HERDSA Notices 15 March 2023

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* HERDSA Executive Elections 2023-2025
* Reflective feedback literacy and iterative change: Towards enhanced value in digital feedback processes - David Carless
* Call for nominations for HERDSA Life Memberships
* HERDSA Webinar - Bringing together psychological influences, social and environmental aspects for improved graduate preparation
* HERDSA Special Interest Group Online Engagement in Higher Education: Upcoming Event
* HERDSA Webinar - Sustainability Development Goals and Higher Education
* 2023 International Collaborative Writing Groups (ICWG) - Call for Participants

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HERDSA Executive Elections 2023-2025

Nominations for the 2023-2025 HERDSA Executive have now been received and the number of nominations exceeds the number of vacancies for the required HERDSA Executive positions.  In accordance with the HERDSA Constitution an election must now be held.  

To view and cast your vote for the members who have nominated please go to https://www.herdsa.org.au/executive-election-2023 and vote on your selection of NINE (9) candidates for the 2023-2025 HERDSA Executive. 

NOTE: You must log into the HERDSA web site to view the ballot form and cast your votes for the candidates you would like to represent you on the HERDSA Executive.

Please login with your email and password.

Voting will be open for two weeks from 8 March and will close at 5.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings time on 22 March 2023.

Members will be advised of the outcome of the voting as soon as possible after all candidates have been notified of the election results.

Jennifer Ungaro
HERDSA Returning Officer


Reflective feedback literacy and iterative change: Towards enhanced value in digital feedback processes - David Carless
17th March 2023 2.30pm to 3.30pm AEDT

The HERDSA Assessment Quality SIG invites you to attend its first webinar series for 2023. Prof David Carless will sharing his thoughts on "Reflective feedback literacy and iterative change: Towards enhanced value in digital feedback processes".

Further information: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/reflective-feedback-literacy-and-iterati...


Call for nominations for HERDSA Life Memberships
Closes 17th March 2023

HERDSA life Members are individuals who have made a substantial, prolonged contribution to HERDSA through their service to the Society and/or have made a distinguished contribution to higher education. We are pleased to count many significant contributors in our list of life members (https://www.herdsa.org.au/life-members).

The HERSDA Executive is now calling for nominations for new life members. The Executive will review nominations and elect up to two new life members who will be recognised at the 2023 conference.

To nominate an outstanding individual for HERDSA Life Membership, please forward a short statement detailing the following:
• Name and Email of Nominee
• Name and Email of Proposer
• Statement of outstanding Contribution to HERDSA and/or higher education (approx. 500 words)

Please forward to office@herdsa.org.au by Friday 17th March 2023

Further information: office@herdsa.org.au


HERDSA Webinar - Bringing together psychological influences, social and environmental aspects for improved graduate preparation
Thursday 23rd March 2023 - 1.00 - 2.00pm AEDT

Research is emerging on identified functional (how-to) cognitive aspects of employability. Higher education graduates from all disciplines encounter multifaceted and precarious working lives that feature multiple transitions, complex employment arrangements and often a do-it-yourself career management plan to achieve meaningful paid work.

The Australian Government introduced The Job-ready Graduates package that ‘invests in higher education in areas of national priority’ (www.education.gov.au). It is a priority, therefore, for tertiary providers to renew curriculum with value-added Work Integrated Learning (WIL) such as contemporary professional practice internship programs.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music has a program to encourage undergraduate BMus students to develop ‘career readiness’ as Australia’s graduate destinations data report these creative workers as having the poorest graduate employment outcomes of all 40 broad higher education disciplines (Graduate Careers Council of Australia, 2020).

An elective as part of their program, our internships are in collaboration with the 17 NSW Regional Cons plus various Arts industry partners and involve a scaffolded process using the Literacies for Life as a conceptual framework to help students understand their career and study confidence. As a student profile tool with accompanying resources, it aims for students to explore their cognitive dispositions and capacity of professionalism and ‘use them to enhance confidence and make informed life and career decisions in line with values and goals’ (www.employability.com.au).

By exploring the specific employability skills that build potential capacity to engage students as future professionals in all related fields we can begin to determine how students successfully transition from an accomplished student to a beginning and employable graduate.

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


HERDSA Special Interest Group Online Engagement in Higher Education: Upcoming Event
Wednesday 19th April 2023

The HERDSA Special Interest Group 'Online Engagement in Higher Education' will be hosting an online event on Wednesday 19th April 2023 12pm - 1pm AEST.

This event will feature a panel discussing the question ‘Is there a difference between online and face to face engagement?’

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to herdsa.oesig@gmail.com

We look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,



HERDSA Webinar - Sustainability Development Goals and Higher Education
1pm AEST, Thursday 27th April 2023

The United Nations has articulated 17 Sustainable Development Goals. My own pedagogical and research interest commenced some while ago where the UN previously declared the ‘Decade of Sustainability’. SDGs have now become a critical point of action for us all. But understanding what to do as educators is problematic. My own field of music can seem rather remote from the aim of zero poverty, but perhaps closer to the aim of good health and well-being or quality education.
In this webinar we will look at how we can embrace these goals as a focus for learning within our curriculum, look at some definitions and what that means for action, and hear some examples from the field of music.

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


2023 International Collaborative Writing Groups (ICWG) - Call for Participants
Friday March 24th 2023 PST

The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) invites applications by March 24th for participants for the Academic track of its International Collaborative Writing Group (ICWG) initiative.

The ICWG Co-leaders - Barbara Kensington-Miller (New Zealand), Andrea Webb (Canada) and Earle Abrahamson (UK) – are now happy to receive applications for participants for the six groups based on the projects and facilitators we have selected. See the website for descriptions of each of the six projects. You will be asked to pick your top two projects, and members will be selected based on interest and an effort to create strong diverse teams

Similar to the previous cohorts, these ICWGs will convene for a face-to-face/in-person working session on November 5-7, immediately prior to the ISSOTL23 conference in Utrecht, Netherlands. Before and after the conference, the groups will work together online to ultimately produce a publishable manuscript no later than October 2024.

Further information: https://issotl.com/2023/03/09/call-for-participants-for-2023-internation...


In the spirit of reconciliation HERDSA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australasia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.