HERDSA Notices 8 November 2017

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* Free online seminar - Open Textbooks Matter with David Ernst
* Position vacant - Lecturer B: Bachelor of Nursing
* Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) 2018 Conference: Submittal of Oral/Poster Presentations Available
* Position vacant: Senior Advisor Professional Learning - Ako Aotearoa (NZ Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence)
* ASCILITE 2017 Conference Final Program Now Available & Registrations close 27 Nov 2017
* Invite to WEBINAR: Perspectives on Quality Processes in Distance and Online Education in Higher Education in Oceania
* 4 weeks left to register for I-MELT the International conference on Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching
* Higher Education in the Headlines

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Free online seminar - Open Textbooks Matter with David Ernst
15 November 11am AEST

The costs of University study are going up every year, and it's not just tuition that weighs on student's minds and bank accounts. Faced with these costs, the academic impact is seen in classrooms across the country - many students choose to not buy a required text, take fewer courses, and some even drop or fail a course completely. Open textbooks are a solution.

The Open Textbook Network (OTN) promotes access, affordability, and student success through the use of open textbooks. We believe in the power of open education to transform higher education. Open textbooks not only contribute to student academic success, but also offer faculty the chance to reclaim their courses based on their expertise.

The leadership, actions, and results of our network members drives this transformation, and OTN connects these efforts to pool expertise and promote best practices. The Open Textbook Library, maintained by the OTN, provides a growing catalogue of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks.

David Ernst is graduate faculty and the Chief Information Officer in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. David is the Director of the Center for Open Education and Executive Director of the Open Textbook Network (OTN). The OTN is an alliance of more than 600 higher education campuses committed to improving access, affordability, and academic success through the use of open textbooks. In 2012, David created the Open Textbook Library (http://open.umn.edu) - a single source for faculty to find quality openly licensed textbooks - that now includes more than 400 open textbooks. David has presented at many venues, including talks at TEDxKyoto in Kyoto, Japan, and TEDxUMN in Minneapolis, MN, USA. David is also a team leader and board member for Xperitas - a non-profit that works to promote peace, justice and respect through cross-cultural understanding and global cooperation. As a team leader, David brings teams of volunteers to live and work with indigenous peoples around the world. He has traveled to Nepal, Tanzania, Peru, and Thailand with Xperitas. In 2011, David completed a swim from Alcatraz to the shore of San Francisco. And in 2013, he swam around the Statue of Liberty with his three sons.

Further information https://t.co/yRIssNSbfz


Position vacant - Lecturer B: Bachelor of Nursing
Closing date for applications is Sunday 19th November 2017

This lecturing position is responsible for the preparation and delivery of units within the Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-Registration) taught by Batchelor Institute, based at Casuarina Campus (CDU). 
The appointee will work in partnership with a wider teaching team of colleagues in the CDU School of Health. The successful applicant will, through the development and delivery of relevant courses, units, programs of study, clinical training blocks, including those intended for off-campus and flexible delivery, provide expert advice related to at least one specialist clinical area. 
This position requires a high level of professional knowledge and skills, experience in higher education course delivery and a Postgraduate qualification, preferably at a Masters or PhD level. Other responsibilities include contributing to the management and operations of the Division.
The salary range for this position is $89,602 - $106,403 + 10% superannuation.

Priority consideration will be given to Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander applicants.

The position description is available from the Institute’s website www.batchelor.edu.au/people/current-vacancies or by contacting the Human Resources Unit on (08) 8939 7207 or (08) 8939 7393.
Applicants are required to submit a completed application lodgement form available from our website and include a covering letter and current resume.
All enquiries and applications are to be forwarded directly to Batchelor Institute via email at recruitment@batchelor.edu.au

Further information www.batchelor.edu.au/people/current-vacancies


Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) 2018 Conference: Submittal of Oral/Poster Presentations Available
November 22, 2017

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Biennial 2018 “Creating Collaborative Connections in and through Undergraduate Research” professional development conference is scheduled for July 1-3, 2018 in Washington, DC (United States). Applications to submit both oral and poster format presentations are welcomed through November 22nd. An innovative aspect for the 2018 Biennial is the creation of “dialogical” opportunities. These conference elements will allow small groups of CUR members (note: membership available through the CUR website) who share common commitments to specific undergraduate research issues to come together for an extended period to find solutions to problems and plan specific actions, e.g., publications, white papers and/or grant proposals. Please note that participation in a dialogic session does not preclude Biennial attendees from submitting in other session types. For more information, please see: https://www.cur.org/conferences_and_events/cur_biennial_conference_2018/.

Further information https://www.cur.org


Position vacant: Senior Advisor Professional Learning - Ako Aotearoa (NZ Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence)
Closing date: 26 November 2016

Kia hiwa rā! Kia hiwa rā!

E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā kārangatanga maha, tēnā koutou katoa.

Kei te wātea tenei tūranga ki Ako Aotearoa - Nā āheitanga ā-mātauranga, ko angitū ā-ākonga.

Ko ngā kōrero e whai ake nei, he kōrero e pā ana ki te tūranga wātea.

Ako Aotearoa's vision is 'the best possible outcomes for all learners' in the NZ tertiary sector. We build educational capability across the sector and facilitate collaborative activities to promote excellence and enhance learner success. Our work is aligned with key aspects of the Tertiary Education Strategy, particularly for Māori and Pacific learner success.

