HERDSA Notices 7 November 2018

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* Special Issue of JUTLP on Research Skill Development spanning higher education: RBL, WIL, ALL and problem solving
* USQ World Access to Higher Education Day Seminar: Keynote with Prudence Melom
* World Access to Higher Education Day @ USQ: A panel discussion
* New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

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Special Issue of JUTLP on Research Skill Development spanning higher education: RBL, WIL, ALL and problem solving
7 November 2018

A special issue of the Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice has just been launched, with the theme:
‘Research skill development spanning higher education: Critiques, curricula and connections'. 

The eight articles draw on the Research Skill Development (RSD) framework to inform Research Based Learning curriculum and evaluation, and as a model adapted for Work Integrated Learning, Academic Language and Learning, and Problem Solving. One article introduces the 2018 version of the RSD in response to 12 years of feedback on the framework, five articles are set in undergraduate years and two in master's. Contexts from three countries include the Arts, Education, Engineering and Science, with literature, laboratory, online and workplace learning.
(If this link does not work on campus, due to your local browser configuration, then click
http://www.library.uow.edu.au/services/UOW026590.html )

Articles in the special issue
Research skill development spanning higher education: Critiques, curriculum and connections
Frameworks and freedoms: Supervising research learning and the undergraduate dissertation
Research skills in the first-year biology practical – Are they there?
Student engineers optimising problem solving and research skills
From Research Skill Development to Work Skill Development
Integrated academic literacy development: Learner-teacher autonomy for MELTing the barriers
Graduate students’ research-based learning experiences in an online Master of Education program
Evaluating the effectiveness of postgraduate research skills training and its alignment with the Research Skill Development framework

John Willison
University of Adelaide

Further information: john.willison@adelaide.edu.au


USQ World Access to Higher Education Day Seminar: Keynote with Prudence Melom
28 November 2018 9.30am AEST

Equity in education for all creates great leaders of tomorrow

Everyone has the right to education regardless of their race, economical background or whether they have a disability. Education is our weapon of hope and a future. It enhances personals core values, intellectual knowledge, mental well-being and creates great leaders of tomorrow. The struggle of my family while escaping conflict in Chad may inspire, motivate and encourage. It focuses primarily on how suffering in my homeland, the refugee camp and leaving in Australia has transformed my life. Regardless of one’s background, race, religion and gender I believe that education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world. Perseverance, hard work and access to higher education has turned me into a CEO, a business woman, Law student, an advocate for social change and equality and named me the ninth most influential person in Toowoomba by the age of 23. I believe that everything is possible when there’s equity for all as it allows us all to unleash the beast within us.

Prudence Melom fled with her family the ravage of war in Chad, and sought refuge in Benin for seven years. Her life changed in 2007 for the better when she and her family got accepted into Australia and together they settled into Toowoomba. From knowing only one word in English ‘thank you’, but thought it meant ‘hello’ Prudence is now a young CEO on a mission to erase racism one story at a time. She is the founder of a non-for-profit organisation based in Queensland with the goal to eliminate racism in Australia. The company harnesses the power of narrative to inform and engage by using a team of story tellers who share their personal experiences as refugees or migrants with students at school. The program enables students to meet people from other cultures and countries and hear their stories about coming to Australia as a refugee or immigrant. Story tellers share their experiences and provide a face for events which students may have only previously seen on television. A direct retelling of stories enables greater comprehension of another’s experiences and encourages the development of empathy. Positive direct contact and descriptions of personal experiences challenge preconceptions.

Follow, or contribute to, the conversation via Twitter using the #WAHED2018 hashtag

Join us online for this free event by following the link below!

Further information: https://wahed.usq.edu.au/keynotes/


World Access to Higher Education Day @ USQ: A panel discussion
28 November 2018

Does everyone belong at university? A panel discussion.

Throughout this thought-provoking session, our panellists (and you- the audience) will explore aspects of the agenda to widen access to, and broaden participation in, higher education. The challenging questions will include:

• Is more access of itself a good thing?

• Does the current market-driven user pays system promote more access, or does it burden vulnerable students with debt?

• Is university the domain of an intellectual elite?

• Has the demand-driven system reached saturation point?

• Do students with lower scores benefit from university?

• How do universities support broadening student cohorts?

• Whose responsibility is it if students drop out?

• Where does vocational education fit?

• Is a university education even relevant for our future entrepreneurs?

Our diverse panel comprises student, business, university, and societal perspectives of the university, with particular focus on the ramifications of thoughtful consideration that increases access to higher education. Every Australian university is under scrutiny to improve progression and retention rates, to increase representation across diverse student groups, and to meet Federal targets – but the unasked questions remains: does everyone belong at university?

Meet the Panel

• Paul Buckley – a USQ student with a double degree in Mechanical Engineering (Honours) and Business Management and Leadership

• Jenelle Choyce – Regional Director in the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (Darling Downs & South West Region)

• Roger Green – Mentoring for Growth member, and recipient of the Etcom Small Business of the Year Award, and

• Kristen Lyons – Associate Professor, University of Queensland

Join us on November 28 from 13:30 – 15:00 (AEST), either in-person (Y103 Television Studio), or online.

You are encouraged to participate in the discussion via Twitter. Tweet your questions during the session with the conference hashtag #WAHED2018 and the committee will pose them to the panel. If you are unable to attend the panel session, you can follow along via Twitter using the hashtag #WAHED2018.

For more information, including information about our panelists, please visit the website.

Please direct all enquiries to wahed@usq.edu.au.

Further information: https://wahed.usq.edu.au/panel/


New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

Book Review: Contextualizing and organizing contingent faculty – reclaiming academic labor in universities, Ning Pan, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2018.1537969

Closing soon! The call for papers for "Re-valuing Higher Education: Learning(s) and teaching(s) in contested spaces", a 2020 special issue of Higher Education Research and Development, edited by Sharron King, Ann Luzeckyj, & Susan Blackley, submissions by 16 November 2018, http://www.herdsa.org.au/sites/default/files/CfP%202020%20SI.pdf

All this and more on the Higher Education Research and Development twitter feed at https://twitter.com/HERDJournal