Community of Practice

Community of Practice meetings invite both internal and external professionals to the University of Newcastle to discuss and share their experiences of Work Integrated Learning (WIL).

Held regularly, the meetings are an opportunity for local partners to collaborate with both national and international WIL representatives, sharing ideas and overcoming common issues.

Featured below are professionals who have recently visited the University of Newcastle, along with the downloadable resources.

If you would like to attend Community of Practice meetings, please email to be added to the mailing list.

Professor David Thornton Moore, New York University

Professor Moore, a visiting scholar from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, presented "Reflection as a Pedagogical Practice: Making Experience Educational".

Professor Moore gave his insights on reflections as a pedagogical practice (ways of enhancing students' ability to learn from the work experience and to connect it to theories and concepts learned in higher education).

Professor Moore has been a practitioner and scholar in the field of experience-based education for more than 35 years. An educational anthropologist with a doctorate from Harvard, he has done several large-scale ethnographic studies of high-school and college-level experiential learning.

His articles about internships and service-learning have been published in such journals as the Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Harvard Educational Review, Learning Inquiry, Journal of Experiential Education, Anthropology of Work Review, and Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning.

With chapters in seven books on workplace and experiential learning, he is co-author of Working Knowledge: Work-Based Learning and Education Reform (Routledge Falmer, 2004), and author of Engaged Learning in the Academy: Challenges and Possibilities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

A long-time member of the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE), he is a former board member and editor of the organisation's newsletter, Experiential Education; in 2004, he was named Researcher of the Year, in 2011 he was named a Pioneer in Experiential Learning, and this year became a Distinguished Scholar.Engaged Learning in the Academy

An affiliated faculty member of NSEE's Experiential Education Academy, he has conducted workshops in the US and abroad. He has been on the faculty of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University since 1982; he was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for six years, and was named Teacher of the Year in 2013.

He gave his insights on methods for helping students reflect on their work-based experiences and after a brief discussion of the relationship between experiential and academic learning, he led the analysis of the kinds of knowledge students encounter in their work placements, and offered up ways of teaching them to interrogate that knowledge: to pursue rigorous and critical questions about work organisations, processes, and relations; to explore its connections to things they are learning in school; and to investigate such issues as the distribution and use of power, the role of class, race, and gender, and the changing dynamics of their industries.


Ms Judie Kay, RMIT University

Judie Kay is currently Associate Director, Career Development and Employment at RMIT and the co-founder and National President of the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) - the national body representing WIL in Australia.

Judie has 15 years' experience in the strategic implementation of University-wide WIL policy, systems and projects in the tertiary sector and managing career and employment departments in universities. She has been involved in a range of national WIL projects including Project Lead for the National WIL Portal and currently as a team member for the Leading WIL project.

Judie is active nationally and internationally advocating for WIL, facilitating collaboration between national associations, is a board member of WACE, the international professional organization for co-operative and work integrated education representing Australia and is a member of the WACE International Research Group (IRG). 

Judie was the Keynote Speaker at the 5th Annual WIL Student and Staff Award Ceremony. Following this engagement, Judie stayed on in Newcastle and made herself available to speak with our community on the strategies and issues which impact on capacity building for WIL within our universities and in Australia.

Judie Kay at the 2014 Work Integrated Learning Student and Staff Awards Ceremony

Judie shared her insights on the latest developments with the Statement of Intent on WIL - strengthening university and Business Partnerships, which has been signed by ACEN along with; Universities Australia (UA), Business Council of Australia (BCI), Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), and the Australian Industry Group (AIG).

She also discussed the WIL Leadership Framework and its' development as an outcome of the Office for Learning and Teaching project, Leading WIL: A distributed approach to enhance Work Integrated Learning.