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Supporting Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
• November 2012 Newsletter •
In this issue
2014 ACEN Conference
Good WIL Hunting
The Impact of WIL: Surveying the Australian Scene
8. ACEN Vic/Tas
9. ACEN SA/NT
16. Contact us
1. ACEN 2012 Conference Proceedings and Audio
Didn't make it to the Conference?
Missed a vital session?
Print proceedings are now available.
Audio recordings of the opening, the keynote presentations and the international panel are also available.
Our thanks to all those people who contributed to the National Conference, Pre conference Workshops and Research Symposium
2014 ACEN Conference
A reminder that the next ACEN conference will be held at the Gold Coast Campus of Southern Cross University in 2014 . Date to be announced early next year !
2. ACEN 2013 membership
We're sending out the 2013 membership invoices to universities at the moment. The fee for universities has not changed - $2,200 per annum and this entitles the university to an unlimited number of members.
If your university renews it's membership, you are automatically renewed too.
3. Call for tax incentives for WIL placements
The Australian Technology Network (ATN) is an alliance of five Australian universities located in each mainland State. ATN, along with the Business Council of Australia has recently called for tax incentives to encourage industry to increase involvement in WIL in order to better prepare students for employment on graduation. Several successful schemes are operating in Canadian Provinces and through ACEN’s close association with CAFCE , the Canadian association , ACEN is researching various models for discussion in Australia .
Read more about tax incentives for employers involved in WIL placements.
4. ACEN projects
At the WIL Leadership Project's workshop sessions at ACEN in Geelong, the Team was able to report on the progress of the Project, and to gain further views and expertise on WIL Leadership from attendees. Warm thanks from the Team to all those who contributed so generously for the benefit of future leaders of WIL. We are following through by collating, analysing and validating the information captured to date.
Thanks to the efforts of a dedicated Team, data for our major study on the Impact of WIL is coming in from students in selected subjects in our fourteen participating universities. We plan to continue the data capture over a full year, to include subjects offered in other semesters. The clarity of the information captured to date is reassuring, in that it suggests that the Project will have clear indications of the areas in which impact is felt by students, and to what extent.
The University of Sydney
Faculty Of Health Sciences
Closes Nov. 26
Closes Dec. 2
6. Service Learning Summit cancelled
The Service Learning Summit planned for December 5, 6 2012 has been CANCELLED.
A Service Learning summit will no0w be held in 2013. For queries email email@example.com
On 31 October 15 representatives from four Queensland universities attended a State meeting as part of the recent ACEN conference in Geelong. A range of ideas were put forward for future ACENQ events including
Also discussed was a joint proposal for an event in February on equity and WIL to be hosted by Griffith University. Details to follow.
8. ACEN Vic/Tas
La Trobe University Faculty of Business, Economics and Law hosted its annual WIL Conference on Friday 9 November. The theme of the Conference was - Getting students job ready - Industry stakeholder perspectives of WIL in the workplace and making the practice more inclusive of international students. The morning session consisted of a panel presentation. Speaking were staff from with La Trobe Universities Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Health Sciences plus speakers representing VECCI, Swinburne University of Technology and Austin Health.
Following lunch was an afternoon workshop facilitated by Olivia Doyle, Employment Team Leader and International Career Consultant at Swinburne University of Technology whose workshop theme was Developing an understanding of the career needs of international students and activities that can be utilized to assist their placement to industry.
The panel presentations were recorded and will be sent to those who attended on the day. Anyone interested in obtaining a copy of the morning panel presentations may contact Gail Quirk at firstname.lastname@example.org
9. ACEN SA/NT
Representatives from nine industry bodies and three universities attended an extremely interesting
and thought-provoking SA/NT forum on 14th November entitled ‘Effective Partnerships and Industry
Perspectives of WIL’. Professor Jane Orrell gave a presentation on the challenges and opportunities
associated with developing and maintaining mutually-beneficial WIL partnerships, then led a Q&A-style
discussion with a cross-sectoral panel comprising:
Panel members offered frank and insightful comments on how universities can work more effectively with
host organisations and vice versa. Communication and respect were terms used most frequently, and
noted to be key components in developing and nurturing strong partnerships. The forum also provided an
excellent opportunity for people to network and make new contacts, and it was great to see many business
cards being exchanged over lunch.
Those unable to attend in person were able to watch a live feed, which can now be accessed as a
recording at http://mtu.flinders.edu.au/events/epandipwil.cfm
Verity Kingsmill formally handed over the position of SA/NT Chair to me, and I would like to take this
opportunity to thank Verity for her considerable input into the network over the past five years.
ACEN SA/NT State Chair
19th November 2012
10. The Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education
The Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education (APJCE) welcomes submissions of manuscripts exploring educational aspects of Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) and Cooperative Education (co-op).
The journal is fully online (www.apjce.org), with all papers freely accessible to its readers. The journal has shown considerable growth in the number publications, particularly in the last few years
from Australian authors. The journal has an audience beyond the Asia-Pacific region, including
authors and readership from the US, UK, Europe, Canada, and South Africa.
APJCE accepts two types of papers: ‘research’ papers and ‘topical issues or critical discussion’ type
papers. Best practice or programme evaluation type papers were originally sought however is
now discouraged unless it explores a particularly unique or unusual educational setting that can
significantly inform the literature. There is no charge for submitting a manuscript for review.
All manuscripts are double blind reviewed. The APJCE editorial board takes a particular constructive
approach to reviewing to better enable up-and-coming researchers to successfully publish their
All queries and manuscript submissions are to be made to email@example.com. The APJCE webpage
(www.apjce.org) contains further information, including instructions for authors and details on the
11. Practice-Based Education Summit 2013: Practice, Culture & Identity
You are invited to submit an abstract
10 - 11 April 2013, Sydney Olympic Park
The Education For Practice Institute, Charles Sturt University
2013 PBE Summit will explore the connections between professional practice and concepts of culture and identity. It will examine the ways in which practice, culture and identity can inform future research and teaching directions for university-based professional education and workplace learning.
The call for abstract is open until 28 January 2013.
12. 2013 NZACE Annual Conference
'Strategic Directions in Co-op'
21-23 April, 2013
AUT University, Manukau Campus, Auckland, New Zealand
13. ASET Conference UK • 2013
The next ASET Conference will be held from 3rd – 5th September 2013 at the University of Greenwich, Greenwich Campus, United Kingdom on a World Heritage site. The campus is set within the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College on the banks of the River Thames.
Contact Lisa Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org
14. WACE Conference 'WIL-Power: Fueling the Future Workforce'
Call for papers
There is a 'Rolling Review & Acceptance' for all submitted abstracts, with a submission deadline of March 1, 2013 for Refereed Paper Abstracts.
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