HERDSA Notices 8 April 2020

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* HERDSA Grants Scheme: Congratulations to the following applicants
* Academic Development SIG Virtual Cafe Chat
* CFP: Special Section on Learning Analytics for Primary and Secondary Schools (Journal of Learning Analytics)
* Higher Education in the Headlines

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HERDSA Grants Scheme: Congratulations to the following applicants

HERDSA would like to congratulate successful grant applicants for the recent round of applications to the HERDSA Grants Scheme. 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.

Four (4) grants of up to AUD$5000 each were available.

The following grants were approved by the HERDSA Executive at its meeting of 24 March 2020.

1. Dr Lukasz Swiatek, University of NSW; Jennifer Coburn, The Cairnmillar Institute, Victoria; Dr AnnaMaria Ducasse, RMIT University, Victoria; Professor Maria Northcote, Avondale University College, NSW; Dr Lee Partridge, University of Notre Dame WA; Dr Nirma Samarawickrema, Monash University, Victoria.
Project Title: What happens next? Novel approaches for extending professional recognition schemes: Building critical reflective practice in the post-award phase

2. Dr Ursula Edgington, Independent Scholar, New Zealand; Dr Lukasz Swiatek, University of NSW; Dr Jason Harding, Griffith University, QLD
Project Title: A qualitative inquiry into interpretations of culturally-sensitive pedagogy from the narratives of award-winning tertiary teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia.

3. Dr Thomas Wanner, The University of Adelaide, SA; Associate Professor Edward Palmer, The University of Adelaide, SA
Project Title: Personalising Student Experience and Learning through Personal Learning Plans: Understanding student approaches to learning.

4. Associate Professor Erik Brogt, University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Dr Julie Timmermans, University of Otago, New Zealand;
Project Title: Core competencies, threshold concepts, big questions, and academic developers’ lived experiences: the emergence of an academic development curriculum?

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


Academic Development SIG Virtual Cafe Chat
17 April

The Academic Development SIG will hold another Virtual Cafe Chat on Friday, April 17, at 4pm New Zealand Time (2 pm Australia Eastern Standard Time). We will discuss how we can support our institutions, and ourselves, in the shift to online teaching that is happening right now in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Join us in Zoom on https://canterbury.zoom.us/j/604349652

Further information: erik.brogt@canterbury.ac.nz


CFP: Special Section on Learning Analytics for Primary and Secondary Schools (Journal of Learning Analytics)
Sep 20, 2020

An invite to submit your manuscript for the upcoming Special Section on Learning Analytics for Primary and Secondary Schools at the Journal of Learning Analytics (JLA, https://learning-analytics.info). The Journal of Learning Analytics is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal, disseminating the highest quality research in the field and indexed by Scopus and Web of Science. It is the official publication of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR, https://solaresearch.org) and the first journal dedicated to research into the challenges of collecting, analysing and reporting data with the specific intent to improve learning.

We invite research papers, practitioner reports, and data and tool reports. The submission deadline is 20 September 2020

Further information: https://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/JLA/announcement/view/161


Higher Education in the Headlines

VCs take pay cuts as revenue dives | TIM DODD | The Australian Higher Education | 08 April, 2020
Two leading universities have revealed enormous revenue shortfalls this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Coronavirus Has Pushed Courses Online. Professors Are Trying Hard to Keep Up | Beth McMurtrie  | Chronicle of Higher Education | 29 March, 2020
As thousands of classes move online, here’s what instructors are doing to stay connected to their students.

Most UK university applicants ‘still want to study this autumn’ | Ellie Bothwell  | Times Higher Education | 03 April, 2020
Ucas says overall applicant behaviour has so far been consistent with previous cycles