2017 WAL for CHANGE Conference

27-28 November 2017 - Adelaide, South Australia

After the successful Conferences in 2013, 2014, 2015 and Congress in 2016, the Global Centre for Work-Applied Learning (GCWAL) presented the 2017 WAL for CHANGE Conference in Adelaide, South Australia.


In this conference, Work-Applied Learning (WAL) for Change is addressed in the context of Reflective Practice; Occupational Health and Safety; Telecommunications Construction; Work Readiness; and Work-Based Facilitation and Education. This conference will bring together leading practitioners and scholars to share and consider these issues.


Join like-minded conference participants and discover developments in WAL concepts, process and application which will be beneficial to executives, professionals and academics.


The 2017 Conference will involve presentations and group reflections, providing participants with the opportunity to reflect on their own practices, research and organisational projects/programmes with the concepts and practices introduced. The number of participants will be restricted to 80 in Adelaide.

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Conference Organiser

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 research and consultancy projects, all of which will contribute to knowledge and the practice of WAL globally.

Conference Supporter

The Australian Institute of Business (AIB) is a 22 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.

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 9 World Congresses in Australian and International settings, over 20 Australasian conferences, and local workshops and seminars for members and their networks.

In fewer than 50 years, Leeds Trinity University has transformed itself from two small Catholic teacher training colleges to an acclaimed university with an excellent track record for launching the careers of its students. We were one of the first universities to include compulsory professional work placements with every degree, and we now work closely with over 2,000 businesses who offer our students placements that are relevant to their degrees. The results speak for themselves, with 95% of our graduates employed or in further study within six months of graduating.

Otago Polytechnic is one of New Zealand’s leading polytechnics with a strong reputation for quality and innovation and for the success of its learners, both in terms of academic achievement and employment success. The Polytechnic has a strong focus on the education of adult learners who are in work and has a particular strength in the recognition of prior experiential
learning. Services and programmes for the adult learner are delivered through a specialist school – Capable NZ, which specialises in work based learning at both undergraduate and post graduate levels, including a Masters in Professional Practice and a Doctor of Professional Practice. A recent innovation for the Polytechnic, delivered through Capable NZ, is a micro credentialling service branded as EduBits.

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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