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In this issue

1. From the President

2. 2018 ACEN Conference

3. Three ACEN Research Grants valued at $10,000

4. Developing employABILITY as metacognition: Opportunities for learning, teaching and research

5. Journal Resources

6. Job Vacancies

7. ACEN Student Scholarships


Judie Kay ACEN President1. From the President

The recent face-to-face ACEN Board meeting proved very productive. The Board reviewed the 2017 strategic plan outcomes which confirmed a very successful year for ACEN. New targets and initiatives for 2018 were discussed and agreed. Initiatives include enhancing the professional development offerings based on feedback from the recent survey and implementing a Communications Plan developed for ACEN by a QUT WIL student to increase member engagement through strategies such as building ACEN's social media presence and revamping ACEN's website.

ACEN Board Februray 2018

ACEN Board face-to-face February 2018

l. to r. Robert Ewers, SA/NT rep; Anna Rowe, NSW/ACT rep; Jude Smith, general rep; Don MacDowall, ACEN admin; Franziska Trede, general rep; Dino Willox, general rep; Judie Kay, President; Denise Jackson, general rep; Sonia Ferns, WA rep; Chris Gonsalvez; Vic/Tas rep; Faith Valencia-Forrester, Qld rep. Photographer - innocent passerby

As always, where ever possible, we try to walk the talk so ACEN has just also employed a Griffith University student to support us in increasing our social media output. The ACEN Board subcommittee structure was also reviewed to align with our plans. 2018 is shaping up to be a very busy year and our planning ensures that the many skills of our Board members and State Chapter Committees members are fully engaged to advocate for and support the professional and academic staff involved in WIL across Australia . Don't hesitate to contact us if you have ideas or queries. I also would like to remind you again to register for this year's conference. As always, it is not to be missed.

Judie Kay
ACEN President

2. 2018 ACEN Conference

ACEN 2018 conference strip

Paper submission deadline extended

Due to the impact of the upcoming Commonwealth Games, and adjusted university schedules, the ACEN Conference Organising Committee has decided to extend the closing date for full paper, showcase, poster and roundtable submissions until Thursday 26 April, 2018.

The ACEN Conference has an ongoing review process, so authors are encouraged to submit papers and abstracts for review as early as possible to ensure they secure their place in what is anticipated to be an exciting program which helps build the future of WIL across Australia.

Professor Stephen Billett announced as keynote speaker

Professor Stephen BillettThe ACEN Conference Organising Committee are excited to announce Professor Stephen Billett as one of our keynote speakers at the National Conference in October. 

 Stephen has a long history of research and practice in work-based and work-integrated learning and is one of the leading international researchers in this area. At the ACEN Conference Stephen will be speaking to his recent work around innovation, learning and work-integrated education, providing challenging insights into current practice and the future opportunities of WIL.

 In the coming weeks the ACEN Conference Organising Committee will be announcing our other keynote presentations with information becoming available on the conference website.

Register now and get the early bird rate

Register as an early bird and save $50

Sponsorship opportunities

Become a conference sponsor - lots of small, medium and inviting opportunities!

3. Three ACEN Research Grants valued at $10,000

2018 ACEN Research GrantsIn 2018 ACEN is offering funding for three Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants valued at a maximum of $10,000 each. 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.

The priority areas for the 2018 grant scheme are:

Applications are due Wednesday May 2 2018.

4. Developing employABILITY as metacognition: Opportunities for learning, teaching and research

Employability Roadshow

HERDSA Roadshow March - April 2018

These workshops will engage participants in a personalised self-assessment profile and the resources and strategies with which to embed employABILITY within existing programs and courses. Workshops will suit teachers, program leaders, curricular designers, senior managers and careers advisors. No prior expertise or experience is required. 

Participants will gain: 

As well as visiting Hong Kong, the roadshow will be at these locations

Cost: Free but please register

5. Journal Resources

APJCE renamed to IJWIL!

International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning

Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education (APJCE) is excited to announce that APJCE has been renamed to the 'International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning' (IJWIL).

Since the commencement of APJCE, the readership, authorship, and editorialship has grown well-beyond the Asia-Pacific region and the term 'work-integrated learning' (WIL) has become the internationally accepted umbrella term to describe a broad range of work-focussed learning activities such as cooperative education.  The new journal name reflects these changes and better captures what has been the scope of the journal.

The new website is now accessible at www.ijwil.org, the old APJCE web address will redirect to the new site.

All publications under the APJCE name are shown on the new site, and because IJWIL is a new name for an existing journal, volume numbers will continue on from previous.  The first few publications for this year are now also available.

Dr Karsten Zegwaard

Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning.

Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability

The latest Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability has now been published.

Journal Papers in this edition

6. Job Vacancies

Experiential Learning Advisor – La Trobe University

This opportunity will enable you to be a partnership manager, responsible for assisting with the continued development and implementation of student work integrated learning activities within the College. Sourcing and overseeing the day to day administrative functions of the Work Integrated Learning program placements you will provide strategic input to ensure the program delivers great student outcomes including employability.

You will have demonstrated experience/understanding and commitment to inter-professional learning and development, success in the development of partnerships, capacity to develop effective procedures, strategies and possess an ability to review and monitor performance against plans.

More details

Add your vacancy

Member organisations are welcome to add their vacancy to the ACEN website and, if the closing date permits, to the newsletter.

Send up to 100 words plus a link - you need to write the hundered words - to admin@acen.edu.au

7. ACEN Student Scholarships

A special newsletter will announce the opening of applications for the ACEN student scholarships

Eight scholarships, each of $1500, will be available for students completing WIL placement in remote and regional Australia.

Wait for the next newsletter for final details.


Following on from the recent forum Realising Opportunities through WIL Evaluation, the NSW/ACT chapter will be following up the discussions with a series of blog posts to explore some of the topics raised at the session in more detail. Details of the blog discussion will be available in the next ACEN newsletter. To view previous blogs posts visit http://acennswactchapter.blogspot.com.au/ 

If you would like to get involved in the blog, simply comment on posts or if you have a burning topic or perspective that you would like to contribute, then please acennswforums@gmail.com to be a guest blogger.