The Global WIL Team

l to r: Judie Kay, ACEN (Australia); Kristina Johansson, Vilar Network (Sweden); Katharine Hoskyn, NZACE (New Zealand); Norah McRae, CEWIL (Canada); Sonia Ferns, ACEN (Australia); Karsten Zegwaard, NZACE (New Zealand).

Kristina Johansson is an Associate Professor, the Assistant Research Director for LINA, Learning in and for the new working life, at University West, Sweden.

She is also one of five research  leaders in WACE, World Association of Cooperative Education. Furthermore she is the research leader for the international Satellite Office. The teaching assignments is within the PhD Education in WIL at University West, the Master Programme in WIL and in some competency development course.

Sonia Ferns (PhD, MEd, BEd, Diploma in Training and Assessment Systems)

Associate Professor Sonia Ferns has over 40 years’ experience across diverse educational sectors. In addition to teaching cross-disciplinary subjects, a key aspect of Sonia’s role involves conducting professional development for teaching and support staff to improve institutional quality through enhancing staff capacity. She also has expertise in curriculum and assessment design, industry engagement, work integrated learning (WIL) and interdisciplinary practice for students. Sonia has also led high profile strategic projects on curriculum renewal, institutional WIL and course optimisation. She has also led many nationally funded research projects.

Katharine Hoskyn, MPhil, Auckland University of Technology; Graduate Diploma in Business Massey University, BA (Psychology) University of Auckland.

Katharine is the immediate past Chair of NZACE, the New Zealand Network that Promotes Work-Integrated Learning.  Following 15 years in industry, she joined Auckland University of Technology (AUT) as a lecturer and supervisor of work-integrated learning students. She has considerable experience with the development,  co-ordination and management of WIL programmes at AUT, as well as marketing and advertising papers. This included involvement in the organisation of papers for conjoint students taking business in conjunction with hospitality, arts, sport, social science and psychology. Her current interests are more centred on her doctoral research; research in work-integrated learning; and consultancy and contract lecturing.

Judie Kay is Vice Chair Programs and Partnerships and an Executive Committee member for the world association for work integrated learning, WACE. Previously, Judie was Director, Employability & Career Education at RMIT Australia, managing Institutional career, employability and industry engagement strategies. She has managed numerous national work integrated learning (WIL) projects including a WACE global student WIL project across 8 countries. Judie is a co-founder and Past President of Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN), the peak Australian WIL association. Judie was awarded a Life membership to ACEN (2020) and the WACE global award for “Excellence in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commitment to Co-operative education and Work integrated learning” in 2015.

Norah McRae, PhD. Norah is the Associate Provost, Co-operative and Experiential Education at the University of Waterloo.

Norah’s involvement in co-operative and work-integrated education spans more than twenty years, over which time she has led strategic program development and research on student engagement and intercultural competency development. Her doctoral research examined conditions that enabled transformative learning during work-integrated education and led to the development of a preliminary theoretical model for learning during work-integrated education. Norah has been published in the International Handbook for Co-operative and Work-Integrated Education, CEIA Journal and The World is my Classroom: International Learning and Canadian Higher Education. She is a faculty member for the WACE Institute for Global and Experiential Education and the WACE Assessment Institute. Norah has served as President of the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education and is on the board for the World Association for Co-operative and Work-integrated Education.

Karsten Zegwaard is the Director of Cooperative Education, which annually facilitates about 350 science and engineering work placements, and teaches in professional workplace preparation and reflection.

His research focus has been on graduate competencies, professional identity development, agentic ethical behaviour, and enabling emerging researchers to conduct publishable research in WIL and co-op. Karsten is also on the Waikato’s VC Working Group for the WIL initiative, the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for Work-Integrated Learning, Vice-Chair (Oceania) for the WACE International Research Group, adjunct senior research fellow of University of Johannesburg, vice-president of NZACE, and serves on a number of editorial review boards and award panels. Karsten recently won the Donald MacLaren Academic Award for professional achievement and the Ralph Tyler Award for outstanding research.

Modules are facilitated by the Global WIL Team with support from the following experienced WIL colleagues:

  • Anna Rowe ACEN Australia
  • Dave Fenton CEWIL Canada
  • Jenny Fleming WILNZ New Zealand
  • Shabnam Ivkovic CEWIL Canada
  • Theresa Winchester- Seeto ACEN Australia
  • Leoni Russell ACEN Australia

Online learning technical advice and assistance from Shabnam Ivkovic, CEWIL Canada, is greatly appreciated.