News and events

  • Notices for September 2020

    ACEN Webinar: Assuring Quality in Work Integrated Learning - 10 September 2020

    Date: Thursday 10 September 2020
    Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm AEST
    More information and registration: ACEN Webinar: 10 Sept 2020


  • Notices for August 2020

    ASCILITE TELall Blog - 20 August 2020
    Teaching online, longing for connection


    ACEN WIL Virtual Summit now open! October 27 & 28, 2020


    August 2020 Newsletter

  • Notices for July 2020

    Global Conversation # 3


    July 2020 Newsletter


  • Notices for June 2020

    ACEN - Global Conversation #2

    Global Conversations - Employer Perspectives of WIL in the COVID Era and Beyond


    ACEN Online Symposium

    Join us for this important discussion.

    Date: Thursday 2 July 2020
    Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm

    Registrations are still open now, and will be closing on Thursday 25th June 2020.

    Register now


    REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit provides a forum to identify and promote the best possible pedagogy, techniques and tools by faculty for online and blended learning and to help faculty design the most engaging experience for learners. Hosted by Arizona State University, REMOTE is an independent conference supported by the ASU Foundation.

    On July 13 and 14, REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit hosted by ASU will showcase best practices, techniques, and tools to provide actionable insight to Higher Education faculty around the concept of “the best of online education.”  Attendees can access 60+ curated sessions of 30 minutes during two 4-hour days of simultaneous learning tracks.

    For more information see: https://www.theremotesummit.org/remote-about


    June 2020 Newsletter


    Join us next Thursday for our fourth ACEN Critical Conversations, a platform for discussion around current issues facing WIL practitioners. Driven by the ACEN COVID19 response team and the ACEN Professional Development and Resources committee, this virtual session involves facilitated online conversations in discipline groups. We invite you to speak up, share your thoughts on what matters to you most and offer strategies to encourage one another in our WIL community.

    Reflection and Reflective Practice in WIL
    Guest presenter: Dr Patricia Lucas, AUT University, New Zealand

    Reflection is crucial to meaning-making and has long been employed in WIL courses to guide students toward discovering, exploring, and evaluating practical experiences. Reflection as a writing tool is also often utilised with WIL based assessments. In this session, discipline groups will be encouraged to discuss and share insights on how they employ reflection in their courses.

    Date: Thursday 11th June 2020
    Time: 11:00am -12:00pm AEST

    Register below to receive webinar details.

    Register

  • Notices for May 2020

    ACEN Critical Conversations

    Join us for the next ACEN Critical Conversations, a platform for discussion around current issues facing WIL practitioners. Driven by the ACEN COVID19 response team and the ACEN Professional Development and Resources committee, this virtual session involves facilitated online conversations in discipline groups. We invite you to speak up, share your thoughts on what matters to you most and offer strategies to encourage one another in our WIL community.

    Assessment and WIL
    In this conversation we will be joined by guest speakers and assessment experts Associate Professor Rola Ajjawi, Dr Joanna Tai and Professor David Boud from the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University. Assessment is a key driver of learning and can enable students to demonstrate skills, knowledge and achievements. It can also facilitate a process of reflection and support students make judgments about their learning process. The move to online WIL has challenged us to consider the way that we assess, how we assess and what we assess. In this session, discipline groups will be encouraged to discuss some of the challenges and strategies for assessing WIL.

    Date: Thursday 21st May 2020
    Time: 11:00am -12:00pm AEST

    Register  to receive webinar details.


    ACEN May Newsletter

    The ACEN 2020 Conference Committee together with the ACEN Board has made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s ACEN 2020 conference until October 2021. The 2021 conference will be in Melbourne in the same venues October 25th – 27th 2021.

    We are very disappointed to have had to make this decision, but given the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation, we felt this was the safest and most practical way to proceed.

