HERDSA Notices 15 November 2023

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* HERDSA Connect Blog: COVID-19, ‘Socially just pedagogy’, and the virtual conference
* Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group Meeting Two: Experiences and challenges of SoTL
* Call For Expressions of Interest for Editor(s) of HERDSA Connect Blog
* Higher Education Research & Development, Vol. 42 No. 7 is now available online
* Critical University Studies Conference (CUS), 9-21 June 2024
* Te Puna Aurei LearnFest 2023: 'Education without Boundaries'
* CRADLE Seminar Series: The politics of student belonging: storying through words and images
* Unique academic development opportunity in Bhutan
* Reimagining Education From a Gross National Happiness (GNH) Perspective
* Invitation to Participate in ePortfolio Research Survey - Calling All Tertiary Education Professionals in Australia and NZ

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HERDSA Connect Blog:  COVID-19, ‘Socially just pedagogy’, and the virtual conference
Shannon Johnston, 10 November, 2023

Shannon Johnston asks are there any indirect positive outcomes of COVID-19 for higher education conferences such as a socially just conference?

Read More: https://herdsa.org.au/herdsa-connect/covid-19-%E2%80%98socially-just-pedagogy%E2%80%99-and-virtual-conference


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group Meeting Two: Experiences and challenges of SoTL

Please join us as we progress the discussions re: the nature and role of the newest HERDSA Special Interest Group

Please register for the discussion by clicking the following link:https://unisq.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpduuqqT8oE9eNBtwMqrc7Bvim1eNqfKsj

Facilitators: Dr Betty Exintaris, Dr Nilushi Karunaratne
When: November 17th 2023 12noon-1.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time
Where: https://unisq.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpduuqqT8oE9eNBtwMqrc7Bvim1eNqfKsj

What: In this SoTL SIG meeting we will explore individual's unique SoTL experiences and their perceived benefits, in addition to identifying how the SoTL SIG can support individual's needs to progress SoTL in their respective contexts.

Session outline

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Our SoTL experiences - briefly explore SIG member's individual experiences with SoTL
  • In breakout rooms: 'Me in a minute' activity and distil individual's challenges to SoTL progress
  • Show/discuss collaborative definition of SoTL from the initial meeting  
  • In breakout rooms: identify how the SoTL SIG can support individual needs
  • Close meeting and identify next meeting goals:
    • Establish a series of focused SIG sessions to meet the needs of the individual 
    • Identify facilitators for leading the third SIG meeting. 

Further information: contact the HERDSA SoTL SIG via email herdsa.sotl.sig@gmail.com


Call For Expressions of Interest for Editor(s) of HERDSA Connect Blog
Due date 22 November 2023

The HERDSA Executive is seeking Expressions of Interest the position of Editor(s) of the HERDSA Connect Blog. The HERDSA Connect Blog offers comment and discussion on higher education issues; provides information about relevant publications, programs and research and celebrates the achievements of our HERDSA members. The HERDSA Connect Blog links members of the HERDSA community in Australasia and beyond by sharing branch activities, member perspectives and achievements, book reviews, comments on contemporary issues in higher education, and conference reflections. Members are encouraged to respond to articles and engage in ongoing discussion relevant to higher education and aligned to HERDSA’s values and mission.

The HERDSA Connect Blog aims to inspire, connect and inform researchers, developers and practitioners in the Australasian higher education sector and inspire both members and non-members to become involved with the HERDSA community by providing an opportunity for less formal publication and discussion on inspirational practices, projects, resources, research, successes and ideas.

The appointment will be for six months initially, and will be considered from both individuals and small teams.

Expressions of interest should
1. State clearly applicant’s proposed editorial approach
2. Indicate the roles of individuals within the team (if you are submitting a team application)

The following criteria must also be addressed:
1. Experience in editing and publishing online and awareness of the issues and challenges associated with editing a public blog.
2. Graphic design experience and html coding knowledge.
3. Commitment to member engagement.
4. Project management skills and expertise.
5. A strong reputation in research and publication across the higher education sector.
6. Commitment to the HERDSA goals of HERDSA.
7. Membership of HERDSA.

Members of the HERDSA Executive will be happy to respond to any initial inquiries. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Chair of the Selection Committee - Professor Katrina Strampel.

Written expressions of interest should be brief, address the selection criteria (max 2 pages) and include a Curriculum Vitae. Submissions must be received by 12 October 2023 – 5.00pm AEST and sent to office@herdsa.org.au. An acceptance of your submission will be sent via email to you. If you do not receive this please contact the HERDSA office before the closing date.

Professor Katrina Strampel
HERDSA Vice-President
Email: k.strampel@ecu.edu.au


Higher Education Research & Development, Vol. 42 No. 7 is now available online

Higher Education Research & Development, Vol. 42 No. 7 is now available from the HERDSA website at https://herdsa.org.au/higher-education-research-development-vol-42-no-7

Free online access is available to HERDSA members through your member dashboard.


Critical University Studies Conference (CUS), 9-21 June 2024
Abstract deadline extended to 17/11

Rage Against the Machine-remaking universities for hopeful futures
Conference Chair, Professor Bruce Macfarlane

The abstract deadline for the 2024 Critical University Studies Conference has been extended to Friday 17 Nov, 11pm AEST. You can submit a single paper, a Symposium, propose a Roundtable, or a Creative Performance.

Keynotes for the conference:
- Liz Morrish, Independent scholar, Academic identities: from tenured autonomy to indentured servitude
- Sharon Stein, University of British Columbia, Redressing Harm and Repurposing the University
- Qinghua Chen, The Education University of Hong Kong; Phoebe Siu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Angel M. Y. Lin, The Education University of Hong Kong, Self-Care Amidst Neoliberal Pressures in Academia: Diverse Voices

Information re: Submissions and Keynote abstracts available at the CUS Conference website.

