HERDSA Notices 8 May 2019

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* HERDSA Conference 2019 - Prizes
* HERDSA Conference Travel Grants are available now
* HERDSA 2019 pre-conference workshop: Talk About “your” Teaching And Learning (TATAL)
* Multiple educational design and development positions available at Sydney University Business School
* SOTL and PBRF - invite to participate in a short survey
* Research on post-graduation outcomes for equity students
* New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

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HERDSA Conference 2019 - Prizes
2-5 July 2019

Student presenters will be judged on their ability to effectively communicate as well as on the academic content of their presentation. The prize will be awarded at the conference. 

HERDSA prize for BEST POSTER ($300)
All posters are eligible for this prize. Posters are assessed by all conference delegates on both the ability to visually communicate as well as on the academic content of the poster. The best poster prize will be awarded to the poster that receives the highest number of votes, with a runner-up prize awarded to the second-highest poster. The prize will be awarded at the conference. 

We look forward to seeing you in Auckland, 2-5 July 2019.
Next Generation, Higher Education: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities

See the link below for further information on prizes.

Further information: https://www.herdsa2019.auckland.ac.nz/contributions/prizes-and-awards/


ERDSA Conference Travel Grants are available now

Abstract, paper deadline or event date:Travel Grant application deadline 13 May 2019


The HERDSA Executive is pleased to announce the following travel grants in support of HERDSA members attending the conference.

* The new Early Career Travel Grant awards FIVE grants up to AUD$1000 each.
* The Taylor & Francis Conference Travel Grant now offers FIVE grants up to AUD$500 each.
* The HERDSA student travel grant of AUD$1000.

You will know before applications close on 13 May whether your submission has been accepted for the conference, so to avoid missing out, please read the information on the website and apply NOW.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Further information: https://www.herdsa2019.auckland.ac.nz/register/travel-grants/


ERDSA 2019 pre-conference workshop: Talk About “your” Teaching And Learning (TATAL)
Tuesday 18th June. Pre-conference workshop date = 2nd July.

Is it time to ‘hit the pause button’ and reflect on my teaching? Do I have a teaching philosophy? Well, TATAL might be for you. 

The 9th HERDSA TATAL workshop offers an opportunity to share, reflect and review the values and beliefs that underlie your approach to teaching and learning. We’re ‘flipping out’ in Auckland HERDSA TATAL this year. The day-long pre-conference workshop on 2nd July (with a working lunch – provided) is supported by an online pre-conference learning experience, starting 18th June. 

Following the conference, you can continue the experience with the workshop group to develop a teaching portfolio, suitable for a HERDSA Fellowship or HEA Fellowship application.

Express your interest TODAY: http://bit.ly/TATAL-2019-EOI 

Online registration opens Monday 17th June: https://www.herdsa2019.auckland.ac.nz/program/pre-conference-workshops/ 
• HERDSA conference attendees: $75 NZD
• Standalone workshop (for those who are unable to attend the HERDSA conference): $125 NZD

Online activities commence Tuesday 18th June.

There is a maximum of 30 participants, so register early. Express your interest today @ http://bit.ly/TATAL-2019-EOI

Further information: contact giriraj.shekhawat@aut.ac.nz or visit http://bit.ly/TATAL-2019-EOI


Multiple educational design and development positions available at Sydney University Business School

The University of Sydney Business School is launching a 3 year project called Connected Learning at Scale (CLaS). We are still looking to hire a range of roles for our project team. These are all new positions:

*Senior Lecturer – Educational Development (education focused) (Level C academic A$127-147k pa superannuation, loadings and other benefits) (3 year contract)*

The Senior Lecturer Educational Development will have a leading role in a new faculty strategic initiative that will transform the student experience in core units for our internationally regarded undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Commerce. Addressing the challenges of teaching and learning at scale, this project will be the central hub for strategic pedagogical change, working with academic staff, professional staff support teams, students and the wider University to ensure the successful delivery of this initiative. The successful candidate will work closely with the faculty, senior leadership and other members of the team to effectively co-ordinate and implement complex educational change projects. They will design teaching and learning enhancements, curriculum innovation, staff training, academic reward and community engagement initiatives to better support the ongoing development of our teaching and learning community. They will provide leadership for the successful evaluation of the projects including supporting rigorous pedagogical and evaluative research and the dissemination of these findings to the School, the University and the wider sector.