    The Conference Committee is considering running a virtual ACEN meeting later this year and will provide more information shortly. There is no requirement for those that have submitted abstracts to participate in this proposed online meeting in 2020 and it will not preclude a presentation at the ACEN 2021 conference. The Committee will be in touch shortly with keynotes and those who have submitted abstracts to discuss options around presentations.

    If you have already registered, your registration can be rolled over to ACEN 2021. If you wish to obtain a full refund, please contact acen2020@conferenceonline.com.au before 31 May, 2020. After this date, all remaining registrations will be rolled over to the 2021 Conference and the refund options will revert to the original terms.

    If you have booked accommodation, the conference managers are currently working with the hotels and will contact you individually to discuss your options within the next 2 weeks.

    ACEN continues to support the work integrated learning community across Australia through a comprehensive suite of professional development activities including webinars and state based activities www.acen.edu.au

    We would like to thank our sponsors, keynotes and speakers for their ongoing support of WIL in Australia and a very special thanks to the ACEN 2020 Conference committee for all their hard work.

    We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne in 2021!

    Join us this Thursday for our second ACEN Critical Conversations, a platform for discussion around current issues facing WIL practitioners. Driven by the ACEN COVID19 response team and the ACEN Professional Development and Resources committee, this virtual session involves facilitated online conversations in discipline groups. We invite you to speak up, share your thoughts on what matters to you most and offer strategies to encourage one another in our WIL community.

    Beyond working from home: New ways of doing WIL

    While the rapid move to online learning may have necessitated a state of ‘panic-gogy’, what can we learn from these changes from what has worked? As we look beyond quick fixes and start to plan for future sessions, what new WIL practices have emerged and what will remain? What implications will these models have for ways of working with industry partners, our students and within our teams? In this session, discipline groups will be encouraged to discuss what innovative models of WIL are being conceptualised and planned for the second half of 2020 and beyond. 

    Date: Thursday 7th May 2020
    Time: 11:00am -12:00pm AEST


    Register to receive webinar details.

  • Notices for April 2020

    ASCILITE TELall Blog
    Are Virtual Conferences the way of the future? – Presenter and participant perspectives from LAK20

    BbWORLD 20 - Call for presentations open until 11 May 2020

    ACEN WIL Research Conversations

    ACEN April Newsletter

    ACEN - Critical Conversations

  • Notices for March 2020

    ACEN March Newsletter
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    ACEN WIL COVID-19 SURVEY
    COVID-19 presents a crisis the globe has never experienced before. ACEN is starting a conversation about WIL in the context of COVID-19.

    ACEN National Survey: WIL and COVID-19
    In order to better understand your issues please complete this online survey. It asks you to list your concerns, issues and strategies for WIL and what support you need from ACEN. The survey will take you no more than 5 minutes.  Please complete the survey by 5:00pm Friday 20th March.
    Complete the survey

    ACEN National Webinar: WIL and COVID-19
    We will cluster the responses and feed them back to the ACEN community. There will be a special ACEN webinar series on WIL and COVID-19.
    Date: Tuesday 24th March 2020
    Time: 1:00pm AEDT (check your local time)
    Register now


    Blackboard Asia Pacific Newsletter - March 2020


    Notre Dame’s $5,000 Aspire Award is Now Open

    Funded by Business Events Perth, The University of Notre Dame Australia Aspire Award is one $5,000 scholarship that will be presented to an Notre Dame staff member to assist in their personal and professional development through attendance at a relevant national or international conference in their chosen field of endeavour. Applications close: 10 April 2020.

    The scholarship covers air travel, accommodation and registration to a relevant national or international conference to a maximum of $5,000 (exclusive of applicable GST). The funds are provided upon receiving paid receipts/invoices for the above mentioned expenses and recipients have 3 years to use the funds.

    If you are unsure about eligibility, the application process or any aspect of the program, we encourage you to attend one of the Information Sessions below.

