HERDSA Notices 27 February 2019

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* Reminder - Nominations for Life Members
* Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching - Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
* Free online seminar - 19 March 11am -A different view of First Year student capabilities. How to discover their strengths and we
* Full-Time, Fixed-Term Position for 5 Years – Lecturer Level B Learning Transformations Western Sydney University
* RESCON - International Flipped Learning coming to Brisbane
* Higher Education in the Headlines

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Reminder - Nominations for Life Members
Friday 8th March 2019 Message

HERDSA life Members are individuals who have made a substantial, prolonged contribution to HERDSA through their service to the Society and/or have made a distinguished contribution to higher education. We are pleased to count many significant contributors in our list of life members (http://herdsa.org.au/content/life-members). 

The HERSDA Executive is now calling for nominations for new life members. The Executive will review nominations and elect up to two new life members who will be recognised at the 2019 conference. 

To nominate an outstanding individual for HERDSA Life Membership, please forward a short statement detailing the following: 
• Name and Email of Nominee 
• Name and Email of Proposer 
• Statement of outstanding Contribution to HERDSA and/or higher education (approx. 500 words) 

Please forward to office@herdsa.org.au by Friday 8th March 2019


Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching - Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
Applications close Thurs 07 March.

AUT seeks to appoint a new Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching to provide leadership to the University and deliver policy and strategy in, and institutional oversight of, learning and teaching. This includes leading, supporting and monitoring continuous improvement of teaching quality, pedagogical innovation, student learning and student support to enhance the student learning experience.

The appointee will provide specialist advice to the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and other educational leaders with particular focus areas including leading learning and teaching transformation at AUT and providing leadership and/or collaboration on major initiatives and strategic projects. The Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching will also lead the development and delivery of appropriate learning and teaching academic programmes for staff that inspire engagement in high impact and/or innovative learning and teaching practice and oversee the quality of student learning. They will also importantly establish cross-university activities that seek to profile learning and teaching and build external relationships to enable increased sharing of knowledge and innovations.

A demonstrated ability to influence and lead learning innovations in a university context including high level, interpersonal communication skills with a demonstrated ability to work co-operatively with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders, will be critical. The successful applicant will also be an expert at creating change, particularly through technology.

Further information: https://careers.aut.ac.nz/jobdetails?ajid=MVmqa


Free online seminar - 19 March 11am -A different view of First Year student capabilities. How to discover their strengths and we
19 March 2019

Many First Year students find their immediate experiences of university overwhelming on a number of fronts and sometimes, after getting a disappointing result from their early assignments tend to drop out. Many have come to university from other careers and they have managed their lives successfully but have not had to do what the academy requires of them. Nevertheless, they bring with them a range of skills and knowledge from their previous lives.

My research explored the skills and abilities they brought and found that in my sample, they had a range of Higher Order Thinking Skills as well as some Academic Discourse skills that could be engaged and developed, potentially enabling them to engage better with the demands of the academy. Simply expressed, my argument is that if the curriculum and syllabuses took their existing skills into account and affirmed them, while developing the weak areas, more students would be more successful, and the existing attrition rate would diminish.

In this presentation I hope to challenge what might be some of the preconceptions about what first years can and cannot do, but even more, hope to encourage university teachers to reflect on their own experiences of working with first years and think of fresh ways in which, in their pedagogy, they can build on the students’ strengths and redress their weaknesses. University administrations are all doing a great deal to assist students to transition into the academy, but the students’ primary experience is in the study realm, be it in a classroom, lecture theatre or online and that is where the changes must happen.

Dr Lynette Faragher was born in South Africa and worked in African education for most of her working life there undertaking leadership positions in organisations and institutions. A period of travel and teaching overseas in L2 situations followed this.

She came to USQ in 2009 where she co-ordinated the Learning Centre at the Springfield Campus. She completed her PhD in 2018 and graduated. The PhD study focusses on the identification of skills and abilities that first year students bring with them when they start their learning journeys; especially Higher Order Thinking Skills and Academic Discourse skills. The construct of the virtual uni bag is central to this thinking. Using Transition Pedagogy in new ways, calling it ‘pedagogy for transition’ and applying constructivist pedagogy, she seeks to promote the possibility of changes in the design and implementation of the curriculum and courses for first years that will enhance their engagement and chances of success.

