NZACE-logo18th Annual NZACE Conference
‘Integrating learning, work and community’

Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand

Wednesday 15th – Friday 17th, April, 2015



8 – 10 April 2015

‘Walking the Tightrope: the implication of markets for VET research, policy and practice’

The Rendezvous Grand Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

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ABCradiologoHow valuable are unpaid internships?

Radio National ‘Drive’

Broadcast on Thursday 20 November 2014 7:06PM

Do unpaid internships always lead to better career opportunities? Or do they put too much financial stress on young people and just favour the better-off? Also – are companies rorting the system for free labour?

Waleed Aly raised these questions and many more in a panel discussion with Andrew Stewart, a law professor who co-wrote a report on internships for the Fair Work Ombudsman, and Broede Carmody, a final-year journalism student who’s completed several internships.


University of Newcastle Annual WIL Awards


Cover of the ‘hands on @ UON’ which was launched during the Awards ceremony

From dissecting cadavers in the University’s anatomy laboratory, teaching Indonesian children dental health, raising Indigenous awareness in the workplace, overcoming a crippling lack of resources to deliver obstetrics help in Nepal and coordinating multi-million dollar infrastructure projects, this year’s University of Newcastle WIL Awards highlighted some exceptional WIL activities undertaken by University of Newcastle staff and students.

More about the awardees, promotion and Hall of Fame inductee

2014 ACEN Conference - Gold Coast - Sep 29 to Oct 3, 20142014 Conference proceedings and memories

Keynote addressBridging Theory and Practice: The role of the educator in Work-Integrated Learning‘ by Professor David Thornton Moore, Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.

Proceedings – download the full set of presentations or individual papers, showcases or roundtables.

Dinner and the photoboothview booth highlights.

2014 Conference in picturescollages and digital story by Kylie Twyford, University of Newcastle.

Looking to 2016 Conference – take a few moments to share your ideas and help guide us on the format and content of the 2016 conference.

Recent reports

Assessing the impact of WIL on student work-readiness – an OLT funded project
The overarching aim of this research was to provide an evidence base for judging the impact of WIL on graduates’ readiness to commence work and guide university leaders in best practice and curricula investment. Final report

Engaging employers in Work Integrated Learning- Current State and Future Priorities
Phillips KPA surveyed 4500 Australian businesses to examine the benefits, barriers and enablers to employers providing work integrated learning (WIL) opportunities for university students.  Download the report

Study to explore the potential for debriefing in Experience Based Learning

macquarie-university-logoThe Learning and Teaching Centre at Macquarie University is conducting a study to explore the potential for debriefing to promote learning flashpoints (moments of realisation) in Experience Based Learning (EBL). The goal of this research is to investigate approaches to debriefing in EBL and its role in facilitating flashpoints in learning, as well as identifying how academics can collaborate more effectively with host/workplace supervisors. A secondary aim of this research is to compare the effectiveness of phone vs. face-to-face interviewing.
How to become involved (PDF)

Further details and criteria (PDF)

Sonia Ferns at the launch of the new HERDSA Guide ‘Work Integrated Learning in the Curriculum’ – July 2014, Hong Kong HERDSA Conference

Sonia Ferns at the launch of the new HERDSA Guide – July 2014, Hong Kong HERDSA Conference

HERDSA Guide - Work Integrated Learning in the Curriculum, edited by Sonia FernsNew HERDSA Guide ‘Work Integrated Learning in the Curriculum’

Edited by Sonia Ferns (ACEN Board member)

This HERDSA Guide highlights the uniqueness of WIL and the opportunities and challenges it affords. The Guide provides insights into curriculum design, performance-based assessment, academic standards, risk management, institutional leadership, building staff capacity and evaluation strategies for WIL. The Guide offers a range of existing, new and emergent perspectives about WIL in a global context and provides useful information for practitioners and institutional leaders.

ACEN members will be able to purchase the Guide at the HERDSA member price (more details shortly).


Access, participation and progression in WILEnhance access, participation and progression in WIL

‘Building institutional capacity to enhance access, participation and progression in work integrated learning’ is an Office for Learning and Teaching project.

Successful WIL activities offer many benefits to students and can contribute to a sustainable workforce for future economic growth. Yet some students face barriers in gaining access to full engagement with such activities. The aim of this project is to translate inclusive education principles into the WIL context in order to improve student access, participation and progression. The project uses a strategic approach across four levels: principles, policies, guidelines, and processes to support students from diverse backgrounds in the disciplines of built environment, business and health.

More information and/or to make a contribution to the project

WIL-leadership-logoThe WIL Leadership Framework

The WIL Leadership Framework represents a multi-layered description of the capabilities employed by WIL leaders. These WIL capabilities have been integrated into five WIL leadership domains:

  • Shaping the WIL vision
  • Creating and sustaining WIL relationships
  • Fostering WIL engagement, expertise and student learning
  • Communicating and influencing WIL
  • Driving organisational and joint industry/university WIL outcomes

The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Leadership Framework was an Office for Learning and Teaching project, Leading WIL: A distributed approach to enhance Work Integrated Learning.

The goal of the project was to develop:

  • a better understanding of the characteristics of WIL and WIL leadership needs in Australia framed within a context of distributed leadership;
  • strategies to build the capabilities and capacities that are needed by WIL leaders.

See the project website

ACEN signs Statement of Intent with industry groups and Universities  Australia

A new agreement between Universities Australia and business groups will improve the work-readiness of university graduates, expand their job opportunities as well as enhance outcomes for employers. The agreement, formally announced during an address by Universities Australia Chair Professor Sandra Harding at the National Press Club in Canberra  on February 26, comes as the Federal Government and G 20 Ministers commit to a new target for growing the global economy by an additional two per cent.

Signatories to the agreement are: Universities Australia, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Business Council of Australia, Australian Industry Group, and the Australian Collaborative Education Network Ltd.

WIL statement of intent (PDF)

Full media release from Universities Australia

ABC Radio

Address to the National Press Club, February 26, 2014 by Professor Sandra Harding, Chair, Universities Australia

work-based-learning-framework-EurWork Based Learning as Integrated Curriculum (Europe)

The Erasmus funded Work Based Learning as an Integrated Curriculum (WBLIC) project is coming to an end there are some  outputs which may be of interest:

  • An overview of work-based learning in Europe which highlights the need for a common framework to capture the essential characteristics of a range of forms of WBL to inform policy development, implementation and evaluation at the national and European levels
  • A  number of unique case studies from European partners in seven states describing the curriculum development cycle and reflecting WBLIC specific programmes across a range of disciplines, levels and duration
  • An evidence informed Framework for Good Practice designed to articulate a set of indicative principles and practice guidelines to raise awareness of WBL and inform the development of WBLIC in Higher Education

Resources including ‘A Framework for Good Practice’

Pre-Place Preparation Program resource

Pre-place-logoPre-Place is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary online program designed to provide workplace intelligence to tertiary students prior to an  industry placement. The program, produced by Flinders University,  covers university  policy requirements and procedures such as work health and safety; problem solving skills and professional attitudes and skills.


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