2014 Work-Applied Learning (WAL) for Change Conference

10-11 November 2014 - Adelaide, South Australia

The Global Centre for Work-Applied Learning aims to bring together practitioners, scholars and organisations committed to Work-Applied Learning (WAL) and related areas in Australia and around the world. These collaborations result in industry based projects, research and recognition of prior learning qualification pathways, all of which will contribute to knowledge and the practice of WAL globally.


This conference on Work-Applied Learning (WAL) for Change showed how Work-Based Learning (WBL) and WAL resulted in individual and team learning, including organisational learning and change. The conference also showed the linkage between industry, research and education. This conference brought together leading practitioners and scholars who demonstrated the value of learning and application for change in organisations.


Senior Managers and their teams benefited from this conference as it showed them how to empower their managers and leaders to learn, apply and introduce change in their workplace, with the option of undertaking studies leading to undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. Academics involved in Change Management and Work-Based Learning or Work-Integrated Learning also found this conference useful. The maximum number of participants was restricted to approximately 150 participants.


As the conference involved presentations and reflections, its design provided an opportunity for participants to reflect on their own practices and organisational projects in the context of the concepts and real life examples presented.

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Conference Organisers

Global Centre for Work-Applied Learning (GCWAL)

The Global Centre for Work-Applied Learning (GCWAL) aims to bring together practitioners, scholars and organisations committed to Work-Applied Learning (WAL) and related areas in Australia and around the world. These collaborations result in  industry based projects, research and recognition of prior learning qualification pathways, all of which will contribute to knowledge and the practice of WAL globally.

Australian Institute of Busines (AIB)

The Australian Institute of Business is a 25 year old Business School offering degrees and undertaking research in Business and management nationally and globally. AIB was the first and still is the only private institution in Australia to be Government approved to confer the full suite of business and management degrees from BBA to PhD. The institute is led by highly qualified and experienced academics and practitioners who are determined to maintain close links between business theories and cutting edge business practices. AIB is ‘The Practical Business School’, committed to delivering programmes which are work-applied, accelerated, flexible, accessible, affordable and fully accredited.

Conference Supporters

Middlesex University

Middlesex University’s pioneering Institute for Work-Based Learning provides research and strategic development of Work-Based Learning across the university. In addition, the Institute partners directly with individual learners and organisations to create bespoke programmes from certificate through to doctorate level. Learning is focused on workplace activities and is aimed to extend workplace skills and the abilities of employees.

Action Learning, Action Research Association Inc (ALARA)

Action Learning, Action Research Association Inc (ALARA) was formed in 1991 (as Action Learning Action Research and Process Management Association). ALARA established itself as the world’s earliest action research professional association. It was the first to mount World Congresses for this field, bringing together theorists and practitioners with novices, innovators and managers. Renamed ALARA in 2007, the association has now held 8 World Congresses in Australian and International settings, over 20 Australasian conferences, and local workshops and seminars for members and their networks. ALARA produces a twice-yearly refereed Journal, occasional Monographs and World Congress Proceedings. Its membership includes some of the world leaders in Action Learning and Action Research.

Work-Applied Learning (WAL) incorporates the features of Work-Based Learning (WBL) and is grounded in a fused Action Research method and Action Learning process (ARAL). It is the addition of the ARAL approach which leads to not only individual learning by the managers and team learning, but also organisational learning, knowledge management and change, as managers and their teams, plan, act, observe, reflect, evaluate and validate their work based projects through the action research cycles of WAL.

Emeritus Professor Selva Abraham
Chairman of the Global Centre for Work-Applied Learning

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