    • Aspire Information Session at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
      A free information session is being held at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre on Tuesday, 17 March 2020 between 10am – 11.30am. Register at trybooking.com.
    • Aspire Information Session at Notre Dame
      A free information session is being held in the Michael Keating Room on Tuesday, 2 April 2020 between 12.30pm – 1.30pm. More information on this session will be provided soon.

    Please see our promotional flyer for more information, or email LTO@nd.edu.au.


    ACEN Feb/March Newsletter
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  • Notices for February 2020

    The Australian Awards for University Teaching
    The Australian Awards for University Teaching have just been announced. Congratulations to our seven nationally recognised educators who won the  Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning:

    • Benjamin Hay from the School of Nursing and Midwifery – Fremantle Campus
    • Sean Kearney from the School of Education - Sydney Campus
    • Dee O’Conner and her team from the School of Education: Christine Robinson, Tracy Treasure, Linda Cranley and Samantha Wynne – Fremantle Campus

    Read more about their work and the AAUT Awards.


    Acen 2020 Conference


    ASCILITE Bulletin - 10 February 2020


    Global WIL - International online professional learning - February 2020


  • Notices for January 2020

    ACEN Digest - January 2020


    ASCILITE Bulletin – 28 January


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    ACEN 2020 conference

    Super early bird registration closes Jan 31

    Available until 31 January 2020 - save $100.

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    Submit papers, showcases, roundtables and posters

    Submissions close: 17 April 2020
    Authors notified by rolling review: no later than 19 June 2020

    Make a submission

    Get your name and logo in lights - or at least a bold, colourful font!

    See the newly announced sponsorship opportunities.

    Sponsorship opportunities


    ASCILITE Bulletin, 13 January 2020

    ASCILITE NEWS

    1. AJET Special Issue: Digital Equity now published
    2. AJET Articles selected in top 10 Best Journal Reads for 2019
    3. New TELall Blog Post on Digital Equity
    4. Reminder: EOIs invited for the 2020 Community Mentoring Program & Information webinar

    OTHER NEWS

    1. Invitation to submit Abstracts for EDULEARN20
    2. The Internatioanl HE Teaching & Learning Conference, 13 August 2020
    3. Job Vacancy: Computer Science Educational Technologist, ANU

    AJET Special Issue: Digital Equity Vol. 35 No. 6 (2019) now published

    We are pleased to advise a Special Issue of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology was published in the final days of 2019. The editorial for the issue and the articles it contains are available from the AJET website. As always, we thank the wonderful team of associate editors who facilitate the reviews and author revisions.

    Special thanks go to our Guest Editors; Julie Willems (Monash University), Helen Farley (University of Southern Queensland) and Chris Campbell (Griffith University).

    The associate editors are Dr Thomas Donald Cochrane, CfLAT Centre for Learning And Teaching Auckland University of Technology New Zealand, New Zealand; A/Prof Linda Corrin, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; Dr. Eamon Costello, National Institute for Digital Learning Dublin City University, Ireland; Dr Christopher E Dann, University of Southern Queensland, Australia; Dr. Teresa S Foulger, Arizona State University, United States; Associate Professor Paul Gruba, University of Melbourne, Australia; Professor Judi Harris, William and Mary School of Education, United States; Dr Henk Huijser, Queensland University of Technology, Australia; Associate Professor Matthew Kearney, STEM Education Futures Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)., Australia; Dr Chien-Ching Lee, Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore; Associate Professor Jason M Lodge, University of Queensland, Australia; Associate Professor Lina Markauskaite, AJET Associate Editor The University of Sydney, Australia; Associate Professor Stephen Marshall, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; Dr Michael Phillips, Monash University, Australia; Dr Kate Thompson, Griffith University, Australia; Professor Joke Voogt, University of Amsterdam/ Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands.

