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In this issue

1. President's Report

2. 2014 ACEN Conference - a whopping success!

  • Proceedings

  • Dinner and yes, there was dancing - and photobooth

  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education special conference issue

  • 2014 Conference in pictures

  • ACEN Research Symposium and National Conference 2014 - a digital story

3. Looking to 2016 Conference

4. ACEN Board elections 2014-15

5. Assessing the impact of WIL on student work-readiness - an OLT funded project

6. Engaging employers in Work Integrated Learning - Current State and Future Priorities

7. Curate, Credential and Carry Forward Digital Learning Evidence: National Forum

8. Innovative pedagogies for developing business graduate capabilities

9. Developing graduate employability through partnerships - OLT National Forum

10. ACEN (Vic/Tas)

  •  WIL Leadership framework (part of an OLT project)

11. ACEN WA

  • Volunteering to Learn: Enhancing Learning in the Student Volunteering Experience in Australian Universities

  • Speech Pathology Simulation with avatar Jim

  • The Big Idea

12. Debriefing in Experience Based Learning (EBL)

13. 5th Practice-Based Education Summit - Call for abstracts

14. 2015 HERDSA Conference- Call for abstracts

15. Getting graduates into labour market - A Canadian view

16. 19th WACE Conference - Call for abstracts

17. WACE Research Grant

1. President's Report

The 2014 ACEN conference was a fantastic success with a diverse and rich program providing plenty of opportunities for dialogue and networking. Our thanks to Michael Whelan (Chair of the Organising Committee) and Keri Moore (Chair Conference program) and all members of the Organising Committee for their hard work. The proceedings and photo highlights are available via this newsletter. We are currently surveying members to get input for planning for the 2016 conference so make sure you complete the survey and give us your views.

An outcome of the first ACEN research symposium in 2010 was ACEN's advocacy to the then ALTC to focus on key WIL research priories including assessing the impact of WIL on student work-readiness. The outcome was funding by the OLT for a project which has just released its report 'The impact of work integrated learning on student work-readiness' (Authors: Sonia Ferns, Calvin Smith, Leoni Russell; Lead Institution: Griffith University). This project is first national study into the impact of WIL and provides us with invaluable evidence of WIL's impact on work-readiness as well as informing how we design, deliver and evaluate WIL. I would encourage you to read and disseminate the findings of this important report in your universities.

Another important report has also just been released Engaging employers in Work Integrated Learning- Current State and Future Priorities from the Department of Industry, that provides a national view of the barriers and enablers to industry participation in WIL across all sectors again providing more value able information to enhance our programs.

There is so much happening so please ensure you share this newsletter with your colleagues and encourage them to register as ACEN members so they can receive it directly.

Judie Kay, President, ACEN

2. 2014 ACEN Conference - a whopping success!

Dr. Sampan Silapanad, Co-Chairman, WACE and Vice President of Western Digital videoProceedings

You can download the full set of presentations or individual papers, showcases or roundtables.

At the last minute keynote speaker Dr. Sampan Silapanad, Co-Chairman, WACE and Vice President of Western Digital was unable to attend but he provided a video address.

 

Dinner and yes, there was dancing - and photobooth

At the dinner many people took a turn in the photo booth to express themselves!

Were you there?

Who do you recognise?

View booth highlights

Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education special conference issue

APJCE logoThe special conference issue of APJCE on assessment is now online.

Volume 15 (2014) Issue 3

Special ACEN Conference Issue: Critical assessment issues in work-integrated learning

2014 Conference in pictures

Above collages by Kylie Twyford, University of Newcastle

ACEN Research Symposium and National Conference 2014 - a digital story

ACEN Conf digital storyThis digital story captures the experience of participating in the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) Research Symposium hosted by QUT and Griffith University in Brisbane, and ACEN National Conference at Coolangatta, Queensland, from 29 September to 3 October, 2014. The digital story highlights some of the activities that occur during an ACEN symposium and conference and the camaraderie that typifies those in the work integrated learning (WIL) space.

Thanks to Kylie Twyford, University of Newcastle

2014 Conference

Pics above courtesy of Ceri Macleod

2016 calendar3. Looking to 2016 Conference

You've given feedback about the current conference, now take a few moments to share you ideas and help guide us on the format and content of the 2016 conference.

Already we're formulating ideas and plans - have your say.

Complete the survey

4. ACEN Board elections 2014-15

The following people were elected at the 2014 AGM

Judie Kay, Assistant Director, Careers & Employment, RMIT University*

Judith Smith, Associate Director, Academic – Real World Learning, Learning and Teaching Unit, Queensland University of Technology*

Dr Michael Whelan, Head of School, Environment, Science and Engineering, Southern Cross University*

Dr Annabelle Willox, Director, UQ Advantage Office, The University of Queensland

John McPhee, Director, Professional Placements, Swinburne University of Technology

*re-elected, had served on the Board in 2013-14

Read the President’s report as presented at the AGM.

