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November 2019 news





1. From the President

2. ACEN AGM Nov 20, 2:30pm AEDT

3. Chapter elections and Directors

4. ACEN 2020 conference - saving with super-early bird

5. ACEN 2020 conference - submit papers and abstracts now

6. ACEN 2020 Pre-conference workshops – EoI

7. WIL Research Conversations

8. Global WIL – online international professional development

9. International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning - new articles

10. Reconceptualising WIL for the HDR experience - webinar recording

11. Cooperative Education Workshop – ACEN WA

12. Using a near-peer clinical supervision model

13. Update University Contacts for employers

14. HERDSA 2020 Conference

15. ACEN is on Twitter and LinkedIn!

1. From the President

Sonia Ferns ACEN President

Welcome to the November issue of the ACEN newsletter. As the year rapidly draws to a close, it is timely to review and reflect on the achievements of ACEN throughout 2019. The ACEN Board recently undertook such an exercise at the recent face to face meeting where the Board revisited the Strategic Plan to ascertain achievements for 2019 and identify where the focus might be in 2020.  Details of successes will be outlined in the President’s report which will be presented at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). This process highlighted the valuable work of the ACEN community and the positive impact this has for the broader higher education sector. The intention is that the incoming ACEN Board will have a useful document that will assist them in decision-making around priorities in the coming year. The incoming Board Directors will be announced at the AGM on November 20th.

Service Learning Australia is hosting the inaugural Service Learning Summit later this week. Service Learning Australian will host an ACEN Board member with the inclusion of an event in the proceedings which celebrates the collaboration between the organisations. I look forward to continuing to work with Service Learning Australia in the future.

We are investigating what appears to be a misunderstanding around International student WIL counting to the 40 hour work limit and we will provide a clarification statement for members once we have the answer?

This is my final entry in the ACEN Newsletter as President of ACEN. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the ACEN Community for their support and collegiality during my term as National President. It has been a privilege to undertake this role. I also acknowledge the commitment and dedication of the Directors on the Board who work tirelessly to drive national initiatives around WIL. On behalf of the Board, I extend our thanks to Robert Ewers, Company Secretary, for providing guidance to the Board during 2019. Finally my sincere gratitude to Don MacDowall, ACEN Administrator, who provides exceptional support to ACEN. It has been a pleasure working with you Don.

I extend best wishes and congratulations to the incoming Board for 2020 and hope to continue providing support to the ACEN Board and the newly elected National President.

Sonia Ferns, President, ACEN

2. ACEN AGM Nov 20, 2:30pm AEDT

ACEN logoThe Annual General Meeting of Members of the Australian Collaborative Education Network Ltd (ACEN) will be held by Zoom on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 2.30pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

The agenda includes

  • President’s report

  • Audited financial report

  • Announcement of the outcome of the election of Directors.

  • Appointment of auditor

Full details

Check local times

3. Chapter elections and Directors

handsChapter elections have concluded and congratulations to those members who are committing time and energy to encourage the growth and development of WIL.

Our thanks also to those who contributed to outstanding chapter events and support in 2019.

See the full list of 2020 chapter committees

4. ACEN 2020 conference - saving with super-early bird

ACEN 2020 conference

Super early bird registration now open

  • 2020 fees are the same as 2018
  • Save $100 with super-early bird

Do you have a little left this year - invest it now!

See fees and register now

5. ACEN 2020 conference - submit papers and abstracts now

ACEN 2020 conferenceThe ACEN 2020 Conference 'Beyond 2020: Creating the Future with WIL' is now open for submission of full refereed papers and abstracts for showcases, posters and roundtable presentations. This year we are offering 2 types of submissions and corresponding registration dates:

  • 'rolling' submissions close 7 April 2020

  • 'super-early-bird' submissions close 1 December 2019

Full submission details

6. ACEN 2020 Pre-conference workshops – EoI

Skyline and clockBefore each conference ACEN runs a series of in-idepth pre-conference workshops to enable ACEN members to explore current WIL topics with leading experts in the field.

The ACEN 2020 Conference Committee is calling for Expressions of Interest to facilitate a 3 hour pre-conference workshop at RMIT University Melbourne on Monday 26th Oct, 2020.

The number of workshop slots are limited and will include both invited workshops as well as those accepted through this expression of interest process. If the program cannot accommodate all suitable proposals for pre-conference workshops, proposers may be offered a shorter time slot in the main conference program.

More details and EoI

7. WIL Research Conversations

Research ConversationsWIL Research Conversations is a friendly, informal gathering of like-minded practitioners and scholars interested in furthering our knowledge of WIL scholarship, research and practice. We get together online once a month around a paper or topic, to hear from the author(s) of the paper and engage with each other through small online group discussions.

Reflection in WIL Friday, 29th November 12pm – 1pm (AEDT)

In this session, Associate Professor Marina Harvey from the University of New South Wales will lead us in discussion that focusses on researching reflection in WIL

Register here

8. Global WIL – online international professional development

Global WILJoin international colleagues in this outstanding professional learning opportunity

Modules offered for 2020

Dimensions of Quality for Work-Integrated Learning

Explore the concept of quality in a WIL context from the perspective of all stakeholders and to reflect on practice and identify improvements to the quality of WIL programs.

