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
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.
Creating Leaders of Change in Health Education and Practice
Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127
Friday, 12th December, 2014,10.00am-3.00pm,
No cost to attend – RSVP by 25 November, 2014
To support the expansion of interprofessional clinical placement opportunities—and produce health graduates with interprofessional collaborative capabilities—an Office for Learning and Teaching funded project has created a change leadership programme for Australian academic and health industry staff.
Funded by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.
Hosted by Charles Sturt University, The Education for Practice Institute.
Associate Lecturer – Work Integrated Learning, Faculty Of Health Sciences, Sydney University
Continuing part-time (0.4FTE) position in Work Integrated Learning – Diagnostic Radiography
The Faculty of Health Sciences is the largest health science faculty in Australia and is internationally recognised for quality and innovation in teaching and research. The faculty is improving some of its practices in work integrated education in both the professional preparation programs and the non-clinical programs offered at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Closing date: 10 December 2014
2014 Conference proceedings and memories
Keynote address – ‘Bridging 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 photobooth – view booth highlights.
2014 Conference in pictures – collages 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.
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
Professional development opportuntities
Innovative pedagogies for developing business graduate capabilities
Business Graduate Capabilities Forum
Sydney (10 November), Melbourne (11 November) and Brisbane (3 December)
A half-day forum showcasing three projects that have examined innovative pedagogies for developing business graduate capabilities.
Developing graduate employability through partnerships – OLT National Forum
Thursday, 27 November 2014, RMIT Melbourne
The emerging results from the OLT projects on graduate employability will be presented as well as views of graduates, industry leaders and academia. There will be a Round Table session where different employability themes will be work-shopped on each table. The focus will be on curriculum development and strategies to encourage students to take up opportunities.
More details (PDF)
Email Sheila.email@example.com by 20 November 2014 for catering purposes. Places are limited so book early.
WIL Leadership framework (part of an OLT project) ACEN (Vic/Tas)
November, 19, 2014 – 2-4:30pm RMIT University, Swanston Academic Building 80, level 3 room 001
WIL practitioners supporting WIL programs, academics delivering WIL programs, placement coordinators and those who hope to in the future as well as leaders in WIL will find this workshop beneficial.
WIL Leadership website
Contact Leoni Russell firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and/or to register.
ACEN Board elections
The following people were elected at the 2014 AGM
Judie Kay, Assistant Director, Careers & Employment, RMIT University*
Judith Smith, Associate Director, Academic – Real World Learning, Learning and Teaching Unit, Queensland University of Technology*
Dr Michael Whelan, Head of School, Environment, Science and Engineering, Southern Cross University*
Dr Annabelle Willox, Director, UQ Advantage Office, The University of Queensland
John McPhee, Director, Professional Placements, Swinburne University of Technology
*re-elected, had served on the Board in 2013-14
Read the President’s report as presented at the AGM.
Study to explore the potential for debriefing in Experience Based Learning
The 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)
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).
Enhance 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.
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.
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)
Address to the National Press Club, February 26, 2014 by Professor Sandra Harding, Chair, Universities Australia
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 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.