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EFPI’s Occasional papers Higgs, J. (2011). Professional and Practice-Based Education at Charles Sturt University, Occasional Paper 1. The Education for Practice Institute, Charles Sturt University, Sydney. Adams, E. (2012). Workplace Learning (WPL) Placements in Curricula: Strengths and Challenges, Occasional Paper 2. The Education For Practice Institute, Charles Sturt University, Sydney. Adams, E. (2012). Workplace Learning in Curricula: Assessment Design, Occasional Paper 3. The Education For Practice Institute, Charles Sturt University, Sydney

These are the first in a series of papers to be produced by EFPI. The release of papers will be announced through CSU’s What’s New. Alternatively, you can bookmark EFPI’s Publications webpage

2013 PBE Summit 10-11 April 2013 Sydney Olympic Park 2013 PBE Summit’s main theme is Practice, Culture, Identity and their implications for: • Educating the deliberate professional • Educating for future practice in the digital age • Good pedagogical practices and initiatives • Workplace learning innovation • Work-readiness and employability • Leadership and interprofessional practices • Workplace learning and student experience The next PBE Summit will explore the connections between professional practice and concepts of culture and identity. It will examine the ways in which practice, culture and identity can inform future research and teaching directions for university-based professional education and workplace learning. Together, practice, culture and identity invite reflections on the interdependence and interrelationship between the social and the individual, the economic and the moral agendas: For more information about the call for abstracts, speakers, etc. please visit the 2013 PBE Summit webpage. To register, contact:

THE EDUCATION FOR PRACTICE INSTITUTE Charles Sturt University – Sydney, Locked Bag 450, Silverwater NSW 2128, Australia Tel: 61 2 9752 9020 Fax: 61 2 9746 3647

EFPI Bulletin, November 2012

PBE Summit Keynote Speakers EFPI is proud to announce the 2013 PBE Summit’s keynote speakers: Prof Monika Nerland Professor of Education University of Oslo Prof Nerland’s research interests relate to knowledge cultures and learning in professional education and work. More... Prof Rainer Winter Professor of Media and Cultural Studies Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt Prof Winter’s research interests include the development of productive and creative life-world potentials. More... Prof Bill Green Professor of Education School of Teacher Education Charles Sturt University. Prof Green’s research interests pertain to curriculum inquiry and literacy studies, curriculum history, particularly the history and politics of English teaching and the English subjects. More... Professors Nerland and Winter will also be conducting seminars and campus visits across CSU. Further details will be announced through EFPI’s website, EFPI Bulletin and CSU’s What’s New.

2013 EFPI Teaching Fellowships In consultation with the Deans, the emphasis of 2013 EFPI Teaching Fellowships will be on enhancing Workplace Learning (WPL) and Practice-Based Education (PBE) at Faculty, rather than individual, level. Individual Fellowships will not be offered in 2013. Each Faculty has been offered a particular Teaching Fellowship Program and EFPI will work directly with Faculties to implement these. Submissions for the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Arts fellowships are currently under review. The latest information regarding these fellowships can be accessed via the EFPI Teaching Fellowships’ webpage. Contact: Dr Teresa Swirski Phone: 9752 9005

Dates for your diary EFPI Video-Conference Seminar: WPL in Curricula – 20 November, 1-2pm We would like to invite all CSU staff to EFPI’s next VC seminar held on 20 November 2012 (1-2 pm). The aim of this seminar is to discuss and share ideas for enhancing student learning in WPL. Dr Edwina Adams (EFPI Workplace Learning Teaching Fellow) will present some key issues to be considered when implementing WPL in curricula, such as equity of learning and an integrated whole-of-course approach. The two recently released EFPI occasional papers will also be introduced. The papers address issues pertaining to WPL placements and workplace learning in curricula. These papers are

recommended as pre-readings for the seminar. For further information, refer to the EFPI VC Seminar flyer or contact: Frances Colquhoun Phone: 02 9752 9020 Email: Campus visits EFPI has scheduled its campus visits for 2013 as follows: •

Albury-Wodonga February 19 – 20

Bathurst April 16 – 17

Dubbo May 16 – 17

Goulburn – Canberra August 1 -2

Wagga October 10 - 11

The focus of these campus visits are yet to be confirmed, but will include WPL assessment and student experiences, WPL outcomes and measures, professional practice and knowledge. For further information contact: Frances Colquhoun Phone: 02 9752 9020 Email:

EFPI Exemplars Update EFPI has compiled a list of eleven exemplars. They can be accessed via the Professional Education Toolkit webpage. These exemplars span diverse topics, such as the preparation and implementation of workplace learning, as well as professional formation and practice. The purpose of these exemplars is to provide CSU staff with ideas and models of teaching and learning strategies and innovations in PBE and WPL.

