HERDSA Notices 22 November 2023

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* Final Call For Expressions of Interest for Editor(s) of HERDSA Connect Blog
* HERDSA Assessment SIG Webinar: Introducing a framework to design and evaluate quality online assessment
* Higher Education Research & Development, Vol. 42 No. 8 is now available online
* CRADLE Seminar Series: The politics of student belonging: storying through words and images
* Fully funded PhD position at the University of South Australia to study use of AI in Education
* Come join the Teaching Capability Team at Deakin

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Final 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


HERDSA Assessment SIG Webinar: Introducing a framework to design and evaluate quality online assessment
Friday 24th November, 2 to 3 pm (AEST)

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift from traditional physical classrooms to online learning environments, which has revealed various challenges for assessment design such as academic integrity, information privacy, accessibility, student experience, and feedback. To address these issues, we have conducted a study with educators, students, educational policy makers, accrediting body representatives, and industry partners which resulted in a comprehensive framework for designing and evaluating quality online assessments. The framework encompasses six critical design considerations, including academic integrity, authenticity, student experience, quality feedback, and equity of access. Additionally, it identifies four contextual factors that impact assessment design choices - resourcing, scale, accreditation requirements, and institutional policies and practices. Attendees will be exposed to the framework and encouraged to critically reflect on their design practices of innovative assessment. This framework presents a timely opportunity to encourage the development of best practices in online assessment. Furthermore, the presentation will invite the participants to participate in a survey to validate the existing framework. It also aims to facilitate cross-institutional discussions to enhance academic capacity in assessment design literacies and potentially establish avenues for research

Further information: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdqnkvC_IS8aJOXxha2K31T7SX2211q...


Higher Education Research & Development, Vol. 42 No. 8 is now available online

Higher Education Research & Development, Vol. 42 No.  is now available from the HERDSA website at https://herdsa.org.au/higher-education-research-development-vol-42-no-8

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


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...


Fully funded PhD position at the University of South Australia to study use of AI in Education
30 November

Fully funded PhD position for full-time domestic students (AU citizens or permanent residents) to study Large Language Models and their use in education to assess student capabilities and competencies.

Further information: https://unisa.edu.au/research/degrees/complex-capabilities-in-higher-edu...


Come join the Teaching Capability Team at Deakin
Applications Close 3rd December

We are looking for a Senior Lecturer to join the Teaching Capability Team at Deakin and contribute to the Deakin Teaching and Learning Academy. Working with the Director, Teaching Capability, the Senior Lecturer will contribute to leading and delivering university wide initiatives and projects to improve teaching practice and student learning outcomes through capability building, recognition and reward programs for teaching teams. Contact barbie.panther@deakin.edu.au for a chat or apply below.

Further information: https://careers.pageuppeople.com/949/cw/en/job/547526/senior-lecturer-le...


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.