The ACDS held its inaugural ACDS WIL in Science National Forum in Melbourne on Friday 11 December 2015. The forum was a great success, drawing more than 80 attendees from 42 universities and other partner organisations.
A key focus of the forum was the launch of the new WIL in Science Network which will bring together leaders in work-integrated learning from Science Faculties from Australian universities to embed work-integrated learning in the sciences and increase student employability.
The WIL in Science National Forum featured keynote speakers from government, industry and universities. Its themes were:
WIL in Science: What does work-integrated learning look like in science and mathematics now?
The employment landscape: How do employers want to interact with universities? Where are the jobs of the future?
Models for WIL in university degrees: What can WIL in Science look like?
Leadership and organization: What do Faculties need to do to improve WIL uptake? What will help them succeed?
Copies of the presentations from the forum are available below.
The Forum also introduced the WIL in Science Lighthouse Project, action-learning projects designed to establish visible WIL organisation and leadership in science-based faculties.
Topic 1: The employment landscape
Dr Bronwyn Evans, CEO Standards Australia. View from a Growth Centre
Dominique Fisher, Managing Director, Career Lounge. Clearing a pathway for Work Integrated Learning
Topic 2: Models for WIL in University degrees
Dr Roslyn Prinsley, Office of the Chief Scientist and Dr Daniel Edwards, ACER. Working with Industry to transform science education in Australian Universities
Prof Janet Hergt, The University of Melbourne. The Pros and Pros of offering an internship subject
Dr Michael Whelan, Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN). Australian Collaborative Education Network: Strategic leadership for work integrated learning
Topic 3: Leadership and organization
Prof Andrew Parfitt, University of Newcastle. Where there’s a WIL there’s a way!
Prof Malcolm Campbell, Deakin University. WIL leadership and organisation: A Deakin SEBE perspective