HERDSA Notices 29 August 2018

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* Senior Director Position, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning
* BEAN18 registration is now open
* Calling all tertiary educators involved in designing and/or teaching online.
* Higher Education in the Headlines

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Senior Director Position, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning

The University of Calgary, Calgary AB, Canada, and the Taylor Institute now seeks a recognized scholar and academic leader to become the Senior Director, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. 

Reporting to the Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning), the Senior Director’s primary role is to provide academic and administrative leadership for the Taylor Institute (TI). This is an academic position where the incumbent will engage in scholarly activities, provide administrative leadership across the TI, and play a key role in the development, implementation and promotion of the TI vision and strategy. The role includes responsibilities in the key areas of leadership & governance, people, financial, operational management, and quality assurance. 

Further information: https://ucalgary.ca/provost/node/1053


BEAN18 registration is now open
9-11 December

The annual Biosciences Education Australia Forum for 2018 at the Shine Dome, in Acton, Canberra on Monday, 10 and Tuesday, 11 December.
*Next Gen Tech Now workshop Sunday, 9 December 2-5 pm. 

This year’s theme will be “The future’s so bright I need… ” 
The future is bright but also challenging in an ever-increasing number of ways. We are seeing true generational change “trickling” into higher ed from the schools and we urgently need to pop on our shades and look the bright future front on and think about what we need to accommodate the needs of the next generation of wonderful students who will have stewardship over the planet.

The BEAN forums are designed specifically to be of interest to colleagues across all of STE(A)MM, as we really seek to explore ways in which to best prepare ourselves and our students for learning in the 21C. In particular, to explore how we can collaborate to enhance the curriculum from an interdisciplinary perspective that draws from all areas of academia. Please encourage your colleagues from other disciplines to join us!

Registration costs are $260 for two-day forum on Monday, 10 Dec and Tuesday, 11 Dec – 
and $120 for the forum dinner on Monday, 10 Dec – at Courgette restaurant in Barton, 6.30 for 7pm.

Please register at: 
www.eventbrite.com.au/e/biosciences-education-australia-network-bean18-f... -

Further info at: www.BEAN.edu.au


Calling all tertiary educators involved in designing and/or teaching online.

Are you a tertiary educator involved in designing and / or teaching online in a public institution in Australia and New Zealand?

Please take the 15 minute questionnaire and reflect on how you are organising and managing your online learning environment and using digital badges.

This research looks at the ways in which both Open Digital Badges and learning environments influence student use of self-regulated learning strategies. Participation is voluntary and will support my doctoral research. The questionnaire is anonymous, and participants will not be identified. 

Your support is much appreciated.

Further information: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3CVZWNM


Higher Education in the Headlines

Days of easy money over, unis told | TIM DODD  | Australian Higher Education | 29 August, 2018
Australian universities have been warned that the days of easy revenue growth from international student fees may be over.

Hope and Worry, by the Numbers | Ruth Hammond | Chronicle of Higher Education | 24 August, 2018
The data draw a portrait of a higher-education sector that is under pressure to enroll more students and to ensure that a diverse number of them have equal chances to improve their lives.

‘Hasty’ funding calls ‘prejudiced against women and carers’ | Rachael Pells | Times Higher Education | 23 August, 2018
Academics claim that funding application deadlines are becoming tighter