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.


Transforming practice: Innovative models for WIL – webinar recording

WIL innovationOctober 9, 2017

The contemporary and emerging environment facing Australian and global enterprises is characterised by the arrival of disruptive technologies and global economic transformation with innovation as an economic driver. In this rapidly changing landscape graduates need to be highly adaptable, resilient and prepared to gain and create their own employment opportunities over their careers. Research shows that work integrated learning (WIL) can have a positive impact on enhancing student work readiness (Smith et al, 2014) and demand is rapidly increasing for innovative models of WIL that align with the contemporary work environment and meet student needs by preparing them for this changing world of work.

This interactive webinar will:

  • showcase innovative WIL models such as micro internships, WIL in incubators and other emerging approaches to WIL that overcome constraints to engagement particularly for SMEs and respond to the changing nature of work.
  • explore emerging features for these innovative models
  • enable you to consider how these emerging models might be adapted in your context

This webinar is supported by the ATN research project, ‘Expanding Work Integrated Learning (WIL) possibilities: enhancing student employability through innovative WIL models’ which is a collaborative project between RMIT, QUT and Curtin universities in partnership with the Australian Industry Group and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It is funded through the Australian Technology Network Grant Scheme for Excellence in Learning and Teaching 2017.


Project Overview

Judie Kay – Project Lead, Assistant Director Careers and Employability RMIT and Anne Younger – Manager Education and Training Australian Industry Group

Snapshot presenters

Ingrid Larkin, Associate Director – Work Integrated Learning (WIL), QUT Business School

Ingrid will be sharing models of WIL reflecting innovation and consulting practice, for undergraduate and postgraduate business students

Jane Andrew, Senior Lecturer and founding Studio Director of match studio, University of South Australia

Jane will be sharing on a dynamic research and learning space where interdisciplinary teams of students, teaching academics and researchers engage, think, learn, and co-create innovative solutions to real-world challenges.

Jane Matthews, Associate Professor in Construction Management, Curtin University

Jane will be sharing her experience of establishing a multi-disciplinary WIL unit where students work on industry supplied projects or problems, mentored by a team of industry partners, in a collaborative learning environment.

Creating sustainable WIL programs with WIL in Science – webinar recording

Creating sustainable WIL programs with WIL in Science – webinar recording

Creating sustainable WIL programs with WIL in Science – webinar recording

Held 31 August 11:00am-12:30pm (AEST) 

Hosted by: Dr Michael Whelan, Southern Cross University 

WIL in Science is a program to build WIL experiences in Australian science degrees. The program reaches into all Science Faculties through the Australian Council of Deans of Science and includes peer networks, case studies, and a growing online resource, the WIL Guide for Science. This webinar will present experiences in creating effective WIL leadership and recent research from the program into student engagement.

Presenter: Professor Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth Johnson

Professor Elizabeth Johnson
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University

Prof Elizabeth Johnson is Pro Vice-Chancellor, Teaching and Learning at Deakin University and is the Director of the Teaching and Learning Centre of the Australian Council of Deans of Science. Liz has worked on curriculum design and teaching practice in biochemistry, quantitative skills and the scientific inquiry as well as in leadership development projects, and has a keen interest in graduate employability. At Deakin University, Liz leads Deakin Learning Futures which delivers Deakin’s online learning environment and supports course development and building staff capability for learning and teaching. Liz has led whole-of-institution curriculum reform projects at Deakin University and La Trobe University and is currently leading a national project on work-integrated learning in science faculties funded through the Office of the Chief Scientist of Australia.

Developing a framework for sustainable WIL relationships – webinar recording

Webinar series: ACEN Research Snapshots

5 July 2017 11:00-12:30pm (AEST)

Facilitator:  Judith Smith

This presentation reports on a research study drawing on good practice frameworks and stakeholder engagement to assist in addressing the challenges inherent in the engagement process.  The efficacy of the model has now been evaluated and continuing comparative and critical analysis will provide a set of recommendations and strategies for addressing complexities in WIL.

Judene Pretti

Judene Pretti

Dr Jenny Fleming

Dr Jenny Fleming

Dr Kath McLachlan

Dr Kath McLachlan


Judene Pretti is the Director of the Centre for Advancement of Co-operative Education (WatCACE) at the University of Waterloo in Canada. She has been conducting research on co-op for 10 years on a range of projects related to the student, the employer and the university experience in co-op.

Dr. Jenny Fleming is a senior lecturer at Auckland University of Technology and leads the work-integrated learning programmes within sport and recreation. She is chair of the New Zealand Association for Cooperative Education. Her recent research has focused on partnerships and relationships in co-operative education and factors influencing student learning in the workplace.

Dr Kathryn McLachlan is the Academic Director of PACE (Professional & Community Engagement) in the Faculty of Human Sciences at Macquarie University. Over the past four years, Kathryn has been responsible for developing, managing and researching effective engagement and collaboration with key stakeholders, including; industry and community partners, students and staff, to support and sustain this Work Integrated Learning program.

ACEN webinar Research Snapshots

Research projects undertaken through ACEN grant scheme were showcased at this webinar. Through this interactive and informative event, participants had the opportunity to share approaches and challenges related to their own contexts.


Facilitator: Judith Smith

Franziska Trede

Topic 1: From Practitioner to Student Educator: WIL Supervisor Capacity Building Module

Presenter: Franziska Trede

Franziska Trede is Associate Professor in Higher Education at Charles Sturt University where she leads research and scholarship in professional education and workplace learning.

Her research focuses on professional practice, learner agency and relational practices in WIL.

She has developed innovative online capacity building teaching tools using arts-based approaches.

Topic 2: Development of an online work integrated learning (WIL) survey tool to measure, evaluate and enhance the quality of students’ WIL experiences.

Presenters: Cassandra Saunders and Annette Marlow

Cassandra Saunders‘ primary role is the coordination of University surveys, data collection and analysis and reports related to teaching and curriculum quality. Cassandra’s role also incorporates leadership of interventions and initiatives in response to triggers for review from survey data and provision of support for University of Tasmania staff and course teams related to access and interpretation of data related to teaching and curriculum. Cassandra also co-coordinates ELT502 Enhancing Professional Practice in University Learning and Teaching, a core unit in the Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching.

Annette Marlow is Director of Professional Experience within the Faculty of Health, University of Tasmania. Her role focuses on the provision of quality professional experience placements for undergraduate students within health disciplines. Annette is particularly interested in learning and teaching in health care settings, and in particular the provision of support, guidance and mentorship to those staff who undertake the role of supervising students in practice.