ACEN online workshops

The ACEN Board is meeting in Adelaide and are delighted to use the opportunity have two prominent Board members offer workshops on developing issues in WIL. 

Jeffrey Smart Building, UniSA

When: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 commencing at 9am and concluding at 11.30am ACDT

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Online participation: We are working to provide a Zoom or Collaborate link. Indicate your preference when you register.

Where: University of South Australia, Jeffrey Smart building: JS3-13A/B Campus map

RSVP: Registration is required – free to ACEN members, $20 for non-members.

Emerging Models of Work Integrated Learning: Enablers, Challenges and Implications

WIL is a national priority and a key strategic direction for Australian universities. For greater engagement and to build capacity for WIL, innovative WIL models which enable greater flexibility for all stakeholders are emerging across the country. This Australian Technology Network (ATN) funded project explored and identified innovative WIL models such as micro internships, WIL in Incubators and other emerging approaches that overcome constraints to engagement, particularly for Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

This presentation will overview the findings of this recent ATN project and explore the identified enablers, challenges together with some of the implications for university leadership, quality and resourcing of the emergence of these innovative WIL models.

Judie Kay

Judie Kay, Director Careers & Employability, RMIT

Judie Kay is Director Careers & Employability, RMIT and is responsible for the development and implementation of a broad range of WIL and career and employability services and has extensive experience in employer engagement. Judie is experienced in the implementation of university wide policy, systems and projects in WIL and employability and a range of national WIL projects including lead for an ATN Grant identifying and exploring innovative WIL models. Judie co-founded ACEN and has been an active member since including currently as a Board member and recently President. Judie represents Australia on the International WIL Association ( WACE ) Board and Executive committee.

How can students develop and evidence entrepreneurial skills through WIL?

Innovative and entrepreneurial models of WIL challenge the adequacy of traditional assessment approaches in generating the credible evidence of entrepreneurial capabilities that gives students an employability edge for an ever-evolving and complex future.

The ATN Edge Project is addressing such challenges through the co-design, piloting and evaluation of a range of scalable and sustainable WIL assessment approaches (e.g. 360-assessments, use of online professional networks) in partnership with key stakeholders – national industry and recruiter groups, entrepreneurs, employers, alumni and students.

This interactive seminar will provide an opportunity for participants to:

  • Explore entrepreneurial WIL approaches being implemented in Creative Industries, Business and STEM courses across Australia
  • Investigate assessment strategies that enable students to evidence their enterprise and entrepreneurial skills
  • Unpack challenges in evidencing learning and assessment in entrepreneurial WIL

Judith Smith

Judith Smith
Director, Next Gen Learning at Queensland University of Technology

Associate Professor Judith Smith is the Director, Next Gen Learning at Queensland University of Technology. In this role she provides strategic leadership to institutional initiatives and projects in emerging pedagogies and technologies that align to QUT’s real world learning vision and address wicked challenges in teaching and learning. Judith is a Board member of Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) and is Chair of the ACEN Research, Scholarship and Professional Learning Subcommittee. She is also leading the multi-institutional research project which is focused on the development of enterprise and entrepreneurial capabilities through emerging models of Work Integrated Learning (WIL).


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