HERDSA Notices 1 August 2018

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* Position Vacant: Project Officer, Learning Transformations, Western Sydney
* 2nd International Conference on English Across the Curriculum (EAC) to be held at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
* Call for submissions: Co-constructing Excellence Conference (18-19 Dec 2018)
* Call for Proposals to Host IEEE TALE 2020
* Learning Spaces Educational Officer, Charles Sturt University (Fixed term until December 2018)
* Learning Environment Design Officer, Charles Sturt University (Fixed term)
* Are you using digital badges? Share your experiences.
* Reviewers for International Journal for Academic Development (IJAD)
* Higher Education in the Headlines

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Position Vacant: Project Officer, Learning Transformations, Western Sydney
Applications close on Sunday 12 August, 2018.

The Learning Transformations team, Western Sydney University is seeking to appoint an energetic, thoughtful and creative Project Officer on a 1 year contract. The person will work closely with Dr Tai Peseta in the Learning Transformations team to support university-wide projects related to curriculum transformation, students as partners, higher education research, HEA Fellowships and others. 

Further information: https://www.seek.com.au/job/36817292?type=standard


2nd International Conference on English Across the Curriculum (EAC) to be held at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Deadline for submission extended to 15 August 2018

This is the second International Conference on English Across the Curriculum (EAC) to be held at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The conference and the pre-conference workshops will explore ways to enhance students’ English literacy in discipline content subjects via collaborations between academics from different disciplines and language teaching units. The conference aims to include multiple perspectives on EAC and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and expands the scholarship in this increasingly important aspect of education. Academics and educators from universities and schools are welcome.

Further information: https://elc.polyu.edu.hk/conference/EAC/index.php/EAC/EAC2018


Call for submissions: Co-constructing Excellence Conference (18-19 Dec 2018)
Deadline for submission extended to 22 Aug 2018

Co-Constructing Excellence: Recognising, Scaffolding and Building Excellence in University Learning and Teaching, 18-19 December 2018, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 

Online submission system: https://myreview2018.cetl.hku.hk

Universities around the world are grappling with the challenge of establishing a learning and teaching culture that is built upon the notion of teaching excellence. Such initiatives inevitably involve stakeholders at all levels of the university, from faculty members who teach in the classroom, to academic heads who lead and manage the culture, and senior management who are responsible for establishing policy direction and strategy. This conference will draw on wisdom from each of these constituencies, who, together, Co-Construct Excellence in university learning and teaching.

We warmly invite you to participate in this conference, held at the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning of the University of Hong Kong. The main aim of the conference will be to explore, and achieve some measure of consensus on, how we define and measure teaching excellence, and how we set about building, recognising and reinforcing a culture of teaching excellence in our institutions.

Important dates 
Deadline for Abstract/ Summary Submission: 22 August 2018
Notification of Acceptance: 
31 July 2018 (for abstracts that are submitted on or before 30 June 2018)
20 August 2018 (for abstracts that are submitted between 30 June 2018 and 22 July 2018)
7 September 2018 (for abstracts that are submitted after 22 July 2018)
Deadline for Early Bird Registration: 31 August 2018
Final Deadline for Registration: 15 November 2018
Conference dates: 18-19 December 2018

For inquiries, please contact the conference secretary at cetlconf@hku.hk or visit the conference site: http://www.cetl.hku.hk/conf2018/

Further information http://www.cetl.hku.hk/conf2018/


Call for Proposals to Host IEEE TALE 2020
31 October 2018

IEEE TALE (http://tale-conference.org/) is the IEEE Education Society’s flagship Asia-Pacific conference series, catering to researchers and practitioners with an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education as well as those interested in the innovative use of digital technologies for learning, teaching and assessment in any discipline. The conference target audience is diverse and includes those working in the higher education, vocational education and training (VET), K-12, corporate, government and healthcare sectors.

The TALE Steering Committee is currently seeking proposals from institutions to organise and host the TALE 2020 conference. In the first instance, prospective organisers/hosts should contact the Steering Committee Chair, Mark J. W. Lee, at info@tale-conference.org to express an interest and to obtain a copy of the pro forma for proposals.

The deadline for the receipt of proposals to host TALE 2020 is 31 October 2018, and applicants will be notified of the outcome no later than 31 January 2019. Please note, however, that the Steering Committee reserves the right to make a decision ahead of the proposal submission deadline on the basis of proposals received prior to that date.

Preference will be given to geographical areas and countries that have yet to host a TALE conference (see http://tale-conference.org/TALE_past-conferences.php for a list of past years’ locations), but only proposals from the Asia-Pacific region (IEEE Region 10) will be considered. Those who are based in other parts of the world may be interested in the IEEE Education Society’s other conference series, including Frontiers in Education (North America, IEEE Regions 1–7), EDUCON (Europe, Middle East and Africa, IEEE Region 8) and EDUNINE (Latin America, IEEE Region 9).

Further information: http://tale-conference.org/


Learning Spaces Educational Officer, Charles Sturt University (Fixed term until December 2018)

The Learning Spaces Educational Officer will contribute educational perspectives to on-campus learning spaces design, professional development and post occupancy evaluation; work closely with relevant organisational groups such as Faculties and Division of Facilities Management; and ensure that CSU effectively utilises spaces to underpin a distinctive student learning experience. The Learning Spaces Educational Officer will provide active learning advice and deliver professional development in the use of learning spaces contributing to vibrant on-campus learning experiences.

