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In this issue

1. ACEN is now a company limited by guarantee

2. Fair Work Ombudsman – invitation to comment

3. 2014 ACEN Conference Call for papers

Your input 

Dates

Call for papers

4. Universities Australia Higher Education Conference 2014

5. 4th Practice-Based Education Summit

6. ACEN WA

Interior Architecture students make a real difference in local community

2014 WA Teaching and Learning Forum

7. ACEN VIC/TAS

La Trobe University WIL seminar 'WIL in action – three perspectives'

Melbourne University, Business School, Melbourne Victoria

8. ACEN NSW/ACT

'Employability & Work Integrated Learning Symposium 2013'

9. ACEN SA/NT

Planning meeting

10. WACE's 10th International Symposium

'Creating an Excellent Foundation for CWIE Research'

11. You can contribute too

12. Contact us

1. ACEN is now a company limited by guarantee

ACEN logo Australian Collaborative Education NetworkOn 6 November, 2013 the Australian Collaborative Education Network became registered as a company limited by guarantee (a widely used structure for national not-for-profit organisations), and we commenced trading as the Australian Collaborative Education Network Limited. This is final step in a change process that has taken several months, but has resulted in a stronger governance structure that better reflects the way that the business of ACEN has evolved.

Over the coming weeks you will notice some changes to the way that ACEN conducts itself, however, most of these changes will not impact on your membership or the way that you interact with ACEN. Importantly, as we are now a company each member is now a member of the company, with limited liability. The nominal liability of each member is $1.

As we have progressed through this transition we have adopted most of the changes intended in the new constitution prior to formal registration. These changes have included a revitalised state committee structure and changes to the manner of conduct of the Board. This has meant that we have minimal changes left to undertake.

As we are now a company each of the elected members of the Board are directors of the company. At the next meeting of the Board the directors will vote to elect the President of the Board (formerly known as the National Director) and the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee (formerly known as the National Treasurer). The Board will be involved in further training and development in the New Year to better appreciate the new obligations that this change has created.

The Board of Directors, following the recently held AGM, in alphabetical order, are as follows:

Directors elected from the general membership:

Judie Kay

Keri Moore

Heather Smigiel

Calvin Smith

Judith Smith

Pamela Struthers

Ruth Wallace

Michael Whelan

Directors representing chapter committees:

Alan Blackman - Queensland

Sonia Ferns – Western Australia

Friederika Kaider – Victoria / Tasmania

Ceri Macleod – South Australia / Northern Territory

Freny Tayebjee – New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory

2. Fair Work Ombudsman – invitation to comment

ACEN members played an active role in assisting the research undertaken for the report 'Experience or Exploitation: The Nature, Prevalence and Regulation of Unpaid Work Experience, Internships and Trial Periods in Australia'.

Now the FWO seeks feedback on some draft fact sheet resources being prepared by them. The resources will provide more guidance to the sector in relation to issues relating to WIL and FWA.

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3. 2014 ACEN Conference

Your input

2014 ACEN Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland Sep 29-Oct 3

 Earlybird registrations for the 2014 ACEN Conference will be opening soon.  The conference committee is looking for suggestions for the workshops that will run on the 30th of September 2014.  The intention of the pre-conference workshops is to provide opportunities for participants to collaborate, share and discuss contemporary topics as active participants. We are planning for 4 workshops (2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon).

What 'hot topic' do you think we should consider for a pre-conference workshop?

Send your ideas to michael.whelan@scu.edu.au and they'll be consider them at the next conference committee meeting on December 2, 2103.

Dates

Oct 1-3, 2014 Gold Coast

Research Symposium Sep 29, 2014

Pre-conference workshops Sep 30, 2014

Call for papers

1. Full refereed papers for review, including abstract, must be submitted not later than 4th March, 2014.

2. Showcase presentation abstracts must be submitted not later than 1st August, 2014.

3. Roundtable discussions abstracts must be submitted not later than 1st May, 2014.

4. Poster submissions abstracts must be submitted not later than 1st August, 2014.

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4. Universities Australia Higher Education Conference 2014

26-28 February 2014

National Convention Centre, Canberra

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5. 4th Practice-Based Education Summit

'The promises of university education: Blending, including and integrating for future practice'

8-10 April 2014, Sydney Olympic Park

Call for Abstracts: Proposals due 27 January 2014

Confirmed speakers include:

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6. ACEN WA

Interior Architecture students make a real difference in local community

Curtin University Interior Architecture Students at KatanningA group of 50 Curtin University Interior Architecture students recently spent a week in Katanning (287km south of Perth). The students worked alongside the local community to design a Youth Hub. Over the course of the week, the students set up a design studio in the town hall, organised and hosted a community social event, liaised with clients, and prepared a brief that involved research, community consultation, site measurements and design elements.

