Innovative WIL Models: Features, Enablers and Challenges – webinar

Innovative WIL Models: Features, Enablers and Challenges – webinar

Webinar recorded on November 21, 2018

The emerging environment facing Australian is characterised by the arrival of disruptive technologies and global economic transformation with innovation as an economic driver. In this landscape graduates need to be highly adaptable, resilient and prepared to undertake and navigate range of diverse jobs over their careers.

Research shows that work-integrated-learning (WIL) has a positive impact on enhancing student work readiness  but this stronger focus on WIL to enhance employability has resulted in increased competition for WIL and highlighted the range of barriers to traditional WIL models. Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) make up over 95 per cent of employing businesses in Australia meaning they must be central in strategies to increase the scope and scale of student participation in WIL.

This presentation will overview the findings of recent Australian Technology Network ( ATN ) project which identified innovative emerging models of  WIL that overcome constraints to engagement by industry and outline their features, challenges and enablers.

Delivered by

Judie KayJudie Kay is Director, Careers and Employability, RMIT and is responsible for the development and implementation of a broad range of career and employability services and has extensive experience in employer engagement. Judie is experienced in the implementation of University wide WIL policy, systems and projects and a range of national WIL projects including currently as lead for an ATN Grant identifying and exploring innovative WIL models. Judie represents Australia on the WACE Board, the international WIL association. Judie was awarded the WACE international award for “Excellence in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commitment to Co-operative education and Work integrated learning “ in 2015.

ACEN webinar ‘Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for assessing WIL’

ACEN webinar ‘Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for assessing WIL’

Topic: A presentation on an ACEN Grant awarded in 2016 on ‘Putting the trust into assessing work integrated learning – Developing a process for embedding Entrustable Professional Activities as an authentic form of assessing work integrated learning.’

Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) rephrase expected outcomes and milestones in terms of a few key complex tasks that a proficient professional would be able to perform independently in their entirety (Ten Cate O, 2005). It uses the professional language of supervisors in the workplace rather than forcing supervisors to understand and use educational language to produce a score.

This webinar will present the findings on developing a process to design EPAs. Observations include the rapidity with which people form their own definition of EPAs and the importance of embedding professional development in the design process.

(Ten Cate O. (2005). Entrustability of professional activities and competency-based training. Medical Education,)

Delivered by

Assoc Prof Lisa Schmidt, Flinders University More

Lisa SchmidtLisa is the Dean (Education) for the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University where she provides strategic leadership of the College’s educational activities and the experience of its students.

The College delivers integrated clinical, population health and bioscience courses with an emphasis on developing future researchers.

Future-ready graduates through experiential entrepreneurship – webinar

Future-ready graduates through experiential entrepreneurship – webinar

Webinar recorded on  Monday 30 July 2018

Experiential Entrepreneurship Work Integrated Learning Model

Experiential Entrepreneurship Work Integrated Learning Model

The Experiential Entrepreneurship WIL model aims to demonstrate how adaptable and resilient graduates can be developed who are ready to respond innovatively to the new world of work.

This webinar gives an overview of the model, which was developed and trialled at the University of the Sunshine Coast and share findings and resources on how this model can be rolled out at other universities. Participants will be able to discuss their ideas and initiatives, as well as challenges and how to overcome this in their own contexts.

The webinar is supported by the funded ACEN research project: “Experiential Entrepreneurship Work Integrated Learning Models” in the WIL models that promote entrepreneurial practice theme.


Dr Retha de Villiers Scheepers is the project lead and an entrepreneurship academic from the School of Business, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Her research and publications are in the area of entrepreneurial decision-making, developing nascent entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship education.

Dr Renee Barnes is a journalism academic, who has worked in practice for more than 15 years. Her passion is online journalism and her research and teaching focus on emerging developments in this field. She is a member of the Arts Research in Creative Humanities research cluster at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

More can be read about the model they’ve developed in their recent peer reviewed article:

De Villiers Scheepers, M.J., Barnes, R., Clements, M. and Stubbs, A.J., 2018. Preparing future-ready graduates through experiential entrepreneurship. Education+ Training60(4), pp.303-317.

Employability for the WIL community – webinar

Employability for the WIL community – webinar

Topic: Employ your abilities! Rethinking and enabling employability development within curriculum…

Date:  14 November 2017 • 11:00am-12:00pm (AEST)

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.

Presenter biographies

Dawn Bennett is Distinguished Professor of Higher Education with Curtin University. Her research focuses on the development of employability and graduate work. Dawn is a National Senior Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow operationalising a metacognitive model for employability with faculty and students in Australia, the UK, Europe and the US.

Sonia Ferns is Manager of Course Design and WIL Governance at Curtin. She is a Director on the ACEN Board and has been involved in many national projects on WIL. She has published extensively on industry engagement and WIL and works with a national consortium of WIL researchers.

Dr Sophie Lindsay lectures at Monash University in the Business and Economics Faculty. Her research interest is the intersection between marketing and public health and how this intersection differs cross-culturally. She also focusses on consumer behaviour and the different ways we – as a society – make sense of products and services. Supporting work-integrated learning at Monash includes current teaching in capstone units. This teaching focus has influenced growing research projects in Employability, as well as exploring barriers to student success.

Julia Richardson is Associate Professor of HRM at Curtin University. Prior to coming to Australia. Her research interests focus primarily on themes relating to contemporary careers including individual and organisational career management practices, changing work arrangements and relationships, work-life balance and career change.

Dr Rachel Sheffield is an educator in science education in the School of Education at Curtin. She is interested in helping students develop their teacher identity and reduce the attrition that is currently impacting on graduating teachers

Presenter overviews

Employability development involves the cognitive and social development of learners as individuals, professionals and social citizens. Dawn will set the scene for the webinar by discussing how to embed this development within existing curriculum. She will share research-enabled tools and resources that help scaffold employability learning, including that gained within WIL experiences.

Julia will talk about the connections between the Developing Employability initiative and the contemporary career marketplace. She will highlight how the initiative supports career sustainability both with regard to fulfilling professional potential and maintaining individual life-balance. A key message will be the extent to which the site and its resources encourage individuals to take responsibility for their own career/professional development, with respect to both reflective practice and future planning. Drawing on specific examples, she will show how the site enables users to manage, prepare for and find professional and personal fulfilment on their own terms.

The Literacies for Life model is a useful framework for scaffolding WIL in curriculum to provide a developmental approach to employability. Sonia will outline how the model affords a multi-disciplinary and holistic approach to curriculum design.

Rachel will describe how she is using the employability tool to help her first-year PST (pre-service teachers) to identify their skills and start thinking about how to exercise more agency over their learning.

Sophie will be discussing integration of an employability self-assessment tool into a business capstone unit. Suitability for a flipped classroom design will be explained, as well explaining written and image based curriculum engagement by 3rd year business who participated in an employability focused workshop. Examples of student team based images will be shared to conclude.


Due to technical difficulties the recording is not available for this webinar.

What lawyers know about legal risks in WIL – webinar recording

What lawyers know about legal risks in WIL – webinar recording

October 24,  2017

Craig Cameron

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.

Presenter: Dr Craig Cameron

Dr Craig Cameron is a Senior Lecturer in Corporations Law at Griffith University and Corporate Counsel for the Dental Services Network. Craig has published extensively in the WIL field on topics including: labour regulation, risk management in WIL programs; and generic skills development of business students.