HERDSA Notices 11 March 2020

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* Conference update - Novel coronavirus
* HERDSA 2020 early bird registration closes next month
* Call for papers closing soon - University Assessment, Learning and Teaching: New Research Directions for a Postdigital World
* Transforming Assessment webinars
* International Students as Partners Institute (ISaPI) 20-22 May 2020 early bird registration
* Virtual WIL: Technology Enhanced Placements and Internships (ACEN funded project)
* New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

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Conference update - Novel coronavirus

We would like to reassure all attendees that arrangements for the HERDSA 2020 Conference to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 30 June - 3 July 2020, continue to be made as planned.

The planning committee is continuing to monitor the situation and discussing contingency plans for various scenarios.
We recognise that some of our conference attendees may be impacted by travel restrictions related to the Novel coronavirus, however Australia continues to be a very safe destination to travel to and within.

If you have any queries regarding the above, please contact the conference secretariat via email herdsa2020@expertevents.com.au or call +61 7 3848 2100. Further updates will be issued in the lead up to the conference if required.


HERDSA 2020 early bird registration closes next month
Monday 6 April

You only have 4 weeks left to secure your registration to HERDSA 2020 at the discounted early bird rate. Register by midnight 6 April AEST and save up to $175!

Further information: https://conference.herdsa.org.au/2020/attending/registration/


Call for papers closing soon - University Assessment, Learning and Teaching: New Research Directions for a Postdigital World
Submissions close Monday 23 March - get your abstracts in now!

To mark our fifth anniversary, Deakin University’s Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) is hosting a higher education research conference from 19 to 20 October 2020 in Melbourne. The conference aims to provide a focused forum for higher education research as a discipline. Cutting-edge conversations will centre around rigorous, high-quality conceptual and theoretical contributions exploring the future of higher education research in a postdigital age. Our keynote speakers are Professor Monika Nerland (University of Oslo) and Associate Professor Alyssa Wise (NYU).
We are calling for papers from researchers interested in conceptual, theoretical and empirical explorations of higher education in a postdigital world, aligned with CRADLE’s core themes:
• assessing for learning
• learning in a digital world
• learning through, and for, work.
We are particularly interested in research that advances theoretical, conceptual and methodological understandings. Categories: research papers, symposia, and rapid orals. See https://www.cradleconference2020.org/ for more details.

Further information: http://www.cradleconference2020.org/


Transforming Assessment webinars

1) Next Transforming Assessment webinar 1 April 2020: Personalised Tasks and Anonymous Peer Grading

This session explores how digital tools can help to solve problems of scalability and personalisation, and how students can effectively assess each other's work.
Reg: http://taw.fi/1apr2020

2) Previous session recording: Online Knowledge Maps for assessment and feedback (held 4 March)

Concept and knowledge maps have the potential to improve student learning and understanding by promoting meaningful learning and critical thinking. This webinar described the affordances of a Knowledge Map assessment tool and explored the evidence of its effectiveness as a student assessment tool.

Obtain session resources and view the recording:


International Students as Partners Institute (ISaPI) 20-22 May 2020 early bird registration

Please note that the early bird registration for the ISaPI workshops and the Change Institute teams is open until 3rd April.

In the, hopefully, unlikely event that the event has to be cancelled because of Covid-19, registration fees will be reimbursed. Several airlines (e.g. Air Canada, United) are currently offering waiving flight change charges for 12 months for flights booked before 31 March. Other offers may become available in April.

This will be the 5th iteration of the highly successful International Students as Partners Institute (ISaPI). It will be held at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada (approx. 45 min south of Toronto Airport) from 20-22 May 2020.

Change Institute
The Change Institute provides opportunity for institutional teams to plan, refine, and evaluate strategic partnership initiatives with support from expert facilitators. We already have six teams accepted for this year’s Change Institute from five different countries and have capacity for three additional teams. If you wish to apply, please do so by 27 March. For further details about the change institute application process please go to: https://tinyurl.com/yzsvg6g2

The three-day workshop focusses on starting, growing, and critically reflecting on situated partnership practice. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in interactive sessions with facilitators and one another to 1) learn about relevant models and resources that help to develop different types of partnerships to enhance learning and teaching; 2) explore what partnership-based pedagogies mean for us individually as well as institutionally; and 3) critically evaluate the ideological, systemic, and cultural practices that hinder or support partnerships in higher education.

Information on fees and registration can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/yzclxmok. Follow @McMaster_MI_SaP and #ISaPI20 on twitter for further updates.

Over 350 staff/faculty and students have participated in the last four years in roughly equal numbers.

Please pass this message on to any colleagues you think may be interested in ISaPI.

Key Dates & Deadlines
• 27 March 2020: Change Institute applications due
• 3 April 2020: Early Bird Registration deadline
• 6 May 2020: Regular Registration deadline
• 20-22 May 2020: Institute held

Please direct any questions about the event to mi_sap@mcmaster.ca

Further information: https://tinyurl.com/yzsvg6g2


Virtual WIL: Technology Enhanced Placements and Internships (ACEN funded project)

Virtual WIL project, funded by Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN), aims at producing a conceptual framework and practical guidelines for developing online WIL placements and projects. It will address the needs of all students but take into particular consideration the needs of international students and those from equity groups, with the purpose of increasing student access to WIL.
If you are a WIL practitioner and offer virtual WIL placements or projects we would very much appreciate it if you could fill out the following survey (estimated to take between 12-20 minutes). We would also be obliged if you could pass it onto colleagues as appropriate.

Link to the virtual WIL survey- https://researchsurveys.deakin.edu.au/jfe/form/SV_9XgEtUmaf9hZ0O1

A shorter version of the survey: https://bit.ly/2TxbnBj
Please contact any member of the research team if you have any questions: Assoc/Prof Harsh Suri, Ms Friederika Kaider, Dr Wayne Read (Deakin), Ms Leoni Russell (RMIT), Assoc/Prof Annette Marlow UTas.

Further information: Harsh.Suri@deakin.edu.au


New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

The productive potential of pedagogical disagreements in classroom-focused student-staff partnerships, Sophia Abbot & Alison Cook-Sather, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1735315

Does PBL improve student performance in a multidimensional way? A proposal for a moderated mediation model, José Domingo García-Merino, Sara Urionabarrenetxea & Ana Fernández-Sainz, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1732878

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