The Senior Advisor: Professional Learning is a key role in a new strategic direction for the organisation, framed around the development of professional standards for tertiary teaching and pathways to accreditation and qualification. A central aspect of the role is to develop networks of professional learning across the tertiary sector.

To be successful in this role you will ideally have successful experience in educational development in a tertiary setting, with demonstrable knowledge of contemporary approaches to professional learning informed by digital modes of practice.

To apply send a full resume and cover letter outlining your skills and experience with the Subject title Senior Advisor Professional Learning to careersatAKO@massey.ac.nz

Only those who currently hold the legal right to work in New Zealand will be considered for this role.

Ako Aotearoa works with all tertiary education providers across the country - we seek and enabler to work alongside facilitators to foster relationships and strengthen capabilities in New Zealand's adult teaching and learning environment.

Further information s.frielick@massey.ac.nz


ASCILITE 2017 Conference Final Program Now Available & Registrations close 27 Nov 2017
4-6 December 2017

The 34th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education - ASCILITE 2017 - is being hosted by the University of Southern Queensland from the 4 to 6 December 2017. The final program is now available. The three day conference will include paper presentations, fishbowl sessions, keynotes, lightning talks, panel sessions, digital posters, experimental sessions and much more. Registrations close 27 November 2017. For more details visit the conference website: http://2017conference.ascilite.org

Further information http://2017conference.ascilite.org


Invite to WEBINAR: Perspectives on Quality Processes in Distance and Online Education in Higher Education in Oceania
WHEN? November 30, 2017 from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM  (Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) Time –AEDT – it is Sydney/Melbourne time)

We invite, and encourage you to please add, before or after the webinar, one of your institution's quality processes inhttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1CXGMAwPm1MX_WAXSlb1s6xz_lwfmjLNYXLyVmPVwzzs/edit

We further invite you to join a lively webinar discussion, sponsored by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) and the Australasian Council on Open, Distance and e-Learning (ACODE) and hosted by Assoc Prof Philip Uys of Charles Sturt University, who is the ICDE's Focal Point of Quality for Oceania.

This webinar is a mini-regional meeting leading up to the International Conference on Quality Assurance: Achieving Sustainable Development through a diverse provision of Higher Education, to be held at UNESCO Head Quarter in Paris, June 2018. UNESCO has partnered with ICDE, Commonwealth of Learning and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) for this initiative.

In this lively broad ranging discussion, our panel of experts will share how the quality processes from their respective institutions/regions impact curriculum design,  development and delivery.

Anybody in higher and tertiary education in Oceania (that includes Australasia) is welcome to attend.

Our panellists (*see bios below) include:

·         Dr Stephen Marshall - President of ACODE and researcher on institutional quality
·         Dr Tannis Morgan - Director for the Centre of Teaching, Learning and Innovation Justice Institute of British Columbia, Canada (our panellist external to Oceania)
·         Associate Professor Elizabeth Thomson – Director Learning Design Unit, Charles Sturt University, Australia
·         David Isaacson – PhD candidate on quality in learning design, The University of Adelaide, Australia.

The webinar will be facilitated by Prof Val Peachey, Professor of Open Education, Charles Sturt University.

Each short presentation will be followed with an opportunity for Q&A.

THERE IS NO NEED TO REGISTER. Simply follow the link below on the day.

A recording will be made for those who cannot attend.

Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://vuw.zoom.us/j/8382999315

Or join by phone:

+1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 876 9923 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 838 299 9315

International numbers available: https://vuw.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=7kPODozcFnLTwPb1Sp0ykw6TYxrCrDPB

Or join from a H.323/SIP room system:

Dial: (US West) or (US East)

Meeting ID: 838 299 9315


…. and remember to please add, before or after the webinar, one of your institution's quality processes here:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CXGMAwPm1MX_WAXSlb1s6xz_lwfmjLNYXLyVmPVwzzs/edit  


4 weeks left to register for I-MELT the International conference on Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching
6 December 2017

Dear colleagues

If you have not seen the full I-MELT program www.i-melt.edu.au/program

or the short papers on implementations of MELT www.i-melt.edu.au/papers

-to be presented in streams on Academic Literacy and Writing, Authentic Learning, Critical Thinking, e-Learning, Institution/system Level thinking, Partnerships, Problem Solving, Research skills and Schooling- 

these give you a good sense of what awaits you at the National Wine Centre, Adelaide 11-13 December 2017.

Registrations close 6 December 2017.

I hope to see you there


John Willison
University of Adelaide

Further information john.willison@adelaide.edu.au


Higher Education in the Headlines

Accreditation costs over the top | TIM DODD | Australian Higher Education | 08 November, 2017
Course accrediting agencies are imposing an “onerous and extremely expensive” burden on higher education providers.

A Radical College’s Public Meltdown | Steve Kolowich  | Chronicle of Higher Education | 03 November, 2017
How a season of racial protests turned Evergreen State College’s self-examination into a national spectacle.

Universities pressured to cut Myanmar ties over Rohingya crisis | Ellie Bothwell | Times Higher Education | 02 November, 2017
Some academics call for institutions to break all links with the country, while others say educational partnerships are key to building peace