HERDSA Notices 25 October 2017

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* Work Skill Development for WIL and Employability: 3rd Webinar in advance of I-MELT
* Position Vacant: Faculty Development Lead (Brisbane)
* Exploratory panel: Privacy, trust, student data, and the university: an exploratory panel - free & online
* Senior Educational Development Officer Role at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
* Higher Education in the Headlines

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Work Skill Development for WIL and Employability: 3rd Webinar in advance of I-MELT
Friday 27 October

Dear colleagues
Join presenters from the Universities of New South Wales and Wollongong in a webinar on ‘Using the Work Skill Development Framework - Examples of Practice’

Three short papers for this topic by these authors are now online at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/rsd/i-melt/papers/
Reading the abstracts of these in advance will be a great warm-up for the webinar.

A number of other papers for I-MELT are also available, and growing daily.

The Work Skill Development (WSD) Framework, developed By Dr Sue Bandaranaike at James Cook University, has been used since 2009 for WIL contexts as varied as Geography & Engineering, Business and Nursing. This webinar will focus on practical applications of the WSD to make explicit the thinking processes and language used in workplaces and for enhancing student and graduate employment prospects.

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

Other papers on themes from the I-MELT conference will be available soon on the conference website www.rsd.edu.au/i-melt/papers/ 

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

Date: Friday 27 October, 1 hour
2.30 pm Central Daylight time 
3.00 pm Eastern Daylight time
2.00 pm Eastern Standard time
12.00 noon WA
(+10.30 GMT/Universal time)

URL: https://adelaide.zoom.us/j/933991892

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’.
This is the third webinar in a series to discuss I-MELT themes based on the short papers for presentations before the conference www.i-melt.edu.au

I hope to see you online
John Willison
University of Adelaide

Further information john.willison@adelaide.edu.au


Position Vacant: Faculty Development Lead (Brisbane)
Closes 10th November

The Office of Medical Education which is part of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland has an opportunity for an innovative academic developer to join the team and lead the development of a program to build capacity and support staff teaching the Doctor of Medicine Program. The position is a continuing position at academic Level C or D and aims to design and develop an innovative well-targeted faculty development strategy that meets the needs of the widely dispersed UQ MD program across multiple sites and contexts. 

To discuss this role please contact Professor Nicholas Hawkins, Director, Office of Medical Education on +61 7 3346 4634 or email n.hawkins@uq.edu.au

Further information http://jobs.uq.edu.au/caw/en/job/501308/faculty-development-lead-mdmbbs-...


Exploratory panel: Privacy, trust, student data, and the university: an exploratory panel - free & online
Dec 5 2017

We wanted to make sure the ASCILITE 2017 conference program hit on some of the key issues for the sector right now.

And that's why we're bringing you what we anticipate will be a thought-provoking, and sometimes challenging, panel discussion on privacy, trust, student data, and the university.

It's also why we decided that this session needs to be available to all in the higher education. This session will be open and free for all to attend online.

As higher education institutions increasingly collect and use data, questions arise over student privacy and the impact on a relationship of trust. This is exacerbated by the use of third-party (and often commercial) products in the curriculum; from publisher texts and online resources that require unique student log-in, to test banks that track individual student performance, to the integration of services like Google+ and Facebook into learning and teaching activities. Furthermore, questions arise when companies dealing with student data are purchased by commercial interests and the data is seen as ‘goods and chattels’ in the company sale.

This panel seeks to explore emerging ethical, legal, educational, and technological issues surrounding the collection and use of student data by universities, and the impact these strategies have on student trust and privacy.

We've put together a stellar panel to discuss this important topic. We wanted to include multiple perspectives, including student and vendor perspectives. You'll hear from

Barney Dalgarno (facilitator), Director of Learning Online at Charles Sturt University
Jasmine Thomas, Sessional Academic, School of Law and Justice, University of Southern Queensland
Kirsty Kitto, Senior Lecturer, Connected Intelligence Centre, University of Technology Sydney
Kate Young, Student, Bachelor of Health (Biomedical Science Major), University of Southern Queensland
Allan Christie, Vice President eLearning, Blackboard

Live streamed via Zoom. You can also participate in the discussion via Twitter. Tweet your questions during the session with the conference hashtag #ascilite17 and the committee will pose them to the panel.

Further information https://tinyurl.com/yc7b8e7k


Senior Educational Development Officer Role at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Recruitment will continue until the position is filled. Consideration of applications will commence in November 2017 until the position is filled.

The appointee will be required to:
(a) to promote scholarship of teaching and learning, particularly in the area of innovative and transformative assessment practices to ensure quality assurance/enhancement of academic programmes and subjects at tertiary level through teaching development projects and engagement with teaching staff; 
(b) to lead and support the development and implementation of educational initiatives, particularly in the area of assessment; 
(c) to contribute to the university-wide teacher development programme of workshops and seminars; and 
(d) to perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Director of Educational Development or her delegates or the Management of the University from time to time. 

Applicants should have:
(a) a doctoral degree in Education or a relevant discipline;
(b) at least twelve years of proven experience in leading/supporting implementation of innovative assessment practices at university level;
(c) experience in effective team-leading, and work coordination; 
(d) some teaching experience in tertiary institutions;
(e) good track record in producing learning and teaching publications and substantial experience in facilitating teaching development workshops for academic staff (or good track record in producing institutional reports and substantial administrative experience at senior level);
(f) a proactive and innovative work style with the ability to work independently and co-operatively;
(g) strong organizational, problem-solving and leadership skills; 
(h) strong communication skills, including high proficiency in written and spoken English; and 
(i) good knowledge of trends in educational development, assessment and evaluation of learning impact in Hong Kong and/or overseas.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an interview and to present a portfolio of work they have undertaken relevant to this post.

Remuneration and Conditions of Service 
A highly competitive remuneration package will be offered. Initial appointment will be made on a fixed-term gratuity-bearing contract. Re-engagement thereafter is subject to mutual agreement. 

Applicants should include a cover letter in which they address the job responsibilities and qualifications above, a CV, an HR application form downloadable at http://www.polyu.edu.hk/hro/job/en/form/hrform72b.doc with a list of two or more referees, and their current and expected salary on the form. Please submit application form via email to hrstaff@polyu.edu.hk; by fax at (852) 2764 3374; or by mail to Human Resources Office, 13/F, Li Ka Shing Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong. If you would like to provide a separate curriculum vitae, please still complete the application form which will help speed up the recruitment process.

Further information http://www.polyu.edu.hk/hro/job/en/guide_forms/guidelines.php


Higher Education in the Headlines

Time for TAFE revival: Labor | BERNARD LANE  | Australian Higher Education | 25 October, 2017
Opposition spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek says the future fitness of post-secondary education needs to be examined.

The Lure of the Lazy River | Jack Stripling | Chronicle of Higher Education | 20 October, 2017
How the wooing of students, and the cultivation of their desires, shifts the priorities and the role of the modern university.

EU scholars fear right to stay in UK ‘jeopardised by study leave’  | Times Higher Education | 19 October, 2017
Academic says he is ‘wary’ of applying for projects that involve extended periods of time overseas