HERDSA Notices 30 August 2017

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​* Forthcoming workshop - HERDSA Vic branch Opportunity through online learning
* I-MELT conference program, early-bird registrations and one week left for poster abstracts
* Lecturer - job opportunity at the University of Hong Kong
* Australian ePortfolio Forum 2017
* Call for Papers - 2017 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering
* Higher Education in the Headlines

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Forthcoming workshop - HERDSA Vic branch Opportunity through online learning
11th September, 8:30 till 11am. Register by 6th September

Opportunity through online learning: Improving student access, participation and success in higher education 
Dr Cathy Stone, Conjoint Associate Professor, The University of Newcastle, 
Visiting Research Fellow, The National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE)

MONDAY 11th September, 8:30 am till 11. Registration 8:30 for 9 am start

HERDSA Victoria Branch invites you to a workshop with Dr Cathy Stone, where Cathy will provide an overview of a national research project funded by the Australian Government DET, in which 151 members of staff involved in online education were interviewed, across 15 Australian higher education institutions and the Open University UK. The interviews investigated the types of practices, supports and retention strategies being developed and implemented within these institutions, by academic and professional staff, with the aim of improving student retention and academic success. The implications for institutional practice from both the key findings and the National Guidelines will be discussed and explored during this workshop. 

Workshop participants will be invited to contribute their own experiences and practices within online education; to discuss the extent to which these findings resonate with their experiences; and to consider how the guidelines could be applied within their institution.

Venue: Australian Catholic University, Daniel Mannix Building, room 403-7-02 . See ACU map Building 403
RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CathyStone – by Wednesday 6th September

Further information: Please email Liz Levin, elevin@swin.edu.au


I-MELT conference program, early-bird registrations and one week left for poster abstracts
6 September, 2017

The International Conference on Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (I-MELT) program is shaping up to provide great and diverse conversations around the uses, adaptations, evaluations and outcomes of the MELT (www.melt.edu.au)in many contexts.

We have keynote presenters from two islands and two continents: Professor Mick Healey (Britain) and Professsor Jito Vanualailai (Fiji), Associate Professor Sylvia Tiala (North America) and Professor Phil Levy (Australia). See http://www.adelaide.edu.au/rsd/i-melt/keynote

I-MELT also has a full and rich program of presentations and workshops from Cambodia, Chile, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, UK, USA as well as across Australia.
Early bird registrations close 30 September: consider joining us at this three-day event at the National Wine Centre, Adelaide 11-13 December 2017.

If you require accommodation in Adelaide, we recommend booking soon as there is limited availability via the conference website, or in Adelaide generally. 
If you didn’t have the time to write a short paper of 1500 words, or you are still in the early days of exploring MELT-related ideas, the committee warmly invite your 200-word abstract submission for poster presentations. 

Posters may be submitted by 6 September to:

The poster session is called ‘MELTing Moments’ and will involve two-minute presentations to the whole audience. In addition posters will be on rolling display on large screens in the National Wine Centre during the conference.

Poster presentations are an opportunity for creatively representing to the audience aspects of the Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (MELT: see www.melt.edu.au)such as:
• your own adaptation of MELT that suits your context
• what happened when you implemented MELT
• MELT in the design of: 
o individual activities
o components of a subject such as the laboratory stream
o a whole subject
o assessment activities, marking and feedback
o a whole program

Abstracts will be reviewed by the committee, and you will be informed by 13 September about acceptance.

Details on the abstract focus, structure and submission is at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/rsd/i-melt/papers/

Please contact me on the email below if you have any questions. I hope to see you at I-MELT.

John Willison, for the I-MELT organising committee.

Further information john.willison@adelaide.edu.au


Lecturer - job opportunity at the University of Hong Kong
September 11, 2017

Applications are invited for appointment as Lecturer (holding the functional title of Project Manager) in the Bau Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education, to commence as soon as possible, on a two- or three-year fixed-term basis.

Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent, preferably in Education or Health Professions Education. Experience in curriculum development, faculty development, teaching, administration and educational research are highly desirable. Excellent interpersonal skills, excellent spoken and written English, strong organizational ability and self-motivation, aptitude in using social media/ e-learning applications, and a keen interest in promoting undergraduate student learning are essential. Proficiency in Cantonese is an asset. 

The appointee will coordinate a cross-institutional project in Hong Kong aimed at connecting and engaging undergraduate learners in a virtual environment. The appointee will mainly be responsible for the overall management and administrative work of the project, with teaching, curriculum development, and research as the key components. He/she will work closely with the project leaders to ensure good communication within the project team and with all project partners; execute the project according to timelines; coordinate and deliver training; monitor and engage with students on the designated e-platform, and develop and present progress reports, evaluation and research studies related to the project.

