HERDSA Notices 29 November 2023

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* Casual position: IT Consultant
* HERDSA Grant Scheme 2024 now open
* CRADLE Seminar Series: The politics of student belonging: storying through words and images
* Step into the Third Space - an Online UniSC event
* EdTech in Authentic Assessment: Advancing Assessment Practices in the Digital Age
* University of Chester 'A Guide to Working with Students as Partners'
* New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

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Casual position: IT Consultant
23rd December 2023

Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) overarching purpose is to bring together and support those people who are engaged in teaching in higher education, in the study of learning, teaching and policy in higher education, and in the continuous improvement of higher education.

We are currently seeking the support of an IT Consultant to lead a review and recommendation process associated with the IT needs of our Executive Team, Members, Fellows and Associates, Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and our local network of HERDSA Branches.

This work entails a review of the internal IT audit recently conducted and the collation of a report outlining the IT needs and the proposed solution to address these needs for each of the HERDSA groups listed above.

Specifically, this role will:
Analyse and evaluate HERDSA’s Executive Team, Members, Fellows and Associates, Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and our local network branches technology and member engagement needs.
Develop a ‘recommendations report’ that aligns an appropriate IT solution with the specific needs of each of the HERDSA stakeholder groups, including costs and deployment arrangements.

We anticipate that this work would be managed over 1-2 days a week for approximately 6 – 8 weeks. This work can be managed remotely.

An hourly rate of between $60 - $80 will be negotiated with the IT Consultant at the time of appointment.

To express your interest in this role please forward a brief email and CV to Jay Cohen at: jay.cohen@adelaide.edu.au

Further information: jay.cohen@adelaide.edu.au


HERDSA Grant Scheme 2024 now open
Grants close on 28th February 2024 at 5.00pm AEDT

HERDSA offers grants to HERDSA members to fund research and/or development projects on teaching and learning in higher education that directly align to the mission of HERDSA. In the 2024 round, up to six grants of AUD$5000 each are available. Priority for one grant will be given to applicants identifying as Indigenous/First Nations (e.g., Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori or Pacific Nations).
Applications close at the end of February 2024. Successful applicants will be informed at the end of May 2024. Grant applicants have one year to complete their projects. Grant progress reports are due end of January 2025 and final reports end of June 2025.
For detailed information see the guidelines document on the HERDSA website.

Further information: https://www.herdsa.org.au/herdsa-grants-scheme


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...


Step into the Third Space - an Online UniSC event
Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Join Associate Professor Rachel Hains-Wesson, Dr Mitchell Maxine Mitchell and Dr Nira Rahman for this UniSC hosted online conversation discussion about experiences, challenges and successes of working in the third space.


Further information: https://twitter.com/PictonCat/status/1725667930585907278. For further info, please contact Dr Cat Picton on cpicton@usc.edu.au


EdTech in Authentic Assessment: Advancing Assessment Practices in the Digital Age
7 December 2023

While the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have subsided, the innovation in assessment it catalyzed continues. The digital technologies introduced during the pandemic have empowered educators to explore a variety of assessment practices. Moreover, the recent advent of generative artificial intelligence (AI) is urging the education sector to experiment with more effective ways to prepare students for the future AI-infused workplace. How can modern educational technology be integrated into assessments in this digital age? How should we adapt our assessment methods to better equip our graduates for the realities of an AI-pervaded society? This one-day symposium aims at investigating these questions.

Further information: https://chtl-bu.hkbu.edu.hk/asi/event-symposium2023.php


University of Chester 'A Guide to Working with Students as Partners'

Dear Colleagues,

Apologies for cross-posting. Last week the Centre for Academic Innovation and Development at the University of Chester (UK), welcomed over 130 people to launch ‘A Guide for working with students as partners’. You can access the recording of the event at: https://vimeo.com/886827058, and access the guide itself and accompanying collection of case studies at the links below:

• A Guide to Working with Students as Partners: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/sites/default/files/University_of_Chester_Stu...
• University of Chester Case Studies of Working with Students as Partners: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/sites/default/files/University_of_Chester_Stu...

Feel free to share widely.

Best wishes, Ruth

Further information: r.healey@chester.ac.uk


New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

The role of the research environment and motivation in PhD students’ well-being: a perspective from self-determination theory, Junjun Chen, Ronnel B. King, Yingxiu Li & Wendan Xu, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2023.2269870


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.