HERDSA Notices 6 December 2023

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* Casual position: IT Consultant
* HERDSA Grant Scheme 2024 now open
* EdTech in Authentic Assessment: Advancing Assessment Practices in the Digital Age
* Publishing higher education research
* Contribute your thoughts on embedding the Graduate Attributes in Australian universities.
* JANZSSA Call for Papers: Issue 1, 2024
* 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


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


Publishing higher education research

Tuesday 13 Feb 4:00-5:30pm (AEDT)

Are you interested in publishing your education research? How do you get your paper past the editor and out to reviewers? This interactive workshop is designed to help you understand what journal editors are looking for and how you can maximise your chances of reaching your audience. We will explore review criteria, the structure of abstracts, and how to create engaging (and useful) titles and keywords.
Facilitator: Cally Guerin is currently a Joint Executive Editor of HERDSA’s Higher Education Research & Development journal.

Further information: cally.guerin@anu.edu.au


Contribute your thoughts on embedding the Graduate Attributes in Australian universities.

Have you recently been involved in a project at your university aimed at bringing the Graduate Attributes to life? Take part in an anonymous online survey on how leaders within Australian universities address the embedding of the Graduate Attributes.

Aimed at developing insights about the collective challenges, successes and effective approaches – the data analysis will be shared with all those who participate in the research which may be timely for some!

To complete the survey please follow this link: https://swinuw.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ah4KTvWrlPljibY

Further information: Rowena Ulbrick at Swinburne University of Technology at rulbrick@swin.edu.au


JANZSSA Call for Papers: Issue 1, 2024

Submissions are now open for the April 2024 issue of the Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association (JANZSSA).

Invited themes include equity students; mental health, wellbeing, and safety; peer learning, mentoring, and student leadership; and career readiness.

Showcase your work on these — or any other — areas of research and practice contributing to the evolution of student services in Australasia and internationally. Submissions close 31 January.

Further information: https://janzssa.scholasticahq.com/post/2244-call-for-papers-journal-of-t...


New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

The predictive validity of IELTS scores: a meta-analysis, Tomlin Gagen & Farahnaz Faez, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2023.2280700

‘It is a university where I felt welcome’: poems of asylum-seeking students’ sense of coherence in Australian higher educationm Mervi Kaukko, Luke Macaulay, Kristin Reimer, Karen Dunwoodie, Sue Webb & Jane Wilkinson, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2023.2280746


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.