ACEN Newsletter October 2019   ACEN

In this issue

1 Election of ACEN National Directors reminder

2 Chapter elections and Directors

3. ACEN 2020 conference

  • Super early bird registration now open
  • Submit papers and abstracts now

4 WIL Research Conversations

5 Service Learning Summit

6 Workshops on Virtual WIL in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth

7 Global WIL – online international professional development

8 WACE Call for paper and poster abstracts

9 HERDSA 2020 Conference

10 ACEN is on Twitter and LinkedIn!

1. Election of ACEN National Directors reminder

Fourth WACE International Research SymposiumThis process is separate and additional to the appointment of a Director by each chapter.

Nominations are called for up to FOUR eligible members to be elected as Directors to the ACEN Board.

Elections for the above positions will be held prior to Annual General Meeting to be held on 2.30 PM AEDT, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2019

To be eligible for election to the above positions members must be registered on the Members Register, prior to date of the general meeting, and to have their nomination supported by two other Members who are eligible to vote. Nominations must be received by the Secretary at not later than 5.00pm AEDT, FRIDAY October 18*, 2019 (*corrected date).

Details and nomination form

2. Chapter elections and Directors

There are separate chapter elections where each chapter elects a chapter executive and a committee who then appoint a chapter member to the National Board.

Qld chapter election concluded
NSW/ACT chapter election and nomination form Oct 23
Vic/Tas chapter election concluded
SA/NT chapter election Oct 17
WA chapter election Oct 16

3. ACEN 2020 conference – call for abstracts

Super early bird registration now open

  • 2020 fees are the same as 2018
  • Save $100 with super-early bird

Do you have a little left this year – invest it now!

See fees and register now

Submit papers and abstracts now

The ACEN 2020 Conference ‘Beyond 2020: Creating the Future with WIL’ is now open for submission of full refereed papers and abstracts for showcases, posters and roundtable presentations.

This year we are offering 2 types of submissions and corresponding registration dates:

  • ‘rolling’ submission
  • ‘super-early-bird’ submission.

Rolling submissions close: 17 April 2020

Super-early bird submission close: 1 December 2019

Full submission details

4. WIL Research Conversations

Research ConversationsWIL Research Conversations is a friendly, informal gathering of like-minded practitioners and scholars interested in furthering our knowledge of WIL scholarship, research and practice. We get together online once a month around a paper or topic, to hear from the author(s) of the paper and engage with each other through small online group discussions.

 Assessment and WIL Friday, 25th October 12pm – 1pm (AEST)

In October we have invited Associate Professor  Rola Ajjawi and Dr Joanna Tai from CRADLE at Deakin University to discuss the challenges of designing authentic assessment in WIL and invite us to consider applications to our own practice.

Reflection in WIL Friday, 29th November 12pm – 1pm (AEST)

In this session, Associate Professor Marina Harvey from the University of New South Wales will lead us in discussion that focusses on researching reflection in WIL

Register here

5. Service Learning Summit

La Trobe 2019 Employability Summit

If you haven’t already registered for the summit, there is still time, although abstract submissions are now closed.  We have an amazing range of abstracts offered for our innovative program.

Come to find out more about how to start a service-learning project, hear tips and ideas from experts in the field, dig into the research, and importantly, engage with several workshops which outline the transformative effects on students and the community through service-learning.

For further information please contact:

Early Bird Registrations now open $585.

More details, keynote and sessions

6. Workshops on Virtual WIL in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth

cog wheelsWorkshops for the OLT Virtual (Non-Placement) Work Integrated Learning project will be held in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth.

The four-year project developed, implemented, and tested modules to support non-placement WIL for engineering students.

Recommendations on implementing non-placement WIL in curricula will be discussed including identifying opportunities for incorporating engagement with practice, embedding aligned VWIL activities, reflection, and assessment, and recruiting industry professionals.

7. Global WIL – online international professional development

Workshop participants will discuss and plan possibilities for developing and implementing non-placement engagement with practice at their universities.


7. Global WIL – online international professional development

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Modules offered for 2020

Dimensions of Quality for Work-Integrated Learning

Provides practitioners with the opportunity to explore the concept of quality in a WIL context from the perspective of all stakeholders and to reflect on practice and identify improvements to the quality of WIL programs.  Considers quality from the perspective of the student, educator, employer/host organisation, educator, institution and government.

Learning and Assessment in Work-Integrated Learning

Designing an assessment profile to evidence authentic learning including consideration of the nature of learning, WIL pedagogy, the purpose of assessment, challenges of implementing authentic assessment in the context of curriculum design.

Global Perspectives in Work-Integrated Learning

Provides practitioners the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the relationship between WIL and learning theory: how theory can inform WIL practice, models of WIL and current issues In WIL practice.

Industry and Community Engagement for Work-Integrated Learning

Provides practitioners with the opportunity to further their understanding of the importance of industry and community engagement for WIL and of strategies to enhance this engagement.  Challenges and opportunities for industry and community engagement are considered.

Full details

8. WACE Call for paper and poster abstracts

Fourth WACE International Research SymposiumWACE, the University of Limerick and the WACE International Research Community (IRC) are excited to announce the Call for Abstracts for the Fourth International Research Symposium to be held on June 6-10, 2020 in Limerick, Ireland.

Hosted by Dr. Patrice Twomey, WACE Board of Director, and the University of Limerick, the Symposium will look to feature and showcase ongoing and new research in the CWIE community. Building upon the solid foundation of the previous three International Research Symposia, the Symposium International Advisory Committee seeks abstracts on a broad range of research topics and subjects. The Committee is particularly interested in new and developing CWIE research for both Refereed Research Papers and Academic Posters from established researchers, emerging researchers, and program professionals who wish to explore and more fully develop research topics. The intended audience for the IRS is faculty, academic administrators and program managers.

More details

9. HERDSA 2020 Conference

HERDSA 2020 ConferenceWelcome to HERDSA 2020 Research & Development in Higher Education

You are invited to join us at HERDSA 2020, the 43rd annual conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA)

Brisbane Australia 30th June – 3rd July 2020.

More HERDSA conference

10. ACEN is on Twitter and LinkedIn!

Connect with Australia’s rapidly expanding WIL community and share your WIL experiences in real-time.

Why wait?

Follow us on Twitter @ACENau and join our member-only Linkedin Group now.


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