WACE - advancing cooperative and work-integrated learning

Welcome to the fifth edition of the WACE Newsletter. This newsletter is aimed at helping you stay connected to Co-operative & Work Integrated Education (CWIE) developments across the globe. WACE is the only international professional organization dedicated to developing, expanding, branding and advocating for cooperative & work-integrated education programs within industry and educational institutions.

WACE has had a remarkably busy few months with the great success of our first virtual world conference in May which brought together over 400 colleagues from across the world. Planning has also commenced for next year’s WACE International Research Symposium in Japan at Kanazawa Institute of Technology.

Many institutions have joined WACE recently and, in this newsletter, we profile one of them, Charles Sturt University in Australia. WACE membership for the next year are now available. Membership will enable institutions to take full advantage of WACE events and programmes and have a say in WACE’s future directions.

In WACE News we announce new dates for the next two Global Challenges #2 November 2021 and #3 January 2022 with dates for information sessions and open the expressions of interest. Global Challenge #1 is about to commence with 13 institutions involved from 8 countries and students located in 17 countries.

In sad news, we mourn the loss of Dr Jim Wilson who pioneered research into co-operative education and pay tribute to all he contributed to the field.

In this newsletter we also share news on professional development opportunities, regional WIL news, research updates from the WACE International Research Community, and resources including a new WIL publication.

We welcome your feedback and any updates you would like to include in future editions of the newsletter and hope everyone is staying safe in these challenging times. Many thanks to all those who have contributed to this newsletter, and to Kylie Twyford for her ongoing support of the newsletter.

Judie Kay, Norah McRae, Nancy Johnston, and Jim Stellar
WACE Secretariat



Not a WACE member? 
Now is a great  time to consider becoming a WACE member to take full advantage of upcoming WACE events such as the International Research Symposium and for reduced rates for participation in the next Global Challenge programs (November 2021 and January 2022).

Membership also gives you an opportunity to join a vibrant WIL community and to have a voice in WACE’s future directions. Membership information is available here and please contact us with any questions you might have.

Current WACE members will be receiving membership renewal notices in the next weeks.


Global Challenge connects students from universities from around the world to work in multi-disciplinary, culturally diverse teams on authentic industry projects linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Global Challenge #1 June 2021: Enrolments are now closed. This programme will commence shortly with 108 students from 13 institutions in 8 countries with students located in 17 countries. Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Kyrgyzstan, Namibia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tajikistan, UK, USA and Vietnam.

Expressions of interest for Institutions to participate in Global Challenge #2 & #3 are now open: 

Global Challenge #2 November 2021: 

  • Programme dates: 15th November – 8th December 2021
  • Expressions of interest by Institutions by 22nd September

Global Challenge # 3 January 2022:

  • Programme dates:  31st January – Wednesday 23rd February 2022
  • Expressions of interest by Institutions by 30th November

For more details and to register your institutions interest or attend an information session being held on 6th/7th September, visit here.

WACE 2021 conference


Over 450 participants from 21 countries and 50 organisations attended the recent WACE World Virtual Conference in May 2021. It was wonderful to connect with colleagues from across the WACE community and meet the many colleagues joining a WACE event for the first time.

The conference was held over three days and across two-time zones Conference feedback indicated 83 % of respondents rated the conference above average or excellent with key strengths of the conference being the virtual platform, the prerecorded presentations, the live Q and A presenter sessions, Regional Spotlight and WIL Conversation sessions. All conference participants have been emailed the links to the presentations and recordings of some live sessions to continue to benefit from the global expertise in WIL.

Participants reported that they welcomed the opportunity to network with colleagues globally and to get updates on research and practice across the world. Feedback also provided a range of suggestions to assist us in planning for future events. A big thank you to all of our presenters, sponsors and participants for making it such a fantastic event.

International Research Symposium, Japan, 2022


The next WACE International Research Symposium will be held in Kanazawa Japan hosted by Kanazawa Institute of Technology. The dates are now confirmed for August 31st – September 2nd. Call for Abstracts will commence in November 2021.


