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In this issue

1. TEQSA Guidance Note for WIL released

2. 10 WIL risks and what you can do about them • ACEN SA/NT • October 27

3. 'Service Learning and WIL' • Vic/Tas ACEN• October 18, 2017

Session 1 – Service Learning and WIL: Transforming Student Experience

Session 2  What if WIL could achieve more than just improve employability and discipline knowledge?

4. 'Collaborative research incubator: Developing cross-institutional WIL research and evaluation projects' • NSW/ACT • ACEN November 8, 2017

Expressions of Interest – Call for research topics for the next forum

5. ACEN webinars             

'Transforming practice: Innovative models for WIL' • October 9, 2017 •

'What lawyers know about legal risks in WIL' • October 24, 2017

'Employ your abilities! Rethinking and enabling employability development within curriculum…' • 14 November, 2017

Webinar recording – Sustainable WIL Programs in Science • August 31

6. Chapter elections are in progress

ACEN Board representative

7. In The News

Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability

Update from Canada on the 73 Million investment in WIL 

The UK is rethinking university degrees and Australia should too

New publication 'Work-Integrated Learning in the 21st Century: Global Perspectives on the Future'

8. Date Claimer: ACEN 2018 National Conference WIL: Creating Connections – Building Futures

Pre-conference events on October 3 2018

Registration will open in late September 2017

9. Are you involved in an Innovative WIL Model?

10. 2017 NAGCAS Conference

11. Do Student-led Interprofessional WIL Placements Enhance Graduate Attributes?

12. Disney visit Edith Cowan University

1. TEQSA Guidance Note for WIL released

TEQSAThe TEQSA guidance note for Work Integrated Learning has just been recently released. This note focuses on arrangements where students learning is undertaken in a workplace outside the higher education provider within the context of the Higher Education Standards Framework . The focus of the guidance note is on ensuring quality assurance and an educationally sound experience. The note articulates typical risks that could impact on work integrated learning. It outlines the Higher Education Standards and the evidence that TEQSA may require from institutions. ACEN members should familiarise themselves with the note and utilise it in relation to development and implementation of WIL processes in their context. 

A2. 10 WIL risks and what you can do about them- ACEN SA/NT

WIL risksACEN SA/NT • Friday October 27th • Flinders University • WIL is a risky business for universities. It is a strategic risk worthy of pursuing because it can achieve university goals with respect to research, teaching and learning and service. However, these goals cannot be achieved without the university managing legal and operational risks that may have serious financial and reputational consequences for the university.

3. ‘Service Learning and WIL’ • Vic/Tas ACEN• October 18, 2017

Service LearningA double header – two different campuses

Session 1 – Service Learning and WIL: Transforming Student Experience

La Trobe University 360 Collins St City Campus,  Melbourne • 9.30am – 12.00pm

Goethe University, Frankfurt – Miriam Hansen, Sabine Fabriz, Julia Boser

Griffith University – Carol-Joy Patrick

La Trobe University  – Ruth Delagas

Session 2  What if WIL could achieve more than just improve employability and discipline knowledge?

The University of Melbourne, Faculty of Arts, Old Arts • 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Griffith University  – Carol-Joy Patrick

4. 'Collaborative research incubator: Developing cross-institutional WIL research and evaluation projects' • NSW/ACT • ACEN November 8, 2017

Collaborative researchExpressions of Interest – Call for research topics for the next forum

Wednesday, 8 November, 2017

UTS, Design/Architecture building, Sydney

The primary focus will be to foster research collaboration across and between Higher Education Institutions, as well as supporting and enabling like-minded people to come together to explore research and evaluation topics under the guidance of experienced facilitators.

You don't need to be an ACEN member or an experienced researcher to participate. All are welcome - including those new to research and evaluation, academic or professional staff.

There is also room at this forum for those who have already started projects or are well underway with planning to invite partners for collaboration.

If you have a research project you'd like to propose, discuss or develop, please complete this expression of interest: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NJWWF86

EOIs are due by Friday 6 October 2017. Organisers will stream participants into themes and will confirm your attendance prior to the day.

In addition, to register your attendance at the forum click here: http://acennswact.weebly.com/

If you would like to know more before you submit an EOI or register for this forum please contact:

Dr Barbara Walsh, University of Canberra, E: barbara.walsh@canberra.edu.au or T: + 61 2 6201 2648 or M: 0409 985 600.

5. ACEN webinars             

WIL Innovation'Transforming practice: Innovative models for WIL' • October 9, 2017 •

The contemporary and emerging environment facing Australian and global enterprises is characterised by the arrival of disruptive technologies and global economic transformation with innovation as an economic driver. In this rapidly changing landscape graduates need to be highly adaptable, resilient and prepared to gain and create their own employment opportunities over their careers. Research shows that work integrated learning (WIL) can have a positive impact on enhancing student work readiness (Smith et al, 2014) and demand is rapidly increasing for innovative models of WIL that align with the contemporary work environment and meet student needs by preparing them for this changing world of work.

Lawyers and legal risk'What lawyers know about legal risks in WIL' • October 24, 2017

This webinar will present the results of a case study of Australian university lawyers. The study reveals a series of program and contract risks in WIL programs that have not previously been explored in the literature. The findings will be used as a basis for discussion about WIL practitioner experiences with these legal risks, and with university lawyers.

Employability and WIL'Employ your abilities! Rethinking and enabling employability development within curriculum…' • 14 November, 2017

Employability development involves the cognitive and social development of learners as individuals, professionals and social citizens. This webinar focuses on how to embed this development within existing curriculum, sharing research-enabled tools and resources that help scaffold employability learning including that gained within WIL experiences.