If you would like to contribute an exemplar, please contact Dr Teresa Swirski Following are three forthcoming exemplars. These will be accessible through EFPI’s Professional Education Toolkit webpage in late November.

The integration of distance learning, practice roles and support within police training Robin Caulfield, Lecturer and Year 2 Coordinator, School of Policing Studies Provides an example of how knowledge and skills were to transferred from an academic context to a practice one. This innovative practice was based on the design of scenarios and case studies from policing practice for an online learning environment. The design and implementation were especially structured with students’ interaction and support in mind.

Learning fire investigation skills through a virtual experience Amanda Davies, Course Director, School of Policing, Faculty of Arts Provides an example of an innovative tool designed to undertake effective teaching of fire investigation skills in policing. The learning tool addressed logistical challenges, such as providing timely access to real time fire scenes for undertaking authentic investigation tasks, as well as the challenge of providing access to learning via distanced education mode. The resulting product was a CD ROM for the fire investigation course, JST415 Fire Investigation Cause and Origin Determination, that incorporates previously filmed fire scenes, converted into a virtual environment made up of navigable, photo-realistic imagery, used to assess students’ investigation knowledge and skills.


Assessment as iterative learning to develop deep-learning practices Dr Sid Parissi, Lecturer in Problem Based Learning, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Science Provides an example of how to introduce students to Problem Based Learning (PBL). Orienting students mostly used to a sciencebased ‘lecture and lab-centric programs towards a student-centred PBL and reflective approach is, at times, a challenging task for all concerned. This exemplar presents how to ease students into PBL processes that expect them to be the main actors in their knowledge development as well as how to attain sought-after ‘deeper learning’ and life-long learning skills. Contact: Teresa Swirski Ph 9752 9005

Conference reports ACEN Research Symposium On 29th October, ACEN held a research symposium at Victoria University on a range of topics, including measuring the impact of WIL, social inclusion and WIL, WIL partnerships, assessing WIL, employability and the costs associated with WIL. Theresa Winchester-Seeto, from Macquarie University, and EFPI’s A/Prof Franziska Trede led a roundtable on Social Inclusion, Widening Participation, Transformative effects of WIL. The roundtable was attended by 8 scholars from Australia, Canada and New Zealand. From this discussion, several potential research projects have emerged that members of the group will be further exploring in the near future. ACEN Conference The 2012 ACEN Conference: ‘Collaborative Education: Investing in the future’, occurred in Geelong,

Victoria, on 29 Oct - 2 Nov. A/Prof Franziska Trede presented a roundtable paper co-authored with Acting A/Dean Megan Smith on Judgment-based assessment practices: perspectives from WIL stakeholders. The aim of the roundtable paper was to invite participants to take part in a robust discussion and rethink their assessment purpose and work closely with industry partners to ensure shared understanding of learning outcomes and of assessment practice as an interpretive and judgmentbased assessment.

staff in WPL, while Dr Swirski led a discussion about purposeful WPL pedagogy and Dr McEwen about scholarly enquiry into WPL.

Over 40 delegates attended this roundtable discussion. Three WPL educators were also present. They provided valuable insights into WPL assessment practices. They also succeeded in challenging other participants’ assumptions of assessment in WPL.

The complexity of assessment practices in workplaces: A focus on assessor’s perceptions, by F. Trede & M. Smith

For more information about ACEN’s conference program and proceedings, visit ACEN’s website at

What constitutes an effective workplace learning environment?, by C. McEwen, F. Trede & D. Sheehan.

CSUEd 2012 Pre-conference A/Dean Megan Smith, Dr Teresa Swirski and Dr Celina McEwen contributed to CSUEd’s preconference session on Strategic directions in workplace learning, chaired by Dr Wendy Bowles. A/Dean Smith led a discussion about developing leadership capabilities of

Further information about this session’s outcomes will be presented in the next issue of WPLN Updates. CSUEd 2012 Conference Most EFPI academics attended this year’s CSUEd. Paper presentations focused on WPL and academic transitions. Papers can be downloaded by clicking on the following links:

Transitions from the practice world to academia: Experiences and implications, by A. Gates & T. Green.

Exploring WPL participation and possibilities through technology, by T. Swirski & A. Kuswara. Illuminating WPL Horizons: Addressing placement pressures through technology, by A. Kuswara, T. Swirski & A. Gates, soon to be loaded on EFPI’s YouTube Channel.

CSUEd 2012 preconference session with from right to left: Gerard Boland, Teresa Swirski, Wendy Bowles, Jenny Kent, Franziska Trede, Sandra Finlay, David Maxwell, Wendy Hastings and Celina McEwen.


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