Consider joining WACE as members have access to member-only programmes and discounts for the many events and professional development planned for 2020 / 2021.

Memberships for the next year are now open. Full member benefits, fees and application details are here.



Charles Sturt University is a regional Australian university that develops holistic, far-sighted people who help their communities grow and flourish.  Our mission is to build skills and knowledge in our regions and beyond. We offer choice and flexibility to students and work hand-in-hand with our industries and communities in teaching, research and engagement.

CSU video

At Charles Sturt University, students get hands-on experience from day one. Because it’s not what we say that makes a difference. It’s what we do.

Work integrated learning (WIL) is core to Charles Sturt’s mission of delivering high quality, flexible student learning that provides students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional networks for meaningful lives and successful careers. WIL is highly valued at Charles Sturt and we offer a wide range of WIL and placement experiences. WIL experiences enhance graduate employability outcomes and facilitate formation of real connections with industry and community through meaningful and authentic education experiences. In our Faculty of Science, WIL is undertaken by students from a broad range of disciplines for example, nursing, veterinary science, agricultural science, environmental science, exercise science, dentistry, pharmacy and allied health. We facilitate more than 11,500 Science and Health student placements annually through internships, practicums, clinical placements and other forms of hands-on experience in the workplace.

The University also offers WIL opportunities in the Faculty of Arts and Education, such as those for students in teaching, creative industries and social work. Our Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences in addition to WIL activities has compulsory placement embedded in many disciplines such as policing, management, marketing, HR, accounting, engineering, psychology and law with over 2,000 hosting partnerships. Conservative estimates value these student placement contributions to regional business at over $10 million AU.

Hear about business students talk about their placement experiences at CSU.

CSU collage




The Global WIL team  invites you to take part in a 15 minute online survey on professional development needs within work-integrated learning (WIL; cooperative education, work placements, internships, work-related projects, industry-based projects, etc). The data will update the findings from the first survey in 2017 with current data guiding professional development broadly across the sector.

The Global WIL Team is a group of WIL practitioners from New Zealand, Sweden, Canada and Australia, all members of their National WIL associations who have been developing and presenting online WIL professional development modules since 2015 to WIL practitioners  globally.

The results of this survey will inform the development of new professional development opportunities in WIL and also map changes in professional development needs due to COVID-19. The outcomes will be shared with the participating national associations and presented at the WACE International Research Symposium.

Your participation is completely anonymous, we will not be able to identify you. You are also free to withdraw at any point during the survey. This survey has ethical approval from the University of Waikato, NZ, #FSEN-20-17-8.

Please click on the following link by 31st July 2021 to complete the survey.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Karsten Zegwaard.

We greatly value hearing your views and appreciate your time.Thank you in advance.

Yours sincerely
Global WIL Team
Karsten Zegwaard and Katharine Hoskyn members of WILNZ, New Zealand
Kristina Johansson member of VILAR, Sweden
Judie Kay and Sonia Ferns, members of  ACEN, Australia
Norah McRae member of CEWIL, Canada

Global WILGlobal WIL Modules: Expression of Interest Open now 

Expressions of interest are now open for the second round of modules in. These modules provide WIL practitioners with the opportunity to undertake professional development online with colleagues from across the globe and will run from Oct – Dec 2021:

  • Student Engagement (new module)
  • Industry and Community engagement for Work integrated learning

The modules were developed and are presented by representatives of four national associations, including Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN), Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL formerly CAFCE), New Zealand Association of Cooperative Education (NZACE), The Vilar Network (Sweden), and have been running for 4 years with participants over eight countries from across the globe.

To find out more click here.




WACE is a network of networks and at our recent conference we were pleased to have Regional Spotlights where leaders of national associations linked to WACE provide updates on developments and achievements in WIL in their part of the world.

Two of the Regional Spotlight presentations from Oceania and North America are available below. Other regions will be showcased in the next newsletter.