Learning and Assessment in Work-Integrated Learning

Explore designing an assessment profile to evidence authentic learning including consideration of the nature of learning, WIL pedagogy, the purpose of assessment and challenges of implementing authentic assessment.

Global Perspectives in Work-Integrated Learning

Enhance your understanding of the relationship between WIL and learning theory: how theory can inform WIL practice, models of WIL and current issues In WIL practice.

Industry and Community Engagement for Work-Integrated Learning

Provides an opportunity to further their understanding of the importance of industry and community engagement for WIL and of strategies to enhance this engagement.

More details and EoI

9. International Journal of Work-Integrated Learning - new articles

These new articles have recently been published in IJWIL and can now be viewed at https://www.ijwil.org.

  • International Journal of WIL

    Rebecca Mallozzi, David Drewery: Creating inclusive co-op workplaces: Insights from LGBTQ+ students

  • Andrew J. Martin, Malcolm Rees, Jenny Fleming, Karsten E. Zegwaard, Karen Vaughan: Work-integrated learning gone full circle: How prior work placement experiences influenced workplace supervisors

  • Jennifer Dickfos: Academic professional development: Benefits of a pracademic experience

  • Peter N. Kiriri: An assessment of the quality of a work-integrated learning internship program in Kenya

  • Ransford Antwi, Denise D. Duncan, Marian Tsegah: Establishing relevance through cooperative education in Ghana: A study of Central University

  • Worawit Janchai, Veeraporn Siddoo, Jinda Sawattawee: Andragogical teaching patterns appropriate for work-integrated learning in the information technology industry

  • Andrew J. Martin, Dennis Slade, Jean Jacoby: Practitioner auto-ethnography: Developing an evidence-based tertiary teaching portfolio

  • Anthony Weldon, Jake K. Ngo: The effects of work-integrated learning on undergraduate sports coaching students’ perceived self-efficacy

10. Reconceptualising WIL for the HDR experience - webinar recording

GraffitiWIL has traditionally been found almost exclusively in coursework degrees. However, due to the changing nature of the research training landscape in Australia and the introduction of HEIMS reporting in 2018, universities are increasingly focusing on introducing WIL in higher degrees by research (HDR) i.e. MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate. Due to this changing landscape, QUT has redesigned its research degrees and research training programs to include industry engagement opportunities for students with a capstone WIL internship program based on developing and evidencing identified key employability skills and capabilities gained throughout their HDR.

This presentation showcased the pedagogical importance of the program for augmenting the research experience and employability of HDR students and highlighted the ongoing and broader benefits it brings to industry, academics and existing WIL practices.

Get the webinar recording

11. Cooperative Education Workshop – ACEN WA

ACEN WA squaresDate: Wednesday 5th March 2020, 9:30 to 12:30
Venue: University of Western Australia, Stirling Highway, Crawley (Room TBC)

This interactive workshop is focused on introducing cooperative education as a way of responding to calls for more employable graduates by government, professional bodies, and employers. Cooperative education (co-op), a form of work integrated learning (WIL), involves students alternating terms in industry and university.

The workshop will first present the experience of academics and industry partners on the challenges and benefits of co-op in Germany and Australia. It aims to motivate and empower individuals to consider co-op in their own institutions. Activities will assist in identifying pathways, and potential challenges, in applying co-op models in the West Australian context.


12. Using a near-peer clinical supervision model

This is an update on an ACEN funded research grant.

This ACEN funded project involved implementation of near-peer supervision of first year nursing students by third year nursing students during work-integrated learning (WIL) in healthcare facilities. The aim was to evaluate whether working in near-peer pairs improved the first-year students’ experience of their first WIL placement, and positively influenced third year students’ leadership and delegation skills.

In order to operationalise this model, we liaised with the leaders of Education Departments of selected facilities. Clear information on the process was provided to all stakeholders: first and third-year students, clinical facilitators (CFs), and ward-based Registered Nurses. First-year students – who completed a two-week placement - joined third years in week 2 of a third year four-week placement allowing third years to settle into their placement area prior to first years arriving. Third years practiced leadership, teaching and delegation skills while supervising first year students completing basic nursing care.

Ordinarily, CFs supervise students on a 1: 8 ratio. In this model, the CF to student ratio was usually 1:9-11 (7 or 8 third years and 2 – 3 first years). First year students working in near-peer pairs reported reduced anxiety, and improved learning, and third years reported consolidation of their knowledge and skills, and increased confidence in their leadership skills.

Associate Professor Thea van de Mortel, Dr. Judith Needham, Associate Professor Saras Henderson, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Griffith University

13. Update University Contacts for employers

Chess piecesThis page provides contact info for employers and others who are interested in talking to your university about opportunities for students to gain experience through placements, internships, projects and a wide range of other possible work-integrated learning (WIL) options.

Do you need to update your info?

14. HERDSA 2020 Conference

HERDSA 2020 Conference

Welcome to HERDSA 2020 Research & Development in Higher Education You are invited to join us at HERDSA 2020, the 43rd annual conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Brisbane Australia 30th June – 3rd July 2020.

More on HERDSA conference

15. 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 member-only Linkedin Group now.