HERDSA Notices 26 July 2017

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* I-MELT short paper submission deadline extended to 14 August
* Otago Polytechnic - Director: Learning and Teaching Development
* Upcoming Symposium - Engaging students as partenrs in global learning
* Email invitation to participate in a sectoral research survey on academic governance
* ACER research databases updated
* Higher Education in the Headlines


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I-MELT short paper submission deadline extended to 14 August
14 August

It seems that preparation for the start of Semester 2 filled a lot of colleagues’ mid-year break, so we have had numerous requests for an extension to I-MELT short paper submission deadline.
For those who submitted on time, we are still planning to have peer reviewers’ comments back to you by the 24th August, so that you can plan your travel and accommodation accordingly.
As I-MELT is 11-13 December, accommodation is at a premium; conference rates are currently available on the website www.i-melt.edu.au .

For those who submit by 14 August, you should hear about outcomes for your paper by 14 September.
Papers submitted to date include a focus on:
Problem Based Learning; Critical Thinking; Work Integrated Learning; Clinical Reasoning; Development of the research skills of Pacific People’s, refugees in Australia, English Learners in Pakistan; RSD for addressing Equity Gaps; Enhancing Maths learning and problem solving; First year transitions; MBAs and other Masters programs; Integrated Online Reports; RSD Communities of Practice; Research Training; and Experiential Writing.
Some accepted short papers will be invited to submit a full paper for a Special Issue of the JUTLP. There is also a separate call for EoIs http://ro.uow.edu.au/jutlp/latestnews.html

We hope to receive your submission
For the I-MELT organising committee

Further information www.i-melt.edu.au


Otago Polytechnic - Director: Learning and Teaching Development
Applications close: 5pm, Wednesday 16 August, 2017

Otago Polytechnic – Dunedin City – Otago 
Full Time, Permanent

At Otago Polytechnic, we work hard to put the learner at the heart of everything we do. We are now strengthening our leadership to help inspire and navigate the way forward.

We are looking for an experienced leader of learning and teaching development who is committed to ensuring an outstanding learning experience for our students. We seek a leader to help us ensure that Otago Polytechnic programmes and courses are designed to best practice standards and that our academic staff have the full range of skills to facilitate learner success.

You will be responsible for providing leadership for building academic staff capability to support a successful student-centered teaching approach consistent with our focus on blended and online learning. You will have a strong learner and customer focus and bring with you a positive attitude to organisational change, along with a firm belief in a distributed and empowering model of leadership.

This exciting opportunity reports to the Deputy Chief Executive: Learning and Teaching Services, and supports the ongoing and implementation and review of our Learning and Teaching Strategy across the Polytechnic, incorporating education for sustainability, education for learner capability and the embedding of Maori knowledge and perspectives within all of our programmes.

For a position description or to apply please visit our website. For specific information, please contact Deputy Chief Executive: Learning and Teaching Services, Oonagh McGirr on 0800 762 786

Applications close: 5pm, Wednesday 16 August, 2017

Further information https://www.op.ac.nz/about-us/work-at-op/jobs/


Upcoming Symposium - Engaging students as partenrs in global learning
9th October, 2017.

A National Symposium will showcase outcomes of the Engaging Students as Partners in Global Learning Australian Learning & Teaching Fellowship. It will create a vibrant space in which to discuss critical, theoretical and practical perspectives on students and staff partnerships in global learning.

The Symposium will focus on innovative practices, which engage students, lecturers and other university staff as active, critical, and agentic partners in learning and teaching in the interconnected, multicultural societies of the 21st century. 
Place: University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania
Registration: The Symposium is open to all interested staff and students. The event will be free, and further details regarding registration will be available closer to the date of the Symposium.
There will be a call for Expressions of Interest to present at the Symposium shortly. Inquiries can be directed to Wendy Green w.j.green@utas.edu.au

Further information http://www.utas.edu.au/engaging-students/news-and-events


Email invitation to participate in a sectoral research survey on academic governance
1 December 2017

Dear Colleagues, Managers and Leaders of Academic Governance Units and Associated Portfolios,

We are writing to invite you to participate in a comprehensive survey regarding Australian Higher Education Providers’ (HEPs) academic governance practices. The study investigates HEP managers’ perceptions of academic governance including its role, beneficiaries, practice and outcomes within the Australian Higher Education (HE) Sector. The study aims to benchmark institutional academic governance practices and to identify factors that affect institutional academic quality with the aim of creating a good practice guide for reference by HEPs of varying types, sizes and commercial motive. 

Name of Project: Understanding Australian Higher Education Providers’ Academic Governance: Institutional Academic Quality Management in Practice (Phase 1 Questionnaire)

Can you help?
Participants are expected to be HEP managers with academic governance responsibilities as a part of their role. If you have familiarity with academic governance including your institution’s academic governance activities, please participate in our short survey available here https://mqedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8hKHpNcuUfLgcjX. If you would like to forward this research opportunity to colleagues employed in relevant working domains, please feel free to do so. 

This survey is anonymous and will take 20 minutes to complete. However, depending on your answers, it may take you as little as five minutes. The first section of the survey asks for general information about the respondent followed by general questions about the respondent’s institution such as institutional type, location and size. The survey also asks respondents’ to reflect on their individual institution’s academic governance arrangements and enquires about respondents’ perceptions about the role, benefits and beneficiaries of academic governance. The survey concludes by asking respondents’ about factors that may affect institutional academic governance outcomes. 

Further details about the survey and your participation are provided in the attached ‘Participant Information and Consent Form.’

To participate in the survey, please go here - https://mqedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8hKHpNcuUfLgcjX.

The survey opens 1 July 2017 and closes on 24 December 2017.

This survey is being conducted as part of the requirements of a PhD dissertation. Your contribution to this research is invaluable, and we thank you for your consideration and time.


A/ Prof Kyle Bruce, Dr. Sara Booth and Michelle Muchatuta
PhD Supervisors and Candidate respectively
Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM)

Further information https://mqedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8hKHpNcuUfLgcjX


ACER research databases updated

103 records have been added to the IDP Database of Research on International Education for April-June 2017. See the New Additions page at:


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


59 records have been added to Learning Ground:Indigenous Education Research Database for April-June 2017. See the New Additions page at:


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


Higher Education in the Headlines


Graduate balance under pressure | JULIE HARE | Australian Higher Education | 26 July, 2017
Maintaining a balance ­between domestic graduates and skilled migration in the workforce will become more difficult.


How One Leader Set a Toxic Tone, Spurning Allies She Needed Most  | Jack Stripling | Chronicle of Higher Education | 21 July, 2017
Shirley Ann Jackson, Rensselaer Polytechnic’s leader, has presided over the demoralization of a fund-raising office that is critical to the realization of her grand vision.


Title | Author | Times Higher Education | Date, 2017



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