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October 2019 news





In this issue

1 From the President

2. Election of ACEN National Directors reminder

3. Chapter elections and Directors

4. ACEN 2020 conference - call for abstracts

5. WIL Research Conversations

6. Service Learning Summit

7. Workshops on Virtual WIL in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth

8. Lecturer in Work Integrated Learning - Swinburne

9. Global WIL – online international professional development

10. Online health literacy with Lab Tests Online

11. WACE Call for paper and poster abstracts

12. HERDSA 2020 Conference

13. Greater success for graduates would boost economy by $3.1 billion

14. ACEN is on Twitter and LinkedIn!

1. From the President

Sonia Ferns ACEN PresidentACEN is preparing for a very important process in 2019 as we embark on elections for both state and national ACEN representatives. State Chapters form the basis of the ACEN body being the ‘engine’ for where much of the activity occurs and core to the interface with the broader ACEN community and external stakeholders. While nominations for most state chapter elections are now closed, I urge you to consider becoming actively involved in your state chapter in the future. Active participation in state chapters provides opportunities for expanding networks, showcasing WIL initiatives, and developing leadership skills in the WIL space.

Nominations for Directors to the ACEN Board are open until 18th October. While a position on the ACEN Board as a National Director carries with it substantial responsibility and workload, it is a great opportunity to influence the initiatives and strategies for expanding WIL in Australia under the auspices of a high profile organisation that has significant influence across Australia. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the role of ACEN National Directors, please contact me at s.ferns@curtin.edu.au.

The ACEN Board is holding its final face to face meeting for 2019 on 21st and 22nd October in Brisbane. The Board will review and reflect on progress achieved in 2019 and discuss strategic directions for 2020 with the intention of preparing a roadmap of activities for the incoming Board. A report on achievements in 2019 will be provided to the ACEN community at the AGM on November 20th.

Registrations and submissions are now open for the 2020 ACEN conference. The overarching theme of Beyond 2020: Creating the future with WIL and a diverse range of sub-themes which underpin the main theme, provide extensive scope for planning your submission and presentation/workshop at the conference.  I urge you all to start planning your involvement with the ACEN Conference and enjoy the networking and social opportunities it provides.

As the end of 2019 rapidly approaches and both students and staff face the demands characteristic of the end of semester, I hope everyone manages the associated stresses and balances workload with down time. I have recently returned from an enlightening 3 weeks in Croatia and Montenegro to students who are frantically finalising assessments for their studies and in need of lots of pastoral care. Holiday over and almost forgotten!

Sonia Ferns, President, ACEN

2. Election of ACEN National Directors reminder

Voting handsThis process is separate and additional to the appointment of a Director by each chapter.

Nominations are called for up to FOUR eligible members to be elected as Directors to the ACEN Board.

Elections for the above positions will be held prior to Annual General Meeting to be held on 2.30 PM AEDT, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019

To be eligible for election to the above positions members must be registered on the Members Register, prior to date of the general meeting, and to have their nomination supported by two other Members who are eligible to vote.

Nominations must be received by the Secretary at admin@acen.edu.au not later than 5.00pm AEDT, FRIDAY October 18*, 2019 (*corrected date).

Details and nomination form

3. Chapter elections and Directors

There are separate chapter elections where each chapter elects a chapter executive and a committee who then appoint a chapter member to the National Board.

Qld chapter meeting has been held

NSW/ACT chapter election and nomination form Oct 23

Vic/Tas chapter meeting has been held

SA/NT chapter meeting Oct 17

WA chapter meeting Oct 16

4. ACEN 2020 conference - call for abstracts

AVCEN 2020 conference

Super early bird registration now open

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

See fees and register now

Submit papers and abstracts now

The 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:

Full submission details

5. 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.

Assessment and WIL Friday, 25th October 12pm – 1pm (AEDT)

In October we have invited Associate Professor Rola Ajjawi and Dr Joanna Tai from CRADLE at Deakin University to discuss the challenges of designing authentic assessment in WIL and invite us to consider applications to our own practice.

