of workshops, five hours of work, and some mentoring. All up it goes for seven weeks. The entire course takes place online – the participants never go to the office of the business they are working for.

10. 20th World Conference Chiang Mai - discounts for ACEN members

WACE 2017 Conference

The 20th World Conference will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand on June 5-8 and hosted through the alliance of TACE and our four Global Partners in Thailand: Suranaree University of Technology, Siam University, Sripatum University and Western Digital, Thailand. The host university will be Chiang Mai University. The World Conference theme 'New Challenges for CWIE in the 21st Century' was chosen to help stimulate a global conversation about the opportunities and challenges facing CWIE programs. 

ACEN is a member of WACE and so if your organisation is a financial ACEN member you can claim WACE member registration fates.

11. New APJCE articles published!

Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative EducationThe Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education has just published the 4th issue (Special Issue) for Volume 17

Special Issue: Defining and Advancing Cooperative and Work-integrated Education. Papers developed from presentations at the WACE 2nd International Research Symposium on Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education, Victoria, Canada, 2016.

12. ACEN WA Research Symposium

ACEN WA research SymposiumACEN WA held its second research symposium on Monday 13th February. The event was well-attended with eight groups working on developing research proposals related to WIL. Groups were multi-disciplinary and largely cross-institution. Each group focused on one of the themes for the ACEN research grants due in early May.

The format followed the ACEN National Research Symposium where groups worked on their proposals then gave a brief overview to the rest of the participants for comment and feedback. Participant evaluations indicated the event was useful and enjoyed collaborating with others involved in the WIL space.

Hopefully there will be a good outcome for WA participants and we look forward to running a similar event next year.

13. Southern African WIL visit

Delegates Hilya and Carva with ACEN President Judie Kay

In late 2016 two people from Namibia visited several Australian universities, observing and discussing WIL. The delegates were Ms. Hilya Taetutila Nghiwete – Chief Executive Officer Namibian Students Financial Assistance Fund and Mr Carva Pop - Deputy Chairperson of the Namibian Core Working Group for Cooperative Education, President of SASCE.

Here's Carva's comments.

After a really whirlwind tour benchmarking Work Integrated Learning in several Australian states a few striking features emerge that sets the tone of what has come to confirm ACEN as international leaders in the Cooperative Education and Work Integrated Learning space.

1- A sense on perseverance is evidenced through the duration of the lobbying that over years resulted in the adoption of the Australian national framework. 

Establishing itself as the voice of WIL nationally is evidenced by the reference to not only the framework, but also ACEN in meetings with various stakeholders including government, higher education institutions and industry partners.

Carva Pop and Rachael Hains-Wesson

Carva Pop with ACEN Board member Rachael Hains-Wesson

2- Meaningful collaboration strategies has seen a synergy in research and publication efforts that has grown into a prestigious academic community whose research outputs impact positively on curriculum and assessment design and implementation strategies. In many instances these have been supported through the use of technologies that extends to strong bilateral ties with New Zealand and Canada respectively. 

In order to have achieved these successes clear visionary leadership was required coupled with a passion for not only what we do but why we do it. 

ACEN and the re-elected president has demonstrated both of these and I would like to congratulate Judie Kay, her board and the extended ACEN community for the achievement both past and present.

As we embark on a new year I wish to extend the hope that more meaningful collaboration with the Southern African Society for Cooperative Education would result in improved practice in both regions through shared perspectives and realities.