HERDSA Notices 28 February 2024

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* New closing date: Call for nominations for HERDSA President
* HEDx 2024 Changing Higher Education for Good Conference, Melbourne
* HERDSA Webinar - Indigenous Relationality as an Antidote to Neoliberalism: Making a case for relationships-first pedagogy in higher education
* HERDSA Webinar: What is Talking about Teaching and Learning (TATAL)?
* Research Thinking for Responsive Teaching: Open Access Book and webinar series​​​​​
* CRADLE Seminar Series: Measuring feedback literacy & feedback in doctoral studies
* Deakin University Postgraduate Research (DUPR) scholarships with CRADLE - applications open now!
* Research project: Contemporary issues in digital assessment
* Call for reviewers for new non-anonymized dialogic review process for IJSaP reflective essays

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New closing date: Call for nominations for HERDSA President
6 March 2024

Nominations for the position of HERDSA President are now open. The position of HERDSA President requires a three year commitment. For the first year, beginning at the 2024 conference in July, the successful candidate serves as President-elect. This one-year position enables the full induction of the incoming president into the current practices and systems of the Society before the full role of President is assumed at the conclusion of the 2025 conference in July.

The President of HERDSA is an important voluntary role which has major responsibility for governance of the Society and effective leadership of the Executive Committee. The role includes strategic guidance of the various Executive portfolios (Secretariat, Publications, Professional Learning, Networks, Communications, Memberships), chairing of Executive meetings and oversight of the various society activities. The President represents HERDSA at international and national forums and liaises with senior leaders. The nurturing of collaborative alliances with government authorities and other higher education societies forms a further part of the role.

HERDSA is seeking an individual who has a strong association with the Society, experience in leadership and effective communication skills. An understanding of higher education and its development is an advantage. Sponsorship from the candidate’s institution is recommended, as the position requires considerable time commitment and requires a dedicated leader who takes strong responsibility for the role. Potential candidates are welcome to speak with the current President Professor Kogi Naidoo. (office@herdsa.org.au)

The nominee, proposer and seconder must be HERDSA members.

If more than one nomination is received, an election will be held.

The current President Professor Kogi Naidoo is eligible to serve another term as President.

The Nomination Form can be requested from HERDSA by emailing office@herdsa.org.au.

Nominations should be in the following format.
• Name, Email and signature of Nominee
• Name, Email and signature of Proposer
• Name, Email and signature of Seconder

The nominee should also provide a single page statement outlining:
• Name, role and institutional affiliation
• Short biography (100 words maximum)
• Personal statement

Please forward to office@herdsa.org.au by 6 March, 2024

Further information: office@herdsa.org.au


HEDx 2024 Changing Higher Education for Good Conference, Melbourne
21 March 2024

Take a day off from working in the sector to think about the sector. HERDSA is a partner of HEDx for the 2024 HEDx March conference. This one-day event features thought leaders from across the Australian higher education ecosystem focussing on equity, innovation and emerging technologies in the post-Accord sector. You will hear from leaders of public and private Australian and international universites, ed tech organisations and from students.

HERDSA has 10 complementary registrations available for the event. If you would like to take up one of the free tickets please email julia.choate[@]monash.edu.au before 12pm AEST Friday 1 March. Once we have filled those places there is a registration discount of 15% for HERDSA members: use the code HERDSA15 at checkout.

Further information: https://hedx.com.au/2024-conference-march/


HERDSA Webinar - Indigenous Relationality as an Antidote to Neoliberalism: Making a case for relationships-first pedagogy in higher education
Thursday 11th April 2024 4pm to 5pm (EST) 1pm to 2pm (WST)

Presenters: Associate Professor Rebecca Bennett and Associate Professor Bep Uink

Drawing upon practice and research within a university Aboriginal Centre and School of Indigenous Knowledge, this webinar invites attendees to engage with the challenge of over-regulation of learning and teaching in higher education, impacting both the student and the teacher experience. Centering Indigenous relationality allows us to work in ways that return to original methods and pedagogies encouraging knowledge-extension over knowledge-acquisition, and driving innovation, responsiveness, compassion, and flexibility which are key skills for work and citizenry in an uncertain future. Recognising that university systems are inherently settler colonial; we talk through case examples where we have managed to break the system of strict assessment policy and prescriptive pedagogies in favour of a Noongar approach. Evidence from student feedback demonstrates that all students, regardless of background, thrived in a subject that valued Indigenous ontological qualities of interpersonal communication, affect (emotion), learning from – and listening to – Country, and using one’s own learning as a yardstick for success. In this discussion we challenge educators to consider ways that breaking the system might foster impactful, long-lasting, transformational learning to support our future leaders and graduates to address the world’s complex problems.

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


HERDSA Webinar: What is Talking about Teaching and Learning (TATAL)?
Wed 17th April, 2024 - 13.00 - 14.00 AEDT

What is Talking about Teaching and Learning (TATAL)? How does it work? What can participants get out of it? This webinar provides an overview of the TATAL initiative. Now in its 16th year, TATAL continues to help teachers, researchers, academic developers, administrators and institutional leaders (as well as others) engage in supportive, collegial discussions about teaching and learning in higher education. Find out more about TATAL in this HERDSA webinar.

Presenters: Robert Kennelly, Maria Northcote, Mei Li

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


Research Thinking for Responsive Teaching: Open Access Book and webinar series
29th February '24

How can educators in schools and universities cope with the accelerating demands of teaching? We address this issue head on in our book, published open access by Springer on 1st Feb, ‘Research Thinking for Responsive Teaching: Research Skill Development with In-service and Preservice Educators’. The book has chapters written by authors from Australia, Canada, Indonesia and the USA: https://link.springer.com/book/9789819966783

We are running monthly webinars, with authors from 2 chapters at a time. First webinar comprises an interactive discussion on:
Ch 1: Teachers’ Research Thinking. Dr John Willison, University of Adelaide, Australia
Ch 8: Undergraduate Research for Preservice Teachers: Navigating its Rich Complexity and Novel Possibilities. Emeritus Professor Ruth Palmer, the College of New Jersey, USA
John will unpack the notion of teacher research thinking and Ruth will show how that plays out in USA undergraduate research.

