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May 2019 newsletter

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In this issue

1. From the President

2. ACEN is seeking authors

3. WIL Research Conversations

4. 'Research and Scholarship in Work Integrated Learning'

5. Case studies QA

6. Chapter events

7. ACEN GOS webinar recording

8. ACEN Research Grants selection

9. ACEN Student Scholarships gets a huge response

10. National WIL Survey

11. New IJWIL articles published!

12. Canadian WIL peak body named 2019 Outstanding Partner

13. WACE matters

14. ACEN is on Twitter and LinkedIn!

15. Case study in focus - 'Bringing theory to life: Using WIL to motivate commitment and master complexity'

16. Resource in focus - 'Interdisciplinary Studio-Based Work Integrated Learning'

1. From the President

Sonia Ferns ACEN President

ACEN will monitor the political landscape in Australia closely over the coming weeks as the economic imperatives of the Liberal Party become clearer. One would hope that the growth and sustainability of the Australian economy is a priority and that a quality education system underpinned by work-integrated learning (WIL) initiatives is a key driver of a strong economy. This is reliant on mutually beneficial partnerships between the higher education sector and industry and community partners. Given that The National WIL Strategy is based on the premise of these partnerships, the partners involved in the Strategy are hopeful that there will be support and resources to revisit and revise the Strategy in light of successes to date and future developments. I for one, am somewhat relieved that the political rhetoric that comes with election times is over, but anxiously await the outcomes.

Strategic Plan

The ACEN Board has finalised the ACEN Strategic Plan for 2019. The ACEN Board is committed to delivering on the strategies which address the six key objectives:

  1. Promote and enhance WIL in Australia.

  2. Enhance staff capacity through professional development and networking.

  3. Facilitate knowledge sharing and practice in WIL to improve the student experience.

  4. Strengthen partnerships to enhance WIL opportunities and facilitate discussions on impending changes in the world of work.

  5. Identify and Advance research and scholarship in priority areas of WIL.

  6. Ensure the sustainability of ACEN.

The ACEN Strategic Plan provides a useful framework for reporting on ACEN accomplishments across the year. The development of the plan has been an iterative process over several months with input from all ACEN Board members. Should you wish to discuss any aspect of the ACEN Strategic Plan please email me at s.ferns@curtin.edu.au.

Case Studies

The strategic objective to facilitate knowledge sharing and practice in WIL is realised through the collation of Case Studies that showcase exemplar practice in WIL pedagogy. The case studies enable sharing of ideas and resources and ensures our fabulous WIL practitioners receive recognition for their innovative approaches and hard work. If you would like to find out how to contribute to the show case collection, please join Dr Anna Rowe and Ceri McLeod at a webinar at noon AEST on June 26 2019. Anna and Ceri will provide advice on the criteria for case studies, information required and the process of preparation and submission.

LinkedIn and Twitter

Finally, I urge you to connect with the Australian WIL community through Twitter and LinkedIn. Engaging in conversations through these portals raises the profile of WIL, strengthens the voice of the ACEN community, and provides a mechanism for sharing WIL practices and ideas.

Sonia Ferns, ACEN President      

2. ACEN is seeking authors

'Theories, Practices and Research in Work-integrated learning in Australia: Enhancing employability capabilities for a sustainable future'

ACEN is seeking Expressions of Interest from authors to write a chapter for the publication Theories, Practices and Research in Work-integrated learning in Australia: Enhancing employability capabilities for a sustainable future (edited by Sonia Ferns, Anna Rowe and Karsten Zegwaard).

The book is a peer-reviewed collection of scholarly chapters from researchers, practitioners and experts in WIL. All chapters must be informed by the latest cutting-edge research and written in language accessible to a wide audience.

3. WIL Research Conversations

Resaerch ConversationsCurious about WIL research? Want to learn more about what others are doing in the WIL space? Interested in meeting others working in WIL?

The ACEN NSW/ACT Chapter and ACEN National Research and Scholarship sub-committee invites you to join our next WIL Research Conversation.

On Friday 31st May, Dr Theresa Winchester-Seeto will spark conversation around quality in WIL programs. This discussion will be driven by the recently released Australian Council of Deans of Science report titled 'Quality and Standards for Work integrated Learning' (Winchester-Seeto, 2019).

4. 'Research and Scholarship in Work Integrated Learning'

Griffith eventPresented by Griffith University Service Learning

Tuesday 28 May • 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm • In person or by livestream!

