HERDSA Notices 12 June 2019

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* Keynote speakers for HERDSA Conference 2019
* HERDS Conference Prizes
* HERDSA 2019 pre-conference workshop: Supporting academic staff in the tectonic shift to Block Mode
* ACSME 2019 submissions and registration now open 
* Transforming Assessment webinar 17 July: Making technology enhancement effective: what works?
* Join Us at ASCILITE 2019!
* Higher Education in the Headlines

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Keynote speakers for HERDSA Conference 2019
3-5 July 2019

We are delighted to introduce our keynote speakers: 

3 July: Professor Peter Felten, Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Learning, Elon University
4 July: Associate Professor Melinda Webber - Faculty of Education, University of Auckland
4 July: Associate Professor Meegan Hall - Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Hau, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Mātauranga Māori), Victoria University of Wellington
5 July: Professor Jane Gilbert, Faculty of Eduction, Auckland University of Technology
5 July: A fabulous Student Panel

Next Generation, Higher Education: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities
2-5 July 2019. Auckland, New Zealand

Further information: https://www.herdsa2019.auckland.ac.nz/speakers/


HERDS Conference Prizes
Conference: 3-5 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/


HERDSA 2019 pre-conference workshop: Supporting academic staff in the tectonic shift to Block Mode
Pre-conference workshop date = 2nd July, 1:3- to 4:30pm

In 2018, Victoria University implemented the Block Model for first year students. VU completely changed the way students learn, from a traditional semester model, to studying one unit at a time for four weeks with no lectures or tutorials, and a strong focus on active learning. The results indicate: 
• Average pass rates increased substantially whilst maintaining assessment standards
• Significant increase in retention; and 
• Noticeably more students achieving higher grades. 

This workshop shares results and explores the principles, programs and processes that support academics to achieve these outcomes. 

Outcomes for participants
• gain an insight into how a deliberately constructed and multifaceted team can collaborate to redesign engaging student learning experiences; 
• appreciate how explicit design for active learning approaches contribute to a successful learning experience;
• explore key factors that impede the disruption of traditional higher education; 
• examine a variety of contextualised capability building techniques for academics; and
• experience a unit redesign process. 

Further information: kaye.cleary@vu.edu.au


ACSME 2019 submissions and registration now open 
Note deadline for submissions now extended to 24 June
ACSME 2019 will be hosted by The University of Sydney
on 2 & 3 October, and UTS on 4 October 2019
We have an incredibly exciting line-up of keynote speakers this year: 
Full information available on the ACSME conference website via our new URL www.ACSME.edu.au
Please email Steph Beames s.beames@uq.edu.au to discuss arrangements for discipline day network (morning) meetings, or to submit workshop proposals for the afternoon of Friday, 3 Oct.
Theme: Student Experience and Student Stories
The 2019 Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education will have a specific focus on the student experience and student stories. We are well into the 4th Industrial Revolution and in higher education we are at a point of inflexion. We can either choose business as usual and slip behind the others, or we can choose to partner with our students to provide them with the opportunities to build their capabilities to ensure that they can make significant and meaningful contributions to Australia and the world.


Transforming Assessment webinar 17 July: Making technology enhancement effective: what works?

We are back for 2019 - better late than never!!!

Next Transforming Assessment session: "Making technology enhancement effective: what works?" 17 July 2019.
This is a joint post-conference panel webinar organised with the Assessment in Higher Education conference secretariat.

Panel Chair: Prof Sally Jordan (Open university, UK)
Panel Presenters:
* Mira Vogel (King's College London) on "Students and assessors in conversation about authentic multimodal assessment".
* Maria Rosaria Marsico (University of Exeter) on "Online tools to enhance students experience: assessment".

Further information and registration:

Further information: http://ta.vu/17jul2019


Join Us at ASCILITE 2019!
2-5 December

ASCILITE will be having its 36th run this year, and it will be hosted by the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), Singapore, from 2nd to 5th December 2019.

We would like to extend our warmest invitation to your Society to join us at the conference, and would appreciate it if you could forward the following EDM to members of your community.

Register for paper submissions now at https://2019conference.ascilite.org

Many thanks!

Best Regards

ASCILITE 2019 Conference Organising Committee
Singapore University of Social Sciences


Higher Education in the Headlines

Uni focus ‘holds back students’ | TIM DODD |  Australian Higher Education | 12 June, 2019
Former NZ minister says he was surprised by the dominance of universities, particularly in NSW and Victoria.

How University Research Landed on the Front Lines of the Fight With China  | Lindsay Ellis and Nell Gluckman  | Chronicle of Higher Education | 7 June, 2019
An international science partnership between the United States and China that has grown stronger over 40 years suddenly seems to be decaying.

Growing PhD funding shortfall ‘requires national debate’ | Simon Baker | Times Higher Education | 6 June, 2019
V-c who chairs financial sustainability group warns that deficit on doctoral training raises major questions