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Curtin University
Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

WIL Team

Mrs Sonia Ferns

Mrs Sonia Ferns Mrs Sonia Ferns
Position Manager, Course Design
Faculty Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic
School Curtin Learning and Teaching (CLT)
Department Course Quality
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 105.Level 1
Phone 08 9266 2435
Fax 08 9266 3051
Email S.Ferns@curtin.edu.au

Brief Summary

Ms Sonia Ferns (PhD Candidate, MEd, BEd, Diploma in Training and Assessment Systems) Sonia is Manager Course Design with the responsiblty of working with Faculty to ensure all degree programs at Curtin encompass quality outcomes for students. From 2013 to 2015 she led the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) strategic project. The WIL project encompassed both curricula and co-curricular aspects of the student experience with the intention of enriching graduate outcomes through enhanced exposure to the world of work and authentic learning experiences evidenced by meaningful assessment.  Models of industry and community engagement were a key theme in the project, aligning to Curtin’s aim to be a preferred provider of graduates by employers. She incorporates a collaborative leadership model and an evidence-based approach to ensure success and positive outcomes for staff.  Sonia was a Project Leader in the high profile, strategic Curriculum 2010 (C2010) project at Curtin from 2007 to 2009. To ensure sustainable and systemic change across the Institution, she was required to provide strong leadership and implement streamlined operational processes.  Sonia previously managed academic delivery across regional locations and was Dean Teaching and Learning for the Division of Resources and Environment. She is on the Board of Directors for the Australian Collaborative Education Network. Sonia’s areas of interest include curriculum design, facilitating change and work-integrated learning. Sonia was a member of the lead team for the OLT project: Assessing the impact of work-integrated learning (WIL) on student work readiness and a project team member for several OLT projects: She is currently leading the OLT project Developing strategies to maximise industry contribution and engagement with the WIL experience. Sonia is on the editorial board for the Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education. She is an active researcher in WIL and curriculum design and has published extensively.

Memberships, Awards and Training

Membership

           Higher Education Research and Development  HERDSA

-          Board of Directors Australian collaborative Educational Network (ACEN)

-          Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)

-          Australasian Association for Institutional Research (AAIR)

-          World Assoication of Collaborativve Education (WACE)

-          WACE International Research Group (IRG)

Awards

 2010                                                                       ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

 2009                                                                       Curtin’s Excellence and Innovation in Teaching

                                                                                Curtin University

  2007                                                                       Biography entered in inaugural edition of Who’s Who in Western Australia 

 2002                                                                       Vice- Chancellor’s Award for excellence in recognition of excellence and outstanding service given to Curtin University

 

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Research Interests

Curiculum design, work integrated learning, assessment and feedback, student experience, employability.

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Publications

2017

Journal Articles (Research)

2016

Journal Articles (Research)

2015

Journal Articles (Research)

Conference Articles (Research)

2014

Journal Articles (Research)

2011

Conference Articles (Research)

2010

Conference Articles (Research)

  • Oliver, B. L., S. J. Ferns, B. A. Whelan, and L. lilly. 2010.“Mapping the Curriculum for Quality Enhancement: Refining a Tool and Processes for the Purpose of Curriculum Renewal.” In AuQF2010, Jun 30, 2010, Gold Coast: Australian Universities Quality Agency.
  • Ferns, S. J., J. Howell, L. Taylor, and A. Kosovich. 2010.“Quality curriculum and career development: Using an evidence-based approach to embed career development learning in the curriculum.” In ACEN National Conference 2010. Work Integrated Learning (WIL): Responding to Challenges., Sep 27, 2010, Curtin University, Bentley Campus, Perth, Western Australia: Australian Collaborative Educational Network (ACEN) Incorporated.

2009

Journal Articles (Research)

2007

Conference Articles (Research)

  • Ferns, S. J. 2007.“Academic Excellence in Regional Campuses.” In AARE 2007 International education research conference Research Impacts: Proving or Improving?, Nov 25, 2007, Fremantle: AARE Inc www.aare.edu.au.
  • Oliver, B. L., B. M. Tucker, S. T. Jones, and S. J. Ferns. 2007.“Are our students work-ready? graduate and employer feedback for comprehensive course review.” In ATN Evaluation and Assessemetn conference 2007 Assessment and evaluation for real world learning, Nov 29, 2007, Brisbane: Department of Teaching and Learning Support Services Queensland University of Technology.
  • Oliver, B. L., S. T. Jones, B. M. Tucker, and S. J. Ferns. 2007.“Are our students work-ready?: graduate and employer feedback for comprehensive course review.” In Australian Technology Network Evaluation and Assessment Conference 2007, Nov 29, 2007, Brisbane: Department of Teaching and Learning Support Services, Queensland University of Technology.
  • Ferns, S. J., B. L. Oliver, S. T. Jones, and R. B. Kerr. 2007.“Course Sustainability = relevance+ quality+ financial viability.” In ATN evaluation and assessment conference 2007 assessment and evaluation for real world learning, Nov 29, 2007, Brisbane: Department of Teaching and Learning Support Services Queensland University of Technology.
  • Oliver, B. L., S. T. Jones, and S. J. Ferns. 2007.“Mapping curricula: ensuring work-ready graduates by mapping course learning outcomes and higher order thinking skills.” In Australian Technology Network Evaluation and Assessment Conference 2007, Nov 29, 2007, Brisbane: Department of Teaching and Learning Support Services, Queensland University of Technology.
  • Oliver, B. L., S. T. Jones, S. J. Ferns, and B. M. Tucker. 2007.“mapping Curricula: ensuring work-ready graduates by mapping course learning outcomes and higher order thinking skills.” In ATN evaluation and Assessment conference: assessment and evaluation for real world learning, Nov 29, 2007, Brisbane: Department of teaching and Learning Support Services Queensland University of Technology.

Additional publication categories

2016

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

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