ACEN WA Chapter

Innovative Practice

1 September 2022

10:00am - 11:30am


1 September 2022


10:00am - 11:30am


Online (Teams) Link will be sent to all attendees


Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) Western Australia Chapter invites you to join us to discuss two virtual innovative Work-integrated Learning (WIL) placements: Virtual poultry farms and simulated salt mines.

Feed Formation

Dr Natalie Morgan

Poultry production has recently been added as a key component of the animal production units run at Curtin University, given the high consumption of poultry products, proximity of Curtin to numerous poultry farms, and an industry desperate for employees. This presentation discusses a combination of virtual farm tours, feed formulation software and a range of industry experts to teach about the poultry industry. It will also cover how students then use this information to develop and present a pitch on a new poultry enterprise.

Salt caverns as a tool to store hydrogen underground: toward zero-net emission target

Dr Mohammad Sarmadivaleh

To support students in becoming industry-ready, Mohammad has designed and implemented a new work-integrated learning (WIL) model in his course to equip students with industry-standard skills such as multitasking, interpersonal dynamics, and time management along with hands-on experience with real data from industry data. This presentation discusses the use of a fully simulated work environment where students work on real data from industry to create a geomechanical model for underground formations. Familiarising students with the hydrogen underground storage, a new thriving sector of future energy supply.

Registration and attendance at events is free if your university is an institutional member of ACEN.A list of institutional members is available on the ACEN website: Member Institutions

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Associate Professor Denise Jackson (ECU)

Dr Natalie Morgan

Senior Lecturer in Animal Science, Curtin University

Dr Natalie Morgan is a Senior Lecturer in Animal Science at Curtin University. Completed a PhD (2010-2014) and post-doctoral project (2014-2105) in Poultry Nutrition in the UK. She moved to University of New England, NSW in 2015 as a Research Fellow in Poultry Nutrition and Lecturer in Animal Science. Natalie moved to Curtin University in February 2022. She is passionate about developing poultry nutrition research in WA and producing the next generation of experts in animal production.

Associate Professor Denise Jackson (ECU)

Dr Mohammad Sarmadivaleh

Senior lecturer, WASM, Curtin University

Dr Mohammad Sarmadivaleh is a senior lecturer at WASM (WA School of Mines) Curtin University leading an active research team mainly dealing with fossil to renewable fuel transition. A passionate lecturer, Mohammad started teaching and tutoring in 2007 while a m\Masters student. He is working to introduce more efficient techniques into engineering’s traditional way of teaching.


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