Web version

March 2019 newsletter

ACEN

Join

LinkedIn

Twitter

In this issue

1. From the President

2. ACEN Research Grants now with ECR included

Register for Information session

3. ACEN Student Scholarships now open

4. Evidence entrepreneurial skills through WIL - ACEN Vic/Tas workshop

5. Keep the dates for ACEN webinars

6. The world at work: IEAA employability symposium

7. Canadian  Government Budget Funding to WIL 

8. International entrepreneurship research project

9. ACEN is on Twitter and LinkedIn!

10. ACEN Q workshop

11. 'Career Ready Graduates' - UA Report

12. WACE Awards - call for nominations

13. Case study in focus - Preparation for international sports-based WIL

14. Resource in focus - Interdisciplinary Studio-Based WIL

1. From the President

Sonia Ferns ACEN President

ACEN Board members have been busy over the last month organising various activities for the benefit of ACEN members and the broader ACEN community.

Submissions are now open for the 2019 ACEN Research grants. ACEN members are invited to submit research proposals focussed on a range of contemporary topics relevant to WIL ACEN Research Grants are instrumental to expanding our knowledge around WIL and improving pedagogy and approaches. In addition to the traditional three ACEN funded research grants, the 2019 Grants have expanded to offering two grants specifically targeting Early Career Academics (ECR). The ECR grants have multiple benefits. The grants provide an opportunity for ECRs to engage in the research agenda around WIL, collaborate with fellow WIL practitioners, and improve their research capabilities through feedback and consultation about their proposal. Additionally, engaging with the WIL community will enable the opportunity to build national and international networks and assist in establishing a research profile.

The 2019 ACEN Student Scholarships are now opened and advertised on the ACEN website. ACEN awards eight scholarships to students undertaking a WIL opportunity in a remote or regional location. Learning experiences afforded through the ACEN Student Scholarships are life-changing and often inform students' future career aspirations. The impact on student outcomes realised through the WIL placement funded by the ACEN scholarships are evident in the insightful reflections of previous scholarship recipients.

To ensure information reaches the growing ACEN community, the Communications Sub-committee of the ACEN Board is developing a range of innovative communication platforms. Improved communication channels will enable enhanced sharing of ideas and widespread promotion of opportunities.

Finally, ACEN and other national peak bodies are watching the Australian political landscape with interest. The Canadian Federal Government recently allocated significant additional funding to WIL, including the development of a National Strategy. Given that WIL is recognised as pivotal to the employability capabilities of graduates and a sustainable Australian economy, it is hoped that a newly elected Government will see WIL as a national priority.    

Sonia Ferns, ACEN President      

2. ACEN Research Grants now with ECR included

face and magnifying glassIn 2019 ACEN is offering 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 are open to both academic and professional staff.

Applications are invited on topics related to one of the themes identified through National WIL Strategy and the 2018 ACEN National Research Symposium.

Information session

An information session on the research grants will be held via Zoom 12.00-1.00pm on Thursday 4 April, 2019 AEDT. We'll send you details just prior.

3. ACEN Student Scholarships now open

windmill in paddockOnce again eight scholarships of $1,500 are available 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 2019/2020 university studies.

Applications are now open.

4. Evidence entrepreneurial skills through WIL - ACEN Vic/Tas workshop

desktopInnovative and entrepreneurial models of WIL challenge the adequacy of traditional assessment approaches in generating the credible evidence of entrepreneurial capabilities.

The ATN Edge Project is addressing such challenges through the co-design, piloting and evaluation of a range of scalable and sustainable WIL assessment approaches in partnership with key stakeholders.

Thursday May 23, 2019

5. Keep the dates for ACEN webinars

Employability and WIL Data, presented by Lisa Bolton, Director QILT Research and Strategy, The Social Research Centre Pty Ltd.

15th April, 12pm AEST

Evidencing Enterprise and Entrepreneurial skills, presented by Associate professor Jude Smith, Director of Next Gen Learning, Learning and Teaching Unit, Queensland University of Technology.

