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• May 2013 Newsletter •

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In this issue

1. Webinar 'Reflecting on experiences at a recent WACE Assessment Institute'

2. ACEN Special General Meeting • 5 June 2013

How to take part

Important documents

3. ACEN 2012 Research Grant

4. ACEN Student Scholarships

5. State events

NSW/ACT Chapter forum • 'How do we find evidence for the outcomes of WIL?'

ACEN SA/NT forum • 'Collaboration and Research in WIL'

6. NZACE Conference Best Paper Award

7. Advance notice for NZACE 2014 Conference

8. Calling ACEN members attending HERDSA Conference

9. Related Journals and research

Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability

Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education

10. Three Perspectives on WIL: New Canadian Report

11. WACE Call for Papers • June 2014

12. You can contribute too

13. Contact us

1. Webinar 'Reflecting on experiences at a recent WACE Assessment Institute'

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)/Cooperative Education International Webinar

Thursday 30 May 2013 • Australia and New Zealand and Wednesday 29th May 2013 • Canada

Annissa O'Shea, University of Southern Queensland (Springfield) will reflect on her experiences at a recent WACE Assessment Institute in Florida.

Annissa will present an overview of the institute, including details on the structure of the institute, key topics covered along with a brief overview of resources/tools, theories and perspectives introduced, which perhaps aren't widely known and/or practised in the Australian WIL context.

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2. ACEN Special General Meeting • 5 June 2013

A Special General Meeting of Members of Australian Collaborative Education Network Inc (ACEN) will be held on Wednesday 5 June 2013 at 11:30 pm (AEST).

The only business of the meeting is to consider motions related to moving to a company limited by guarantee.

How to take part

Use the teleconference facility and simply dial-in on the day

Capital City Dial In Numbers (cost of local call)

Melbourne 03 8779 7440 Canberra 02 6210 0851 Hobart 03 6218 0647
Adelaide 08 8220 0836 Darwin 08 8989 0817 Perth 08 9460 0829
Brisbane 07 3811 0988 Gold Coast 07 5560 0956 Sydney 02 9696 0774

National TOLL FREE Number: 1800 857 029 (for participants outside capital cities)

Guest Access Code (needed after you dial the relevant number above) 75660836#

Important documents

Notice of meeting, explanatory notes

Proposed Constitution (Company Limited by Guarantee)

Current Constitution (Incorporated Association Qld)

Proxy form

3. ACEN 2012 Research Grant

In 2012 ACEN provided two grants of $10,000 each. Here's an update on the second grant (see last month's newsletter for the other grant update 'Supporting staff who support students: a narrative study and intervention for health care settings').

Progress report: The development of a conceptual model for the Continuity of Care experience or midwifery students: a Work Integrated Learning Activity

Associate Professor Pauline Glover RM FACM and Dr Linda Sweet, Flinders University.

  • Written confirmation received from the 25 Universities participating in the study
  • Surveys sent through Survey Monkey closed on Friday 26 April
  • To date an overwhelming response from the clinician group
  • Data analysis currently underway with work completed by the end of May
  • Abstract of the project submitted to the Australian College of Midwives biennial conference to be held in Hobart in October accepted as a poster
  • Abstract submitted to the International Confederation of Midwives Congress in Prague in 2014
  • Preparing submission for international journal – Midwifery
  • Submitting the model developed to the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council Accreditation Committee for consideration as a best practice model in midwifery curricula
  • Findings will be reported to the 2014 ACEN conference on the Gold Coast.

In relation to the process of the grant, ACEN processes are good and being given the opportunity to present findings is very positive. Having the funding in the grant to attend the conference is also positive.

ACEN plans to offer more research grants in 2013.

4. ACEN Student Scholarships

Twenty students have now been short-listed for the ACEN student scholarships. ACEN offers five scholarships, each valued at $1,500, to assist students undertaking placements. The 2013 scholarships are to support students who will undertake a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activity in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their undergraduate or postgraduate education.

The short-listed students are now providing additional information in support of their application.

5. State events

NSW/ACT Chapter forum • 'How do we find evidence for the outcomes of WIL?'

The NSW/ACT Chapter held a very successful forum on 'How do we find evidence for the outcomes of WIL?' which was held on 9 May at The University of Sydney. There was a high attendance (as always!) with delegates from 13 universities. There were thought provoking and interesting presentations and opportunity to network. Feedback indicated an overwhelmingly high level of satisfaction with the forum which was considered as valuable for the exchange of new ideas and practice.

