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In this issue

1. ACEN Conference 2016

2. ACEN WIL Awards - Collaboration and Local Hero

3. Nominate a person for Life Membership

4. ACEN Research Grants of $10,000

5. Authentic WIL Assessments – ACEN VIC/TAS workshop

6. HERDSA 2016 conference

7. WIL in Science: Lighthouse Projects announced

8. Manager, Learnline Development and Training position

9. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice 'Reflection for Learning in Higher Education'

10. New Ontario WIL Guide

11. National Strategy for International Education 2025

12. Student panel on the Future of Work Integrated Learning

13. WACE Research Grant 2016/2017

1. ACEN Conference 2016

Theresa Winchester-Seeto (Conference convenor)

The ACEN Conference is shaping up to be the place to be seen in 2016. There are a plethora of fascinating and enticing submissions for showcases, round tables and research papers, as well as Professor Dawn Bennett as a Keynote Speaker. We are also currently planning an exciting panel of experts to discuss some of the thorny issues of WIL.

The program committee advises that the review process is well underway and they expect to be able to advise presenters of the outcome of their submissions in late May.

Considerable interest has been shown in the Preconference Workshops and the submissions cover a variety of different aspects that will appeal to academics and professional staff as well as partner or host organisations. We will be releasing details of the workshops in late May.


Make sure you check the Registration pages and the Conference website for information about registrations, accommodation options and details of the program as they are released.

Sponsorship opportunities

2016 Conference Gold Sponsor

We acknowledge Intersective as the Gold Sponsor of the 2016 Conference. Our thanks for the support they are providing for WIL in Australia.

We are still seeking other sponsors for the conference, if you know of someone or a business or a university who would be willing to be a sponsor.

More about sponsorship

Early bird registration closes June 30

Lastly, closure of the Early Bird period for Registration is fast approaching. Make sure you don't miss out and register by June 30, 2016.


2. ACEN WIL Awards - Collaboration and Local Hero

ACEN WIL awardsThe National WIL Awards recognise the contribution that organisations make to work-integrated learning. ACEN recognises that WIL needs institutions and partner organisations to collaborate to provide an authentic learning experience for students engaged in WIL.

The ACEN National WIL Awards will acknowledge the support of organisations both large and small by providing two categories - The Collaboration Award and the Local Hero Award.

Nominations close June 7

More on Awards

3. Nominate a person for Life Membership

life membership nominationsHonorary Life membership recognises significant service and contribution to Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in Australia and or internationally in areas of practice, pedagogy or research.

Nominees will

Nominations close July 31

More on Life Membership

4. ACEN Research Grants of $10,000

Research grantsIn 2016 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 the National WIL Strategy and ACEN National Research Symposium.

Applications close Friday May 27 2016

More on Research Grants

5. Authentic WIL Assessments – ACEN VIC/TAS workshop

water drop authentic assessmentsHear from a panel of practitioners about authentic WIL assessment tasks they offer students to allow them to practice processes or produce artefacts that they are likely to encounter in the workplace.

Q&A and discussion to follow.

When: 19th May, 2016

More details

6. HERDSA 2016 conference

Registrations are still open for the HERDSA conference being held July 4 – 7, 2016 in Fremantle, Western Australia. ACEN will have a presence at the conference with an ACEN sponsored in-program workshop 'Capacity building for industry partners: designing resources to support industry engagement in WIL' followed by a number of WIL themed papers.

More details about keynote speakers and program.

There are a number of pre-conference workshops that will be of interest to ACEN members. Many of the workshops have been scheduled around themes so you might choose to participate in a morning workshop and afternoon workshop that complement each other.  There is a discount for registering for two workshops. If you have already registered for the conference, it is not too late to add a pre-conference workshop to your registration.

Join us in Fremantle, named by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit in 2016!!