28th May, 12pm AEST

More details to come shortly.

6. The world at work: IEAA employability symposium

IEAA SymposiumMelbourne - June 21, 2019

Employability is one of the primary drivers for those seeking an international education; for many students, however, it remains one of the most elusive. This symposium will explore how students, education providers and industry can work together to enhance international employability and ensure students are set for success in the world at work.

7. Canadian  Government Budget Funding to WIL 

The Canadian Federal Government has just announced significant additional funding to WIL including the development of a National Strategy.

The government's announcement coincides perfectly with the Canadian National Co-op and WIL Week, during which the contributions and achievements of students engaged in work-integrated learning across the country are celebrated. Budget 2019 signals landmark support for work-integrated learning from the federal government including a laudable goal that within ten years a WIL opportunity will be available to all young Canadians who wish to pursue one. Budget 2019's three different streams of funding will support the development of up to 84,000 new WIL opportunities per year. 

8. International entrepreneurship research project

Global University Entrepreneurship Spirit Students’ SurveyCurtin University is currently collecting data for the Global University Entrepreneurship Spirit Students' Survey (GUESSS). The study is one of the largest entrepreneurship research projects in the world and the 2019 Australian data collection phase ends on 31 March 2019. GUESSS researches the ways students are exposed to entrepreneurial events, experiences and knowledge while studying at university and how these shaped their intentions to establish or enter into entrepreneurial ventures. Students completing the Australian survey go into a draw for a chance to win a $2000 cash prize.

9. 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.

10. ACEN Q workshop

ACEN Q workshop montage

Last week ACENQ, the Queensland chapter of ACEN, hosted an engaging professional learning forum in Southbank, Brisbane.

The day's main topic was evaluation and quality assurance of WIL, with esteemed speakers including Macquarie University's Associate Professor Kate Lloyd, Dr Deanne Skelly of Griffith University, and Dr Ricky Tunny and Matthew Campbell from QUT.

As the event wrapped up and the Queensland weather held a lightning show outside, the forum's participants put markers to butcher paper to brainstorm feedback for an institutional framework for assuring quality in WIL.

Stay tuned as there will be more ACENQ events to come!

11. 'Career Ready Graduates' - UA Report

Career Ready Graduates reportAs sent last week in a email to ACEN members, ACEN welcomes the report 'Career Ready Graduates' released this week by University Australia showcasing the breadth and depth of work integrated learning activities across Australian Universities.

The report highlights the benefits of WIL for students and employers and the positive long term impact and contribution of work-ready graduates to the Australian economy.

Employers' satisfaction with the preparedness of graduates to transition from student to employee is a credit to our universities and their industry and community partners.

12. WACE Awards - call for nominations

WACE logoWACE (World Association for Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education) is excited to announce the Call for Nominations for three prestigious awards.

The deadline to submit nominations for these awards is June 1, 2019. Please go to the WACE Awards tab on the WACE website for more information about the awards and a full list of all the criteria for each award

13. Case study in focus - Preparation for international sports-based WIL

Indian kids sports case studyIndustry Placement Field Project is a core unit of the Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity. New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants provided the opportunity for students to complete an international placement in the area of sport development in India and Vanuatu.

A preparation program to support these students has been developed that includes modules and resources specific to the international placement destination. These include self-awareness, health and wellbeing, successful entrepreneurship, intercultural sensitivity and country of placement orientation.

14. Resource in focus - Interdisciplinary Studio-Based WIL

Interdisciplinary Studio-Based Work Integrated LearningThis interdisciplinary studio-based work integrated learning guide is based on lessons learnt from a 12 month project that  brought together health sciences and architecture students and staff to explore how health and wellbeing con be optimised through interdisciplinary collaboration and space activation.

The guide's aim is to assist academic staff to create, Implement and evaluate interdisciplinary work-integrated-learning (WIL) utilising design thinking, specifically studio·based learning, as a key element.

Although the 'Architecturing Health' project involved health and architecture disciplines, the guide is relevant to other interdisciplinary learning contexts.