HERDSA Notices 03 February 2021

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* HERDSA WEBINAR 9: From Band-aid to Sustainable Transformation?
* Announcement of HERDSA Grants Scheme: Call for Grant Proposals 2021
* Call for Nominations to the HERDSA Executive for 2021-2023
* HERDSA 2021 - Registration
* HERDSA Heroes in Higher Education Awards
* Job Opportunities During This Critical Time
* Contemporary Approaches to University Teaching MOOC: Enrol now
* Request for dissemination of survey for NCSEHE-funded project
* New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

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HERDSA WEBINAR 9: From Band-aid to Sustainable Transformation?
Thursday 28th January 2021
(4-5pm NZDT; 2-3pm AEDT; 11am-12pm AWST; 11am-12pm HKT)

Hosted by HERDSA Hong Kong Branch in collaboration with Centre of Learning Enhancement And Research, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

HERDSA Hong Kong Branch are pleased to announce an online panel discussion facilitated by Dr Anna KWAN to share and discuss arrangements of online learning, teaching and assessment during the COVID-19 outbreak and implications for higher education.

The panel will discuss major shifts and experiences in learning and teaching across six Hong Kong institutions, providing valuable insights for those of us working across Hong Kong and for our colleagues teaching well beyond Hong Kong.

Prior to the discussion, the session will start with panel members’ very brief sharing of Hong Kong experience.

Panel Members Topics
Infrastructure for online teaching and learning
Dr Kevin CHAN, Department of Applied Social Science, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mixed mode teaching – Pedagogical decision
Dr Theresa KWONG, Centre for Holistic Teaching and Learning,  Hong Kong Baptist University

Tools for blended learning in new normal
Dr King CHONG, Teaching and Learning Centre, Lingnan University

Virtual laboratory for remote hands-on experience
Dr Beatrice CHU, Centre for Education Innovation, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Online assessments in new normal
Dr Crusher Wong, Office of the Chief Information Officer, City University of Hong Kong

Perception of students and teachers
Prof Paul LAM, Centre of Learning Enhancement And Research, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Registration: https://www.herdsa.org.au/content/herdsa-webinar-series

Enquiry: herdsa.hk@gmail.com


Announcement of HERDSA Grants Scheme: Call for Grant Proposals 2021
28 February 2020

HERDSA offers grants to HERDSA members to fund research and/or development projects on teaching and learning in higher education that directly align to the mission of HERDSA.

Four (4) grants of AUD$5000 each are available. Priority for one grant will be given to applicants identifying as Indigenous/First Nations (e.g. Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori or Pacific Nations).

The call for HERDSA Grant applications is made in November/December. Applications close at the end of February. Successful applicants will be announced by the end of April. Grant applicants have one year to complete the project. Final Grant Project reports will be due by the end of April 2022. Project grant holders are expected to present their findings at the first HERDSA Conference (June/July) following completion of the project and publication in, e.g. HERDSA Connect, RDHE or the HERD journal.

For more information about the Grants Scheme (Timeline, Eligibility, Expectations, Grant Funds Guide, Application and Assessment Process, Application Form and Templates) see the HERDSA website: https://www.herdsa.org.au/herdsa-grants-scheme
The link to the 2021 ‘Grant Application Form’ and other templates are available on this page.

Further information: https://www.herdsa.org.au/herdsa-grants-scheme


Call for Nominations to the HERDSA Executive for 2021-2023
5pm AEST 5th March 2021

This is a call for nominations for HERDSA Executive positions for the period July 2021 – July 2023.

The current HERDSA Executive will complete a two-year term at the end of June 2021 and all positions (except the President) are declared vacant.

The Executive consists of a President, President-elect (1-year term), conference convenor and eight elected members. The positions of Vice-President and Treasurer are determined within the Executive. Members of the Executive become members of one of the four portfolios: Secretariat, Publications, Professional Development and Networks. The portfolios are supported by a number of Officers of HERDSA.

A call for nominations for the President-Elect position was made in March 2020 and Kogi Naidoo was elected to this position. The President-Elect will assume the President role in July 2021.

Under the Constitution the term of office for members of the Executive is two years. Individuals may serve up to three consecutive terms, after which they are no longer eligible for nomination in the next term.

If there are more than eight nominations for the Executive, a ballot will be held.

The full information is available on the HERDSA website at https://www.herdsa.org.au/call-nominations-herdsa-executive-2021-2023

This information includes:
• The names of the current members of the Executive and eligibility for re-election
• Position description for a Member of the Executive and Portfolio descriptions
• Details of the nomination process
• Nomination Form
• Code of Practice

While the constitution does not stipulate branch or regional representation, branches are encouraged to nominate a representative to provide a link between the Executive and the branch committees.

Being on the HERDSA Executive requires a commitment of time. Nominees should be able to commit to the role and it is recommended that they seek the support of their line manager (where appropriate).

The closing date for nominations is 5:00pm AEST Friday 5th March 2021. The new Executive will be ratified at the AGM to be held during the HERDSA 2021 conference in Brisbane, Queensland.

Further information: https://www.herdsa.org.au/call-nominations-herdsa-executive-2021-2023


HERDSA 2021 - Registration
Early bird registration closes: 16 April 2021

A reminder to register by 16 April 2021 to access the discounted early bird registration fee.

In the current environment, HERDSA recognises the difficulties facing many in the higher education sector. In order to support the professional development and network links of our members and colleagues, HERDSA is therefore subsidising the registration fee for casual and sessional staff and those who are unemployed for members and non-members.