Chapter representatives continue until 2015. They are 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.

5. Assessing the impact of WIL on student work-readiness

An OLT funded project

The overarching aim of this research was to provide an evidence base for judging the impact of WIL on graduates' readiness to commence work and guide university leaders in best practice and curricula investment. Fourteen universities have been involved in the project, providing coverage of a wide range of disciplines and different types of WIL.  Data have been collected from students, graduates and employers thereby providing triangulated data sets from multiple stakeholders.

Assessing the impact of WIL on student work-readiness was a national research project funded by the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) and endorsed by The Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN).

Final report

For inquiries contact Sonia Ferns at s.ferns@curtin.edu.au

6. Engaging employers in Work Integrated Learning- Current State and Future Priorities

This report funded, by the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, examines the benefits, barriers and enablers to employers providing work integrated learning (WIL) opportunities for university students.

Phillips KPA surveyed 4500 Australian businesses to investigate: the extent that employers participate in WIL; industries or professions in which WIL is common; the benefits, barriers and enablers to employers undertaking WIL; and the extent to which employers value WIL experiences.

Download the report

7. Curate, Credential and Carry Forward Digital Learning Evidence: National Forum

November 13, 2014, Deakin University, Burwood campus

Mozilla's Open Badges project has opened up a new way of recognising skills and learning through an open, stackable framework and provided an opportunity to recognise more detailed aspects of learning. For example, whereas achievement of learning may be somewhat invisible in collated marks and grades, open badges enable the warranting of capabilities including those that are difficult to measure (such as team work and intercultural competence). Badging skills, experiences and knowledge can supplement or even replace traditional assessment signals such as marks and grades. Open badges can also enable a more social approach to assessment: badges can be issued or endorsed by designated stakeholders – peers, mentors, industry, associations – both within and outside of an institution and build the learner's ability to judge their own and others' performance.

More and register (Word)

8. Innovative pedagogies for developing business graduate capabilities

Business Graduate Capabilities Forum

Sydney (10 November), Melbourne (11 November) and Brisbane (3 December)

You're invited to a half-day forum showcasing three projects that have examined innovative pedagogies for developing business graduate capabilities. Presentations will include:

The forum offers a unique opportunity to network with peers, hear the latest thinking and gain insight into the role of pedagogy in the future of business education.

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9. Developing graduate employability through partnerships

OLT National Forum

Thursday, 27 November 2014, RMIT Melbourne

The emerging results from the OLT projects on graduate employability will be presented as well as views of graduates, industry leaders and academia. There will be a Round Table session where different employability themes will be work-shopped on each table. The focus will be on curriculum development and strategies to encourage students to take up opportunities.

More details (PDF)

Register  here or email Sheila.thomas@rmit.edu.au by 20 November 2014 for catering purposes. Places are limited so book early.

10. ACEN (Vic/Tas)

 WIL leadership logoWIL Leadership framework (part of an OLT project)

November, 19, 2014 - 2-4:30pm

RMIT University, Swanston Academic Building 80, level 3 room 001 Map

WIL practitioners supporting WIL programs, academics delivering WIL programs, placement coordinators and those who hope to in the future as well as leaders in WIL will find this workshop beneficial.

WIL Leadership website

Contact Leoni Russell leoni.russell@rmit.edu.au for more details and/or to register.

11. ACEN WA

Volunteering to Learn: Enhancing Learning in the Student Volunteering Experience in Australian Universities

Thursday 6th November 2014 9.30am to 12pm

Building 105: Room 107, Curtin University, Kent St, Bentley

This OLT funded research focuses on identifying various forms of volunteering taking place in Australian universities and the learning associated with these volunteering activities. Several draft good practice guides have been developed from the project data. This workshop will present initial project findings then workshop participants will review the draft good practice guides to enhance their fine tuning. Student volunteers, university representatives, program managers, and host organisation representatives' feedback will be appreciated.

RSVP to l.lilly@curtin.edu.au Enquiries Dr. Rowena Scott (Rowena.scott@curtin.edu.au or 9266 7536)

More details (PDF)

Speech Pathology Simulation with avatar Jim

A new clinical placement for speech pathology students was introduced at Curtin this year. Students were randomly allocated to an interaction with either a patient in a nursing home, an elderly actor in a simulation centre, or an avatar in a virtual learning environment. The avatar created by Dr Janet Beilby and named the Empathy Simulator, is a computerised, retired, elderly farmer with mild dementia.

The aim of the placement was to build skills in interacting with the elderly thereby improving learning outcomes on final year placements. This alternative to placement allowed students to partake in an additional WIL experience, while enabling the collection of data on the most effective method for achieving the placement goals, and guide decision making for future years. The students engaged in conversational interactions with their allocated communication partner, where the focus was on communication and rapport building.

