In this issue
4. Developing Employability Skills in the Curriculum: Where WIL & Careers Education Come Together
8. Case studies
One bright spot in this week’s Federal Budget is the proposed new payment for work integrated learning (WIL). This initiative involves Commonwealth contributions from January 1, 2018 to be provided for Work Experience in Industry (WEI) units that are credited towards a Commonwealth supported qualification. The Department estimates that this will impact around 2,600 students.
Full detail is yet to be released but here are notes from the Ministers announcement (page 26) .
This recognition of the role of WIL plays in enhancing students learning, readying them for their careers and the benefits of industry engagement with universities by the Minister was very encouraging. What is particularly pleasing is the Ministers specific acknowledgement of the National WIL Strategy, which ACEN, along with our other strategy partners, have been advocating for over the last 2 years. A small step but one on which we can build to further influence the Government to implement other key National WIL Strategy measures to enhance and expand WIL in Australia. We will share more details as they come to hand but would be keen to hear how this might impact in your institutions. Email me on Judie.email@example.com
Last month I was a guest at the NZACE National Conference held in Queenstown and was able to congratulate Jenny Fleming, their incoming Chair on their 25 Anniversary. ACEN and NZACE have always had a close collaborative relationship and Jenny and I discussed ways that we can enhance that over coming years.
The ACEN Board is delighted to welcome Chris Gonsalvez as the new Vic/Tas representative.
Judie Kay, President
Chris Gonsalvez has been elected as the Vic/Tas representative following Rachael Hains-Wessons' move to Sydney.
Chris is the Associate Dean Student Engagement for the Faculty of IT at Monash University and is passionate about teaching and developing students beyond the curriculum. Chris started her academic career in 1985 and has held a range of positions including Course Director, Associate Head of School and Director of Industry and Community Engagement. Her research is education-focussed with a keen interest in work-integrated-learning and student experience.
Research projects undertaken through ACEN grant scheme are being showcased at the next webinar. Through this interactive and informative event, participants will have the opportunity to share approaches and challenges related to their own contexts.
Facilitator: Judith Smith
Topic 1: From Practitioner to Student Educator: WIL Supervisor Capacity Building Module
Presenter: Franziska Trede
Topic 2: Development of an online work integrated learning (WIL) survey tool to measure, evaluate and enhance the quality of students’ WIL experiences.
Presenters: Cassandra Saunders and Annette Marlow
Where WIL & Careers Education Come Together
A VIC/TAS ACEN EVENT
Date: Thursday, 25th May 2017
Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm
The University of Canberra has an excellent opportunity for a Placement Office Coordinator responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Placement Office.
This role requires a well organised self-starter with competencies in team leadership, high quality customer service and systems administration (inPlace).
Recruitment and application questions: please contact the Recruitment team on 02 6180 8000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting ref No 603.
Closing Date: 11:59pm, Sunday 21 May, 2017
Griffith University students from a range of disciplines have been able to participate in one of the largest sporting events in Australia's history as they support GOLDOC, the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Organising Committee to prepare for the Games in April 2018. GOLDOC is offering 250 full-time 12 week internships to Griffith students during the lead up to the Games and during the implementation of the Games. Students are integrated into the full operational structure of GOLDOC and complete coursework for graded credit.
As a result of their internships, several students have already been offered continuing employment as part of the 1,500 person work-force that will be in place by 2018. This unique relationship by Griffith University with GOLDOC has provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to be engaged in such a prestigious event.
The Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education has published new articles.
Whelan: Road testing graduate attributes and course learning outcomes of an environmental science degree via a work-integrated learning placement.
Smith, Smith, Taylor-Smith, Fotheringham: In search of graduate employability: An exploration of student identity.
Reddan: Enhancing employability of exercise science students.
Truman, Mason, Venter: A model to operate an on-campus retail store for workplace experiential learning.
McLachlan et al.: The student experience of PACE at Macquarie University: Understanding motivations for learning.
Henderson, Trede: Strengthening attainment of student learning outcomes during work-integrated learning: A collaborative governance framework across academia, industry and students.
These describe and share quality, innovative WIL practice about a diversity of disciplines, models and methods.
Youth mentoring case study
At Macquarie University third year psychology students complete mentoring training and then mentor high school students who are facing profound challenges.
Why not submit your own?
Plenty of direction is available including a rubric and a review process.
At their recent conference, attended by several Australians, New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education (NZACE) celebrated 25 years.
Dr Richard Coll, DVC Learning and Teaching and Student Services at the University of the South Pacific cut the celebratory cake.
Applications have now closed and 30 people have been invited to provide further information to get one of eight $1,500 scholarships.
Applications have now closed and over forty proposals are being considered for one of three $10,000 grants.
The ACT/NSW Chapter has developed its own blog to share information, and to encourage communication and collaboration between local practitioners and researchers in WIL. Managed by the Chapter’s social media guru, Dr Kylie Twyford, the blog has recently posted key learnings from the Chapter’s recent forum on ‘WIL for International Students’ and has some case studies on local WIL practice, including a Business alumni program, a social engagement and leadership program and a professional development program.
Comments and contributions welcome.
Owning, supporting and sharing the journey
20-21 September 2017
2017 Eportfolio Forum (Eportforum) is a two day event of presentations, workshops, facilitated conversations and networking at Monash College and University, Melbourne. This will be the sixth Eportforum.
A variety of interactive sessions will enable new and experienced eportfolio supporters to gain some ‘hands-on’ experience with using eportfolios.
Call for proposals are now open. Registrations will open in May.
Contact details: email@example.com or 0400 732 270