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1. 'WIL 2020: Pushing The Boundaries' • 2016 ACEN conference

2. ACEN webinar 'Enhancing Inclusive WIL: Implications for Stakeholders'

3. ACEN AGM Advance notice

4. ACEN State Chapter elections

5. When students do WIL in remote locations

6. ACEN Webinar 'Work Placements for International Students'

7. Faculty Academic Director of PACE, FBE • Macquarie University position

8. 'Mind The Gap: Engaging employers to secure the future of STEM in higher education'

9. Technology-enabled WIL workshop ACEN Vic/Tas

10. Exploring Work Integrated Learning (WIL) ACEN WA Research Symposium

11. 'To give is to receive: true service-learning' conference

12. Disney comes to Curtin

13. Shanghai Education

14. The ACEN WA Chapter AGM

15. The African Journal for Work-Based Learning seek help

1. 'WIL 2020: Pushing The Boundaries' • 2016 ACEN conference

Call for Volunteers

Plans are firming up for the next ACEN Conference in September 2016. The committee is currently seeking enthusiastic volunteers to assist with the myriad tasks needed to make a great conference. There are six subcommittees who need some creative and eager people to make this conference an unforgettable experience. These are:

We particularly need help with the program and sponsorship subcommittees, but would be happy with assistance in any of the areas. We will need reviewers for the conference papers in the near future.

So, don't miss out! If you want to be part of this extravaganza, please contact Theresa as soon as possible as the planning is now in full swing. (theresa.winchesterseeto@mq.edu.au; 02 9859 9674)

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers will go out by the end of the month. Keep an eye on the website and emails for detailed information.

Make sure you get future info

Register your interest

2. ACEN webinar 'Enhancing Inclusive WIL: Implications for Stakeholders'

access-part-equity-logoWednesday 28 October 2015 • Final Webinar in the Diversity in WIL Series

The presenters will discuss the implications of the Principles and Guidelines for Inclusive WIL, one of the key deliverables of the project, and how it impacts on their organisations and implementation of WIL.



Advance notice

The ACEN AGM will be held by teleconference on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 2.30pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time).

More details to come in the formal meeting notice.

Agenda includes

Proxies will be available.

4. ACEN State Chapter elections

handsChapter elections have now been completed and we welcome new people to the chapter committees.

See details of your chapter

5. When students do WIL in remote locations

The 2015 ACEN Student Scholarships provided financial support for students undertaking a WIL placement in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their university studies. One of the conditions of the scholarships was to provide a reflection of the WIL experience. Here are some of the reflections.

Medicine in Dalby

Social work in a remote Indigenous community

Teaching on Elcho Island

Exercise Physiologist in a rural practice

Social work in a remote community

6. ACEN Webinar 'Work Placements for International Students'

View the webinar recording

The Work Placements for International Student Programs (WISP) project is an OLT funded project that aims to improve workplace experiences for international students across a range of disciplines including Business, Education, Engineering and Health.

More about the webinar and assistance

7. Faculty Academic Director of PACE, FBE • Macquarie University

The Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) Office within Macquarie University is seeking a highly motivated and engaged academic team player to lead the next stage of integration of PACE into the learning, teaching and research culture of the Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) within the University. The Academic Director of PACE will be based in FBE, reporting to the Faculty's Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching. The role will be offered either as a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer, depending on experience and track record.

More and search under the job title or job number 496191.

Applications close on Wednesday, 28 October 2015.

8. 'Mind The Gap: Engaging employers to secure the future of STEM in higher education'

UK Report from the University Alliance

Employer engagement in higher education provision typically falls within four categories: 

  1. ensuring that the information, advice and guidance students are given about the knowledge and skills they will need to enter particular industries and professions is accurate and current;
  2. facilitating and supporting work placements and internships to provide students with valuable work experience; 
  3. developing curricula, pedagogy, learning materials and learning-related research projects; and
  4. developing bespoke learning and teaching facilities aimed at providing students with the specialist skills

Full report

9. Technology-enabled WIL workshop


The ACEN VIC/TAS Committee invites you to learn from and share experiences about technology and WIL.