For more information, including descriptions and how to apply, click here http://tiny.cc/ndcw5y

*Researcher – Learning, Technology and Innovation (Level A research academic A$73-98k pa plus superannuation, loadings and other benefits)*

This post will provide critical data to inform the on-going design and development of these projects, including learning analytics, learning technology design and implementation and student and staff use of technology. The post will support the development and implementation of rigorous frameworks for critical evaluation of pedagogical and technological change projects happening at the School. They will co-ordinate the ethics application process as well as reporting on ethics compliance. They will undertake data collection and analysis across a range of student and staff cohorts to provide the team with insights into the effectiveness of the project in transforming the student experience.

For more information, including descriptions and how to apply, click here http://tiny.cc/mmbw5y

For an informal conversation in the first instance, including conversations about potential visa sponsorship, you can contact Peter Bryant or Elaine Huber

*Two Learning Designer positions (Level HEO 7 A$92K - $100K p.a. plus leave loading and generous superannuation)*
The Learning Designers will work in close collaboration with instructional design and media production team members to support business school academics by designing, developing, implementing and assessing engaging, technology informed learning experiences. They will be a key member of the team that supports the design and implementation of technology informed approaches to pedagogical change. They will work closely with the Educational Development team to integrate technology and innovative pedagogical approaches into our pedagogical change programs. They will support teaching staff in the areas of online, hybrid, and interactive learning, including enhancing the use of the university’s Learning Management System and associated plugins (Canvas). They will develop, pilot and collaborate on innovative approaches to education and training technology integration.

For more information including descriptions and how to apply, click here http://bit.ly/2GUycbF 

For an informal conversation in the first instance, you can contact Peter Bryant or Stefan Meisiek

Further information: elaine.huber@sydney.edu.au


SOTL and PBRF - invite to participate in a short survey
The survey is open until June 14

We would like to invite you to participate in a research study that examines how New Zealand-based academics engaged in SOTL – even to a small degree - are valued.

We are interested in hearing about the experiences of academics engaged in SOTL/education research during the latest PBRF round. Whether a portfolio was presented to the Education Panel, a dual panel or just your home-discipline panel (with little or no mention of SOTL).

Further participant information and the link to the short survey can be found here:


Thank you for your time, and please feel free to forward this to others.


Approved by the Auckland University of Technology Ethics Committee on December 12 2018, AUTEC Reference number 18/413.

Further information: nell.buissink@aut.ac.nz


esearch on post-graduation outcomes for equity students

This is an invitation to participate in research to address a gap in understanding of how equity students, particularly those that are first in their family (FiF), experience entering employment after graduation, in increasingly competitive and shrinking employment fields. The project will deeply explore best practice from the perspectives of key stakeholders in the HE sector and graduate employment. 

Participation can either involve an interview of about 30-40 minutes in which we seek your expertise to identify approaches to better support these learners to achieve positive outcomes - If you are interested in participating in an interview, please email us (first-in-family@uow.edu.au

Or, if you prefer not to be interviewed then you might consider completing our online anonymous survey. The survey should take no longer than 20-30 minutes, and can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/StakeholdersHE 

Your expertise in the HE sector will be invaluable for informing key recommendations

Warm regards
Professor Sarah O’Shea, Dr Janine Delahunty, Dr Olivia Groves
Project Title: ‘Mind the Gap!’ Exploring the post-graduation outcomes and employment mobility of individuals who are first in their family to complete a university degree, funded by the NCSEHE, Curtin University and supported by CHEEDR, La Trobe University

Further information: For further details please contact Sarah at saraho@uow.edu.au


ew online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

Getting in, getting on: fragility in student and graduate identity, Sally Smith, David Hunter & Emilia Sobolewska, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2019.1612857

The effects of a critical thinking oriented instructional pattern in a tertiary EFL argumentative writing course, Dan Lu & Yueguang Xie, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2019.1607830

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