9.30-10.30 am Thursday 29 February
11-12pm GMT Wednesday 28 February
6-7pm EST, USA Wednesday 28 February

Zoom link- https://adelaide.zoom.us/j/3016857223?pwd=T21KcXVFb1dsbDV3OE1WbDh1NFZtZz09
Password: 673374
See www.melt.edu.au

Further information: john.willison@adelaide.edu.au


CRADLE Seminar Series: Measuring feedback literacy & feedback in doctoral studies
Monday 4 March 2024 2.00pm - 3.30pm (AEDT)

We are delighted to present two short talks offering insights from the CRADLE research theme: assessing for learning with CRADLE's Professor Phillip Dawson and Professor Margaret Bearman.

Measuring feedback literacy with Professor Phillip Dawson
Feedback literacy is the capability to engage productively in feedback processes. Since the resurgence of interest in feedback literacy following Carless & Boud’s 2018 paper, there has been several attempts to measure feedback literacy. But can feedback literacy really be quantified? And what does attempting to measure it tell us about feedback literacy? In this talk I will discuss what we have learned developing the Feedback Literacy Behaviour Scale, a free instrument we are currently using in the Australian Research Council funded project Feedback literacy for effective learning at university and beyond.

Feedback practices within PhD supervision with Professor Margaret Bearman
Professional and personal crises are common among doctoral candidates and experiences with feedback may be part of the problem. Feedback is a process that enables university students to gauge their progress, direct their learning and participate in academic debate. However, there is limited understanding of how feedback strategies support doctoral candidates. In this talk, I present the findings of a qualitative framework synthesis of 86 papers. The analysis, sensitised by sociomateriality and a dialogic, sense-making view of feedback, underscores the critical role that feedback plays in doctoral supervision. I draw conceptual insights and offer practical strategies, which can benefit candidates, supervisors and institutions.

This session will be held at Deakin Downtown, Level 12, Tower 2, 727 Collins Street, Docklands and online

Further information: https://blogs.deakin.edu.au/cradle/cradle-seminar-series-is-back-for-202...


Deakin University Postgraduate Research (DUPR) scholarships with CRADLE - applications open now!
Expressions of Interest close 5pm, 4 March 2024

This is your opportunity to undertake a PhD with the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE). If you’re a domestic or international student specifically interested in the areas of assessment and/or digital learning in higher education, you can apply for a scholarship to undertake your research with CRADLE.

If successful, you will be awarded on a full-time basis, based at CRADLE’s Melbourne CBD location, Deakin Downtown. To be competitive for a scholarship, you should already have an H1, first class, or 80%+ grade in your previous studies, especially in the research thesis component, or equivalent demonstrated high quality research experience.
Our team of leading higher education researchers includes Alfred Deakin Professor David Boud, Professor Phillip Dawson, Professor Margaret Bearman, Professor Rola Ajjawi, and Dr Joanna Tai.

Potential topics for consideration include:
• Effective feedback for learning – including feedback literacy
• The implications of generative Artificial Intelligence for assessment and feedback in higher education
• Academic integrity and assessment security in online assessment
• Developing evaluative judgement
• The role of the social world in feedback and assessment (e.g. culture, relationships, emotions, and power)
• Digitally mediated learning from the university to the workplace
• Diversity and inclusion in assessment and feedback design and practice

Further information: https://blogs.deakin.edu.au/cradle/research-with-us/cradle-phd-scholarsh...


Research project: Contemporary issues in digital assessment

A Delphi technique-based research study is investigating what experts consider as contemporary issues in digital assessment. The project will involve three phases, each further identifying the main themes of research priority in digital assessment.

You are invited to take part in this research if you meet these criteria:
- an assessment decision-maker at the organisational level,
- a published researcher with peer-reviewed journal outputs on an assessment-related theme published in the previous five years, or
- an active PhD researcher in the field of assessment.

The first phase will capture key themes in digital assessment across the categories of Compliance, Innovation, Practices, and Technology. The second and third phases will refine these themes into a ranked series of priorities.

Further information: For more information and to participate: https://forms.office.com/r/ejsM9ACj5J


Call for reviewers for new non-anonymized dialogic review process for IJSaP reflective essays

We are pleased to let you know that the International Journal of Students as Partners (IJSaP) is moving from the traditional review process (double-blind and non-dialogic) to a non-anonymized dialogic review process for the reflective essay genre. This change aims to enhance and transform the peer review process, making it more supportive and developmental. With this, we hope to build a scholarly community of practitioners who believe in the transformative potential of student-faculty partnerships. We will continue to use the traditional double-blind review process for the other genres (research articles, case studies, opinion pieces) that we publish. More details about this process are available at https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/ijsap/reviewguide .

We are keen to expand our panel of staff (faculty) and student reviewers. If you would like to review reflective essay submissions using the non-anonymized dialogic review process please complete our Reviewer Expression of Interest Form if you are a new reviewer (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe2Ao2MlJSORB0oNgIyBef2BA50v0dN.... This link is also available from the IJSaP website at https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/ijsap/about).

If you are already a member of our international Review Panel, please send an email to the IJSaP Editorial Manager (ijsap@msmaster.ca) expressing your interest in reviewing reflective essays using the new dialogic process.


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.