Case Studies

The ACEN case studies are an opportunity to share quality, innovative WIL practices in a range of disciplines, models and methods.

We aim to showcase WIL practices and innovations that will inspire and lead to the development of quality WIL experiences. On this page we invite WIL practitioners to submit their own WIL case study for publication on the website.

Criteria and Review Process


These are the criteria ACEN uses when assessing submissions for acceptance as case studies. Where necessary the author will be contacted for more information.

  1. WIL activity benefits all stakeholders; the student, community/industry and university/VE institution.

We look for case studies in which

  • all stakeholders can clearly identify how they have directly benefited from the activity.
  • the activity actively incorporates alumni into its development and delivery.
  1. WIL activity demonstrates good practice and/or innovation.

The WIL activity

  • takes an innovative approach to WIL design and/or an accepted teaching practice that could be relevant across disciplines and institutions.
  • represents good and/or innovative practice in addressing a common concern and/or priority in WIL implementation (e.g. employability, international WIL, diversity, non-placement WIL).
  • can be adapted to suit the requirements of the VE and HE sectors.
  • is sustainable over time, it utilises available resources and does not rely on additional funding and/or reduces the need for additional funds.
  1. WIL activity includes embeds successful evaluation processes.

The evaluation process

  • is clearly defined and has been tested, with a focus on program development, quality enhancement and/or impact measurement (e.g. evidence of improved employability/employment outcomes)
  • has successful outcomes and/or opportunities for improvement are identified (e.g. publications/clear processes for improvement)
  1. WIL activity has a wider impact beyond completion.

There is clear evidence

  • the wider impact of the activity beyond completion has been identified and realised.
  • that the activity has strengthened university/VE and community/industry partnerships.
  • that the activity promotes employability and/or employment outcomes.
  • that the activity is inclusive in its approach, thereby supporting equity of access and participation in WIL for diverse student groups (e.g. indigenous, international, mature age).
  1. WIL activity is integrated into curricula and incorporates preparation, implementation and reflection/debriefing phases of WIL.

All phases of WIL

  • are clearly identified and implemented.
  • involved stakeholders in the development, implementation and assessment of the activity.
  • show evidence of clear alignment between the WIL activity, learning outcomes, assessment and learning activities.
  1. Case study informed by a scholarly  approach.

The case study

  • is supported by relevant theoretical or empirical literature, research and/or scholarship.
  1. Structure, format and content of case study.

The case study

  • is clearly written
  • meets the word count
  • is concise and accessible to a wide audience, including professional and academic staff across disciplines and institutions (VE and HE).
  • uses images or graphics to provide strong visual impact.

Review Process

An external review process occurs; we get back to you if we have any suggested amendments or we require clarification

The final process is publication of the WIL Case Study on the ACEN website for wider circulation and to share practice as a community.

Authors may opt out of automatic inclusion by advising ACEN in writing at the time of case study submission.


Examples of published case studies can be found here


Watch the Q&A session held on 1st April 2020 here.

Innovation and Excellence Award

This award recognises quality and innovative WIL practices across a diverse range of disciplines, models and methods. The publication of a WIL case study on the ACEN website constitutes a submission for the award, with winners announced biennially at the ACEN conference. This achievement may be awarded to the sole author of a case study, or to a team of contributors.

The award will be presented to the author/s of a published case study that has demonstrated the most outstanding level of contribution within the following themes:

  • Innovation: Has a very high level of innovation or represents an innovative approach to accepted teaching practice in WIL.
  • Adaptability: Demonstrates the potential to be rolled out as an exemplar model of practice across disciplines and institutions.
  • Topicality: Has the potential to offer a significant positive impact on topical issues in WIL including, for example, non-placement WIL, international placements, promoting employability or engaging alumni.
  • Impact: Demonstrates an ability to benefit a wide variety of stakeholders including students, the community, industry and VE institutions.
  • Evaluation: Demonstrates effective evaluation processes to build on and improve the activities outlined within the case study.

Case Study Template

Draft your submission – Download this word document to help plan and write your case study before submitting. 

More Information

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