PACE Collaborates at ACEN 2014

It was all about ‘Work Integrated Learning: Building Capacity’ at ACEN, Australia’s recent national conference, held on the Gold Coast from 29 September -3 October 2014.  Macquarie  University fielded a team of PACE researchers and practitioners across a range of disciplines.  Our Faculty of Business and Economics (FOBE) representatives for PACE included Dr Leanne Carter (Director), Diana Caruso (Manager), Ashleigh Cassilles (Senior Administrator) and Chris Bilsland (adjunct unit convenor and PhD research candidate).

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 Over 60 national and international academics and WIL (Work Integrated Learning) industry partners shared their research and experience on contemporary issues related to work-integrated-learning. Presentations, roundtables and showcases included topics on building WIL capacity within and across university boundaries and with community services, driving institutional engagement, reflective practice, storying life experiences and understanding the needs of all stakeholders.

Diana Caruso and Leanne Carter presented Student Satisfaction and WIL: A case study of a marketing capstone unit (also co-authored by Angela Romero and Steve Erichsen).  This paper compared student interview feedback from two separate cohorts of a PACE marketing capstone unit regarding student satisfaction and engagement.

Chris Bilsland and Helga Nagy (from RMIT University Vietnam) presented  Building capacity in a transnational WIL environment: A qualitative inquiry with intern work supervisors in Vietnam. The paper interviewed Vietnamese work supervisors to explore their perceptions about support and collaboration relevant to the context of Vietnam, where contact between local universities and the interns’ workplace is minimal or non-existent.

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