HERDSA Notices 14 July 2021

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* HERDSA Webinar
* Successful 2021 HERDSA Grant winners
* Congratulations new HERDSA Fellows
* Recognising distinguished contributions to HERDSA and Higher Education through Lifetime membership of HERDSA
* Roger Landbeck Professional Development Fund awarded
* Showcasing Research and Scholarship in Teaching and Learning
* United Nations SDGs International eTournament 2021
* New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

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HERDSA Webinar
Thursday, 12th August, 2021 12.00 - 1.00pm AEST

Synchronous on-campus & remote delivery - are we all on the same screen?

Join HERDSA Victoria for an interactive session where we will be modelling synchronous dual delivery with both on-campus and remote participants. We’ll be sharing lived experiences of teaching in this format, exploring how it is evolving and discussing what works and what doesn’t.

This hands-on session will be facilitated on-campus by Darci Taylor (Deakin University - Geelong Waterfront Campus) and remotely by Puspha Sinnayah (Victoria University).

Register to attend online via Zoom (Zoom link will be sent after registration), or
Register to attend face-to-face at Deakin Geelong Waterfront Campus (room details will be sent after registration)

Further information: https://www.herdsa.org.au/herdsa-webinar-series

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Successful 2021 HERDSA Grant winners

Since 2020, HERDSA has been offering 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.

Five (5) grants of AUD$5000 each are available. Priority for one grant is given to applicants identifying as Indigenous/First Nations (e.g., Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori, or Pacific Nations).

Nominations:
A total of 12 grant applications were received in this round. Following a rigorous review and assessment process, the HERDSA Executive in April this year approved six grants to the following HERDSA members:

Dr Christine Slade (Project Leader) University of Queensland, Dr Guy Curtis, University of Western Australia and Sheona Thomson, QUT.
Title of Project: Time poor, strategic or vulnerable? Understanding how and why students use online ‘buy, sell or trade’ file-sharing/tutoring services and the ethical impacts for tertiary institutions.
Project Focus: This project investigates how students use file-sharing ‘buy, sell or trade’ online services, and their motivation in undertaking these transactional practices.

Dr Prue Gonzalez (Project Leader) Charles Sturt University
Title of Project: Early Assessment Practices in First Year University
Project Focus: With the increasing diversity in the first-year cohort in universities globally, emphasis has been placed on using early low-stakes assessment tasks to transition students into academia and improve retention rates. This project will result in a Typology of Early Assessment Tasks and associated Principles of Good Practice.

Dr Elise Bone (Project Leader) The University of Melbourne
Title of Project: Disruption as a catalyst for change? Perceptions and approaches of teaching academics during COVID-19.
Project Focus: This project aims to examine the impact on teaching and learning of the COVID-19 pandemic at a large, research-intensive Australian university through analysing teaching staff perceptions of teaching and learning context, their responding approaches to curriculum design and relevant contextual factors.

Associate Professor Eva Heinrich (Project Leader) Massey University
Title of Project: The role of semi-formal online environments for student engagement
Project Focus: The focus of the research project is to understand why Discord ‘works’ for our students and how (if at all) this translates to the Teams environment. While the specific tools (Discord and Teams) play a role, the research focus is on the underlying characteristics and principles.

Dr Tracy Zhou (Project Leader) The University of Hong Kong
Title of Project: Engaging Faculty in Internationalization of the Curriculum in the Post-pandemic Era
Project Focus: The focus of this project is the curation and evaluation of existing resources and tools used by those who support faculty members and teaching teams to internationalize
curricula in Australia, but also in other parts of the world.

Professor Ruth Bridgstock (Project Leader) Griffith University
Title of Project: Leading the future of learning & teaching in higher education: Senior leadership perspectives on change
Project Focus: This research project seeks to explore the perspectives of senior leaders in universities with respect to navigating the current time of change and taking strategic action towards creating the future of higher education learning and teaching in Australia.

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Congratulations new HERDSA Fellows

The HERDSA Fellowship Scheme provides an opportunity for HERDSA members to be part of a vibrant community of practitioners and researchers interested in improving teaching and learning in tertiary education. The Fellowship Scheme seeks to improve the quality of educational practice through critical reflection, recognise and reward good educational practice, and offers an avenue for peer collaboration among the community of Fellows and Associate Fellows. The Fellows compile a portfolio that demonstrates their reflection on their practice and commit to future strategies that enhance their practice.

A very warm congratulations to the following members awarded their HERDSA Fellowships:

2019-2020 Fellows:
Dr Mark Dodd, The University of Adelaide
Dr Roma Forbes, University of Queensland

2020-2021 Fellows:
Dr Pranit Anand, University of Wollongong
Associate Professor Deb Clarke, Charles Sturt University
Ms Jennifer Coburn, Cairnmiller Institute Victoria
Associate Professor Rachael Hains-Wesson, The University of Sydney
Dr Liz Levin, Swinburne University
Dr Dongmei Li, University of Melbourne
Ms Ameena Payne, Swinburne University
Dr Katrina Strampel, Edith Cowan University
Dr Chamila Subasinghe, Curtin University
Dr Rob Wass, University of Otago

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Recognising distinguished contributions to HERDSA and Higher Education through Lifetime membership of HERDSA

This award recognises distinguished contributions to HERDSA in particular and to teaching and learning, academic development and the higher education community in Australia and internationally more broadly.

It gives me great please to announce the two outstanding recipients of this award.