Oceania: ACEN (Australia) and WILNZ (New Zealand) Regional Spotlight

North America: CEWIL (Canada ) Regional Spotlight


International Research Community


Study on the Institutional Support for teaching and Learning & WIL

Colleagues, we are conducting a study to understand how institutions support teaching and learning (T&L) during work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences and how institutions support teaching and learning (T&L) as part of work-integrated learning (WIL) programs. We are looking for those involved in T&L and/or WIL to participate in this study which has received ethics clearance. For more information and to participate in the study, please visit this link.

This work is a collaboration between researchers at Drexel University and the University of Waterloo. Please email Karen Nulton or Johanna Inman at Drexel University or Judene Pretti at the University of Waterloo if you would like more information.

We thank you in advance for your willingness to share your time and expertise.

Karen, Johanna, and Judene

Center for Activity Theory- University West 

Activity theory – with its focus on social dynamics within and across scenes of collective labor – has often been applied in studies of WIL. This work has taken place globally, and WIL researchers who use activity theory across the globe need a way to network with each other so they can continue developing activity theory to best address scenes of work.

With the grand opening of the Center for Activity Theory at the University West this need for global hub will be fulfilled. The center will host events and disseminate publications applying activity theory to WIL, strengthening the global research community.

The launch of the Center will occur online on the 13th of August at 16:15 (Swedish time) and you are most welcome to join in the celebration. Join this event here.

Warm regards from Summer in Sweden! (so needed)

International Journal of WIL

The special issue of the IJWIL on WIL in Canada will be published soon. Further information to be provided in the next newsletter.


WACE IRC Website

Chair WACE IRC, Judene Pretti


Dr. James W. Wilson, April 27, 1923 ~ April 3, 2021 

Dr. James W. Wilson was for more than 30 years, the pioneer researcher in the field of cooperative education and work-integrated learning.

As Director of Educational Research at Rochester Institute for Technology, Dr. Wilson led, and together with a colleague, conducted the first national research in the modern era on cooperative education, a Ford Foundation funded major study resulting in the 1961 seminal book they co-authored entitled “Work-Study College Programs: Appraisal and Report of the Study of Cooperative Education.”

This accomplishment resulted in the formation of the National Commission for Cooperative Education (NCCE) in 1962 and thereafter led to Jim accepting Northeastern University’s (NU) endowed chair as the Asa S. Knowles Research Professorship.

Jim was also the Director of NU’s Cooperative Education Research Center where he authored numerous books and articles, edited the Journal of Cooperative Education, conducted annual surveys of co-op programs in the USA, and travelled internationally to help establish and evaluate cooperative education programs.

His original research provides much of what is known about cooperative education, and his work continues to serves as the basis for research conducted by others since.

Jim’s life’s work not only increased the quality of the programs offered to co-op students, but also the quality of the lives so many built on what they learned from their co-op experiences.

He served multiple terms as Vice President for Public Relations of the Cooperative Education Association (CEA), received many prestigious awards acknowledging his work, and in 1997 the James W. Wilson Award was established by CEA to honor him as “… the most prominent researcher in cooperative education in the second half of the century”.

Jim’s contribution to the understanding and enhancement of cooperative education and work integrated learning also included the Cooperative Education Division of the American Society for Engineering Education,

and internationally with the Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada), formerly Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE), and in Sweden and Australia among other nations with the World Association for Cooperative and Work-Integrated Education.

As you may recall, Jim served as Chair, 11th World Conference on Cooperative Education held in Washington D.C., July 4-7, 1999. He was also a Visiting Fellow, Swinburne Institute of Technology. Australia. 1975.

And he was honored with the Dean Herman Schneider Award (Cooperative Education Association). 1979, the Research Award (Canadian Association for Cooperative Education). 1990, the Don MacLaren Award (World Association for Cooperative Education). 1993, the Ralph W. Tyler Award (Cooperative Education Association). 1996, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws (University of Waterloo, Canada). 1997.

