There are four awards and prizes which are associated with the annual HERDSA conference each year.
1. Taylor and Francis Prize: Best Paper by a New Researcher
Applications are invited for this prize which will be presented at the annual HERDSA Conference. The purpose of the award is to foster original research by encouraging new and less experienced researchers. A prize of AUD$1000 will be awarded to the paper written by a new researcher (or researchers) which makes a significant contribution to research in the field of tertiary education.
2. Edith Cowan University Authentic Learning Award
Applications are invited for the Edith Cowan University Authentic Learning Award which will be presented at the annual HERDSA conference. The purpose of the award is to promote the development of authentic learning environments in all facets of university teaching and learning, and to support the dissemination and publication of good practice associated with these environments.
An authentic learning environment can be described as one where activities represent the types of complex tasks performed by professionals in the field, rather than decontextualised or contrived activities. Students have access to supporting resources and engage in collaboration, articulation and reflection as they produce outcomes typical of quality performance.
The award will comprise a certificate and prize of $1000 and it will be awarded to the paper which in the opinion of a panel of judges makes a significant contribution to knowledge about authentic learning environments in higher education.
3. HERDSA Travel Award for a Postgraduate Student
An award of up to $1,000 is available to provide support for a postgraduate student to attend and participate in the annual conference of HERDSA.
4. The University of Sydney, Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) Creative Presentation Award
This award is open to all full refereed paper and showcase sessions and recognises and encourages excellence in the scholarly communication of knowledge in a conference presentation. The purpose of the award is to foster engaging and innovative presentations at the HERDSA conference.
The award was launched at the 2005 HERDSA Conference which aimed to create new spaces for conference participants to engage with presentations. The award recognizes that one of the ways in which this aim is achieved is through the ways in which conference papers are presented. This award encourages presenters to help achieve this aim and helps set a standard for future HERDSA conference presentations.
The award is open to all full refereed paper and showcase sessions. It is made based on the evaluation of the presentations by session chairs and three randomly selected session participants. The completed evaluations are considered by the conference Organising Committee and the prize is awarded by a representative of The University of Sydney’s Institute for Teaching and Learning at the closing session of the conference.
For further information about any of the awards and prizes, contact the HERDSA Office: email@example.com.