HERDSA Notices 8 March 2023

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* HERDSA Executive Elections 2023-2025
* HERDSA Webinar - Applying A1 to Student Tasks
* Reflective feedback literacy and iterative change: Towards enhanced value in digital feedback processes - David Carless
* Call for nominations for HERDSA Life Memberships
* HERDSA Webinar - Bringing together psychological influences, social and environmental aspects for improved graduate preparation
* Expressions of interest are sought for the HERDSA 2023 Conference Communication Team
* HERDSA Webinar - Sustainability Development Goals and Higher Education
* Higher Education Research & Development, Vol. 42 No. 2 is now available online
* Special Issue - Call for Abstracts
* Request to complete our survey on thesis examination
* New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

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HERDSA Executive Elections 2023-2025

Nominations for the 2023-2025 HERDSA Executive have now been received and the number of nominations exceeds the number of vacancies for the required HERDSA Executive positions.  In accordance with the HERDSA Constitution an election must now be held.  

To view and cast your vote for the members who have nominated please go to https://www.herdsa.org.au/executive-election-2023 and vote on your selection of NINE (9) candidates for the 2023-2025 HERDSA Executive. 

NOTE: You must log into the HERDSA web site to view the ballot form and cast your votes for the candidates you would like to represent you on the HERDSA Executive.

Please login with your email and password.

Voting will be open for two weeks from 8 March and will close at 5.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings time on 22 March 2023.

Members will be advised of the outcome of the voting as soon as possible after all candidates have been notified of the election results.

Jennifer Ungaro
HERDSA Returning Officer


HERDSA Webinar - Applying A1 to Student Tasks
Friday March 10, 2023 1.00pm AEDT (Sydney time) 12.30pm SA time

In this interactive webinar Edward Palmer discuss the increasing awareness and capabilities of AI and its likely impact on education. By providing a background of where AI has come from and how it is currently being used we address the new version of ChapGT and its ability to produce work that is indistinguishable from a good students output. We also address other AI engines that can create scripts, books, artwork and videos that will challenge our abilities to assess creative output as we have done in the past. We provide time to discuss the impact of AI on their approaches to teaching and learning and provide our thoughts on how we can manage this new disruptive tool. The goal of the session is to provide some opportunities to discuss new ways to assess based on the unassailable presence that AI will have in the workplace and education. How do we provide opportunities for students to learn in an AI world and how can we reliably assess student capability when AI can do their work for them?

Further information: https://www.herdsa.org.au/herdsa-webinar-series


Reflective feedback literacy and iterative change: Towards enhanced value in digital feedback processes - David Carless
17th March 2023 2.30pm to 3.30pm AEDT

The HERDSA Assessment Quality SIG invites you to attend its first webinar series for 2023. Prof David Carless will sharing his thoughts on "Reflective feedback literacy and iterative change: Towards enhanced value in digital feedback processes".

Further information: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/reflective-feedback-literacy-and-iterati...


Call for nominations for HERDSA Life Memberships
Closes 17th March 2023

HERDSA life Members are individuals who have made a substantial, prolonged contribution to HERDSA through their service to the Society and/or have made a distinguished contribution to higher education. We are pleased to count many significant contributors in our list of life members (https://www.herdsa.org.au/life-members).

The HERSDA Executive is now calling for nominations for new life members. The Executive will review nominations and elect up to two new life members who will be recognised at the 2023 conference.

To nominate an outstanding individual for HERDSA Life Membership, please forward a short statement detailing the following:
• Name and Email of Nominee
• Name and Email of Proposer
• Statement of outstanding Contribution to HERDSA and/or higher education (approx. 500 words)

Please forward to office@herdsa.org.au by Friday 17th March 2023

Further information: office@herdsa.org.au


HERDSA Webinar - Bringing together psychological influences, social and environmental aspects for improved graduate preparation
Thursday 23rd March 2023 - 1.00 - 2.00pm AEDT

Research is emerging on identified functional (how-to) cognitive aspects of employability. Higher education graduates from all disciplines encounter multifaceted and precarious working lives that feature multiple transitions, complex employment arrangements and often a do-it-yourself career management plan to achieve meaningful paid work.