Jim was also among the first honorees to be inducted into the Cooperative Education Hall of Honor at the University of Cincinnati on the 100th anniversary of cooperative education in 2006.

Not only was Jim aware of the importance of his endeavours, he genuinely loved his work. His enthusiasm, depth of knowledge about education, thoughtful and inquisitive mind, and sense of humour led him to be a mentor and role model to many whose lives he has influenced to this day.

His career offered him the opportunity to make acquaintances all over the North America and the globe, with many of whom remain close friends his entire life.

Jim retired from Northeastern to be embraced by Peterborough NH, where he remained an avid bridge player, teller of life stories and always enjoying his “wee dram of scotch” in the evening often watching his much-loved Boston Red Sox.

Were that it could have been so, as good friend Sam Sovilla so rightly proposed, that we all be together with Jim again on his 100th birthday, as so many were on his 90th, certainly a happy thought.

As with many of us who earned our doctorates with Jim’s guidance, we know full well, without him, our life’s work would not have enriched us and allowed us to share what we learned from Jim with so many others.

We stand on the shoulders of people like Jim Wilson, and as we remember Jim, let us also hold close those colleagues and friends now greying among us, so worthy of our love and respect, for one day each will complete the journey trusting that our lives had even a modicum of positive influence on others as did Dr. James W. Wilson.

May Jim rest in the peace.

“Cuimhnich air an fheadhainn bhon tàinig thu agus bi taingeil.” 

“Remember those from whom you are descended and be grateful.” 

— From the book of Crìsdean.


Dr. Christopher Pratt


Advances in Resaearch WIL


Advances in Research, Theory and Practice in Work-Integrated Learning

Prepublication orders are open for this exciting new publication.

This timely publication critically reflects on existing scholarship and practice in WIL, discusses contemporary insights, provides a synopsis of resonating themes, and recommends areas for future research and practice. The book aims to position WIL as a strategic imperative for enabling a sustainable workforce through strengthening graduate capacity both in Australia and globally.

The collection of edited scholarly chapters was compiled by 59 researchers, practitioners, and experts in WIL, and supported by the peak national professional body for WIL in Australia, the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN).  This book actively contributes to contemporary discussion that will appeal to a diverse audience. Chapters cover a range of pertinent topics such as teaching and learning, stakeholder engagement, maximizing learning outcomes, diverse forms of WIL practice, support and infrastructure, and future directions. Specific areas of interest include governance and leadership, student equity and wellbeing, quality and evaluation and interdisciplinary WIL.

This book is essential reading for researchers, practitioners, workplace and community partners, university leaders, and policy makers, who will benefit from insights in the publication, especially as the practice of WIL continues to expand in the higher education sector.

Pre-orders for the book are available at: Advances in Research, Theory and Practice in Work-Integrated Learning: (routledge.com)

Sonia Ferns, Curtin University, Australia
Anna Rowe, University of New South Wales, Australia
Karsten Zegwaard, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Pearson Resources


Presentations from an introduction to WIL conference, Work Integrated Learning Among Gen Z and Y by Pearson College London and supported by European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) are shared below:

  1. Introduction to Work Integrated Learning Conference
  2. Practices and perspectives of first-year WIL activities: A case study of primary teacher education
  3. A Critical Analysis of Multi-logical Synergies
  4. Global Calls to Action for Work Integrated Education: The WACE Charter and Applications for Gen X and Gen Z 
  5. Beyond Discipline Based Work-Integrated Learning Placements in Engineering and Science
  6. Designing Work-Based Learning Approaches for Gen Y, Gen Z and Beyond
  7. Examining Feedback Practices in WIL Subjects
  8. Putting Industry into WIL Teaching Praxis Engaging Creative Industries for Lifelong Employability
  9. Entrepreneurial Work-Integrated Learning
  10. From Graduate to Employee – the Birth of the Fully-Fledged Lecturer A Case Study of the Teaching Fellows Programme








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