HERDSA Notices 31 January 2018

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* Call for reviewers for HERDSA conference
* Ingrid Moses, AO
* Improving University Teaching (IUT) 2018 conference, Port Macquarie, June 27-29
* Invitation to participate in a survey on formative feedback for teaching development
* ICED Conference - Round 2 Call for Proposals Now Open!
* Pacific Peoples' Research Skills Symposium 29-30 August 2018
* NCSEHE National Equity Fellows Forum: Synthesis of group discussion
* Videos of presentations and short papers from I-MELT are available
* Higher Education in the Headlines

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Call for reviewers for HERDSA conference

Help us ensure the HERDSA conference has papers that are high quality and relevant. Register your name with Don Houston donald.houston@flinders.edu.au and be placed on the list as a reviewer. All welcome.

Further information donald.houston@flinders.edu.au


Ingrid Moses, AO

HERDSA life member Emeritus Professor Ingrid Moses was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2018 Australia Day honours. Ingrid began her academic career at the Tertiary Education Institute (TEDI) at the University of Queensland and was the foundation Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching at the University of Technology Sydney. She was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Canberra, and later held the position of Vice-Chancellor of The University of New England before serving as Chancellor of the University of Canberra until 2011. Ingrid received her HERDSA life membership in 1999 in recognition of her long and distinguished service to the Society and in recognition of her outstanding commitment to the improvement of teaching and learning and the quality of academic work in higher education.


Improving University Teaching (IUT) 2018 conference, Port Macquarie, June 27-29
Proposal submissions due February 9, 2018

43rd Annual Conference: June 27-29, 2018
The 2018 Conference Theme, "New Spaces for Learning: Opportunities and Challenges for Innovative Teaching"

We are pleased to announce the 43rd Annual International Conference on Improving University Teaching (IUT) will be hosted by Charles Sturt University in their new Port Macquarie Campus, June 27-29, 2018. This is the first time that the IUT conference has been held in Australia since 1999 and never before in a regional location. The IUT organising committee are utilising the interactive learning design (and 5* Green rating) of the Port Macquarie campus to support the 2018 conference theme “New Spaces for Learning: Opportunities and Challenges for Innovative Teaching”.

The Conference Director, Prof James Wilkinson of Harvard University, is now calling for presentation proposals on the following sub-themes:
• Adapting to new learning spaces—resistance and remedies
• Using online-blended teaching strategies for student learning
• Assessment in face-to-face, online, and blended environments
• Promise and pitfalls of Learning Analytics
• Faculty development for teaching beyond the classroom
• Recent research on learning in new spaces
The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, February 9, 2018.

For today’s students, learning no longer takes place in the classroom alone. MOOCs, student internships, blended learning, and collaborative research with faculty in laboratories or in the field have all expanded the educational setting far beyond the traditional lecture hall or seminar room. At the same time, the teaching best suited to these new venues remains a subject of discussion and even disagreement. Our 2018 conference offers an opportunity to explore the varieties of instruction best suited to these new learning spaces, while at the same time addressing problems they may entail.

The conference program over three days will include plenary sessions, interactive workshops, symposia, posters, and roundtables, as well as refereed papers—all organized around the subthemes listed below. We hope you can join us in Port Macquarie as we reflect, discuss, debate and explore these issues among peers, leaders, practitioners, and researchers.

The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, February 9, 2018. Presenters will be notified of our decision on or before March 9th 2018. 

Further information and proposal submission forms can be found at the IUT website http://www.iutconference.com/.

Posted by IUT 2018 Conference Coordinator, A/P Kogi Naidoo, Charles Sturt University.

Further information http://www.iutconference.com/


Invitation to participate in a survey on formative feedback for teaching development
Survey closes February 25, 2018

Dear HERDSA Colleagues:

You are invited to participate in a survey to identify and document formative feedback for teaching development strategies and techniques in higher education. 

For the purpose of this research, formative feedback is defined as an intentional, voluntary, developmental strategy for instructors to receive feedback about their teaching with the goals to better understanding and improving student learning. The focus of this research will fill a much-needed gap in knowledge about the activities and scope of this educational development practice.

The University of Calgary Research Ethics Board has approved this research: Certificate REB17-1690.

Your participation is voluntary and should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Your responses will be anonymous and confidentiality will be maintained. By completing this survey you will be contributing to the sharing of educational development resources, and examples of formative feedback processes in higher education. The survey will remain open until February 25, 2018.

To participate in the survey, please click on the link (or copy and paste into a browser) https://ucalgary.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6FoAmH1qOamyTpr

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:
Cheryl Jeffs, EdD
Principal Investigator
A Survey of Formative Feedback for Teaching Development Strategies and Techniques
Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning
University of Calgary
Calgary AB, Canada


ICED Conference - Round 2 Call for Proposals Now Open!
Deadline March 12, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

Please join us in June for the conference of the International Consortium for Educational Developers, ICED 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The round 2 call for proposals is now open! We are accepting proposals in the following formats: 20-minute paper presentations, posters, and 1-hour workshops or panels.