    Associate Prof. Michael Henderson, Associate Prof. Eva Heinrich and Associate Prof. Petrea Redmond, Lead Editors, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology

    AJET Articles selected in top 10 Best Journal Reads for 2019 (NIDL)

    For the 4th year running, AJET has contributed the No1 article in the selection of the top 10 open access journal articles for the year. The list is compiled by the National Institute for Digital Learning (Dublin City University) as part of their "National Good Reads from 2019 Top 10 Open Access Journal Articles".  Details can be found here.

    New TELall Blog Post on Digital Equity

    In the first TELall blog post for 2020, Julie Willems, Guest Editor of the AJET Special Issue on Digital Equity (just published), discusses the special issue and invites readers to join the ASCILITE Special Interest Group on Digital Equity.  You can read the blog here.

    Reminder: EOIs invited in ASCILITE's 2020 Community Mentoring Program & Information Webinar

    This is a reminder that applications (Expressions of Interest) in the 2020 Community Mentoring Program are now being accepted and are due by 1 February 2020.

    The ASCILITE Community Mentoring Program (CMP) aims to provide mentoring opportunities across a number of fields including technical, academic development, learning development, faculty academics, early career researchers, graphic designers and programmers.

    The program has been operating since 2003 with over 165 members having taken part to date. You will find full details of the program on the ASCILITE website here along with the application forms. For those with a keen interest in the program, an information session webinar will be conducted in the new year.

    CMP Information Webinar

    Those interested in finding out more about the CMP are welcome to join an information webinar scheduled for 23 January 11am - 12 pm AEDT.  You can login to the session here. (Pre-registration is not required).  As this will be an interactive session, we encourage participants to log in ten minutes ahead of the start time to ensure their microphone and speakers are working properly.

    Abstract Submissions Invited for EDULEARN20

    EDULEARN20 (12th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies) will be held on the 6 - 8 July 2020 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain and abstract submissions are due 12 March 2020.

    Abstracts should be submitted online here.

    Over the last 12 years, EDULEARN has become an annual meeting point for lecturers, researchers, professors, educational scientists and technologists. Every year, EDULEARN brings together over 800 delegates from 80 different countries.

    The event provides an ideal opportunity to present your projects and experiences to an international audience. Also, it will offer participants an overview of the current situation of education and new learning technologies.

    EDULEARN20 Proceedings will be reviewed for their inclusion in the Web of Science (Conference Proceedings Citation Index). Previous editions are already indexed. Also, a DOI number will be assigned to each accepted paper.

    The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference

    The International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Conference is hosted jointly by the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning (HETL) and the University of South Africa, from 10 to 13 August 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    The 2020 conference aims to advance the scholarship and practice of teaching and learning in higher education by focusing on HETL’s four core areas:

    • Global networking and interdisciplinary collaboration,
    • Research, innovation, and academic publishing,
    • Higher education development and capacity building, and
    • Human rights and social justice.

    Unisa has a 146-year history and brings a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience in higher education in general and specifically in open and distance education while being on the cusp of embracing electronic teaching and learning to support its distance learning character and to meet the demands on the higher education system as needed by South Africa, the African continent, and the developing world.

    For details, visit the website here.

    Job Vacancy: Computer Science Educational Technologist, ANU

    • Job no: 535106
    • Work type: Fixed Term
    • Location: Canberra / ACT
    • Categories: Professional
    • Classification:  ANU Officer Grade 6/7 (Administration)
    • Salary package: $80,756 - $92,957 (part time is pro rata) per annum plus 17% superannuation
    • Terms: Full/Part time, Fixed term (12 months)
    • Full or Part time position with flexible working hours.

    An exciting opportunity exists to join the Research School of Computer Science (Australian National University) as an Educational Technologist. These roles will work together as a team alongside other professional staff in the College to provide course support to identified Course Convenors running large-scale Computer Science courses, with a particular focus on our foundation courses.

    We are seeking applications from people with a Computer Science or Information Technology background who have an interest in education and possess quality administrative skills. These are new roles, which have capacity to accommodate individual areas of strength and professional focus for successful applicants. Generous opportunities for professional development, networking and mentoring are available.

