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News from the ACDS Teaching and Learning Centre

Spring is in the air and ACSME is fast approaching at the end of September. The dizzying change in Canberra has given us a new Minister for Education, Dan Tehan who has pledged support for regional universities. Other priorities look familiar – improve graduate employment outcomes and increase industry engagement. The Foundation for Young Australians has another report, The New Work Reality, in its series on the New Work Order. These reports are worth reading – and have great infographics! There is growing demand for jobs that cannot easily be automated, the carers, the informers and the technologists, which is good news for STEM graduates.

WIL in Science

The final section of the ACDS WIL in Science Guide has been published on the Centre website. The Guide includes WIL Basics, Good Practice, Case studies, a resource directory and now Leading WIL. We have also created a map of stakeholder roles to help Faculties work with industry partners and students. WIL educators may also be inspired by the work of the employABILITY network which focuses student awareness of employability and possible careers. We would love to hear your feedback on the Guide and what we could add for the future. New case studies in WIL practice are always welcome and a great way to source ideas and build collaborations. Tell us about your good ideas.

WIL in Science Forum – save the date

ACDS will host its annual WIL in Science Forum on Friday 7th December 2018 at Melbourne Airport. This meeting will present findings from our WIL in Science project, and particularly our research on student perceptions and experiences of WIL. The research has produced some key messages on practical steps you can take to make WIL more effective for your students wherever your Faculty is in its WIL journey. Invitations to the Forum will be circulated soon so keep an eye out for it.

SoLT for science educators

Two Australian SoLT journals have special editions in planning if you are considering publication. Have a look at the call for papers for the International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education (IJ-ISME) on Science meets the Arts and the TEN-STARS special issue of the Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability which is looking for practical examples that build graduate employability.

Dates for your diary

ACSME 2018: Australian Conference for Science and Mathematics Education, 26-28 September, Flinders University, Adelaide, conference theme: Future Learning, Future Teaching

ACDS 2018 WIL in Science forum: 7 December, 2018, ParkRoyal Hotel, Melbourne Airport

Biosciences Education Australia Network (BEAN) annual forum: 10-11 December, Canberra +  "Next Gen Tech Now" workshop 9 Dec at ANU, Forum theme: “The future’s so bright I need… 

ACEN 2018: Australian Collaborative Education Network biennial conference, 3-5 October, Brisbane, conference theme: WIL: Creating Connections, Building Futures.

Best wishes,



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