HERDSA Notices 6 March 2024

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* Last chance to nominate: Call for nominations for HERDSA President
* HERDSA SoTL SIG - March meeting - Next Friday!
* HERDSA Special Interest Group Online Engagement in Higher Education: Upcoming Event
* Call for papers for second 2025 special issue of Higher Education Research & Development
* ACUR Undergraduate Research Medal - Nominations Open!
* Publication of 'Handbook of Meta-Research' (research on research)
* New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

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Last chance to nominate: 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


HERDSA SoTL SIG - March meeting - Next Friday!
Friday, 15 March 2024 – 12.00-1.00 pm AEDT

In next week’s SIG, we'll build on the previous sessions by beginning to formulate a researchable question based on your areas of interest in SoTL. We will also touch on some initial aspects of methodologies. If you missed the previous meeting, we warmly welcome you to join us to kickstart your SoTL project journey.

Registration: https://unisq.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpduuqqT8oE9eNBtwMqrc7Bvim1eNqfKsj

LinkedIn Group
Have you visited our LinkedIn group? If not, you might be missing out! This is where we want to continue our discussions between SIG meetings, share resources, and find our tribe. Come on over and join us! https://www.linkedin.com/groups/14343410/

Further information: Please feel free to contact the HERDSA SoTL SIG at herdsa.sotl.sig@gmail.com


HERDSA Special Interest Group Online Engagement in Higher Education: Upcoming Event
Wed 10th Apr 2024, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm AEST

Event Description: In 2008 the Australian Computer Society commissioned Tom Worthington to design an online course in green computing. This course formed part of the Australian Computer Society’s professional development program. This was later run at the Australian National University as a masters course, and is still offered fifteen years later through Athabasca University (Canada).

The course uses a conventional text-based distance education format, with no video, and no webinars. Why? What was the rationale? This presentation shares key design principles of this unique format that has positively impacted student engagement. As a means of facilitating student engagement nudging techniques have been employed.

This HERDSA Special Interest Group, Online Engagement in Higher Education, will discuss the factors that have improved online student engagement and consider implications and applications of their own online courses, including a coordinated nudging process. This event will provide insights for those looking to adopt a nudging approach to better facilitate student engagement and learning.

Join this to see how this works, and can be applied at your institution.

Further information: https://events.humanitix.com/teaching-green-computing-online-15-years-of...


Call for papers for second 2025 special issue of Higher Education Research & Development
Manuscripts by 30 June 2024

Educating For Societal Transitions
Special Issue Editors: Stephen Marshall, Giedre Kligyte, Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer, Susanne Pratt, Alex Baumber

This special issue explores innovations in higher education that engage with societal transitions. We welcome scholarly contributions that engage with practices and theories that address the challenges of navigating complexity and change in these uncertain times. This call emphasises that universities cannot work in isolation but must engage collaboratively with other sectors of society. Importantly, it underscores a broader commitment to societal futures that goes beyond economic concerns, challenging the notion that the purpose of university education is to meet industry needs. What are the creative seeds of change emerging in higher education that challenge traditional university boundaries, foster partnerships with external stakeholders, and adopt a longer-term perspective



ACUR Undergraduate Research Medal - Nominations Open!
Nominations close on June 30, 2024

Exciting news for the academic community working to promote undergraduate research opportunities! It’s time to shine a spotlight on those making a significant impact in undergraduate research across Australasia. The Australasian Council for Undergraduate Research (ACUR) Executive are thrilled to announce that nominations for the prestigious ACUR Undergraduate Research Medal are now open! This medal celebrates exceptional contributions to undergraduate research, whether it’s through innovative curriculum designs, engaging events, or dynamic networks. If you’ve made a notable difference in this field, we want to hear from you. Self-nominations and nominations of staff and students are welcome, noting that applications must be supported by a nominator from ACUR. For further information, and the application form, visit the website below. Nominations close on June 30, 2024. If you have any queries, please contact Dr Lilia Mantai lilia.mantai@sydney.edu.au or Prof Rachel Spronken-Smith rachel.spronken-smith@otago.ac.nz for further details.

Further information: https://www.acur.org.au/for-members/events/undergraduate-research-medal/


Publication of 'Handbook of Meta-Research' (research on research)
Edited by Alis Oancea, Gemma E. Derrick, Nuzha Nuseibeh and Xin Xu

This Handbook provides a working guide to the rapidly-evolving interdisciplinary field of meta-research. Bringing together cutting-edge multidisciplinary scholarship, the Handbook expertly outlines key domains including the public value, policy and governance of research, knowledge dynamics, and research cultures and careers. It examines global dynamics in research and explores equality, diversity and inclusion across sectors, career stages and geographical regions.

The Handbook of Meta-Research will appeal to researchers and students in a broad range of fields from the social sciences, arts and humanities and STEM who are concerned with the environments, institutions, policies, practices and evaluations that impact their work, and will be a useful starting point for researchers wanting to initiate meta-research studies to examine their own environments, actions and behaviours. Regulators, users and beneficiaries of research will similarly benefit from this authoritative reference work.

Further information: https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/gbp/handbook-of-meta-research-9781839105715...


New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

Preparing for work placements: sensemaking among international health science students, Thai Vu, Sonia Ferns, Subramaniam Ananthram & Dawn Bennett, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2024.2307941

Academic developers’ roles and responsibilities in strengthening student evaluation of teaching for educational enhancement, Iris Borch, Ragnhild Sandvoll & Torgny Roxå, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2024.2315033

Enablers and barriers to program-level assessment planning, Nicholas Charlton & Richard Newsham-West, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2024.2307933

The use of methods: are higher education scholars lazy or insufficiently skilled? Jeroen Huisman, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2024.2305961

Theorising a connectivity mindset in doctoral candidates – using critical mobilities as a point of departure, Rebekah Smith McGloin, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2024.2307936

Doctoral intelligence: a framework for developing mindsets for doctorateness in changing doctoral contexts, Ruth M. Albertyn, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2024.2315032



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.