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

6. Service Learning Summit

Service-learnng SummitIf you haven’t already registered for the summit, there is still time, although abstract submissions are now closed. We have an amazing range of abstracts offered for our innovative program.

Come to find out more about how to start a service-learning project, hear tips and ideas from experts in the field, dig into the research, and importantly, engage with several workshops which outline the transformative effects on students and the community through service-learning.

For further information please contact: r.mcgregor@griffith.edu.au

Registrations now open $585.

More details, keynote and sessions

7. Workshops on Virtual WIL in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth

cog wheelsWorkshops for the OLT Virtual (Non-Placement)

Work Integrated Learning project will be held in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth.

The four-year project developed, implemented, and tested modules to support non-placement WIL for engineering students.

Recommendations on implementing non-placement WIL in curricula will be discussed including identifying opportunities for incorporating engagement with practice, embedding aligned VWIL activities, reflection, and assessment, and recruiting industry professionals.


8. Lecturer in Work Integrated Learning - Swinburne

Working closely with other areas of the University and Faculties, this position will play a key role in enhancing the employability of our students. As the Lecturer in Work Integrated Learning (WIL), you will be responsible for designing, delivering and managing a comprehensive program of academic units, including professional placements and internships.

Applications close October 31

More details

9. Global WIL – online international professional development

Global WILModules offered for 2020

Dimensions of Quality for Work-Integrated Learning

Provides practitioners with the opportunity to 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. Considers quality from the perspective of the student, educator, employer/host organisation, educator, institution and government.

Learning and Assessment in Work-Integrated Learning

Designing an assessment profile to evidence authentic learning including consideration of the nature of learning, WIL pedagogy, the purpose of assessment, challenges of implementing authentic assessment in the context of curriculum design.

Global Perspectives in Work-Integrated Learning

Provides practitioners the opportunity to enhance their 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 practitioners with the opportunity to further their understanding of the importance of industry and community engagement for WIL and of strategies to enhance this engagement. Challenges and opportunities for industry and community engagement are considered.

Full details

10. Online health literacy with Lab Tests Online

Online health literacy

A group of enterprising students from Curtin University are currently participating in an inter-disciplinary project for Lab Tests Online. The Work Integrated Learning project facilitates Lab Tests Online Australasia’s mission of health-literacy while providing a collaborative interdisciplinary, industry-focused learning experience for Curtin students.

The benefits of the project are not only for health consumers and professionals, and industry, but also the students and coordinators from Curtin University. The project was made possible through funding provided by the Australian Technology Network (ATN). Curtin's motivated and engaged industry partners and amazing students have ensured successful outcomes for all stakeholders.

Full details

11. WACE Call for paper and poster abstracts

WACE International ResearchWACE, the University of Limerick and the WACE International Research Community (IRC) are excited to announce the Call for Abstracts for the Fourth International Research Symposium to be held on June 6-10, 2020 in Limerick, Ireland.

Hosted by Dr. Patrice Twomey, WACE Board of Director, and the University of Limerick, the Symposium will look to feature and showcase ongoing and new research in the CWIE community. Building upon the solid foundation of the previous three International Research Symposia, the Symposium International Advisory Committee seeks abstracts on a broad range of research topics and subjects.

The Committee is particularly interested in new and developing CWIE research for both Refereed Research Papers and Academic Posters from established researchers, emerging researchers, and program professionals who wish to explore and more fully develop research topics. The intended audience for the IRS is faculty, academic administrators and program managers.

More details

12. 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

13. Greater success for graduates would boost economy by $3.1 billion

Improving graduation rates and employment outcomes for university students would boost Australia's economic productivity by $3.1 billion a year.

The findings in a new report commissioned by the Morrison government will be discussed by vice-chancellors and chief executives on Monday, with Education Minister Dan Tehan convening the meeting under a push to boost the number of "job ready" graduates to meet workforce needs.

See article in The Age

14. 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.