Please visit the website for rates and further details: https://conference.herdsa.org.au/2021/registration/.

Further information: https://conference.herdsa.org.au/2021/registration/


HERDSA Heroes in Higher Education Awards
5pm on 14th May 2021

HERDSA is pleased to announce they will be giving 5 new awards this year called HERDSA Heroes in Higher Education. There are five awards of $500 each.

These awards recognise academic generosity in challenging times, with an opportunity to show gratitude by recognising the generosity of a colleague or team of colleagues, who have supported you or others in an unexpected/exceptional way during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This academic generosity may be in the areas of research, teaching, service, or academic development. The generosity received may be something “tangible” (e.g., outstanding support with shifting to online teaching and learning), or more “intangible” (e.g., helping you to feel a sense of belonging and connectedness in a time of isolation).

For full details on how to apply please visit https://www.herdsa.org.au/herdsa-heroes-higher-education-award


Job Opportunities During This Critical Time
4th February 2021

AUT is on the hunt for experienced individuals to fill a range of curriculum development roles to support altLAB (AUT's Learning Transformation Laboratory) with an exciting project, supporting the upgrade of our largest piece of academic IT infrastructure, AUT's Learning Management System:
• Learning Technologists (multiple roles)
• Learning Designers (multiple roles)
• Media Development Support, Video (multiple roles)

Please visit https://careers.aut.ac.nz/search?search=cvid-faZd7 for further information.

Further information: AUT is on the hunt for experienced individuals to fill a range of curriculum development roles to support altLAB (AUT's Learning


Contemporary Approaches to University Teaching MOOC: Enrol now

Contemporary Approaches to University Teaching. is a free, self-paced teaching induction course.

University teaching is a complex task. When we first start to teach, nothing is automatic. Everything has to be carefully thought through. This MOOC introduces new teachers to key learning and teaching concepts and strategies in easily studied, two hour modules – just in time, just for you. Modules cover topics like strategies to teach that first class, giving feedback, facilitating group work, and online teaching.

Course starts 8th February. Participants are encouraged to engage with the MOOC for two hours a week during Session 1 (February 8th – June 21). However, the MOOC can also be used as a just in time, just for you resource and used as and when needed.

The course has been developed by a team of colleagues from 20 Australian universities and one university in the United Kingdom. It was established by National Teaching Fellow Associate Professor Kym Fraser, and is co-led by Associate Professor Agnes Bosanquet (Macquarie University) and Associate Professor Marina Harvey.

This course is offered by CAULLT – Council of Australasian University Leaders in Learning and Teaching.
Enrolment is now open!

Further information: https://www.canvas.net/browse/caullt/courses/contemporary-approaches-uni...


Request for dissemination of survey for NCSEHE-funded project

Dear colleagues,

Please could you pass on this invitation to participate in this study to your membership. Many thanks!

You are invited to participate in a research study funded by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE), titled "University responses to enhancing equity in the post-Covid landscape".

We are conducting a project to examine the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, and its consequences on the Australian higher education sector, with regard to growing domestic student enrolments, particularly those of equity cohorts.

The research study is looking recruit staff employed in any of the following roles:

  • Heads/managers of Student Equity units making decisions relating to:
    • Widening Participation;
    • Admissions pathways relevant to targeted equity groups
    • Student experience as part of targeted initiatives for equity groups
  • Staff implementing and/or guiding relevant policy for the admissions and support of students in equity groups
  • Must have been in their role for at least 12 months.

Exclusion criteria for participants for surveys:

  • Colleagues who are not involved in the development and/or implementation of admissions/ equity policies.

Participants will be asked to complete the following research activities if they agree to participate:

  • One electronic survey that will take approximately 25 minutes to complete

You can access the survey here:https://mqedu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4Mdy78cpE3nYyYR

A full description of all research activities, including any risks, harms or discomforts that you may experience while participating in this research is included in the Participant Information Statement and Consent Form at the beginning of the survey.

If you have questions about the research and would like to receive further information or express interest in participating, please contact the following person: Dr Sally Baker, sally.baker@unsw.edu.a


New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

The healthcare redesign student experience: qualitative and quantitative insights of postgraduate work-integrated learning, Sarah Jane Prior, Pieter Jan Van Dam, Phoebe E. J. Griffin, Nicole S. Reeves, Lea Kirkwood, Bronwyn Paton, Amelia Giles & Gregory M. Peterson, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1867515

The first steps on the journey towards curriculum reconciliation in science, medicine and health education, Karen J. Fildes, Eleanor Beck, Tatiana Bur, Pippa Burns, Laurie A. Chisholm, Carolyn T. Dillon, Tracey A. Kuit, Anne T. McMahon, Elizabeth P. Neale, Clare Paton-Walsh, Sophie Powell, Danielle Skropeta, Anita Stefoska-Needham, Alison Tomlin, Teresa M. Treweek, Karen Walton & Jade Kennedy, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1852393

Factors that enable Australian Aboriginal women’s persistence at university: a strengths-based approach, Bep Uink, Rebecca Bennett & Chanelle van den Berg, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1852185

Amplifying Indigenous voice and curriculum within the public health academy – the emergence of Indigenous sovereign leadership in public health education, A. Ahuriri-Driscoll, V. Lee & H. Came, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1857343

Evaluating the soft power of outbound student mobility: an analysis of Australia’s New Colombo Plan, Min Hong, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2021.1872054

Perceptions of reputation drivers: evidence from Australian non-accredited business schools, Thanesvary Subraamanniam, Phil Hancock & Jacqueline Birt, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2021.1872053