HERDSA Notices 3 June 2020

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* Message from the President and HERDSA Executive
* HERDSA webinar series
* Executive Director role
* e-Learning 2020 conference
* CCGame Project eSymposium 2020
* Call for study participants: Engaging Postgraduate online learners in Australian higher education
* FREE Book and Practice Guide on Peer Coaching and Work Integrated Learning for Fieldwork Educators
* New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

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Message from the President and HERDSA Executive

Dear Colleagues

We are starting to see a lifting of our physical distancing and travel restrictions in many countries throughout the Australasian region. In some countries there is now planning for students to return to campus for the start of semester 2, though on-line learning will continue to play a critical role over the rest of the year and likely well into the future. As a higher education community, we have played an important role in responding to the pandemic, perhaps not on the front line of the health response, but a critical role nevertheless in developing and supporting the educational needs of our students in Australasia and beyond. We are now hearing more of how universities and institutions are planning to manage their budgets shortfalls, with staffing cuts and reductions of hours on the agenda that will impact those whose roles include research and/or teaching. We know this adds to the stress for our future and those of our colleagues.
This is a stressful time for not only our students but also our colleagues who have been required to teach and support their students’ learning in completely different ways over an extended period of time. To support you, the HERDSA branches have organised a series of webinars on “Supporting and sustaining a community of on-line practice in higher education”. We have had 2 very successful webinars to date. The next one is scheduled for Thursday 11 June. You can register for this from the HERDSA website where all of the previous webinars are recorded and available to you.

About this time of the year we would normally be finalising our presentations and posters ready for the HERDSA conference in Brisbane. Sadly, this has had to be deferred till 2021 but we hope that our enforced separation will make the opportunity of meeting in 2021 even more pleasurable. As required, we will be holding our AGM in July via Zoom and will be inviting you to join us for that – details will follow closer to the time.

In the meantime, you might want to consider engaging in the HERDSA Fellowship program, completing the excellent SoTL modules available online to for all HERDSA members and reading the HERDSA Connect and HERDSA Journal. Please do not wait or hesitate to contact us to tell us what you need or would like to do to support you, your colleagues and your students.

We extend to you all our thoughts and concern in these difficult and uncertain times. Take care of yourselves and your loved ones and keep well.

Denise Chalmers, HERDSA President and members of the Executive


HERDSA webinar series
Date: Thursday 11th June (3pm NZST, 1pm AEST & 11am AWST)

HERDSA state Branch chairs and friends are launching a webinar series guided by the theme ‘Supporting and Sustaining a Community of Online Practice in Higher Education’. Running fortnightly or monthly on a Thursday (3pm NZST, 1pm AEST & 11am AWST), HERDSA members can log into a zoom session to explore topics we hope are helpful to people working in Higher Education during this challenging period.

Our third webinar is scheduled for Thursday 11th June (3pm NZST, 1pm AEST & 11am AWST) on the topic of ‘Academic Integrity during COVID-19’ by Professor Rowena Harper.

Please check out the HERDSA website for webinar registration details and presenter biographies https://www.herdsa.org.au/

Further information: Katrina Stampel <k.strampel@ecu.edu.au>


e-Learning 2020 conference
submission until 18 June 2020

Dear colleagues

The 14th International Conference on e-Learning will be held 21 – 23 July 2020. This year the event is held virtually due to the coronavirus situation. We are delighted to announce as our keynote speaker, Professor Johannes Cronjé, Dean of Informatics and Design, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa. Submissions are open until 18th June, in the categories of full papers, short papers, reflection papers, poster/demonstrations and doctoral consortium.

Kind regards,
Miguel Baptista Nunes, School of Information Management, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
Pedro Isaias, The University of New South Wales (UNSW – Sydney), Australia
e-Learning 2020 Program co-chairs

Further information: https://www.elearning-conf.org/


CCGame Project eSymposium 2020
18 June 2020, 14:30 (Hong Kong Time -- GMT +8)

Register now via the link below for the eSymposium 2020 of the CCGame Project – a half-day online event (afternoon in Hong Kong; morning in UK) with the theme “Gamified Teaching and Learning for Heightening Students’ Multicultural and Multidisciplinary Competencies”. In addition to the talks by renowned speakers, students who had participated in the Project would share how they had overcome the challenges to achieve the goals of their virtual teams. For enquiries, please write to chtl@hkbu.edu.hk.

Further information: http://ccgame.hkbu.edu.hk/esymposium2020


Executive Director role
26 June 2020

The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is seeking applications from individual consultants and/or organizations to support, coordinate, and communicate the ongoing functions, activities, and events of the Society. This is not a salaried position, rather a consultancy role. The total number of hours will be a maximum of 20 hours per week, with some ebb and flow throughout the calendar year. The major focuses of the role are administration and co-ordination, communication (internal and external) and supporting the annual conference; this year's was to be in Perth, WA, before COVID intervened. ISSOTL is based in North America but has many active members in Australia and region; the incoming co-president is in Singapore. To find out more about ISSOTL please visit our website: https://issotl.com/ One of the Asia-Pacific Vice-Presidents, Colin Jevons, can provide the full job description.

Further information: colin.jevons@monash.edu


Call for study participants: Engaging Postgraduate online learners in Australian higher education

We invite academics with at least five year's of experience in providing online postgraduate education to participate in a research project titled “Optimising learning activities to increase student engagement with content and enhance retention of online learners in Australian higher education”.

To share your experiences, please email Jessica Roelandts (jroelandts@deakin.edu.au) from your university email address, including the following information:

Your Discipline
Academic level (e.g. Lecturer – Professor)
Years of experience designing Postgraduate learning experiences for wholly online units of study/courses
Your current university, or universities.

Jessica will provide you with further information about the study and organise a short interview (four questions and less than an hour's duration).

To discuss the project, contact Dr Lisa Milne via email (lisa.milne@deakin.edu.au) or phone (03 92 44 5631). The study has Deakin University Faculty of Arts & Education Human Ethics approval (HAE-20-053).

Dr Lisa Milne (Principal Researcher)
Mrs Jessica Roelandts (Student Researcher)

Further information: lisa.milne@deakin.edu.au


FREE Book and Practice Guide on Peer Coaching and Work Integrated Learning for Fieldwork Educators

This research project captured the best practices of 31 Clinical Educators who use peer coaching (PC) as part of their work integrated learning (WIL) strategy. While the project has produced two FREE evidence-based resources for Clinical Educators, supervisors in other sectors will find them useful. The Guidebook includes a review of the literature, a detailed description of the PC model and the best practices of supervisors at critical key points of the WIL placement. The second document is a shorter and more accessible guide for busy Educators. It contains ‘best practice examples’ from Educators, efficiency tips and links to resources. Links to both resources are below. They are free to use and distribute as they are covered under a Creative Commons Copyright provided you cite the source.



Further information: r.ladyshewsky@curtin.edu.au


New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

‘Don’t let anyone bring me down again’: applying ‘possible selves’ to understanding persistence of mature-age first-in-family students, Janine Delahunty & Sarah O'Shea, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1771682

Experimental evidence for a first-year experience course plus mentoring on moderate-income university students’ engagement, achievement, and persistence, Dan Fitzpatrick, Daniel A. Collier, Ceceilia Parnther, Yu Du, Chelsea Brehm, Angela Willson-Conrad, Andrea Beach & Keith Hearit, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2020.1761303

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