Further information: https://tinyurl.com/y6ljefrr


Full-Time, Fixed-Term Position for 5 Years – Lecturer Level B Learning Transformations Western Sydney University
Closing Date: 11:30pm Sunday 24 March 2019

Ref 2563/18 Lecturer, Learning Transformations

The Office of the PVC Learning Transformations is seeking to appoint one full-time (or two part-time pending negotiation) Lecturer level B with expertise in innovative academic development and curriculum leadership experience to join the team. The role will provide institutional leadership and support for the development of transformative curriculum and learning experiences. In particular, we are seeking colleagues with expertise in professional learning and development of university staff as expert teachers and curriculum designers in today’s technology enabled learning environments. A key element of this role is in developing peer review of educational practices and supporting academic staff in evaluating their teaching using qualitative and quantitative data and developing new forms of recognition of excellence in educational practice.

The Learning Futures Portfolio is a network of teams with expertise in curriculum and pedagogy development, technology enhanced learning, learning support, placements and education for sustainability. It works closely with the Senior Executive, other groups in the Academic Division and with teams across the University to support the university community to innovate and excel in curriculum design and teaching.

The new position provides an opportunity to lead strategic curriculum initiatives that cross disciplines and realise new synergies between research, education, industry and our communities, to offer transformative educational opportunities for all students with the capability and desire to succeed. This is an opportunity to join a vibrant, young university as a key member of an energetic and highly respected, creative team with strong leadership and a genuinely collaborative approach to research-led educational innovation.

Please note that the University reserves the right to appoint an Academic Level B (Lecturer) or two part-time Academics depending on the applicant’s qualifications, skills and experience. 

For more information, please view the Position Description. 

Remuneration Package: Academic Level B $120,440 to $142,118 p.a. (comprising base salary of $101,773 to $120,175 p.a., plus Superannuation and Leave Loading)

Position Enquiries: Please contact Simon Bedford (Director of Learning Transformation) on (02) 9678 7178 or via email s.bedford@westernsydney.edu.au 

Further information: https://uws.nga.net.au/?jati=122B04B4-1BB9-D346-6CB3-A4D15F5F8C73


RESCON - International Flipped Learning coming to Brisbane
18 & 19 October 2019

RESCON will be held at Griffith University, Southbank Brisbane on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 October 2019 with a Masterclass on Thursday 17 October.

RESCON, (Reach Every Student conference) will tackle some of the biggest issues facing teachers and schools with a focus on Innovation.

Jon Bergmann, one of the pioneers of flipped learning with open the conference with a keynote address: Reconnecting with why you teach and how to stay motivated for the long haul. 

An amazing group of experienced educators will lead Cohort sessions, workshops, and discussions across the two days. Some of the sessions on offer are: Implementing active student-centered learning in tertiary education; Engaging every student in the group space – solving the 2 sigma problem; Back to the Future: Becoming a part of the education revolution; Students’ Collaboration through Cool Apps; Your Students are Accountable Learners; Active Learning ideas for developing 21st century skills; Creating Classrooms conducive to Collaboration just to name a few. 

Take a look at the comprehensive program on offer at https://www.resconanz.com/program 

Further information: https://www.resconanz.com/program


Higher Education in the Headlines

Call for curbs on ‘unethical’ agents | SIAN POWELL | Australian Higher Education | 27 February, 2019
International students are socially, legally and financially vulnerable and open to exploitation.

The Hidden Power of the Invited Talk | Audrey Williams June | Chronicle of Higher Education | 22 February, 2019
A campus visit to discuss research can supercharge an academic career ­— and be a valuable perk.

Research Excellence Summit: science experts ‘just another lobby group’ | John Ross  | Times Higher Education | 21 February, 2019
Researchers must ‘put on the gloves’ and bring the fight to their critics, says Arizona State professor