    For further information visit the job ad here.


    AJET Special Issue: Digital Equity

    Posted: 12 Jan 2020 07:06 PM PST

    Dr Julie Willems, Monash University

    Digital equity is a complex and multifaceted concept. It includes not only access to hardware, software, and connectivity to the Internet but also meaningful, high-quality, and culturally relevant content in local languages, and the ability to create, share, and exchange knowledge. Participatory citizenship in the digital era involves the right to access and participate in higher education. Indeed, it is a key civil rights issue of the modern world.

    A special issue of AJET focuses on some of these issues. Following a call, 50 articles were received and submitted to the double-blind peer review process. From this, 11 articles were accepted, spanning a variety of topics including developing learning with special needs in mind through to better supporting those using the technology to teach others. The diversity of these articles serves to remind us of the complexity of the issues associated with digital equity and a reminder of the need to remain cognizant of these.  A brief summary of these 11 articles follows:

    1. Mobile learning policy and practice in South Africa (Rogers Kaliisa and Michelle Picard)
    2. Engagement with technology in initial teacher education (Katherine Frances McLay and Vincent Chua Reyes)
    3. Using universal design for learning and analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation (ADDIE) guidelines for the development of the first massive open online course (MOOC) training (Liliana Herrara Nieves, Emilio Crisol Moya, and Rosana Montes Soldada)
    4. Consideration on the democratisation of MOOC platforms where they are not designed to be accessible and inclusive for learners with disabilities (Kyodong Park, Hyo-Jeong So, and Hyunjin Cha)
    5. Teacher quality and the digital divide (Lina Pelliccione, Valerie Morey, Rebecca Walker, and Chad Morrison)
    6. Inclusive educational processes and the translation of policy into practice (Martin Cabrera, Leidi Yoana Zamudio Garnica, and Isabel Cristina Martínez Farfán)
    7. Gender equity and the dual roles of mature age-students (Cathy Stone and Sarah O’Shea)
    8. The impact of course design on disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders (Dawn Adams, Kate Simpson, Lynda Davies, Chris Campbell and Libby Macdonald)
    9. The replication of educational inequity that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have experienced in higher education in virtual learning spaces (Alison Reedy)
    10. A one-size-fits-all approach to staff professional development in technology-enhanced learning may miss the differing needs, views and capabilities of staff (Julie Willems)
    11. Advancing a new conceptual model to guide practitioners and researchers in maximising the enablers and minimising the constraints to foundation-level online learning for equity students Working from the perspective of open and online learning for widening participation of higher education (Sarah Lambert)

    The special edition can be found here: https://ajet.org.au/index.php/AJET/issue/view/140

    ASCILITE has a special interest group (SIG) which focuses on digital equity. The aims of the Digital Equity SIG are to connect like-minded individuals around the globe with an interest in the various aspects of digital equity; to identify and explore the issues, challenges and opportunities relating to digital equity and to bring these to the attention of ASCILITE members and the broader higher education community; to provide guidance and advice across the sector on issues relating to digital equity; to foster the development of initiatives, innovation and practices relating to digital equity; and to foster collaboration around digital equity projects, publications and practices.

    If you are interested in being involved, please visit the Digital Equity SIG webpage for details.  Let’s work together to find solutions to this “wicked problem” (Alexander et al., 2019).

  • Notices for December 2019


    Offer a pre-conference workshop
    Submit EoI now extended to Dec 17
    Get out that hobby-horse, specialty, latest deep-dive for Monday 26 Oct 2020

    Offer a workshop - Eol now Dec 17

    Get your name and logo in lights - or at least a bold, colourful font!
    See the newly announced sponsorship opportunities.

    Sponsorship opportunities

    Save with super early bird registration
    Available until 31 January 2020 - get value out of that last little bit in the corner of your budget.

    Register now - 70 others have!