The pre-conference schedule is live with 10 enriching pre-conference workshops. The ICED 2018 program chairs are also excited to report the acceptance of 102 engaging proposals from the round 1 call for concurrent session proposals.

Round 1 saw panels, workshops, paper sessions, and posters from 19 countries: Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Each proposal contributes to this year’s theme, Institutional Change: Voices, Identities, Power, and Outcomes in an intriguing and meaningful way. The world is going through unprecedented transitions, and education plays a vital role. Emerging and established educational development traditions around the world have much to teach and learn from each other. ICED 2018 will promote an environment where such a vibrant exchange of ideas flourishes.

We are on our way to building an exciting and substantial ICED 2018 program full of inspiring leaders in educational and academic development in higher education from around the world.

Don’t be our missing piece to the puzzle! Round 2 Call for Proposals is now open!

Final deadline for proposals: March 12, 2018
Notification to presenters: April 2, 2018

Submit proposals here https://www.iced2018.com/2018/call-proposals
Register here https://www.iced2018.com/2018/registration

Further information Michele DiPietro mdipietr@kennesaw.edu


Pacific Peoples' Research Skills Symposium 29-30 August 2018
30th April, 2018

The University of the South Pacific (USP) is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. USP has played a major role during that time in empowering the peoples of the Pacific to face the various problems of our age and to provide creative and Pacific-minded solutions.

As part of the anniversary celebrations, USP is hosting the Pacific Peoples' Research Skills Symposium 29-30 August 2018, during its Research Week.

See https://research.usp.ac.fj/?page_id=6641 for the call for abstracts and papers, and symposium information

The 2017 PPRS Symposium abstracts and photos are available https://research.usp.ac.fj/?page_id=5156

For numerous USP resources on Research Skill Development, see https://research.usp.ac.fj/?page_id=135

I hope to see you in Suva

John Willison
University of Adelaide

Further information Shaiza Janif: janif_s@usp.ac.fj


NCSEHE National Equity Fellows Forum: Synthesis of group discussion

On 20 November 2017 the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) staged the second National Equity Fellows Forum, alongside the EPHEA Conference at QUT.

The Forum presented conclusions from the 2017 NCSEHE Equity Fellows’ projects, and fostered stakeholder consultation and debate to establish key strategic directions for equity policymakers, researchers and practitioners.

The Centre has collated the directions for equity raised by Forum delegates in the Shaping the Future of Australian Higher Education Equity Policy session, accessible here: https://www.ncsehe.edu.au/ncsehe-national-equity-fellows-forum/

Focusing on the intersections between research, policy and practice, this collaborative discussion was facilitated by Robert Latta, Manager of the Quality and Access Branch in the Higher Education Group in the Department of Education and Training (DET).

Questions introduced at the Forum to lead discussion were strongly informed by the Equity Fellows’ projects:
- James Smith (Charles Darwin University) — Strengthening evaluation within Indigenous higher education contexts in Australia
- Matt Brett (La Trobe University) — Equity, performance and accountability
- Louise Pollard (University of Western Australia) — Remote student university success: an analysis of policy and practice

NCSEHE Director Professor Sue Trinidad explained how the Equity Fellows Program has complemented the Centre’s core activities in connecting research, policy and practice to improve access, participation and success for disadvantaged students.

“The Equity Fellows Program has been central to advancing the Centre’s primary objectives: strengthening the evidence base by informing research directions; collaborating with stakeholders and being at the centre of public policy dialogue; and promoting leadership and innovation in the equity sector,” Professor Trinidad said.

“Over the past two years, we have been privileged to support six emerging leaders through the Equity Fellows Program, each conducting targeted, high-profile projects focused on improving outcomes for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

The 2016 and 2017 Equity Fellows have already made a major impact, conducting numerous presentations, workshops and seminars, and disseminating their findings nationally and internationally through interviews, institutional visits and professional networking. Most recently, the 2017 Fellows presented their outcomes to the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (DET) on 29 November. The 2016 final reports and associated resources have been accessed widely, recording over 8,000 total downloads through the NCSEHE website.

The final reports from the 2017 Equity Fellows will be published in 2018 and made available on the NCSEHE website.

Further information https://www.ncsehe.edu.au/ncsehe-national-equity-fellows-forum/


Videos of presentations and short papers from I-MELT are available

If you missed the International conference on Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (I-MELT), or you would like to re-visit some of the great sessions, the presentation videos and short papers are now available.

Thanks to all presenters and keynotes for making the conference memorable, and providing these enduring on-line resources.

John Willison
University of Adelaide

Further information www.i-melt.edu.au/papers


Higher Education in the Headlines

West to miss out on student boom | VICTORIA LAURIE, TIM DODD, JOHN ROSS | Australian Higher Education | 31 January, 2018
The international education industry has warned that Western Australia is losing many valuable overseas students to other states.

The Hope and Hype of the Academic Innovation Center | Beth McMurtrie | Chronicle of Higher Education | 26 January, 2018
Some colleges are betting these hubs can bring about change, but can you orchestrate creativity?

Settlement university law set to stoke Israel boycotts | Ellie Bothwell | Times Higher Education | 25 January, 2018
New legislation would bring higher education institutions in the West Bank under Israeli law