HERDSA Notices 1 November

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* Position vacant: Professional Practice Fellow - Teaching & Learning (Wellington) (no. 1701921)
* MELT for scaffolding competency: 4th Webinar in advance of I-MELT
* 2018 ICED Conference - Call for Proposals Now Open! 
* Enhancing the experience and outcomes of International Higher Degree Research Candidates
* ACER Education Research Databases Updated
* Higher Education in the Headlines

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Position vacant: Professional Practice Fellow - Teaching & Learning (Wellington) (no. 1701921)
Closing date for applications extended to Tuesday, 7 November 2017.

The Occupational and Aviation Medicine (OAM), which is a part of the University of Otago (Wellington) Department of Medicine, has an opportunity for an outstanding individual to join them as a Professional Practice Fellow in Educational Technology / Instructional Design for the support of their post-graduate international distance programmes.

The Role
This position presents a unique opportunity to develop, design and support distance teaching, learning and assessment developments to ensure OAM programmes are efficient and of the highest quality. You will provide expert knowledge and support of tertiary education methods and eLearning for other teaching staff in the team, most of whom are not on-campus.

This is a part-time (0.5 FTE) permanent position.

Applications quoting reference number 1701921 will close on Tuesday, 7 November 2017.

More information including Position details, and how to apply, can be found here:

Further information https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=1701921


MELT for scaffolding competency: 4th Webinar in advance of I-MELT
16 November

Dear colleagues
Join presenters from Victorian Institutions for a webinar on using the MELT (Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching) for Scaffolding Competency in contexts as varied as the Nursing Handover and learning in mathematics.

Short papers for this topic are available:


Reading the abstracts of these in advance will be a great warm-up for the webinar.

Twenty plus short papers for I-MELT http://www.adelaide.edu.au/rsd/i-melt/papers/ from previous webinar themes and numerous other themes are also available.

This is the fourth webinar on the series on the various uses of the Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (www.melt.edu.au).

See https://reskidev.wordpress.com/ for discussions on this theme and other MELT themes such as Evidenced Based Decision Making, and Work Integrated Learning.

Date: Thursday 16 November, 1 hour
12.30 pm Central Daylight time (+10.30 GMT/Universal time)
1.00 pm Eastern Daylight time
12.00 pm Eastern Standard time
10.00 am WA

URL: https://adelaide.zoom.us/j/311161539

The Zoom platform is web-based and user friendly 
Equipment: A headset is good for speaking quality, but not essential- you may just want to text chat or observe.

Please run a sound-check within Zoom before commencement time. Click on the arrow next to the mic icon, bottom left, choose ‘Audio options’ and click ‘Test computer mic and speakers’.

I hope to see you online
John Willison
University of Adelaide

Further information john.willison@adelaide.edu.au


2018 ICED Conference - Call for Proposals Now Open! 
22 December

Dear Colleagues:

Please join us at the International Conference for Educational Developers 2018 (ICED2018) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in June 2018! This year’s theme is “Organizational Change: Voices, Identities, Power and Outcomes”.

Conference submissions are open until March 12, 2018. For early acceptance please submit by December 22 @ 11:59pm. We are accepting both one-hour workshop proposals and twenty minute paper presentations.

The world is going through unprecedented transitions, and education plays a vital role. Emerging and established educational development traditions around the world have much to teach and learn from each other. ICED provides an environment where such vibrant exchange of ideas can occur.

Keynote speakers
The opening keynote panel will help us unpack the conference theme, “Institutional Change: Voices, Identities, Power and Outcomes.” Our illustrious international keynote panelists include:
Dr. Huang Hoon Chng, National University of Singapore
Dr. Joy Mighty, Carleton University, Canada
Dr. Torgny Roxå, Lund University, Sweden
Dr. Mary Deane Sorcinelli, University of Massachusetts—Amherst, USA

The closing keynote, titled "Reimagining the Place of Students in Educational Development," will be delivered by Dr. Peter Felten, Elon University, USA.

Hope to see you there!
Michele DiPietro, Kennesaw State University, Conference Chair
Victoria Bhavsar, Cal Poly Pomona, Program Co-Chair
Ruth Poproski, Georgia Tech, Program Co-Chair
Allan Goody, ICED President
Hoag Holmgren, POD Network, Executive Director

Further information agoody56@gmail.com


Enhancing the experience and outcomes of International Higher Degree Research Candidates

Research Digest and the three best practice Guides on international HDR supervision, co-authored by Associate Professor Ly Tran, co-editor, Higher Education Research & Development and Dr Wendy Green, Co-Executive Editor, Higher Education Research & Development

Australia hosts around 21,000 international Higher Degree Research candidates, which constitutes around 32 per cent of the total HDR cohort. International HDR candidates can make original contributions to knowledge and the enrichment of research as well as to the development of cultural understandings and transnational networks in their host universities. Further, with the increasing mobility of the academic workforce, it is not difficult to find intercultural supervisory teams; for example, a native English speaking Australian academic and an academic originally from China co-supervising an international HDR candidate from Indonesia. Not only the HDR cohort but also the supervisory team have become increasingly diverse and intercultural. This cultural diversity requires new thinking about HDR supervision. The Research Digest outlines the five fundamental principles underpinning reciprocal intercultural supervision, which aims to enhance the experiences and outcomes of international HDR supervision and enrich research education in the host institutions. The accompanying good practice Guides focus on the key stakeholders in international HDR supervision: international HDR candidates, the supervisory team and research training managers.

Further information https://www.ieaa.org.au/research-projects/higher-degree-research


ACER Education Research Databases Updated

67 records have been added to Learning Ground:Indigenous Education Research Database for July-Sept 2017. See the New Additions page at:


New reports, articles and theses are listed as discovered at http://twitter.com/LearningGround


125 records have been added to the IDP Database of Research on International Education for July-September 2017.
See the New Additions link at:


New reports, articles and dissertations are listed as discovered at http://twitter.com/IDPDRIE

IDP Database staff were lucky to attend the Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) in Hobart a few weeks ago. All the tweets are at https://twitter.com/hashtag/aiec2017?src=hash while the presentations, photos, posters, and awesome graphic illustrations of sessions are all available at http://aiec.idp.com/aiec2017-past

Higher Education in the Headlines

Push for simpler research test | TIM DODD | Australian Higher Education | 1 November, 2017
The Australian Research Council is pushing to simplify ways the real-world impact of university research is measured.

Walter Kimbrough’s Higher Calling | Adam Harris | Chronicle of Higher Education | 27 October, 2017
Black colleges need someone to carry their banner. This pastor’s son is stepping up.

Predatory conferences ‘now outnumber official scholarly events’ | Jack Grove  | Times Higher Education | 26 October, 2017
UK researcher who travelled to predatory conference in Denmark calls for greater awareness of problem