The Australian Government introduced The Job-ready Graduates package that ‘invests in higher education in areas of national priority’ (www.education.gov.au). It is a priority, therefore, for tertiary providers to renew curriculum with value-added Work Integrated Learning (WIL) such as contemporary professional practice internship programs.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music has a program to encourage undergraduate BMus students to develop ‘career readiness’ as Australia’s graduate destinations data report these creative workers as having the poorest graduate employment outcomes of all 40 broad higher education disciplines (Graduate Careers Council of Australia, 2020).

An elective as part of their program, our internships are in collaboration with the 17 NSW Regional Cons plus various Arts industry partners and involve a scaffolded process using the Literacies for Life as a conceptual framework to help students understand their career and study confidence. As a student profile tool with accompanying resources, it aims for students to explore their cognitive dispositions and capacity of professionalism and ‘use them to enhance confidence and make informed life and career decisions in line with values and goals’ (www.employability.com.au).

By exploring the specific employability skills that build potential capacity to engage students as future professionals in all related fields we can begin to determine how students successfully transition from an accomplished student to a beginning and employable graduate.

Further information: https://www.herdsa.org.au/herdsa-webinar-series


Expressions of interest are sought for the HERDSA 2023 Conference Communication Team
31 March 2023

The HERDSA Conference is awesome; being involved in the conference team is even more awesome! We have 5 volunteer spots available in HERDSA 2023’s dynamic Communications team. The HERDSA 2023 conference will take place in Brisbane from 4–7 July 2023. Led by the experienced Communications Lead, Dr Manisha Thakkar, this team works during the conference to publish live conference updates via social media. The role of the Communications team is to promote upcoming conference sessions and activities, live tweet conference presentations, and enhance the conference’s visibility and ‘vibe’. Innovative ideas are welcome. At least two team members should have basic photography skills (phone photography is fine). We are also keen to include an alt-text writer to ensure that all of our visual social media is accessible. Anyone with expertise in inclusive social media is particularly welcome to join the Communications team.

To register your interest, please email comms@herdsa.org.au by 31 March 2023. In your email, please let us know which of the following roles interest you:
• Twitter conference updates
• Tweeting about conference presentations
• LinkedIn posts about conference presentations
• Conference photography
• Inclusive social media/communication
• Alt-text writing for conference visuals posted to social media
Working as part of a major international conference team is great for your CV and is also a fantastic way to engage with the conference. We look forward to hearing from you.


HERDSA Webinar - Sustainability Development Goals and Higher Education
1pm AEST, Thursday 27th April 2023

The United Nations has articulated 17 Sustainable Development Goals. My own pedagogical and research interest commenced some while ago where the UN previously declared the ‘Decade of Sustainability’. SDGs have now become a critical point of action for us all. But understanding what to do as educators is problematic. My own field of music can seem rather remote from the aim of zero poverty, but perhaps closer to the aim of good health and well-being or quality education.
In this webinar we will look at how we can embrace these goals as a focus for learning within our curriculum, look at some definitions and what that means for action, and hear some examples from the field of music.

Further information: https://www.herdsa.org.au/herdsa-webinar-series


Higher Education Research & Development, Vol. 42 No. 2 is now available online

Higher Education Research & Development, Vol. 42 No. 2 is now available from the HERDSA website at https://www.herdsa.org.au/higher-education-research-and-development-vol-...

Free online access is available to HERDSA members through your member dashboard.


Special Issue - Call for Abstracts
Abstracts due by 31st March 2023

Abstracts are welcome for a special issue to be published in the journal of Education Sciences. The theme for this issue is,'Teacher Narrative and Narratives of Teaching: Inquiry into lived experiences.' Further information and contact details for the editors can be found at:

Further information: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/education/special_issues/738597D71O


Request to complete our survey on thesis examination

Have you ever examined a doctoral thesis or dissertation that included publications?

We're looking to understand the processes behind-the-scenes when examiners conduct their written evaluation of a doctoral thesis/dissertation that includes publications, in order to help support other examiners, to help improve institutional policy and practice, and to aide doctoral researchers and their supervisors.

We would really appreciate it if you would consider completing our online, anonymous survey that takes around 30 minutes. Scholars from any country, discipline, or career phase welcome!

Further information: https://forms.gle/kYPtqryH1aYHArvv7


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.