HERDSA Notices 4 April 2018

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Register Now - UCalgary Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching
May 1 and 2, 2018

2018 University of Calgary Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching
Students as creators, drivers, innovators and collaborators 

Who do we send into the world? A world that faces significant challenges and presents endless opportunities. As teachers, we now recognize that we need to nurture kind, informed and courageous individuals — innovators, creators, collaborators, producers, scholars, designers, builders — capable of understanding multiple perspectives and solving problems in order to drive positive, enduring change. Acknowledgement of this need has triggered a fundamental shift in postsecondary education from “teaching” to “learning” in the last 25 years.

Join our keynotes Isabelle Barrette-Ng (University of Calgary) and Beth Marquis (McMaster University) as they share their research on the transformative potential of student-faculty partnerships.

Choose from more than 80 interactive and engaging sessions that reflect key trends and issues in postsecondary education, including: authentic learning, digital pedagogies, learning partnerships, student inquiry, mental health and wellness and interdisciplinary collaborations. 

May 1-2, Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, University of Calgary 

Further information https://tiapps.ucalgary.ca/taylorinstitute/ticonf2018/


Undergraduate and postgraduate students in the same course/ subject/ module

Dear colleagues

I have a project looking at the situation where undergraduate and postgraduate students study together in the same course/ subject/ module. I would be grateful for description of, or links to, policy statements about this situation from any university. What might the advantages be? What are the challenges? What are the implications when there are a small number of students in each cohort? I will summarize any comments or descriptions of policy and send back to the group.

Warm regards to all,

Carmel McNaught, PhD, FAACE
Emeritus Professor of Learning Enhancement, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Further information carmel.mcnaught@cuhk.edu.hk


Higher Education in the Headlines

Scramble to save HECS bill | SIAN POWELL, GREG BROWN | Australian Higher Education | 04 April, 2018
The government is working to shore up Senate crossbench support to get its Higher Education Support bill passed.

The Mascot Is Fiction. The War Is Real | Chris Quintana | Chronicle of Higher Education | 30 March, 2018
Why Chief Illiniwek, retired more than a decade ago, still inspires anger, pain, and pride in an Illinois college town.

Students’ narcissism trumps their work ethic | Raj Persaud | Times Higher Education | 29 March, 2018
Efforts to convince modern undergraduates to study hard and accept their grades need constant reinforcement, say Raj Persaud and Adrian Furnham