HERDSA Notices 22 May 2024

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* HERDSA Webinar Series - Understanding Australian higher education: the private sector
* Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group Meeting
* HERDSA 2024 Annual Conference Program available
* CRADLE Seminar Series: Evaluative judgement, AI, and authentic assessment for university and beyond
* Call for Open Access Publishing Association (OAPA) committee members
* Job opportunity: Lecturer (Engineering and Computing Education), Uni of Melbourne
* Join the Global Students as Partners Roundtable
* Survey for educational developers
* New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

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HERDSA Webinar Series - Understanding Australian higher education: the private sector
13th June 2024 12.00 - 1.00pm AEST

Join us for a coffee catch-up where we delve into the world of private higher education in Australia! Did you know that 10% of Australian higher ed students choose private Institutes, and these 134 teaching-focused Institutes consistently score higher in student satisfaction than public universities? Find out what makes private HE unique, what it's like to work in this sector, and more. This session aims to increase awareness of the diverse landscape of Australian higher education and explore the distinctive aspects of the private sector.

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


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group Meeting

Our next meeting is scheduled for 21st June 2024, 12.00–1.00 pm (Sydney time). It will be an exciting meeting as we have invited Professor Kelly Matthews from the University of Queensland to facilitate a workshop on "Getting Published: Set-up and Planning".

About Kelly:
Professor Kelly Matthews is from the University of Queensland. Kelly has co-authored the open-access, well-received textbook on writing about teaching and learning with Professor Mick Healey (UK) and Professor Alison Cook-Sather (USA) that is published by Elon University Center for Engaged Learning (USA).
You can access Kelly's list of work here: https://lnkd.in/gh7dtMmh

Workshop Focus:
Getting published is important for many of us in SoTL. For some, writing about teaching and learning comes easily. For some, it does not. In this workshop, we'll zoom in on getting started with writing: values, writing genre, and clever planning tools. If useful and well-attended, we'll make this a series! Future sessions - on writing frameworks, navigating collaboration, peer reviewers, and imposter syndrome. This workshop will draw on a free, open-access resource, “Writing about Teaching and Learning in Higher Education”.
**Please note this workshop is NOT about conducting research.

Register for this meeting here: https://unisq.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpduuqqT8oE9eNBtwMqrc7Bvim1eNqfKsj. And don't forget to add it to your calendar!

Please note that the SoTL SIG meetings are scheduled for the third Friday of each month from 12.00–1.00 pm (Sydney time).

If you are new and wish to join our email list, please send us an email atherdsa.sotl.sig@gmail.com


HERDSA 2024 Annual Conference Program available

The HERDSA 2024 Annual Conference program is now available.

Further information: https://conference.herdsa.org.au/2024/program/


CRADLE Seminar Series: Evaluative judgement, AI, and authentic assessment for university and beyond
Wednesday 29 May 2024 2.00pm - 3.30pm (AEST)

In this seminar Professor Margaret Bearman and Dr Joanna Tai explore the impacts of current developments in AI and assessment practices, and its relationship to evaluative judgment and authentic assessment.
How assessment at university prepares students for the world beyond graduation has been a focus of higher education research for many years, but recent developments such as generative artificial intelligence have shifted these concerns front and centre. This seminar explores two approaches to assessment that emphasise its relevance in a digital world. We argue that evaluative judgement, the capability to judge the quality of work of self and others, becomes crucial in a time where AI outputs will be commonplace. Assessment practices must therefore support students to develop evaluative judgement in relationship to genAI. We then to turn to explore authentic assessment – regarded as a panacea to many dilemmas including those relating to AI. However, mimicking existing work and the 'real' world becomes an insufficient frame in rapidly developing contexts. Broadening perspectives on authenticity and operationalising it through design practices offer ways forward for assessment to meet current and future needs.
Join us for this compelling and this topical presentation at Downtown or online.

Further information: https://cradle_seminar_series_29_may_2024.eventbrite.com.au/


Call for Open Access Publishing Association (OAPA) committee members
15June 2024

The Open Access Publishing Association challenges the current model of publishing and aims to champion open access globally and are striving to support more diamond open access research, and leads the way in its flagship journal, Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice. The OAPA Board is seeking to fill new positions across three committees. We welcome expressions of interest for:

TWO Educational Quality Committee members who can lead one of the following: a) the Course Evaluation Strategy, b) the Course Design and Approval Strategy, c) the Educational Technology Strategy, or d) the Teacher/Facilitator Management Strategy.

TWO Partnerships and Members Committee members who can lead one of the following: a) organisation’s conference strategy, or b) digital communication strategy.

ONE Technology Committee member who can contribute to, and lead, the strategic positioning, operations, and maintenance of a bespoke Open Journals Systems instance.

The roles require someone who is interested in joining a passionate group of international academics to lead a global strategy to better, fairer, and more open research.

PLEASE EMAIL an expression of interest to Dr Jo-Anne Kelder (email: secretary@open-publishing.org) by Friday 15 June 2024. You are welcome to email questions prior to 13 June 2024.
PLEASE INCLUDE: the committee and role you are interested in, your relevant experience and capabilities, a statement of your leadership philosophy and approach.

Further information: https://open-publishing.org/about-us


Job opportunity: Lecturer (Engineering and Computing Education), Uni of Melbourne
Closing 24 June 2024

A wonderful opportunity to join the Teaching and Learning Lab, Faculty of Engineering and IT, University of Melbourne, providing research-informed enhancements to engineering and computing education.

Further information: https://jobs.unimelb.edu.au/en/job/916122/lecturer-engineering-and-compu...


Join the Global Students as Partners Roundtable
Submit Your Presentation by 30 June!

HERDSA friends are invited to the 2024 Global Students as Partners Roundtable, celebrating our 10th Roundtable with the theme of inspiration, action, and aspiration. The event will feature online sessions from 9-17 September, bringing together educators and students worldwide.

Call for Presentations: Submit your case study, research abstract, or partnership practice paradox by 30 June.

For more details and submission guidelines, visit our 2024 SaP Roundtable website.

Further information: https://itali.uq.edu.au/advancing-teaching/initiatives/students-partners...


Survey for educational developers

Celia Popovic and Mary Wilson are educational developers, now Profs in Faculties of Education at two Canadian Universities (York and Wilfrid Laurier respectively). We are interested in exploring the emergence of Educational/Academic Development as a profession.

To this end we seek your support. We would be most grateful if you could spare us fewer than 30 minutes to complete our survey. We will be sharing the outcome of this research at forthcoming Educational Development conferences.

Please visit the survey : https://forms.office.com/r/dKNPLXGkJS

We do ask for some biographical data, but responses will be anonymized before being analyzed. The first question in the survey asks for your active consent, please note that since the entries will be anonymized for analysis it will not be possible for the researchers to remove your data once submitted.

Responses may be aggregated into themes or quoted. The demographic information will be presented as a summary with some comparisons potentially made across themes.

We do hope you will support this endeavour and share widely! If you have any questions, please contact Celia Popovic – cpopovic@yorku.ca

This research project has been approved by the Human Participants Research Committee at York University, Toronto and the Research Ethics Board at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Further information: https://forms.office.com/r/dKNPLXGkJS


New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

Understanding how and why students use academic file-sharing and homework-help websites: implications for academic integrity, Christine Slade, Guy J. Curtis & Sheona Thomson, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2024.2349290

Shaping the time to be a good teacher: a case study on teacher excellence and time ownership in a British transnational university, Giovanna Comerio, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2024.2349288



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