Unit Coordinator, Janet Keating says that 'The community encounters unit is a chance for students to experience as close to a real life design scenario as possible and make a difference in local communities'.

This is the third year that the Community Encounters Studio unit has been offered to students.

The initial design and implementation of the unit is accredited to Associate Professor Dianne Smith and Renee Parnell.

2014 WA Teaching and Learning Forum

The 2014 WA Teaching and Learning Forum continues a 22 year tradition of bringing together educators from universities around Perth and beyond to discuss, share, and develop their ideas on issues confronting teaching and learning in the Higher Education sector.

In 2014, the theme is 'Transformative, Innovative and Engaging', which can be applied at the practitioner, university and national level. The forum will be held on 30 – 31 January 2014 at the University Club, University of Western Australia.

More information and registration

Early Bird registration closes 20th December 2013.

The conference is being hosted by The University of Western Australia in collaboration with a multi-university committee.

7. ACEN VIC/TAS

La Trobe University WIL seminar 'WIL in action – three perspectives'

ACEN invitationLa Trobe University’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law is pleased to invite you to our annual WIL Seminar entitled 'WIL in action – three perspectives'.

This year the seminar will be run alongside the CTLC Colloquium.

Thursday December 5, 12:30 – 2:30pm.

Room 205 (Level 2), LIMS building, La Trobe University, Bundoora 3086

The following sessions will be run:

Session 1 – Assessing the impact of WIL on student work-readiness

Session 2 – The role of blended spaces in enhancing student learning in the workplace

Session 3 – What's so unique? WIL with performing arts students

Presenter and session details

RSVP to Marnie Long by Friday November 22, indicate which of the 3 sessions you plan to attend and any dietary requirements if you are joining us for lunch.

Melbourne University, Business School, Melbourne Victoria

The Business Faculty at Melbourne University Business School is leading the way in WIL activities. For example, a 2 week intensive accredited subject in July and Feb. At this stage 12 teams of 4 students are placed in multi-national through to local not-for-profit organisations to work on a project with a supervising academic. Next semester the plan is to introduce 12 more teams, a total of 96 students. Other activities are: a Global Business Practicum through the Student Services, a 2-3 day program in non-teaching week called Australian Business Culture to assist our international students with understanding Australian culture and its impact in the workplace and preparing for a practicum in Australia, a Graduate Work Ready Program, which involved 6 weeks with a group of 28 students, completing a 2 hour practicum workshops where students go through the ABC live news and discuss business implications for Australia and internationally. Finally, I have been working with DEEWR to develop a Core Skills for Work Self Assessment tool. Here at the Melbourne Business School, we're improving/evaluating it further.

Susan Marjorie Elston, Melbourne University Business School.

8. ACEN NSW/ACT

'Employability & Work Integrated Learning Symposium 2013'

27 November 2013

Work Integrated Learning is a priority for all universities. A partnership between the University of Wollongong and the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN), the symposium launches an invigorated WIL & Employability focus for UOW and provides a common platform for academic and professional staff from NSW universities to engage in collegial and strategic discussions regarding WIL and to share innovative and best practice strategies.

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9. ACEN SA/NT

Planning meeting

1-4pm, Tuesday 3rd December, Board Room, Flinders University, 182 Victoria Square. 

SA/NT members are invited to attend this meeting, which will commence with an informal lunch (at own expense), followed by a forward planning discussion by the Committee on SA/NT activities for 2014 and beyond. 

Email ceri.macleod@flinders.edu.au if you are interested in joining us for lunch, if you would like to attend the Committee meeting, or if you have any comments or suggestions regarding future activities for the network. 

10. WACE's 10th International Symposium

'Creating an Excellent Foundation for CWIE Research'

WACE SymposiumThe Call for Abstracts for WACE's 10th International Symposium closes on December 1. Be sure to submit your abstract ASAP as space is limited for this program, which will focus on research & development in CWIE (Cooperative and Work-integrated Learning) and will feature refereed papers & academic posters only

The symposium will take place from June 2-4, 2014 at University West in Trollhattan, Sweden.  The theme of the symposium is 'Creating an Excellent Foundation for CWIE Research', and we ask that presenters choose from one of ten research sub-themes which best categorizes their paper or poster presentation. 

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