Dr Peter Kandlbinder

As a longstanding member HERDSA since 1996, Peter has served as an elected member of the Executive for 3 terms and has actively contributed to the Society over the 25 years as a member, undertaking several challenging roles including as Chair of the Publications portfolio, founding executive editor of HERDSA Review of Higher Education, producing 6 highly regarded volumes, and editor of HERDSA Connect. Since 2014 Peter moderated and distributed the HERDSA Notices weekly email that keeps us in contact with what is happening across the world - and with each other.

He has contributed significantly to higher education and teaching and learning through his work as a scholar and practitioner in academic development for 30 years. The focus of his education role has been supporting academics in developing their capabilities in course design, digital media, assessing student learning, problem-based learning, postgraduate supervision and other forms of small group learning.

Peter is the person behind so much of how HERDSA connects – and has done this quietly and tirelessly. Few members of HERDSA have made a sustained active contribution to HERDSA over such a long period and has shaped HERDSA and teaching and learning in higher education and as such are very worthy recipient of HERDSA Life Membership.

Dr Allan Goody

Allan is recognised for is long-standing commitment and service to HERDSA, to the profession and practice of academic development nationally and internationally. Allan is a knowledgeable and generous colleague who has inspired a generation of early career academics to become committed university teachers in his role as an academic developer and his commitment to higher education demonstrated by joining the HERDSA Executive and serving continuously from 2002 – 2020 in a number of roles including as an elected executive member; HERDSA Guides Editor; Conference Convener and President. As HERDSA President he has contributed a deep understanding of what members value in a scholarly society.

As a council member of the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED) for eight years, and ICED President since 2017, Allan has represented and lobbied for HERDSA internationally and been instrumental in building a network of colleagues across our membership regions and other parts of the world, bringing more international members into HERDSA.

The substance and significance of Allan’s contribution to HERDSA and his impact on higher education over a 20-year career in academic development can be seen through his deep personal and professional commitment to social justice equity and diversity within higher education – values that are shared and integral with HERDSA.
Allan has made a significant contribution to HERDSA and higher education and are a highly deserving of HERDSA Life Membership.

In the past 3 years Allan has served as the Conference Convener for the Brisbane 2020/20 conference managing the challenges of a pandemic leading to the postponement and then cancellation of the HERDSA Conference. Throughout this time, he has worked with the conference organisers, committees and members, juggling many balls with charm and dedication. We are indebted to him for his work and generosity throughout this difficult time in particular, as well as over the tenure of his leadership.

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Roger Landbeck Professional Development Fund awarded

This fund was established in memory of Roger Landbeck who was a long-term member of HERDSA committed to professional learning.
The goal of the Roger Landbeck Professional Development Fund is to promote the enhancement of higher education learning and students by advancing equity, diversity and social justice among staff and students.
The fund has a particular focus on early career academics who would benefit from a greater engagement with HERDSA networks, activities and events. It allows these early career academics to engage in a professional development activity that progresses their own careers as well as having a positive influence in their home communities.

The 2020-21 recipient is Mr Michael Watkins a Lecturer in the University of South Australia, Department of Aboriginal Allied Health University a Department of Rural Health. Michael is from the Mudburra people from the Northern Territory with connections to community through Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Darwin.

Michael’s project is focused on recognising the important role Aboriginal academics play through building his capacity, so that he can build the capacity of others in higher education. His program provides an opportunity to build networks and collaborate with others in similar capacities in higher education.

Mrs Margaret Landbeck was to have presented a certificate to Michael Watkin at the conference dinner. We thank Margaret for her continued support for the Roger Landbeck Development Fund and HERDSA.

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Showcasing Research and Scholarship in Teaching and Learning
Thursday 15 July

The UQ Teaching Focused Network and the QLD Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) are pleased to present this online event. Come join us as we share both Scholarship of Teaching of Learning (SoTL) and HERDSA scholarship and research. There are 16 presenters from 4 QLD universities presenting their HERDSA talks including a Roundtable session for research higher degree students.

When: Thursday 15 July, 2-4 pm (Brisbane time)
Register: Read more, register and view the program on https://itali.uq.edu.au/event/session/5880
Where: Zoom via https://uqz.zoom.us/j/81258011292

Anyone is welcome to attend. This is a free event. Share widely.

Further information: https://itali.uq.edu.au/event/session/5880

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United Nations SDGs International eTournament 2021
(Registration closing time) 23:59 25 July (China Standard Time, GMT +8)

Encourage your students to register now via https://chtl.hkbu.edu.hk/sdg-connect-gcr/ for the United Nations SDGs International eTournament 2021 organised by Hong Kong Baptist University. This eTournament provides students of tertiary institutions across the globe with a precious opportunity to learn how to collaborate entirely online with peers from different cultures and academic disciplines. Participating students will also gain exposure to the full spectrum of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on a gaming platform. Get your students to join a global virtual team to compete for attractive cash prizes through winning the SDG-themed challenges. For enquiries, please email chtl@hkbu.edu.hk.

Further information: https://chtl.hkbu.edu.hk/sdg-connect-gcr/

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New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

Politicising inclusive learning environments: how to foster belonging and challenge ableism? Juuso Henrik Nieminen & Henri Valtteri Pesonen, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2021.1945547

Developing the education research capability of education-focused academics: building skills, identities and communities, Joy Whitton, Graham Parr & Julia Choate, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2021.1946016

Communicating research in academia and beyond: sources of self-efficacy for early career researchers, Shannon Mason & Margaret Merga, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2021.1945545

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