ACEN NSW Colloquium – Assessing Work Integrated Learning and Framing Outcomes

Course, Programmes and Institutional Perspectives

10:00am - 1:00pm


25 November 2022


10:00am - 1:00pm


University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Building 11 Broadway, Ultimo, Room: CB11.05.404 and Online via Zoom


University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Building 11 Broadway, Ultimo Room: CB11.05.404 and Online via Zoom


Registrations now closed.

Work Integrated Learning enables innovative methods of engaging students in the industry for real-world understanding, exposure and practice for enhanced employability skills and application. With the National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund (NPILF), there is a renewed call for universities to focus on authentic WIL activities as part of the assessed credit bearing exercise. However, discourse on how to assess WIL and frame the outcomes of WIL is still limited. The publication  ‘Assessing work-integrated learning programs: a guide to effective assessment design’ provides a platform for discussing best practice WIL assessment.

This colloquium will provide an opportunity for WIL stakeholders including academics, employers, industry partners and students to meet face-to-face and via online platforms to share their lived experience and evidence base practices to ignite a discourse on how to advance WIL assessment and outcomes from multiple stakeholder perspectives.

This event is held online and in person and is free for all ACEN members. Please note in person numbers will be capped at 50 people. For those wishing to attend online, a Zoom link will be sent prior to the event.



9:30amRegistration and Networking


Introducing the Panel

10:15amAssessing Work Integrated Learning and Framing Outcomes – The Panel presentation and Questions and Answers
11:30amBreak/Networking time
11:45amBreakout room discussions
12:45pmDebriefing and Proposed Actions
Associate Professor Denise Jackson (ECU)

Rola Ajjawi

Deakin University

Rola Ajjawi is Associate Professor of Educational Research at the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University, Australia. She has a Bachelor’s Honours Degree in Physiotherapy and worked as a physiotherapist and clinical educator before moving into academia full-time with the completion of her PhD in 2007. Since then she has led a program of research centred on work-integrated learning with an interest in inclusion, assessment and feedback in the workplace. She has over 140 publications including peer-review journal articles, book chapters and books. Her research has shed light on social, relational and cultural influences on learning to promote student success. Rola is Deputy Editor of the journal Medical Education, on the editorial board of Teaching in Higher Education and is lead editor of an edited book Assessment for Inclusion in Higher Education: Promoting Equity and Social Justice (Routledge; due for publication 2023)

Associate Professor Denise Jackson (ECU)

Leoni Russell

RMIT University

Leoni Russell is a Senior Educational Advisor within Careers and Employment at RMIT and ACEN board member. Her multi-sector experience includes teaching, policy and curriculum development, managing teaching and learning projects and resource development. She provides academic educational support to build staff capability across a range of educational strategies including WIL. Leoni facilitates a collaborative WIL Community of Practice and supports a range of professional development activities. In her role at Victoria University, she played a leadership role in the university-wide strategic initiative to make WIL a key feature of all courses, and she developed and implemented policy and supporting procedures to assist staff and students in their WIL initiatives and was a team member on the OLT project “Assessing the impact of WIL on student work-readiness“.

Associate Professor Denise Jackson (ECU)

Kim Besser

University of Newcastle

Kim Besser graduated from a B Development Studies from the University of Newcastle in 2021. During her studies, she completed the course ‘Organisational Placement in the Environmental Sector‘ which included 80 hours of placement which she did with Yandaarra, a collaboration with non-Indigenous academics from the University of Newcastle led by Gumbaynggirr Jagun Aboriginal Corporation. She is currently working with the College of Engineering, Science and Environment as a Project Assistant supporting the university’s ‘Work Integrated Learning for All’ initiative and working with the Professional Experience Unit. Kim aspires to work with Indigenous communities including in the areas of policy development and equitable representation. Kim offers a unique perspective to the work integrated learning conversation having both recent experience with placement as a student, and now supporting the curriculum changes, promotion and other operational activities to enable other students to undertake their own placement opportunities.

Associate Professor Denise Jackson (ECU)

Eva Chan


Eva is a Psychologist and a Career Practitioner with 17 years of experience in higher education. Eva was the Portfolio Lead of Student Development and Learning at UNSW managing the Careers and Employment team, the Learning Centre and the University Preparation Programs. She now leads UTS Careers with the strong focus on integrating career and life design into the student experience. She has developed and managed a variety of WIL programs and courses over the years. Eva is passionate in empowering students to achieve their career aspirations through career development learning.

Associate Professor Denise Jackson (ECU)

William McAndrew


William McAndrew has a Bachelor’s in Health and Exercise Science (Exercise Physiology) from UNSW and is currently completing a Masters in High Performance Sport at UTS. William has been a member of the health and fitness industry for the last 13 years working in a number leadership roles. More recently William has worked with both UNSW and UTS students in a supervisory role both at the University and offsite placements. William has a strong belief that students thrive in the right environment with strong support and guidance.


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