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Wednesday 27th November 10.30am – 3.30pm
Function Centre, UniCentre
Wollongong Campus, University of Wollongong

Contemporary WIL practices: employability & digital innovations in curricular & co-curricular contexts

Work Integrated Learning is a priority for all universities. A partnership between the University of Wollongong and the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN), the symposium launches an invigorated WIL & Employability focus for UOW and provides a common platform for academic and professional staff from NSW universities to engage in collegial and strategic discussions regarding WIL and to share innovative and best practice strategies.

The symposium promises an extraordinary line up of inspirational leaders, researchers, and practitioners and aims to respond to the challenge of contemporizing traditional WIL practices that correspond with digital innovations in curricular and co-curricular contexts, whilst exploring the connections to employability and career development . Featured presenters include Professor Tony Watts, International Policy Consultant on career guidance and career development (UK); Dr Tristram Hooley, Reader in Career Development and Head of iCeGS, UK; Associate Professor Romy Lawson, Director of Learning, Teaching & Curriculum at the University of Wollongong and; Professor Eeva Leinonen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Wollongong.

Prof Watts will present on the nexus between Career Development – Employability and Work Integrated Learning while other presentations and workshop topics on the day include ‘Employability, WIL Research and Practice within and outside the Curriculum;’ and; ‘Building online Employability in Academic Settings’. Our panel discussion features representatives from NSW Trade and Investments, ACEN, students and key learning and teaching staff from UOW who will debate and unpack themes from the day. 



EOI's close: 31 October 2013
EOI outcomes: 8 November

We are now calling for expressions of interest to present:

  • a concurrent session in the morning or afternoon where the focus could be related to a professional or non professionally oriented discipline (4 in total)
  • or as part of the Pecha Kucha session on the theme of Digital Innovations in WIL and Employability (4 in total)

Pecha Kucha is a (very) short PowerPoint presentation.

Presentation Format Information and EOI Template

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Academic and professional staff involved in the delivery or administration of WIL subjects such as subjects that involve a compulsory industry placement, internship, industry based research project or any form of work experience. Heads of Schools, Heads of Programs, Faculty Education Chairs, Associate Deans (Education) and all staff involved in curriculum review and renewal who would like to further their understanding of Work-Integrated-Learning in contemporary practices both in and outside the curriculum.  


Prof Tony Watts -
Dr Tristram Hooley -
Associate Professor Romy Lawson -

Last reviewed: 14 October, 2013

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