Workshop leader: Sonia Ferns – Manager, Course Design. Curtin Learning and Teaching

Date: Thursday, 30 August 2018

Time: 9:15 Registration, 9:30 to 12:30 followed by lunch.

Venue: Carpe Diem Studio, Hackett Hall, UWA Map
Please note that as visitor parking is limited, public transport is encouraged.

Cost: Free to staff of ACEN member organisations (please see note below), $20 for non members.
Registration is required.


The contemporary and emerging environment facing Australian and global enterprises is characterised by the arrival of disruptive technologies and global economic transformation with innovation as an economic driver. In this rapidly changing landscape graduates need to be highly adaptable, resilient and prepared to gain and create their own employment opportunities over their careers. Research shows that work integrated learning (WIL) has a positive impact on enhancing student work readiness and the demand for WIL is rapidly increasing. With growing student numbers, traditional models of WIL which are resource intensive are unsustainable. Further expansion of quality WIL opportunities is seriously limited without system-wide attention being given to innovative models enabling greater engagement and capacity. Importantly, these emerging WIL models need to align with the contemporary work environment and meet student needs by preparing them for this changing world of work.

  • showcase innovative WIL models such as micro internships, WIL in Incubators and other emerging approaches to WIL that overcome constraints to engagement particularly for SMEs and respond to the changing nature of work.
  • explore emerging features and success factors for these innovative models
  • enable you to consider how these emerging models might be adapted in your context
  • provide opportunity for you to share and co-design innovative models of WIL

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