The powerpoints and audio tapes of presentations can be accessed on the ACEN website from: http://acen.edu.au/?page_id=24

ACEN SA/NT forum • ‘Collaboration and Research in WIL’

ACEN SA/NT held its ‘Collaboration and Research in WIL’ Forum on 30th April.  Our presenters; Dr Linda Sweet: Senior Lecturer, Clinical Educator Development Rural Clinical School, School of Medicine, Flinders University, and Alicia Boyle: Research Associate, The Northern Institute, Charles Darwin, provided an interesting and though-provoking overview of their extensive experience in the development and management of collaborative activities and research projects involving multiple partners.  The event also provided an opportunity to meet other WIL practitioners, with a view to identifying and developing potential research opportunities and information networks.  A video link between Adelaide and Darwin was very successful, enabling presenters and delegates to discuss this topic across state boundaries.  A recording of the presentations can be accessed via http://mtu.flinders.edu.au/events/WiL_ACEN.cfm .  Please contact Ceri Macleod directly for copies of individual presentations.

6. NZACE Conference Best Paper Award

Theresa Winchester-Seeto and Jacqueline Mackaway, Macquarie University, accepting the Best Paper Award at the NZACE (New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education) Conference in April 2013.

Congratulations to Theresa Winchester-Seeto and Jacqueline Mackaway, Macquarie University, on winning the Best Paper Award at the NZACE (New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education) Conference in April 2013.

7. Advance notice for NZACE 2014 Conference

NZACE Conference notice

8. Calling ACEN members attending HERDSA Conference

HERSDA conference is being held July 1 – 4 at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand. If you would like to have an informal dinner with NZACE members during the HERDSA conference, please contact info@nzace.ac.nz or Katharine Hoskyn.

9. Related Journals and research

Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability

The Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability is a scholarly forum for the dissemination of research and exemplary evidence-based practice in higher education teaching and learning for graduate employability.

It has a continuous publication system, offering scholars an efficient process with a short turn-around time for accepted submissions.

JTLGE publishes the following types of articles from higher education/industry perspectives:

1. Research papers (up to 8,000 words) (double blind refereed)

2. Exemplary and evidence-based practice (up to 8,000 words) (double blind refereed)

3. Review and Commentary (up to 2,000 words) (Editor reviewed)

Contributions are welcome in relation to any aspect of higher education teaching and learning which relates to the broad topic of graduate employability, including but not confined to:

  • Graduate employability and how it can be measured
  • The relationship between graduate employability and the achievement of graduate attributes, employability skills and preparation for global citizenship
  • Teaching and learning experiences, resources and assessments which enhance graduate employability
  • Industry partnerships and perspectives
  • Life-long learning.

Papers which are partnerships between stakeholders (industry, students and academics are particularly encouraged.

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Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education

Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education

The Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education publishes peer-reviewed original research, topical issues, and best practice articles from throughout the world dealing with Cooperative Education (Co-op) and Work Integrated Learning/Education (WIL). In this Journal, Co-op/WIL is defined as an educational approach that uses relevant work-based projects that form an integrated and assessed part of an academic program of study (e.g., work placements, internships, practicum). These programs can be described by a variety of names such as work-based learning, workplace learning, work-engaged learning, professional training, industry-based learning, engaged industry learning, career and technical education, internships, experiential education, experiential learning, vocational education and training, fieldwork education, and service learning.

The Journal's main aim is to allow specialists working in these areas to disseminate their findings and share their knowledge for the benefit of institutions, co-op/WIL practitioners, and researchers. The Journal desires to encourage quality research and explorative critical discussion that will lead to the advancement of effective practices, development of further understanding of co-op/WIL, and promote further research.

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10. Three Perspectives on WIL: New Canadian Report

University of Waterloo report  coverA report from University of Waterloo, Canada has just been released. The report presents findings from 3 surveys which sought to get the perspectives of all key stakeholders in WIL: students, staff in Universities and employers.

The report outlines motivations, barriers , challenges and benefits from those three perspectives of involvement in WIL.

11. WACE Call for Papers • June 2014

WACE 10th call for papersWACE and University West (Sweden)

Call for Refereed Paper & Academic Poster Abstracts

WACE's 10th International Symposium will focus on research and development in CWIE*

*Cooperative & Work Integrated Education (CWIE) is a term created by WACE to acknowledge and embrace all forms of work-integrated learning.

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