7. WIL in Science: Lighthouse Projects announced

The Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS) are working to increase participation in WIL of science graduates.  With funding from the Chief Scientist and ACDS six WIL Lighthouse Projects have been funded. 

Details of the funded projects are on the ACDS website.

ACEN is planning a webinar focussing on WIL in Science in early July.

8. Manager, Learnline Development and Training position

Applications close May 23

Continuing appointment

Level 9/10 $100,148 – $119,052 plus 17% Superannuation

Charles Darwin University is seeking a highly motivated and skilled leader to help shape our students' experience and lead the University's deployment of Learnline – a dynamic suite of Blackboard technologies that enables our learner engagement and teaching practices.

As Manager, LDT you will lead an expert team responsible for facilitating online course delivery, training and support, system maintenance and upgrades, resource development and contributing to strategic initiatives.

Ideally you have a completed post graduate qualification in education or information technology and have technical expertise in the effective application of learning technologies. Paramount is your demonstrable leadership in providing excellent service.

To apply, please register your application in the General Staff vacancies in Jobs@CDU or phone Gary Carpenter, Manager Strategic Recruitment on (08) 89466027.

9. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice

Special issue 'Reflection for Learning in Higher Education'

ACEN member, Dr Marina Harvey, was the guest editor for this issue. The journal is online and open access so anyone can read the articles at http://ro.uow.edu.au/jutlp/

This special issue is the outcome of six years of collaborative reflection, practice and research by many reflective practitioners who have undertaken systematic research to provide empirical evidence for the role of reflection in learning. Of specific interest to ACEN members may be the articles:

Towards a theory of the Ecology of Reflection: Reflective practice for experiential learning in higher education

A song and a dance: Being inclusive and creative in practicing and documenting reflection for learning

Reflection for learning, learning for reflection: Developing Indigenous competencies in higher education

Ontario WIL Guide10. New Ontario WIL Guide

A new WIL Guide has been developed by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.

The aim of the guide is to help academics, professional staff  and educational leaders build and improve WIL programs. The focus is on internships, placements, field  experiences and clinical practicum.


National Strategy for International Education11. National Strategy for International Education 2025

The Federal government has released the final National Strategy for International Education 2025. Employability of graduates is a key measure of the success of the strategy with WIL mentioned twice, once in relation to preparing students for  global engagement and also in relation to encouraging links between business and industry.

Download the Strategy

Curtin Business School students12. Student panel on the Future of Work Integrated Learning

Curtin Business School and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA were involved in Curtin University's Festival of Learning program where a student panel spoke on the Future of Work Integrated Learning. Five students currently enrolled in the for-credit business internship unit spoke about their internship, what has been the best part of the experience and how it has helped their career development. They were all so enthusiastic, positive and confident as a result of being able to implement their knowledge in a real work environment. They had all expressed doubts about their ability to do this prior to starting the internship but have all gained the confidence and knowledge that they can through this experience. The role their industry mentors played as role models was acknowledged as well as the support and involvement from Curtin Business School and CCIWA in providing the internship opportunities and supporting them through their placement.

WACE13. WACE Research Grant 2016/2017

WACE is the international body of WIL organisations

Value $15,000

A research grant will be awarded to a researcher for a single research project. The project must be completed by the deadline on the application form (see IRG Application Form on the WACE IRG website). The funds will only be sent to the institutional research office or finance office of the Principal Investigator listed on the application form. No funds will be released to an individual researcher's bank account.

Application deadline: July 31, 2016

Decisions announced: November 1, 2016

Purpose of the award

WACE seeks to promote research activity that will advance and strengthen the understanding of cooperative and work-integrated education (CWIE) in post-secondary/tertiary education across the globe and has, at its core, a focus within one of the identified WACE research themes. (see below)

Focus of the award

An awarded study may sample from a variety of disciplines, but the study findings must address one of the themes listed below. The results should have educational implications for CWIE programs across geographic regions and/or more than one institution. Preference will be given to proposals involving two or more institutions.