HERDSA Notices 13 September 2017

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* Call for chapters. Enhancing the Role of ICT in Doctoral Research Processes.
* Reframing the PhD state discussion sessions
* Impact of Digital Futures on Learning in Higher Education
* Competition for Undergraduate and Masters Students in Education, Media, Visual Art, Graphics and Design
* Higher Education in the Headlines

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Call for chapters. Enhancing the Role of ICT in Doctoral Research Processes.
Deadline: Before the end of October 2017

Call for chapters. Enhancing the Role of ICT in Doctoral Research Processes. To be published in middle of 2018.


Further information Dr Kwong Nui Sim at kwongnui.sim@vuw.ac.nz


Reframing the PhD state discussion sessions
23-27 October

The OLT project - Reframing the PhD for Australia’s future universities - is designed as a conversation starter to explore the challenges of reframing the Australian doctorate for a disrupted future of work. The project seeks to promote discussion throughout the sector regarding the rationale and ‘shape’ of the Australian PhD, particularly in relation to teaching. More details about the project can be found on the website: www.reframingphd.com.au

We are hosting discussion sessions in each of four state capitals in the week 23-27 October. Interested academic staff, PhD students and institutional leaders are being invited. There are spaces for 30 academic staff (morning) and 20 PhD students (afternoon) in each state. For more information, and to register, go to http://reframingphd.com.au/reframing-the-phd-state-discussion-sessions/

Further information http://reframingphd.com.au


Impact of Digital Futures on Learning in Higher Education
Project closes 1 Nov 2017

Higher education in Australia continues to change in all sorts of ways that impact on how learning and teaching is experienced and supported in our institutions. We would like to understand more about these changes, particularly the role that technology plays in this context. 

We are inviting participants to be interviewed for a research project on the changing roles of educational development staff in universities, ‘Impact of Digital Futures on Learning in Higher Education’ (UniSA Ethics Approval Number 200306). This study aims to find out about the experiences of our colleagues working in educational development (e.g., academic development, academic language and learning, educational designers).

This study seeks to answer the following questions:
1. How has the higher education learning environment changed, particularly in the last decade? 
2. What role has technology played in shaping educational development?
3. What might educational development look like in 10 years? 

If you are in an educational development role, you are invited to participate in a telephone, Skype or in-person interview of 30-60 minutes. A pre-interview questionnaire will be provided to gather initial information and help us understand your situation.

Please email Cally (Cally.Guerin@unisa.edu.au) if you are willing for our project manager to contact you to make a mutually convenient arrangement for the interview.

Rowena Harper, Project Leader
Project Team: Claire Aitchison, Negin Mirriahi, Cally Guerin

Further information Cally.Guerin@unisa.edu.au


Competition for Undergraduate and Masters Students in Education, Media, Visual Art, Graphics and Design
1 November 2017

Back in 2014 Early Childhood music teacher Marsha Seebohm took the 6 facets of the Research Skill Development (RSD) framework and adapted them into the lyrics of a song she called ‘Research Mountain’ and put them to the tune of ‘She’ll be coming round the mountain’. You can hear see the lyrics and hear 5 year olds from Elizabeth North Primary School singing Research Mountain here www.rsd.edu.au/schooling/frameworks/#early 

A problem is that we don’t have effective icons to represent each facet of the RSD. If we did, stimulating visual representations would help children to connect to the song’s lyrics and apply the skills that they sing about.

So, we invite those in Education, Media, Visual Art, Graphics and Design to consider submitting an entry of six icons that epitomise the facets of the RSD/Research Mountain.

Prizes, examples, rules and how to submit are found at www.rsd.edu.au/melt/competition/

Two different panels (5 year olds and Early Childhood educators) will judge each set of icons and winning entries will be announced at the I-MELT conference (www.i-melt.edu.au) in December.

Please pass this onto anyone, especially students, who you think may be interested.

Please contact me if you have any questions
John Willison
University of Adelaide

Further information www.rsd.edu.au/melt/


Higher Education in the Headlines

Social media poor for recruiting | BERNARD LANE | Australian Higher Education | 13 September, 2017
New research has found social media is not very effective when students are considering the choice of a university.

Colleges Confront the Perils of Frats | Katherine Mangan | Chronicle of Higher Education | 8 September, 2017
Alcohol, hazing, and secrecy are a dangerous combination. How are colleges trying to limit the risks?

Bogus accounting and irrelevant populism cannot fill Labour’s £11 billion black hole | David Willetts | Times Higher Education | 7 September, 2017
Andrew Adonis’s account of how Labour could fund universities if tuition fees were abolished lacks credibility, says David Willetts