To apply please visit:

Further information imhse@hku.hk


Australian ePortfolio Forum 2017
20-21 September 2017

2017 Eportfolio Forum (Eportforum) is a two day event of presentations, workshops, facilitated conversations and networking on 20-21 September 2017 at Monash College and University, 271 Collins Street, Melbourne. 

A variety of interactive sessions will enable new and experienced eportfolio supporters to gain some ‘hands-on’ experience with using eportfolios, including our Keynote presenters – Prof Shelley Kinash from USQ and Phil Loveder from NCVER.

The 2017 Eportfolio Forum (Eportforum) is the annual national event for ePortfolios Australia. ePortfolios Australia is a (not-for-profit) professional network which aims to support the use of e-portfolios in Australia and beyond through professional development activities and the sharing of resources, ideas and practice. ePortfolios Australia has been operating since 2008 and is supported by the volunteer help of people mainly from the university sector.

The event flyer is available here: https://eportfoliosaustralia.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/flyer_eportfoli...

Further information https://eportfoliosaustralia.wordpress.com/forums/2017-eportfolio-forum-...


Call for Papers - 2017 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering

Dear colleagues,

I hope this email finds you well. On behalf of the IEEE TALE 2017 organising committee, I would like to invite you to participate in this conference, to be held in Hong Kong. I sincerely invite you to consider this conference and share you ideas of how to make an impact on the future engineering and related disciplines through quality of education. The details of the conference are below.

*** Overview ***
IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE) is held each year in the Asia-Pacific region (IEEE Region 10). It is intended to complement existing conferences sponsored by the IEEE Education Society, most notably Frontiers in Education in North America (IEEE Regions 1–7) and EDUCON in Europe/Middle East/Africa (IEEE Region 8). The aim of TALE is to provide an excellent platform for both academicians and practitioners to share their experience and knowledge in engineering education at all levels. Both research and practice-oriented papers are welcome in order to emphasize the needs of interdisciplinary collaboration in engineering and education.

*** Aim ***
The aim of TALE 2017 is to provide a forum for academicians and professionals from various educational fields and with cross-disciplinary interests to network, share knowledge and engage in dialogue around the theme of fostering innovation and excellence in engineering education. To this end, papers from innovative practice category, research-to-practice category, and research category are invited that encompass all aspects of education in all engineering fields (including computing, computer science, information
technology and cognate disciplines). The conference features traditional paper presentations, workshops, as well as keynotes by renowned educational experts and authorities.

*** Presentation Formats *** 
Proposals for participation in TALE 2017 can be submitted in the formats listed below.

*** Papers *** 
Full paper (6-8 pages)
Short paper (4-6 pages)
Poster paper (2-4 pages)
Special Sessions

*** Paper submission, review and publication *** 
Prospective authors are invited to submit papers of two (2) to eight (8) A4 pages (including tables, figures and references) in standard IEEE double-column format. Papers will be accepted only by electronic submission through the conference website, from which submission guidelines and a template for papers are available. A blind peer-review process will be used to evaluate all submitted papers.

All accepted and registered papers that are presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings (CD-ROM/USB with ISBN), submitted for inclusion into the IEEE Xplore digital library, and submitted for potential indexing by other prominent scholarly databases including SCOPUS, Ei Compendia, and CPCI. Information about submitting your paper can be found under the Authors Menu item of this website (http://tale-conference.org/tale2017/paper_preparation.php).

*** Important Dates *** 
31st August 2017 Paper Submission (Extended - See http://tale-conference.org/tale2017/ for latest updates)
8th Sept 2017 Review Outcomes
22nd Sept 2017 Final Paper Submission
22nd Sept 2017 Early-bird / Author Registration Deadline
For more information visit the TALE2017 website
at: www.tale-conference.org/tale2017

All enquiries should be directed to: info@tale-conference.org. We look forward to meeting you in Hong Kong!

Dr. Gary Wong, PhD, SMIEEE
General Co-Chair, IEEE TALE 2017 Organizing Committee
Chair, IEEE Hong Kong Section (Education Chapter)

Further information http://tale-conference.org/tale2017/


Higher Education in the Headlines

Time for unis to ‘repay debts’ | BERNARD LANE | Australian Higher Education | 30 August, 2017
Fast-growing universities spent the money and it’s time they paid it back, the education minister said.

India shelves branch campus ‘pipe dream’ for domestic ‘eminence’ | John Morgan  | Times Higher Education | 24 August, 2017
Foreign providers plan was misguided, but domestic selective funding option brings huge challenges, say experts