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September 2019 news





In this issue

1. From the President

2. ACEN Special general meeting

3. ACEN elections

4. ACEN Research Conversations - online

5. ACEN chapter events

6. 2020 ACEN Conference • call for papers to open early October

7. Service-learning Summit - call for abstracts

8. Global WIL professional development

9. HERDSA 2020 Conference

10. ACEN is on Twitter and LinkedIn!

1. From the President

Sonia Ferns ACEN PresidentThe months of September and October are shaping up to be very busy for the ACEN Board and the broader membership. Once again, the newsletter features numerous events, both online and face to face. ACEN members are indebted to the willingness of the people who dedicate time to share their knowledge, expertise and experience. Our gratitude goes to you all.

Thanks to the ACEN members who attended the Special General Meeting held on 27th September. While the motion proposed by the Board was not supported, it was reassuring to note the engagement of members in discussion on the future directions of ACEN. We are now in the process of organising the logistics for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will be held in November. The date will be confirmed in the very near future. Elections for Chapter Committees and the National Board will be held in the lead up to the AGM. I urge you to be actively engaged in the voting process and show your support for nominees. The ACEN Board is holding its final face to face meeting for 2019 in October. 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.

Information about the Global WIL modules is included in this newsletter. A new module will be offered in 2020 Learning and Assessment in WIL. This module explores contemporary learner characteristics, designing WIL curriculum and developing an authentic assessment profile. If you are interested in broadening your knowledge in these areas and wish to further your national and international networks, please register your interest.

If you work with science students and endeavour to instil the application of scientific discipline knowledge in real-world contexts (as do I), you may find this report interesting and relevant to share with students. The report highlights the value of science graduates to the corporate world. Awareness of the importance of analytical skills and the ability to shape and solve problems may prompt students to seriously consider their career aspirations and understand the importance of WIL opportunities for enhancing employability.

Planning is well underway 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.

Remember to connect with the Australian WIL community through Twitter and LinkedIn. Engaging in conversations through these portals raises the profile of WIL, strengthens the voice of the ACEN community, and provides a mechanism for sharing WIL practices and ideas.  

Sonia Ferns, President, ACEN

2. ACEN Special general meeting

The meeting held on August 27 to amend the constitution considered the proposal and voted against the motion. No further action will be taken.

3. ACEN elections

Elections are held for chapters and Board elections every second year - 2019 is one of those - and shortly the Company Secretary, Robert Ewers will announce the procedures and call for nominations.

Broadly chapter members get to vote for the chapter committee and a representative to the national Board. In addition, the whole membership gets to vote for people to fill other vacancies on the national Board.

All ACEN members are eligible to stand and all ACEN members are eligible to vote.

4. ACEN Research Conversations - online

Research ConversationsThe most recent 'ACEN Research Conversation' was held on 30 August around the topic 'Inclusive WIL'. Based on her recent paper with Dr Theresa Winchester-Seeto, Dr Jacqueline Mackaway (Macquarie University) invited us to consider equity issues in WIL, encouraging greater dialogue, better policies and principles in our WIL practice to facilitate those hard conversations around inclusive WIL. Thank you to Jacqueline and all those who attended from around Australia who shared their stories, strategies and ideas.

Screen shot WIL Converstions

The ‘ACEN Research Conversations’ are hosted by ACEN’s NSW/ACT Chapter Committee and the ACEN National Research and Scholarship sub-committee. Details on the upcoming conversations for 2019 are below. It would be great to see you there!

Non-placement WIL

Friday, 27 September 12pm – 1pm (AEST)

In this session, Dr Bonnie Dean, Dr Michelle Eady and Venkata Yanamandram (University of Wollongong) will encourage practice sharing of innovative non-placement WIL activities and discussion around how we might turn these into opportunities for research.

Assessment and WIL

Friday, 25th October 12pm – 1pm (AEST)

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 (AEST)

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

5. ACEN chapter events

Supporting students develop a personal brand – ACEN WA

ACEN WA squaresThis interactive workshop recognises the importance of students developing a personal brand for enhancing employability. It will connect professional identity, a key dimension of student employability, with professional persona and personal brand. Presenters will review ways that students can create, market and position their brand, with a particular focus on ePortfolios and LinkedIn profiles.

Tuesday 24 September 2019.

For further information about this event please contact: h.pate@ecu.edu.au

ACEN Q Symposium

9 October 2019

ACEN Q symposiumThe Symposium will bring together ACEN members, the WIL community from Queensland tertiary institutions, industry partners, and students to showcase and discuss issues, challenges, and best practice in Work Integrated Learning. The symposium is run in conjunction with the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) and will be held at The University of Queensland on October 9, 2019.

The symposium will feature a combination of WIL related presentations, panels, and discussions. Through creating a space for the exchange of ideas and experiences around WIL, and facilitating networking opportunities among key WIL stakeholders, the event hopes to improve WIL practices and experiences for students.

HERDSA-ACEN Snapshots - ACEN Vic/Tas

Thu, October 3, 2019, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM AEST

Monash University Caulfield Campus

HERDSA Vic and Vic-Tas ACEN in conjunction with Monash University invite academic and professional colleagues to the annual HERDSA-ACEN Snapshots symposium. The event speakers will present 'snapshots' of presentations from recent conferences. The event will also include a panel presentation and time for networking.

6. 2020 ACEN Conference • call for papers to open early October

Melbourne Skyline

The call for abstracts will open in early October.

There will be a rolling abstract process and papers will be considered for acceptance as they are submitted.

Submission Deadline: Friday 17 April 2020

7. Service-learning Summit - call for abstracts

Service-learnng SummitService-learning (SL) at Australian universities is growing as an approach to Work-integrated Learning. 

We are pleased to confirm that a Service-learning network has been established and Griffith University will host a Summit at its Gold Coast campus this November to support universities to expand SL opportunities for their students.

We are calling for abstracts for innovative program sessions including TED-type talks, world cafes and personal introspectives. Abstracts to be submitted by Fri 27 September 2019.

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

Early Bird Registrations now open $535 until Fri 27th September

8. Global WIL professional development

Global WILGlobal WIL is an online international professional development program where participants can choose a module for a focused study drawing on the member experience of Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN), Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL formerly CAFCE), New Zealand Association of Cooperative Education (NZACE) and The Vilar Network (Sweden).

Modules offered in 2020 are

9. HERDSA 2020 Conference

G=HERDSA 2020 ConferenceWelcome 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.

10. 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.