Followed by Panel Discussion and Workshop

18 March 2019, 10-11am  

Location: Ship Inn Southbank Map

Refreshments provided.

Free to ACEN members; $20 non-members. RSVP required.

The event will not be recorded.

Over the last decade there has been a gradual increase in the amount of WIL being undertaken across Australian universities.  Questions though have been asked about the quality of these experiences.  Recent changes to the Higher Education Threshold Standards have put an onus on universities to assure the quality of WIL experiences and support provided to students. However, assuring the quality of WIL is a more complex undertaking than that of a standard university unit.  Measures of quality of WIL are a contested space with a gap in the shared understandings of quality and benchmarks of success.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to explore concepts of quality assurance and evaluation of WIL experiences, with participants being invited to contribute to a research project which aims to develop an institution-wide framework for the quality assurance of WIL (funded by an ACEN Research Grant). 

Participants will:

  • Develop a broader understanding of quality assurance in WIL and higher education
  • Participate in conversations about quality indicators for WIL experiences
  • Share examples of best practice in evaluation and quality assurance
  • Contribute to the development of a shared framework for quality assurance of WIL


Matthew Campbell (QUT) – Matthew is Senior Lecturer (Work Integrated Learning) within the Learning and Teaching Unit at QUT.  He has a diverse background in education, having taught and researched in areas of criminology, physics and science education, workplace learning, adult education, sociology, leadership and ethics. More recently he was the Principal Research Officer at the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority where he led research and evaluation in support of the proposed changes to senior curriculum and assessment across Queensland. Matthew is a former executive member of the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) and the New Zealand Association of Cooperative Education (NZACE), and is a member of the ACEN Queensland Chapter Committee.  He is the current project lead for the ACEN Research Project – Developing a framework to support assurance of institution-wide quality in work integrated learning

Dr Ricky Tunny (QUT) – Dr. Tunny is a graduate from the University of Queensland, completing his PhD in 2007. He has more than 15 years’ experience working in the higher education sector, with a number of years in management and leadership positions in the area of work-integrated learning, including Manager, Work Integrated Learning within the Faculty of Health and Senior Lecturer, Work Integrated Learning at QUT. Dr. Tunny has expertise in the area of policy and procedure development in work integrated learning. Dr. Tunny is also the President of the National Association of Field Experience Administrators (NAFEA) and Deputy Chair of the Queensland State Chapter of ACEN.