HERDSA Notices 18 November 2020

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* HERDSA 2021 Registration now open
* Academic Development SIG Virtual Cafe Chat
* HERDSA Webinar: Sustainability in Learning and Teaching: Making It Happen.
* Call for papers: SFDN Conference 2021
* Senior Educational Development Officer Role at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
* Beyond the ‘New Norm’ - Academic Voices: Opportunities, Challenges & Experiences with Digital Teaching, Learning and Assessment
* Blame it on the lockdown!
* New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

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HERDSA 2021 Registration now open
7—10 July 2021

Early bird registration is now open for the HERDSA 2021 conference to be held in Brisbane from 7—10 July 2021. Please see the website for all details: https://conference.herdsa.org.au/2021/registration/.

Further information: https://conference.herdsa.org.au/2021/


HERDSA Webinar: Sustainability in Learning and Teaching: Making It Happen.

Dr Tahl Kestin (Monash University), Professor Kathryn Williams (The University of Melbourne) and Associate Professor Harsh Suri (Deakin University) 

Sustainability in Learning and Teaching: Making it Happen offers three essential perspectives on why a focus on sustainability must be central for higher education institutions, and how this focus on sustainability can be embedded into learning and teaching. To be shared in the webinar will be guiding resources, practical strategies and concrete examples. The webinar will bring together insights borne of major projects and of extensive practice of effecting change at both institutional and disciplinary levels. With the need for work towards a more sustainable planet growing ever more urgent, the webinar will offer a powerful, practical opportunity to reflect upon our roles and potential as educators to support a more sustainable future. 

The Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education
Dr Tahl Kestin (Monash University): 

Integrating Sustainability in Science Curricula 
Professor Kathryn Williams (University of Melbourne)

Integrating Sustainability in Mainstream Business Curricula
Associate Professor Harsh Suri (Deakin University)

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


Academic Development SIG Virtual Cafe Chat
December 4, 3:30 pm NZ time

In light of the recent call for proposals for a special issue of IJAD: Academic Development in Times of Crisis (500 word proposals due February 1, 2021), the Academic Development SIG is organising a Virtual Café Chat for colleagues to connect, discuss topics they think would be good to be included / researched for this special issue, and set up writing collaborations. Advice on IJAD’s requirements will be provided by a member of the IJAD editorial team.
Suggested preparation for the meeting: Kathryn Sutherland’s article on Holistic Academic Development: IJAD 23(4), 261-273, https://doi.org/10.1080/1360144X.2018.1524571.
Join us on December 4, 3:30 NZ time (1:30 pm Australian Eastern) on https://canterbury.zoom.us/j/98687364576


Higher Education Research & Development, v.39 no. 7 is now available online

The latest issue of Higher Education Research & Development, v.39 no. 7, is now available from the HERDSA website at https://www.herdsa.org.au/higher-education-research-development-vol-39-no-7

This issue has both regular articles and an open access special collection of essays reflecting on the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on higher education and universities.

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


Call for papers: SFDN Conference 2021
22 November

The theme is: “Cultivating an environment of experimentation in teaching and learning: Tensions between coping and design in times of crises and beyond”

 All information about the conference, including the call for papers (open until 22 November) can be found here on the conference website: www.iwp.unisg.ch/sfdn2021


Senior Educational Development Officer Role at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

We are looking for a full-time Senior Educational Development Officer to join the Educational Development Centre at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with a leading role in supporting the University in analysing and interpreting learning outcomes data for institutional improvement. Detailed information can be found below.

Further information: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/hro/postspec/20102905-E.pdf


Beyond the ‘New Norm’ - Academic Voices: Opportunities, Challenges & Experiences with Digital Teaching, Learning and Assessment
30th December 2020

Dear Colleagues,
You are invited to submit your research papers to a Special International Conference Track on titled BEYOND THE ‘NEW NORM’ - ACADEMIC VOICES: OPPORTUNITIES, CHALLENGES AND EXPERIENCES WITH DIGITAL TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT IN HIGHER EDUCATION at the InSITE 2021: Informing Science + IT Education Conferences to be held ONLINE from the 6th to the 7th of July 2021 (Website: https://www.informingscience.org/Conferences/InSITE2021/Overview).

The details of this Special Track are outlined below:
The COVID-19 pandemic has propelled all education sectors to the think, redesign and act in real time. The effects of the pandemic resulted in the unprecedented closure of schools and institutions of higher education worldwide. UNESCO estimates that over 500 million learners were affected by the closure of educational institutions. The dramatic changes in the education sector raises several questions in terms of the adaptability of the education sector and the readiness of the sector who had to act fast as this crisis worsened. The changes have influenced not only the way education is delivered but has had an effect on the international student mobility, pedagogical readiness of academics both in design and delivery of lectures, technological readiness of institutions to rise to this change, student readiness to move from a face-to-face delivery to a completely digital delivery. In addition, there is a need to recognize technological readiness in rural areas, especially in lower-income countries. The literature clearly shows that the higher education sector must change and adapt to technologies which are difficult and expensive. The virus caused an immediate need and increased cost to many universities to adopt and adapt to technologies which in many cases will result in increased cost to many universities. An area that needs particular attention with the rapid introduction and immersion into digital technologies during the pandemic is the issue of quality assurance (QA) processes for such deliveries. The speed at which the pandemic set in may or may not have allowed adequate time across all HEIs to have these QA processes in place to the highest level. Research suggests that insufficient pedagogical knowledge by staff in designing and online learning which results in a lack of student engagement resulting in passive learning. Overall, the rapid change in the landscape suggests a need to address policy gaps, identification of appropriate online tools based on the specificity of the discipline, the needs of academic staff to adapt to the new teaching situations and the readiness of students to learn in a completely digital environment.

We request you to make your submissions to this Special Track by 30th December 2020 at https://www.informingscience.org/Member/Articles.
Please refer to the attached CFP or the website https://www.informingscience.org/Conferences/InSITE2021/ArticleSubmission for full details on the multiple submission formats available.
Please do not forget to select Special Track 9 when you are making your submission.
Kindly send us an email informing us of your submission, once completed.
If you have any queries please feel free to email us (singhup@ukzn.ac.za) .
We look forward to your submissions.
Dr Upasana Singh and Prof Sid Nair


Blame it on the lockdown!
HERDSA members may be interested in a new book by Chris Rust which updates and brings together five previously published papers. "What do we think we know about teaching, learning and especially assessment in higher education, and what it means in practice"  is available from Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com.au/teaching-especially-assessment-education-pract...


New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

Engagement of undergraduate STEM students: the influence of non-routine problems, Tanya Evans, Sergiy Klymchuk, Priscilla E. L. Murphy, Julia Novak, Jason Stephens & Mike Thomas, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1835838

Does the group matter? Effects of trust, cultural diversity, and group formation on engagement in group work in higher education, Irene Poort, Ellen Jansen & Adriaan Hofman, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1839024

Empowering low-socioeconomic status parents to support their children in participating in tertiary education: co-created digital resources for diverse parent personas, Rebekah Russell-Bennett, Maria Raciti, Kate Letheren & Judy Drennan, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1837742

Well-being and student–faculty interactions in higher education, Teniell L. Trolian, Gwendolyn C. Archibald & Elizabeth A. Jach, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1839023

HERD college of reviewers, 2020, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1826028