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ACEN Webinar - Work Integrated Learning in STEM Disciplines

Thursday November 19, 2015

11.00 am–12.30pm (AEST)

12 noon – 1.30pm (AEDT Daylight saving) 

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Drawing  on comprehensive research undertaken by the Australian Council for Educational Research, this webinar considers WIL practices that improve workplace experiences for university students in Sciences, ICT and Agriculture fields and Engineering.  It also provides recommendations for growing WIL in these STEM disciplines.  Participants will have the opportunity to share approaches and challenges related to their own contexts. 

Professor John Rice will present the Australian Council of Deans of Science Work integrated learning project WIL Leadership in Science, funded by the Office of the Chief Scientist. The project will establish a national leadership network for WIL in Science Faculties, promote  cultural and organisational change towards embedding WIL in the science student experience, and build a more sustainable culture of interaction between science and industry.


Dr Daniel Edwards is a Principal Research Fellow, leading the Tertiary Education research program at the Australian Council for Educational Research. He leads a team of researchers with a wide range of expertise in policy research, assessments and surveys. Dr Edwards' research encompasses a range of educational issues, with particular emphasis on higher education. Daniel recently led the national study for the Office of Chief Scientist to explore Work Integrated Learning as it is practiced in science, ICT and agriculture fields within Australian universities.

Professor John Rice  is Executive Director of the Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS) and an Honorary Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Sydney. He was Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Flinders University from 1993 - 2000, Director of the Flinders Institute for Research in Science and Technology 2000-2004, and Dean of Science at UTS from 2004- 2008. He initiated the Australian Science and Mathematics School which opened on Flinders University Campus in 2003, and chaired its development and governing bodies between 2000-2004. As Executive Director of the ACDS from 2008, John established the ACDS annual teaching and learning conferences and directed the establishment of its teaching and learning centre. He plays an active role in initiating, promoting and co-ordinating national projects and policy initiatives in tertiary science and mathematics education. He is currently directing a major ACDS initiative to promote organisational change in science faculties in support of work integrated learning.

Dr Roslyn Prinsley (TBC) is the National Adviser, Mathematics and Science Education and Industry and advises the Chief Scientist on all matters related to STEM education


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