WIL in ScienceWebinar recording – Sustainable WIL Programs in Science • August 31

Presented by Prof Elizabeth Johnson, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Teaching and Learning at Deakin University and is the Director of the Teaching and Learning Centre of the Australian Council of Deans of Science.

6. Chapter elections are in progress

All chapter committee positions become vacant and members are invited to nominate for one of several positions available.

Actual positions and roles vary a little between chapters but all need an enthusiastic Chair, Deputy Chair and Secretary and a number of general members.

ACEN Board representative

Some Chapters will also need to select a person from their committee to represent their chapter on the National ACEN Board. If you are considering that role you should read the following documents carefully.

In addition to Chapter choosing their Board represenataive, there will be an election later in the year for ACEN Board representative selected by the national membership.

7. In The News

Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability

The Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability is a scholarly forum for the dissemination of research and evidence-based practice in teaching and learning for graduate employability.

The focus of the Journal includes:

Update from Canada on the 73 Million investment in WIL 

A new Canadian program aims to help post-secondary students make the jump from school to a career through paid co-op placements.

The UK is rethinking university degrees and Australia should too

The Conversation: Stephen Parker, Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra and then Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Monash University.

There are growing calls for a debate about the role of post-school in society, both in Australia and overseas.

As a society, we do need to tackle the question of whether a higher education system devised 30 years ago, onto which uncapped student places have been glued, is still fit for purpose. Times have changed and education systems must surely move with them.

New publication 'Work-Integrated Learning in the 21st Century: Global Perspectives on the Future'

Tracey Bowen, University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada and Maureen Drysdale, St. Jerome's University/University of Waterloo, Canada

This book explores new questions about the state of work for new university and college graduates in the context of Work-Integrated Learning (WIL). As these 'Millennials' graduate, they are entering a precarious labour market that is filled with ambiguity and uncertainty, creating a great deal of anxiety for those trying to develop skills for highly competitive jobs or jobs that do not yet exist. In their pursuit of skill acquisition, many are participating in WIL programs (e.g., cooperative education, internships) which allow them to gain practical experience while pursuing their education.

ACEN 2018 conference strip8. Date Claimer: ACEN 2018 National Conference WIL: Creating Connections – Building Futures

When? 3-5 October 2018 Where? Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre

Why? 'The diverse range of presentations that were relevant and helpful'… 'loved that it was a mix of professional and academic staff'… 'I hope to attend another ACEN conference - was a great experience!' (2016 participant feedback)

How can I get involved? Sponsors are currently sought. Please contact Dino Willox d.willox@uq.edu.au  

Pre-conference events on October 3 2018

ACEN National WIL Research Symposium - No cost (participation via Expression of Interest – available late Sept 2018)
Pre- conference workshops - $220.00 per workshop

Registration will open in late September 2017

Conference Registration Type

Booking Dates

Cost ($)

Super Early Bird (Members)

October 2017 - 31 Jan 2018

795

Super Early Bird (Non-Members)

October 2017 - 31 Jan 2018

945

Early Bird (Members)

1 Feb- 15 June 2018

845

Early Bird (Non-Members)

1 Feb- 15 June 2018

995

Full Registration (Members)

30 September 2018

895

Full Registration (Non-Members)

30 September 2018

1045

All the above conference registration options cover:

ACEN Members include any staff from ACEN member institutions.

9. Are you involved in an Innovative WIL Model?

Does your WIL model involve micro placements? Incubators or start-ups? Is it done mostly online or is it event based ? Are you industry partners mainly SME's? Are you including features such as students from multiple disciplines, co-designing the activity with industry or working through brokers?

A project funded through the ATN universities is currently underway to identify and showcase emerging innovative WIL models, their features and develop resources to support these models. The project team includes RMIT, QUT and Curtin universities in partnership with the Australian Industry group and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The outcomes, snapshots of models and resources will be available through the ACEN website.

If you would like to share your insights or contribute to the project please contact us through http://acen.edu.au/innovative-WIL-models/ or contact Judie.kay@rmit.edu.au

10. 2017 NAGCAS Conference

NAGCAS conferenceThe 2017 NAGCAS Conference will focus on the importance of having an evidence-base practice, to maximise employability in an ever-changing world. Keynote speakers will focus on the importance of professionalisation, reporting outcomes, maintaining relationships, research and the status quo.

Nov 28-30, 2017

It's an opportunity to network with careers service professionals from the tertiary sector, and spend a week in Sydney! The infamous Conference dinner will be overlooking the beautiful Darling Harbour, and this year's theme is…HEROES!

11. Do Student-led Interprofessional WIL Placements Enhance Graduate Attributes?

Update on an ACEN Research Grant

Dr Margo Brewer and Dr Helen Flavell

Health has been leading interdisciplinary, team-based fieldwork due to global pressures to produce health professionals with the capacity to work in collaborative teams to improve client outcomes.

In the health context, ‘interprofessional practice’ is the terminology used to describe this mode of teamwork which focuses on client needs and demonstrates the capabilities and skills required to improve efficiencies and communication between professions to reduce adverse events.

12. Disney visit Edith Cowan University

The bi-annual visit from Disney Florida took place on 11th September 2017 at Edith Cowan University in Perth. The Disney team recruited the January 2018 intake of interns for the six month Cultural Exchange Program and promoted to students considering the program in the future. Students were presented with information, including the different roles available, accommodation and payment details and educational courses available throughout the learning experience. A number of past Disney interns from ECU also gave an overview of their experiences and their passion and enthusiasm for the experience shone through. The visit was very successful with an unprecedented number of interviews following the information session.