HERDSA Notices 23 December 2020

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* Wishing you all the very best of the season and a happy new year
* Director: Teaching Innovation Unit
* Employment Opportunity - Research Fellow - Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University
* Learning and Teaching Repository
* New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

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Wishing you all the very best of the season and a happy new year

I would like to wish HERDSA members and colleagues in the Higher Education community the very best over the Christmas and New Year season. It has been a difficult year for all. There have been fires, floods, cyclones and drought. There have been disruptions to work and personal lives through the impact of the pandemic and protests on ourselves, family and friends. There is still much uncertainty ahead but the future looks brighter with the promise of a vaccine and better strategies for managing the outbreaks and tracking its progress. I hope that all of you can take some time to switch off your computers and email and enjoy time with family and friends, relax and read a book and take time out for yourself and keep safe and healthy!

The HERDSA executive made the difficult decision to run the 2021 HERDSA conference in Brisbane, having had to cancel the 2020 conference. We think it is important that we can get together and share our experiences and come together as a community of educators and scholars. We hope that our region continues to manage the outbreaks and that we each act responsibly for the benefit of all in the community so we can continue to enjoy our freedoms and meet together in July. I am looking forward to being able to meet up with you, to share you insights and hopefully to share a laugh! I’m looking forward to 2021 and hope it is a better year for us all. 


Director: Teaching Innovation Unit
Applications close: 11.30pm, Wednesday 13 January 2021

At UniSA, we educate global professionals ready to create and inspire change, and we deliver research that is informed by end users, as well as inspired by global challenges and opportunities, to deliver economic and social prosperity. The Teaching Innovation Unit (TIU) supports academics to drive innovation in their teaching practices and curriculum, and enhance the use of digital technologies to facilitate learning.

Reporting to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer, the Director Teaching Innovation Unit provides strategic advice to senior managers and University committees, leading the TIU in delivering on teaching and learning projects to advance the University’s teaching and learning agenda:
-Lead strategic change initiatives to build the capability and profile of the TIU, including the development of new pedagogies, new and flexible modes of course delivery, and the increased adoption of educational technology and open source learning resources
-Identify opportunities for UniSA to develop, progress and strengthen learning and teaching practices, to enhance assessment practices, student engagement, and the overall student learning experience
-Provide strategic input to the curriculum design of UniSA Online programs and courses
-Provide leadership and expertise to achieve optimum University outcomes through effective management and oversight of TIU staff, work and operations.

We are seeking a strategic and visionary academic leader with:
-A doctoral qualification
-The skills and ability to foster innovation, and the demonstrated academic leadership in teaching and learning with awareness of contemporary issues influencing teaching and learning provision in higher education
-The ability to think and act strategically with demonstrated experience delivering continuous improvement programs to enhance the delivery of learning and teaching across the University
-Highly developed people leadership and management skills with the ability to lead a diverse team and foster a culture of teaching, learning excellence to achieve strategic outcomes

Further information: https://workingatunisa.nga.net.au/cp/index.cfm?event=jobs.checkJobDetail...


Employment Opportunity - Research Fellow - Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University
Deadline for applications: 21 January 2021

If you’ve always wanted to work with CRADLE’s team of world-leading higher education researchers, now’s your chance! We’re looking for a post-doctoral research fellow to support our research into the digital world and its impact on higher education, especially around technology and belonging. The position is 0.5 FTE and fixed-term for two years.

As part of this position, you’ll contribute to CRADLE’s profile and research reputation by supporting the development of grants in key research areas, particularly the digital world and its impact on higher education. Your work may include: conducting pilot studies and literature reviews; preparing ethics applications; drafting grant applications; co-ordinating with national and international research partners; and writing research papers and preparing findings for dissemination.

For more information about the position, including key responsibilities and a copy of the position description, the advertisement can be viewed https://www.seek.com.au/job/51132512?type=standout

For general enquiries regarding this position, please contact Dr Helen Walker, Research Manager, Centre for Research and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at h.walker@deakin.edu.au

Further information: https://www.seek.com.au/job/51132512?type=standout


Learning and Teaching Repository

At the end of a most difficult year, it is a pleasure to celebrate the work of researchers in the scholarship of learning and teaching whose work has been added to the Universities Australia Learning and Teaching Repository, at https://ltr.edu.au.

Research published on the Learning and Teaching Repository this year examines several key themes that are highly relevant to 2020.

Further information: https://ltr.edu.au


New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

Signaling ‘student-oriented’ job opportunities enhances job attractiveness in work-integrated learning programs, David W. Drewery, T. Judene Pretti & Dana Church, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1857346

Monograph v. manuscript: exploring the factors that influence English L1 and EAL candidates’ thesis-writing approach, Cassi L. Liardét & Luke Thompson, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1852394