    In 2020 ACEN is once again offering funding for three Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants up to $10,000 each and two grants of $5,000 for Emergent and/or Early Career Researchers.

    The grants are open to both academic and professional staff.

    Applications are invited on topics related to one of the following themes

    • Sustainable, scalable and innovative WIL models
    • WIL and global mobility
    • WIL within digital and virtual learning environments
    • Building learner agency and professional identity through WIL
    • WIL practices supporting diverse learners
    • Designing and implementing quality in WIL
    • Equity of access to WIL
    • Student wellbeing and mental health in WIL

    Scheme Objectives
    The grants are intended to:

    • build the capacity of ACEN members including early career researchers and higher degree research students to undertake research into WIL
    • promote and support scholarship in WIL
    • develop effective mechanisms for identifying, developing, disseminating and embedding research-based practice in WIL programs
    • leverage opportunities for collaboration in WIL research and the sharing of WIL resources.

    Applications close May 15, 2020

    Full details

  • Notices for October 2019

    ACEN – Non-placement WIL


    ACEN – Election of ACEN National Director


    ACEN – October 2019 news


    ASCILITE TELall Blog – 20 October


    ICDE Newsletter – 17 October


    Blackboard BbWorld - Orlando, FL July 27-30 


    ASCILITE Bulletin – 21 October


    Teaching & Learning Forum 2020


    HERDSA WA’s annual Education Conferences (P)Rekindled

  • Notices for September 2019

    ASCILITE Bulletin – 23 September


    ICDE Newsletter – 18 September


    ASCILITE Bulletin – 16 September


    ACEN – September 2019 news


    Reminder - ACEN WA - 24 September 2019

    For more information email: h.pate@ecu.edu.au


    ASCILITE Bulletin – 9 September


    ACEN – Making more of WIL WITH Service Learning

  • Notices for August 2019

    TEQSA 4th Annual Conference - 27-27 November


    ASCILITE Bulletin – 12 August


    ACEN – ‘Making more of WIL with Service Learning’ webinar on Thursday, 12 September


    Blackboard APAC Newsletter August


    ACEN WA – Supporting students in developing a personal brand

    Tuesday 24 September 2019 – Edith Cowan University


    Tune in Tuesdays webinar


    ACEN webinar – Internships and PhDs

  • Notices for July 2019

    ASCILITE Bulletin – 15 July


    ACEN Newsletter – July 2019


    Blackboard APAC Newsletter - July


    ASCILITE Bulletin – 29 July


    Australia Learning Analytics Summer Institute 2019


    TLCANZ19
    Join us on 20 August for our preconference activities, and from 21-22 August, for two days of thought provoking, future proofing TLC content to take back and apply at your own institutions.  Register now for TLCANZ19 and TLCANZ19 Live


    ACEN Webinar – Debriefing and Reflection in WIL: Supervisors’ perspectives


    ASCILITE Bulletin – 1 July, 2019


    ACEN Conference: Beyond 2020: Creating the future with WIL


    Blackboard APAC Newsletter

  • Notices for June 2019

    ACEN – Reminder ACEN Research Conversations

    Friday, 28 June from 12pm – 1pm AEST


    ACODE 79 Virtual Workshop


    ASCILITE Bulletin – 17 June


    ACEN Newsletter – June 2019


    ACEN Webinar – The Edge Project: Evidencing entrepreneurial capabilities through innovative WIL


    TEQSA 4th Annual Conference


    2019 AAUT Newsletter #3 – 7 June 2019


    BbWORLD 19


    June 2019 Updates


    Blended Learning Community Event

    The University of Western Australia on 12th June from 10am – 12pm


    Blackboard Awards


    ACEN Webinar – The Edge Project: Evidencing entrepreneurial capabilities through innovative WIL


    ASCILITE TELall Blog


    ACEN – WIL Case Studies QA Webinar on 26 June


    ICDE Newsletter – 21 May