This session will showcase a range of examples where technology is used to support both the operational and pedagogical aspects of WIL. The interactive workshop will enable participants to discuss which types of technology best enhance the different stages and types of WIL.

Date: Thursday 12 November

Time: 10-11.30am

Where: RMIT City Campus, 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne, 80, Level 6, Room 5

Morning tea provided

RSVP: Leoni.russell@rmit.edu.au by 4 November 2015 with any specific dietary requirements.

10. ACEN WA Research Symposium - Exploring Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

This symposium being held on November 5th, aims to bring together interested people to to develop research questions and outcomes that will form a basis for a set of research proposals. The focus of the proposals will be quality assurance of WIL, non-placement WIL, SME's engagement in WIL and roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders. The symposium intends to engage researchers in groups with the aim of developing full research proposals and exploring funding options for their given topic.

Date: Thursday 5 Nov 2015

Time: 9.30am – 1.30pm (Morning tea and lunch included)

Venue: CCIWA, 180 Hay Street, East Perth

RSVP: Register for the ACEN Research Symposium.

Enquiries: Jo Connaughton joanne.connaughton@nd.edu.au or 08 94330186.

11. 'To give is to receive: true service-learning' conference

27-28 November 2015

The conference aims to showcase student service-learning projects and will focus on how these experiences have impacted on the students' personal development and perhaps the lives of others. You will also find out about the latest research and logistics of organising service-learning programs. 

Combined with opportunities to network with fellow educators and share your experiences, we can work together to build school cultures of service learning.

Special guests 'How Ridiculous' on overcoming child poverty.

 Register now: nd.edu.au/slc2015 

More information Dr Glenda Cain E: glenda.cain@nd.edu.au P: 08 9433 0174 or Associate Professor Shane Lavery E: shane.lavery@nd.edu.au P: 08 9433 0173

12. Disney comes to Curtin

The Happiest Place on Earth was transported to Curtin University campus on Monday 24 August, with Walt Disney Resort International Recruiters, Jill Jacobsen and Scott Barczak, presenting the Disney Australia New Zealand Exchange Program.

Jill explains 'Walt Disney World Resort recruits students to gain international work experience and learn from one of the top leaders in the entertainment and hospitality industries. Australian students are excellent candidates because their positive energy and outgoing personalities really stand out to our guests and help create memories that last a lifetime. The training they receive is world-class, and skills they develop like communication, teamwork, multi-tasking and time management transfer to any future career.'

More Disney International Programs.

13. Shanghai Education

Secondary Education students Jane Ferguson (left) and Kaitlyn Goddard (right) won New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants to complete four week internships at the Gold Apple Bilingual School in Shanghai, China. Both students are excited at the prospect of being immersed in Chinese culture and teaching students largely from non-English speaking backgrounds. Jane says, 'I will not only gain experience teaching internationally, but I will also be able to bring that knowledge back to Australia and be confident teaching a new multicultural generation.' Kaitlyn is keen to 'see how teaching and learning styles differ in a Chinese school.'

14. The ACEN WA Chapter AGM

The ACEN WA Chapter AGM and elections were held on 16th September. We wish to acknowledge the commitment, dedication and enthusiasm of outgoing State Chair Sonia Ferns. Her contribution to ACEN WA has been outstanding. Fortunately for ACEN Sonia maintains the role of WA representative to the national Board ensuring her valuable knowledge and enthusiasm will still be present.

The 2015/2016 committee is comprised of Chair – Joanne Connaughton, Secretary – Denise Jackson, Treasurer – Paul Lowndes, General Members – Sonia Ferns, Susan Edgar, David Rowbottom, Heather Pate and Denise McLaren.

15. The African Journal for Work-Based Learning seek help

The Journal is looking for people with good research background in WIL and must have experience in the peer review of articles. The commitment will be to help with the  peer review of at least 4 articles per year and to contribute to strategic themes and focus areas for future editions. 

Interested? Tell ACEN.