Join us for an interactive symposium to facilitate discussions and identify opportunities for research and scholarship in work-integrated learning (WIL).

Panellists: Professor Stephen Billett, Dr Karsten Zegwaard, Professor Ruth Bridgstock, Professor Jacqueline Ewart

Work-integrated learning (WIL) is a powerful pedagogy that transcends the traditional boundaries of academic work and deeply embeds the university into the community. Despite this, it is still not clear how best to put WIL to work in a research environment. Ideally, university teaching and learning should be informed by scholarship and research, but these represent significantly under-utilised and under-explored areas in WIL.

5. Case studies QA

case studiesJoin us for a QA session on the how to submit a case study for subsequent publication as a resource on the ACEN website.

Hear about the steps ACEN takes prior to final acceptance and how you may even get the excellence award at the ACEN conference.

June 26, 2019 by Zoom

6. Chapter events

Evidence entrepreneurial skills through WIL - ACEN Vic/Tas workshop

desktopThursday May 23, 2019

Innovative 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.

Evidencing entrepreneurial capabilities – ACEN WA workshop

StudioMonday 27 May 2019

Innovative and entrepreneurial models of WIL challenge the adequacy of traditional assessment approaches in generating the credible evidence of entrepreneurial capabilities that give students an employability edge for an ever-evolving and complex future.

7. ACEN GOS webinar recording

Employment and Employability: Using GOS and GOS-L data to talk about employability' webinar recording

Ring bindersLisa Bolton, Director, QILT Research and Strategy, Social Research Centre

The webinar looked at the data that institutions hold from the QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) of recent graduates and GOS- Longitudinal (three years after completion) and the 'stories' that can be told to drive improvement in institutions then an overview of QILT and then a deep dive below the public employment indicators.

8. ACEN Research Grants selection

face and magnifying glassACEN has offered 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 were available to both academic and professional staff.

A selection process is now underway and a decision and an announcement will be made in mid-July.

9. ACEN Student Scholarships gets a huge response

windmill in paddockWe are now working through a selection process to select eight people from over a thousand applications by inviting a limited number of people to submit a further 1,000 words on their circumstances and capacities.

Whew!

10. National WIL Survey

UA report coverOne of the National Strategy's actions is to develop a national profile of current WIL activity in the higher education sector, measuring the level of participation in WIL by students enrolled in Australia's universities. In 2018, Universities Australia (UA) undertook a national survey of the WIL activities that occurred in 2017 across Australia's 39 comprehensive universities. The survey is the first data collection of its kind, and the survey results provide the higher education sector with a baseline from which to measure progress. The results clearly demonstrate the extent and diversity of WIL activities across the higher education sector and reflect the commitment of universities to improving graduate employability.

11. New IJWIL articles published!

International Journal of Work-Integrated LearningThe International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning has published new articles on these topics:

  • Improving unmatched co-op students' emotional wellbeing

  • Developing a mobile app for reflection in work-integrated learning

  • Comparison of employers' and students' expectations

  • Ethical risks in work-integrated learning

12. Canadian WIL peak body named 2019 Outstanding Partner

CEWIL logoCo-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) Canada was named as Colleges and Institutes Canada’s CICan) 2019 Outstanding Partner in recognition of its important contribution to training the workforce of tomorrow.

'Work-integrated learning is a key component of nearly all college and institute programs, and we are incredibly grateful for CEWIL Canada's continued support and national leadership in this area", said CICan President and CEO, Denise Amyot. "The resources they produce and the linkages they help create have allowed countless students to benefit from invaluable learning experiences that meet the highest standards and prepare them to hit the ground running when starting their career.'

13. WACE matters

International Research Community (IRC)

Interested in becoming a member of the International Research Community? If yes, please send a note to WACE@uml.edu with the subject heading International Research Community and a person from the IRC will contact you. More information about the IRC is here.

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

14. 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.

15. Case study in focus - 'Bringing theory to life: Using WIL to motivate commitment and master complexity'

UTS students at Tranby National Indigenous Adult Education and Training, in Glebe NSWPricing and Revenue Management, a postgraduate marketing subject based on service-learning pedagogy, introduced WIL with real clients five years ago.

As a collaboration between UTS Business School and Shopfront, a university-wide community engagement program, over a 12-week semester students are taught all aspects of pricing theory while simultaneously working in teams undertaking market research and developing pricing strategies for under-resourced community organisations.

16. Resource in focus - 'Interdisciplinary Studio-Based Work Integrated Learning'

Studie-based WILThis 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.