The study investigated whether students' self-ratings of skill, knowledge, confidence and empathy improved following these aged care communication experiences and which experience provided the most significant improvement.

Dr Beilby won the Innovation in Education Prize in the Curtin Commercial Innovation Awards for 2014 for the Empathy Simulator.

The Big Idea

Curtin students participated in the Big Idea Competition and presented their social enterprise solutions to a panel of business leaders on the 15th October 2014. The Big Idea is a national social enterprise planning competition coordinated by the Big Issue, Australia's longest standing and most significant social enterprise.

Students pitched business innovations aimed to tackle major social issues such as food security homelessness and unemployment using ethical and financially sustainable business models. Ideas were assessed by a panel of expert consisting of Danya Sterling (Manager Education Enterprise, The Big Issue); Associate Professor Linley Lord (Academic Director, Curtin Leadership Centre); Nicolle Jenkins (Managing Director, The Hub Marketing Communications); and Lena Constantine (Manager Workforce Development Services, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia).

Overall, the judges were impressed with the quality of the submitted proposals, the enthusiasm shown by students and the collaborative teamwork. The students' presentations were professional and engaging. The judges were also encouraged by students' willingness to pro-actively seek feedback and improve ideas. Thanks to all judges for taking time out from their busy schedule and being a part of this event. Thanks also to the industry mentors: Tanya Forsyth, Stuart Scott, Lenor Ragan and Philip Kirchlechner for guiding the students throughout the competition and providing them with an invaluable learning experience beyond their academic efforts.

12. Debriefing in Experience Based Learning (EBL)

University staff and host/workplace are invited to participate in the study into approaches to debriefing in EBL and its role in facilitating flashpoints in learning, as well as identifying how academics can collaborate more effectively with host/workplace supervisors. A secondary aim of this research is to compare the effectiveness of phone vs. face-to-face interviewing.

The Learning and Teaching Centre at Macquarie University is conducting the study to explore the potential for debriefing to promote learning flashpoints (moments of realisation) in Experience Based Learning (EBL) and its manifestatons - PACE, LTO, WIL and so on.

More (PDF)

13. 5th Practice-Based Education Summit - Call for abstracts

'Professionalism and citizenship: Possibilities for professional education’

15-16 April 2015, Sydney Olympic Park

Call for Abstracts: Proposals due 5 December 2014

Questions for debates include:

The conference will showcase novel and thought provoking professional and practice-based education research from across the world and Australia in a two-day schedule of presentations, symposia and interactive sessions.

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14. 2015 HERDSA Conference

HERDSA 2015'Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World'

Abstracts are due on the November 5, 2014 with full papers due on the 15th of Feb, 2015.

Remember, early bird registration is April 17, 2015.

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15. Getting graduates into labour market

A Canadian view

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) has released a new report entitled 'A Battle We Can’t Afford to Lose: Getting Young Canadians from Education to Employment.' The report considers 3 factors that it says affect young Canadians' ability to join the labour market: labour market information, career decision-making, and work-integrated learning.

The CCC calls on governments, education providers, and businesses to collaborate in order to mitigate skills mismatching and to help students transition from education to employment, and identifies the development of basic skills — including literacy, numeracy, technological literacy, and problem solving — as a priority issue. The report emphasizes the value of 'soft' skills, including relationship-building skills and communication skills, as being particularly important for entry-level positions; moreover, it highlights the importance of strong labour market information to help guide career decision-making, curricula design, recruitment strategies, and education policy-making. The CCC also emphasizes the value of work-integrated learning, and suggests that it is underused by university students.

CCC Blog | Full Report (PDF)

WACE 19th conference16. 19th WACE Conference

Call for abstracts

August 18 - 21, 2015 Kyoto Sangyo University, Kyoto, Japan 

The 19th World Conference promises to be a robust mixture of best practices in CWIE as well as cutting edge research in the field. Building upon the success of previous World Conferences, the Organizing Committee seeks to expand the participation of the global CWIE network by offering more opportunities to attend and present.

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WACE logo17. WACE Research Grant

Developed by the WACE International Research Group Executive

Value and duration

$15,000 over two years (Inaugural grant sponsored by WACE)

A research grant will be awarded to a researcher or a research team for a single research project. The project must be completed within two years of receiving the notification of the award. To encourage completion of the project and dissemination of the results, the grant will be dispersed in two installments - 75% of the grant dispersed immediately and the final 25% will be dispersed when a final report (not the final paper) is submitted to the IRG and a proposal accepted for presentation at a WACE conference or symposium.

Proposal deadline

November 1, 2014 Decisions announced: February 1, 2015

Further details and criteria (PDF)