21&22 October 2024

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth SYDNEY/EORA

#WILPower2024

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Advancing Quality WIL for Learning and Employability in an Ever-Changing World

The ACEN Conference Committee together with the ACEN Board are pleased to announce the 2024 ACEN Conference will take place on 21 & 22 October 2024 in Sydney/Eora, Australia. The conference will be held at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, perfectly located in the heart of the CBD. This iconic Sydney luxury hotel is known as the best conference venue in Sydney and we can’t wait to see you there!

The ACEN Conference is focused on creating networking and professional learning opportunities to promote quality and excellence in WIL. We welcome participation from practitioners and researchers from the tertiary education sector, industry, community and government representatives, involved in work integrated learning (WIL), collaborative education and career development learning in Australia and beyond.

As we continue to explore and advance our understanding of the nature and impact of quality WIL in practice, the ACEN 2024 conference provides an excellent opportunity to learn and network with like-minded colleagues. The future world of work will provide significant challenges and opportunities for our students, and quality WIL experience throughout the learning journey is paramount to enhancing graduate employability.

The four conference sub-themes align to the standards in the framework to support assurance of institution-wide quality in WIL and include: Quality Student WIL Experiences; Quality WIL Curriculum Design; Quality Institutional Practice, Leadership, Governance, and WIL Administrative Support; and Quality Stakeholder Engagement.

We look forward to welcoming national and international colleagues to share and combine our collective knowledge and experience towards advancing impactful quality WIL for all students.

#WILPower2024

Sub-Themes

Quality Student WIL Experiences
  • Quality preparation for students: measuring student success
  • Global WIL experiences / International WIL / Global WIL
  • Designing quality WIL for Indigenous cohorts (indigenous WIL)
  • Equitable, inclusive and accessible quality WIL for all students
  • Learning during WIL: challenges, opportunities and good practice
  • Health, safety and well-being during WIL
  • Career development learning through WIL
  • Paid and unpaid WIL: challenges and opportunities
  • International student challenges and experiences with WIL
Quality WIL Curriculum Design
  • Enhancing employability through career development learning and WIL
  • Scaffolding WIL curriculum: approaches to supporting students learning
  • Entrepreneurial WIL: challenges, opportunities and good practice
  • Authentic Assessment of WIL: impact of AI
  • Designing for diversity in WIL – Inclusive WIL Practices
  • Innovation in WIL: empowering learners for a changing world
  • Evaluating and measuring the impact of quality WIL and career development learning in curriculum
  • Designing multi-disciplinary WIL
  • Service Learning approaches in curriculum design
  • Benchmarking quality WIL: are we learning from each other?
  • Micro-WIL: the value of short WIL experiences
Quality Institutional Practice, Leadership, Governance, and WIL Administrative Support
  • WIL Risk management and governance
  • Administrative WIL support: quality processes and IT systems
  • Evaluation of operational WIL processes and outcomes
  • Leadership – the new WIL leader: how to champion and structure quality WIL in institutions
  • Managing risk in a global WIL world
  • Funding, resourcing and evaluation to support quality WIL
  • Measuring impact: data collection and evaluation
  • Staff capability building and support for new and existing WIL practitioners
  • Partnering for WIL Leadership: Faculty, support units and external partners collaborating in codesign and codelivery
  • Reward, recognition and valuing WIL scholarship and practice
  • Emerging research methodologies for WIL
Quality Stakeholder Engagement
  • Partnering for WIL: challenges and innovative opportunities
  • Building quality industry and community partnerships: supporting our partners
  • Managing risk, due diligence, legal aspects
  • Enhancing workplace supervisor capability – a collaborative process
  • Students as partners in Codesign of WIL
  • Indicators for measuring impact of quality stakeholder engagement

Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge and pay respects to the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which the conference will meet.

Keynote Presentation

Keynote Panel Session:
AI and WIL: Preparing Students for the Workforce of Tomorrow

AI is having a significant impact on tertiary education and industry stakeholders in WIL. It is critical for stakeholders to collaborate on ways to deal with the issues that AI generates. The keynote presentation and panel of tertiary and industry experts will explore the applications of AI for WIL practice, and its broader impact on the future workforce. The panel will conclude with a discussion of the challenges and opportunities that AI presents for advancing quality WIL in an ever-changing world.

Associate Professor
Jason Lodge

The University of Queensland

Associate Professor
Bonnie Dean

University of Wollongong

Professor
Tania Broadley

University of Canberra

Reg Johnson

Cisco Australia & New Zealand

Important Dates

REGISTRATIONS OPEN

3 Oct 2023

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS OPEN

15 Oct 2023

SUPPORT GRANT APPLICATIONS OPEN

17 Jan 2024

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS & SUPPORT GRANT APPLICATIONS CLOSE

31 May 2024

ABSTRACT & SUPPORT GRANT NOTIFICATIONS ISSUED

30 Jun 2024

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATIONS CLOSE

31 Jul 2024

SPEAKER REGISTRATION DEADLINE

31 Jul 2024

DRAFT PROGRAM RELEASED

31 Aug 2024

CONFERENCE DATES

21 & 22 Oct 2024

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