Principal Responsibilities

1.    Contribute educational perspectives and advice on campus learning spaces design.
2.    Assist in the delivery of the professional development of teaching staff and related professional staff in the pedagogical use of on campus learning spaces and develop guides and online resources to support such professional development.
3.    Generate, analyse and report upon, quantitative and qualitative metrics assessing student behaviour and pedagogical outcomes as part of post occupancy evaluation to analyse current learning space usage and capabilities and inform future learning space design strategy.
4.    Advise strategically on pedagogies that underpin modern learning spaces such as blended learning, flipped classroom and collaborative learning.
5.    Participate, and where appropriate represent Division of Learning and Teaching in relevant divisional and University committees, working groups and working parties.
6.    Other duties appropriate to the classification as required.

Further Information: Please refer to www.csu.edu.au/jobs/


Learning Environment Design Officer, Charles Sturt University (Fixed term)

The Learning Environment Design Officer will be responsible for the continual improvement of the user interface and content development capacities of Interact2 Learning Environment. Under the direction of the Manager, Learning Technologies, DLT, the position will ensure that the Learning experience development capabilities of Interact2 are optimal for use by all stakeholders. This includes ensuring that the visual look of interact 2 is consistent and that all input facilities provided to staff produce consistent visual elements. This role may also help improve other learning and teaching environments as determined by the Manager, Learning Technologies and as time permits.

Principal Responsibilities

•    Technical design, development and organisation of the visual elements of the Interact2 Learning Environment including performing all technical work required to improve visual elements of this environment over time.
•    Management of the improvement of existing content in interact2 in line with the current required visual elements and working with key stakeholders to facilitate improvement of their content.
•    Obtain and maintain an understanding of the visual design principles and technologies used at the university and ensure that these are delivered wherever practical.
•    Work with various stakeholders in the creation and maintenance of governance structures to oversee the visual elements of Interact2 and other learning environments.
•    Management of testing of changes made to ensure that changes facilitated by the position are consistent and accurate before release.
•    Organisation of appropriate timing of changes to ensure that any disruptions are minimised.
•    Writing and execution of test plans to ensure robust functional testing of any changes facilitated by the position including all learning tools in Interact2, content creation editors and student views of all various content possibilities.
•    Maintenance of documentation for use by academic and support staff covering any changes facilitated by the position.
•    Design and delivery of appropriate training to academic and support staff covering any changes facilitated by the position.
•    Technical assistance with other learning environments as required.
•    Other duties appropriate to the classification as required.

Further Information: Please refer to www.csu.edu.au/jobs/


Are you using digital badges? Share your experiences.

Are you a tertiary educator involved in one or more of the aspects of planning, designing, and / or teaching in online environments in a public institution in Australia and New Zealand?
If so, you are invited to take part in an online survey on digital badge use in online learning environments. The survey is intended to gather data on the ways in which both badges and learning environments influence student use of self-regulated learning strategies.
Participation is voluntary and will support my doctoral research. The survey is anonymous, and participants will not be identified. It should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. 
Many thanks for contributing to this study!

Further information: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/digital_badges_and_learning_in_online_env...


Reviewers for International Journal for Academic Development (IJAD)

The International Journal for Academic Development (IJAD) (www.tandfonline.com/ijad) is the journal of the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED) and is renowned as the world’s preeminent and only truly international journal on academic development, ranked in the top quarter of all Education journals (scimagojr.com). We publish articles written by scholars from around the world, and we need more reviewers, especially from countries with emerging and growing academic development communities.

If you are interested in reviewing (which is wonderful professional development for yourself, as well as a service to the academic development community) we would be very interested in new reviewers. You can apply by creating an account through Scholar One: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijad. Please make sure to select keywords from the drop down list that will help us to assign manuscripts to you in your appropriate area/s of expertise. 

If you have any questions at all about becoming a reviewer for IJAD, please do not hesitate to contact one of us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Klara Bolander Laksov, klara.bolander.laksov@edu.su.se 
Chng Huang Hoon, pvochh@nus.edu.sg
Peter Felten, pfelten@elon.edu
Kathryn Sutherland, kathryn.sutherland@vuw.ac.nz

Further information: Kathryn Sutherland, kathryn.sutherland@vuw.ac.nz


Higher Education in the Headlines

Outmoded tertiary split must end: report | TIM DODD | Australian Higher Education | 1 August, 2018
A new report on the tertiary education system calls for sweeping change to end the “outmoded distinction” between higher and vocational education.

Executive pay packages top £1 million at UK student housing firm | John Morgan  | Times Higher Education | 26 July, 2018
Pay deals in student accommodation bring claims ‘huge salaries are being funded by public money and student debt’

This President Tripled the Size of His University. Here’s How | Lee Gardner | Chronicle of Higher Education | 20 July, 2018
Over three decades, John Hitt spurred enormous growth at the University of Central Florida. Was he a visionary or lucky?