Further information: https://www.cusconf.com/ and #CUSconf2024


Te Puna Aurei LearnFest 2023: 'Education without Boundaries'
27th and 28th of November 2023

Te Puna Aurei LearnFest is an annual symposium organised by Te Puna Ako Centre for Tertiary Teaching and Learning at the University of Waikato. This year, it will be an online event jointly delivered with The University of Newcastle (Australia).

Theme: Education without Boundaries

The theme of Te Puna Aurei / LearnFest 2023 is inclusion and accessibility. In an increasingly demanding environment for students, educators and providers, inclusive access to education is paramount. Join us as we explore the challenges and possibilities of inclusion in contemporary education. We welcome proposals for talks, panels or workshops on any aspect of tertiary teaching, but we particularly invite submissions focused on this year's theme, with focus areas including: student retention, support, experience or empowerment; equitable access, opportunities and diversity; innovative teaching practices and pedagogies around inclusion; flexible modes of delivery; and physical and virtual learning spaces.

Register for FREE at the link provided.

Further information: https://www.waikato.ac.nz/teaching-and-learning/teaching-development/opp...


CRADLE Seminar Series: The politics of student belonging: storying through words and images
29 November 2023, 6.00-7.30pm AEDT

In this seminar, we will present research funded by the Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE) on student belonging, which is broadly considered to be a positive foundation for students’ well-being and success at university. We start by presenting a brief history of belonging research in higher education and invite you to think more critically about belonging. Drawing upon empirical data from interviews and video-blogs with 30 students in the UK and Australia, our research highlights how students experience and create multiple belongings. We identify how calls for integrated, uniform, approaches to building belonging in universities are unhelpful. Instead, we foreground the situated and political ways in which students make and curate meaningful and purposeful connections and safe spaces. Our research points to the personalised nature of belonging. We show how individual learners often enact belonging in ways that disrupt or challenge institutional assumptions and expectations. These insights are particularly important in the current higher education context, with universities in many countries, such as Australia, setting ambitious targets to expand the access and participation of students from more diverse backgrounds. We advocate for critical discussions between staff and students related to the affordances of embracing the multiple ways students and staff choose to belong, at different times, and in different spaces.

Professor Rola Ajjawi is Professor of Educational Research at the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE), Deakin University, Australia, where she has led an extensive programme of research into student failure and success, with particular interest in equity, feedback, and learning cultures.
Associate Professor Karen Gravett is Associate Professor and Director of Research at the Surrey Institute of Education at the University of Surrey, UK, where her research focuses on the theory-practice of higher education, and explores the areas of student engagement, belonging, and relational pedagogies.
Professor Sarah O’Shea is the Dean, Graduate Research at CSU as well as an internationally recognised researcher, who applies sociological perspectives to the study of higher education equity and how under-represented student cohorts enact success within university, navigate transition into and through this environment, manage competing identities and negotiate aspirations for self and others.

Further information: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cradle-seminar-series-the-politics-of-st...


Unique academic development opportunity in Bhutan
March-May 2024

The Royal Thimphu College, Bhutan is seeking an experienced academic developer to support their academic development program and research.
This is a 3-6 months unpaid, adventurous opportunity for someone interested in the higher education system and unique culture of the land of Gross National Happiness.
Airfares and accommodation supplied.

Contact me for further information about living in Bhutan and the higher education system.

Further information: maureenbell09@outlook.com


Reimagining Education From a Gross National Happiness (GNH) Perspective
International Symposium, June 1st - 6th, 2024, Paro, Bhutan.

Gross National Happiness (GNH) is a Bhutanese developmental paradigm that seeks to find a balance between materialistic gains and sustainable and equitable human development. The underlying principles are informed by a holistic understanding of individuals, community, society, ecology, and life. The symposium is devoted to exploring an education paradigm that represents education’s highest potential. The symposium is designed to allow a creative and collaborative space for meeting, sharing, learning, and reimagining education in the 21st century based on the framework of Gross National Happiness.

Bhutan is poised now to engage in a renewed focus on GNH-based education. The Office of the Vice Chancellor, Royal University of Bhutan and Paro College of Education are taking the lead to re-initiate an academic dialogue for furthering understanding and action, based on the profound philosophy of GNH, so that this framework can enhance the quality of education for a better humanity.
We are looking forward to connecting with like-minded scholars, educators, thought leaders, institutes, organizations, and colleges, from around the world. Together, we hope to weave new professional networks, integrate our creative insights, and activate and mobilize our collective wisdom for a better future and world.

Further information: maureenbell09@outlook.com


Invitation to Participate in ePortfolio Research Survey - Calling All Tertiary Education Professionals in Australia and NZ

As part of the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning’s (AAEEBL) Digital Ethics Task Force, we are conducting a research project to better understand the field of ePortfolio work in Australian and New Zealand tertiary education.

If you are involved in ePortfolio work in either of these countries as part of your professional role, we invite you to participate in this research survey. Your valuable insights will contribute to the mapping of ePortfolio practices and help us gain a better understanding of common practices and the labour involved.

The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Your participation is voluntary, and you can choose to close the survey at any time if you wish to withdraw.
If you are interested in participating, please click on the following link to access the Project Information Sheet, Consent Form and online survey: https://uniofqueensland.syd1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4HeD81LrfnnBtBQ

Your contribution to this research project would be greatly appreciated.

Further information: Further information: Contact A/P Christine Slade c.slade@uq.edu.au


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.