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In this issue

1. WACE World Conference Kyoto Japan

2. WACE Awards

Judie Kay receives international recognition for leadership

Dr Gregory Reddan, Best Refereed Paper Award

3. Webinar: Work Placements for International Students • Thursday October 1

4. 'Tertiary science and ICT students are being disadvantaged' • Chief Scientist

REPORT: Work integrated learning in STEM in Australian universities

REPORT: Work integrated learning in STEM disciplines: employer perspectives

5. Where are we headed? - Work Integrated Learning in the 21st Century

6. Vacancy for Associate Lecturer/Lecturer – Work Integrated Learning

7. Reminders

Webinar 'Volunteering to Learn' • Thursday 1st October 2015

Building better WIL agreements

8. ACEN State Chapter elections underway

1. WACE World Conference Kyoto Japan

The 19th World WACE Conference was held at Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan between August 18- 21st August. The theme of the conference was 'Towards a Stage of Co-operative and Work Integrated Education for the Innovative minds with Global Competency'. Over 600 delegates from more than 20 countries converged on Kyoto for the conference including 35 Australian delegates from 12 Australian universities. With the increased prominence of WIL in Asia there were contingents of delegates from Thailand, Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, China as well as a strong interest from Japan.

A feature of the conference was the strong presence of over 50 students from Kyoto Sangyo University who performed key roles including guiding delegates but who also were responsible for organising a range of cultural displays and events for delegates. ACEN organised a catch-up with our Canadian (CAFCE) and New Zealand Colleagues (NZACE) one evening with over 60 attending.

Some of the hot issues discussed included global mobility including risk and quality assurance, use of digital technologies and WIL, enhancing partnership models, WIL research and assessment and WIL. Judie Kay of ACEN co-hosted a meeting of National Associations with 8 associations present and 7 countries from Asia attending as observers. A highlight of the conference was that all the awards went to the Asia Pacific reflecting the strength of WIL in the Asia-Pacific Region.

'WACE 2015 was very well organised, welcoming and great for networking' Sue Bandaranaike, James Cook University.

'Workshop was great interactive & engaging approach to sharing and solving common issues' Mark Tolson, Deakin University

'A big hand for Greg Reddan from Griffith Uni for pulling off the best paper award at a fully fledged international conference' Ray Smith, Griffith University

2. WACE Awards

Judie Kay receives international recognition for leadership

Dr Constantine Papadakis WACE award for' Excellence in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commitment to Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education'

This was awarded to Judie Kay, President of ACEN, for her contributions to WIL at an institutional level at Swinburne University, Victoria University and RMIT University, at a National level through co-founding ACEN and the development of the National WIL strategy, and globally through her contributions to the WACE Board and global projects.

Dr Norah McRae in her nomination stated 'Judie's exemplary leadership skills demonstrated by her strategic, visionary thinking, perseverance, ability to collaborate and network have allowed her to play a pivotal role in key innovations and entrepreneurial activities that have resulted in lasting national and international advances to WIL'.

Picture: Mim Kempson Anda

Dr Gregory Reddan, Best Refereed Paper Award

In a clean sweep, the Asia-Pacific Region took out four awards including WACE Best Refereed Paper Award WACE World Conference 2015. This award was presented to Dr Gregory Reddan, Griffith University, Australia for his paper 'Enhancing the Employability of Exercise Science students'.

Donald MacLaren, Jr. - Academic Award for Professional Achievement

This was awarded to Dr Karsten Zegwaard, University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Dr Jack A Curry - Employer Award

This was awarded to Dr Sampan Silapanad Vice President, Western Digital Thailand.

3. Webinar: Work Placements for International Students

Thursday October 15, 2015 • 11.00 am– 12.30pm (AEST***)

***CAUTION: some parts of Australia switch to Daylight Saving Time shortly before this date.

Check local times

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.

This webinar will provide an overview of initial key findings and resources from the project as well as a forum for participants to discuss opportunities and challenges related to their own contexts.

The webinar will be led by the Project Leader, Dr Georgina Barton, a lecturer in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. For over twenty years Dr Barton has been a classroom teacher, arts coordinator and teacher, and literacy educator in schools and higher education contexts. Her research and publications are in the areas of literacies, multimodalities, creative and reflective practice and thinking, arts and music education, and teacher education with a focus on the international student experience.

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See another ACEN Webinar 'Volunteering to Learn'

4. 'Tertiary science and ICT students are being disadvantaged'

From the Office of the Chief Scientist

Tertiary science and ICT students in Australia are being disadvantaged by a lack of industry experience to help them prepare for the workplace after graduating.

A paper released by the Office of the Chief Scientist shows that just one in seven undergraduate students in the natural and physical sciences participates in an industry placement. Only three in 100 participate in a longer term placement.

The paper, which focuses on the growing need for work-integrated learning (WIL), shows 73 per cent of IT students participate in projects but only a minority have access to longer term experiences. Australia’s Chief Scientist Professor Ian Chubb AC said change was needed as studies consistently show that industry placements were invaluable to students of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

More from Professor Chubb

From the paper

The paper, 'STEM - trained and job - ready', is based on two commissioned investigations: one conducted by ACER of university staff and the other by NCVER involving employers.

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Commissioned reports from the Office of the Chief Scientist

REPORT: Work integrated learning in STEM in Australian universities

by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

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REPORT: Work integrated learning in STEM disciplines: employer perspectives

by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)

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5. Where are we headed? - Work Integrated Learning in the 21st Century

Proposed publication - chapters sought

Work Integrated Learning continues to be of primary importance for students transitioning from the theoretically based post-secondary context to the post-graduation work world. However, the 21st century global village presents a number of challenges to new graduates negotiating unfamiliar territories due to globalization, mobile communications, digital technologies, social media, privacy violations, and ubiquitous information sharing. How does a student or graduate adapt and become successful in such rapidly developing and complex environments?

We are seeking both theoretical papers and empirical studies that relate to (but are not limited to) topics such as:

Submissions:

Please send a 500 word summary of your proposed chapter to both editors: Tracey Bowen, University of Toronto Mississauga tracey.bowen@utoronto.ca and Maureen Drysdale, St. Jerome’s University/University of Waterloo mdrysdale@uwaterloo.ca

by October 15, 2015.

6. Vacancy for Associate Lecturer/Lecturer – Work Integrated Learning

University of Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences Reference No. 1763/0815

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7. Reminders

Webinar 'Volunteering to Learn'

Thursday 1st October 2015

9:00am (WA)/10:30am (SA/NT)/11:00am (AEST)

Based on findings from the OLT funded project 'Volunteering to Learn: Enhancing learning in the student volunteering experience in Australian universities'

Featuring presentations on:

  1. Good practice guides for students, host organisations, university decision makers, university program managers and employers; Concept guides on terminology and learning.

  2. Findings from the research project.

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Building better WIL agreements

In response to the National WIL Strategy, ACEN is funding a project to develop Agreement Templates which incorporate the key elements of a legal contract to ensure the safety and well-being of students while on a WIL placement and clarify the role of the host organization and university. The project entails researching, collating and creating agreement templates for Work Integrated Learning. ACEN is seeking support from the ACEN Community in collecting samples of agreements currently used to formalize partnerships with industry and community.

Please forward examples of agreement templates to ACEN at admin@acen.edu.au. Your support will be acknowledged.

8. ACEN State Chapter elections underway

handsSee who’s nominated or get a nomination form or find out more about your chapter election …