HERDSA Notices 02 October 2019

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* Seeking additional reviewers for RDHE
* 2019 Symposium: Capabilities and Capitals: Implications for Students’ Persistence and Success at University
* ICED 2020, 15-18 June 2020 at ETH Zurich: Conference registration now open!
* iLRN 2020: 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network
* Higher Education in the Headlines

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Seeking additional reviewers for RDHE
ndicate willingness to review asap; reviews to be completed by 31 October 2019

We are seeking several more reviewers for Research and Development in Higher Education, RDHE Vol.42.
We expect to distribute the articles to be reviewed early October with reviews due 31 October.
If you are willing to help out please email e.heinrich@massey.ac.nz as soon as possible and either link to a CV or provide a brief description of your publishing and reviewing background. Your help will be much appreciated.

Further information: e.heinrich@massey.ac.nz


2019 Symposium: Capabilities and Capitals: Implications for Students’ Persistence and Success at University

REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN for this symposium which will bring together key thinkers and scholars who have applied the capability theory (Sen 1992, 1993) and capital theory (Bourdieu, 1986, 1993) across disciplines to consider how this framing may assist us to reconceptualise student persistence.

We know little about how learners draw on ‘internal capabilities’ (Nussbaum, 2011) when persisting in university; these capabilities are not innate but develop in interaction with the individual’s environment (social, cultural, familial and political). To contribute alternative perspectives on the issue of student participation and retention, this symposium deliberately shifts attention away from deficit views of student cohorts and instead utilises the Capability Approach and Capital Theories to understand the ways in which students successfully navigate higher education and reach graduation.

Held over two days 21 and 22 November 2019, the symposium will be of interest to HE researchers/scholars, equity/widening participation stakeholders, academic staff, policy makers, not-for profit/community organisations.


Further information: For more details and to register: https://heaccessforall.com/symposium-2019/program-and-speaker-details/


ICED 2020, 15-18 June 2020 at ETH Zurich: Conference registration now open!​

We are the organisers of the next ICED conference, ICED 2020, to be held in Zurich, Switzerland from 15-18 June 2020. The theme of the conference is “The Future-Ready Graduate”. Earlier this month you received the news that the First Call for submissions is open. We are now happy to announce that registration for ICED 2020 is open! For further information and to register, please see http://iced2020.ch/

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at this timely and important conference.

(On behalf of the ICED 2020 organisation committee)
Katherine Hahn

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Katherine Hahn Halbheer
ETH Zurich
Educational Development and Technology (LET)
Tel. +41 44 632 42 83

Further information: http://iced2020.ch/


iLRN 2020: 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network
6 January 2020

iLRN 2020: 6th International Conference of the Immersive Learning Research Network
June 21–25, 2020, San Luis Obispo, California, USA
Technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Education Society, with proceedings to be submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore®

Conference theme: “Vision 20/20: Hindsight, Insight, and Foresight in XR and Immersive Learning”

Call for Papers and Proposals available at: http://bit.ly/2ki4gzb (PDF), http://bit.ly/2lUcpdG (HTML)

The Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) is a burgeoning global network of researchers and practitioners collaborating to develop the scientific, technical, and applied potential of immersive learning. Its annual conference is the premier scholarly event focusing on advances in the use of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR), and other extended reality (XR) technologies to support learners and learning. Leading scholars and professionals operating in formal education settings as well as those representing diverse industry sectors will converge on the historic and picturesque coastal city of San Luis Obispo, California for iLRN 2020, where they will share their research findings, experiences, and insights; network and establish partnerships to envision and shape the future of XR and immersive technologies for learning; and contribute to the emerging scholarly knowledge base on how these technologies can be used to create experiences that educate, engage, and excite learners.

Please see the conference website for templates and guidelines.

XR and immersive learning in/for:
- Serious Games
- Medical & Healthcare
- Workforce & Industry
- Culture & Language
- K-12
- Museums & Libraries
- Special Education
- Geosciences
- Data Visualization


- Main submission deadline*: 2020-01-06
- Main-round notifications: 2020-03-23
- Camera-ready papers (Main): 2020-04-06
- Late submission deadline*: 2020-03-30
- Late-round notifications: 2020-04-27
- Camera-ready papers (Late): 2020-05-11
- Conference: 2020-06-21 to 2020-06-25

*Full and short papers can only be submitted in the main round.


Accepted and registered papers presented at iLRN 2020 will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to the IEEE Xplore® digital library. IEEE makes Xplore content available to its abstracting & indexing partners, including Elsevier (Scopus, Ei Compendex) and Clarivate Analytics (CPCI - part of Web of Science).

Further information: http://immersivelrn.org/ilrn2020


Higher Education in the Headlines

Visa entices students, not bosses | JULIE HARE | Australian Higher Education | 2 October, 2019
International graduates struggle to find work in their field of study because the 485 visa is little understood by employers.

Life Inside the Title IX Pressure Cooker | Sarah Brown  | Chronicle of Higher Education | 27 September, 2019
The administrators who handle sexual-misconduct investigations aren’t sticking around for long. That’s because they have one of the toughest jobs on campus.

Asia-Pacific universities missing AI’s full potential, says study | Joyce Lau | Times Higher Education | 26 September, 2019
Less than one-third of institutions are utilising technology that could boost innovation and fundraising, report finds