HERDSA Notices 8 November 2023

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* HERDSA Connect Blog:  In the shadows of policy: Is student learning getting the spotlight it deserves?
* HERDSA Webinar: Ngā hau e whā o Tāwhirimatea - Embedding mātauranga Māori in tertiary education
* HERDSA TERNZ Research Medal 2023 - Call for Nominations
* Call For Expressions of Interest for Editor(s) of HERDSA Connect Blog
* ICED24 Conference | Call for papers
* CRADLE Seminar Series: The politics of student belonging: storying through words and images
* New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

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HERDSA Connect Blog:  In the shadows of policy: Is student learning getting the spotlight it deserves?
Jason M. Lodge, 27 October, 2023

Jason Lodge looks at the Australian Universities Accord Interim Report and finds a lot of talk of teaching but very little about student learning.

Read More: https://herdsa.org.au/herdsa-connect/shadows-policy-student-learning-getting-spotlight-it-deserves


HERDSA Webinar: Ngā hau e whā o Tāwhirimatea - Embedding mātauranga Māori in tertiary education
Thursday November 9, 2023 11.00am AEST or 1pm NZT

Dr Matiu Rātima is a former Senior Lecturer in Mātauranga Māori for teacher education at the University of Canterbury. He has a PhD from the University of Waikato, and his research interests include the development of proficiency in te reo Māori, culturally responsive teaching, and the effectiveness of professional development for the cultural competence of teachers.

In 2022, Matiu led a team of educational researchers, tertiary teachers, and teacher educators to produce a free online guide for tertiary teachers entitled
Ngā Hau e Whā o Tāwhirimātea: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning for the Tertiary Sector

This guide has been viewed over 10 thousand times and downloaded close to 4000 times all over the world and is available for you to download at no cost (see the herdsa website link below)
In this interactive session Matiu will facilitate a discussion designed to excavate some of the opportunities and anxieties that have arisen along with the surge in prominence of Māori history and mātauranga as cornerstones of responsible, responsive and Treaty led education in Aotearoa (NZ). For participants to get the best from the session you are asked to read the guide online and come ready to ask a question or two for the zoom hui to 'wānanga' (analyse, discuss, debate). Please email your questions ahead of time to matiu.ratima5@gmail.com

If time allows Matiu will invite impromptu questions towards the end of the session.

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


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group Meeting Two: Experiences and challenges of SoTL

Please join us as we progress the discussions re: the nature and role of the newest HERDSA Special Interest Group

Please register for the discussion by clicking the following link:https://unisq.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpduuqqT8oE9eNBtwMqrc7Bvim1eNqfKsj

Facilitators: Dr Betty Exintaris, Dr Nilushi Karunaratne
When: November 17th 2023 12noon-1.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time
Where: https://unisq.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpduuqqT8oE9eNBtwMqrc7Bvim1eNqfKsj

What: In this SoTL SIG meeting we will explore individual's unique SoTL experiences and their perceived benefits, in addition to identifying how the SoTL SIG can support individual's needs to progress SoTL in their respective contexts.

Session outline

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Our SoTL experiences - briefly explore SIG member's individual experiences with SoTL
  • In breakout rooms: 'Me in a minute' activity and distil individual's challenges to SoTL progress
  • Show/discuss collaborative definition of SoTL from the initial meeting  
  • In breakout rooms: identify how the SoTL SIG can support individual needs
  • Close meeting and identify next meeting goals:
    • Establish a series of focused SIG sessions to meet the needs of the individual 
    • Identify facilitators for leading the third SIG meeting. 

Further information: contact the HERDSA SoTL SIG via email herdsa.sotl.sig@gmail.com


HERDSA TERNZ Research Medal 2023 - Call for Nominations
22 November, 2023

The HERDSA NZ committee invites you to nominate a team or an individual for the HERDSA TERNZ Research Medal. This award recognises outstanding contributions to tertiary education research in New Zealand. This includes tertiary education research itself and/or service to tertiary education research. Further details about the award and nomination process are available on the Award website: https://www.herdsa.org.nz/awards/herdsa-ternz-research-medal.

Further information: julie.timmermans@otago.ac.nz


Call For Expressions of Interest for Editor(s) of HERDSA Connect Blog
Due date 22 November 2023

The HERDSA Executive is seeking Expressions of Interest the position of Editor(s) of the HERDSA Connect Blog. The HERDSA Connect Blog offers comment and discussion on higher education issues; provides information about relevant publications, programs and research and celebrates the achievements of our HERDSA members. The HERDSA Connect Blog links members of the HERDSA community in Australasia and beyond by sharing branch activities, member perspectives and achievements, book reviews, comments on contemporary issues in higher education, and conference reflections. Members are encouraged to respond to articles and engage in ongoing discussion relevant to higher education and aligned to HERDSA’s values and mission.

The HERDSA Connect Blog aims to inspire, connect and inform researchers, developers and practitioners in the Australasian higher education sector and inspire both members and non-members to become involved with the HERDSA community by providing an opportunity for less formal publication and discussion on inspirational practices, projects, resources, research, successes and ideas.

The appointment will be for six months initially, and will be considered from both individuals and small teams.

Expressions of interest should
1. State clearly applicant’s proposed editorial approach
2. Indicate the roles of individuals within the team (if you are submitting a team application)

The following criteria must also be addressed:
1. Experience in editing and publishing online and awareness of the issues and challenges associated with editing a public blog.
2. Graphic design experience and html coding knowledge.
3. Commitment to member engagement.
4. Project management skills and expertise.
5. A strong reputation in research and publication across the higher education sector.
6. Commitment to the HERDSA goals of HERDSA.
7. Membership of HERDSA.

Members of the HERDSA Executive will be happy to respond to any initial inquiries. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Chair of the Selection Committee - Professor Katrina Strampel.

Written expressions of interest should be brief, address the selection criteria (max 2 pages) and include a Curriculum Vitae. Submissions must be received by 12 October 2023 – 5.00pm AEST and sent to office@herdsa.org.au. An acceptance of your submission will be sent via email to you. If you do not receive this please contact the HERDSA office before the closing date.

Professor Katrina Strampel
HERDSA Vice-President
Email: k.strampel@ecu.edu.au


ICED24 Conference | Call for papers
15 November 2023

The ICED2024 conference is taking place in Kenya, Africa from 5-7 June.

The ICED24 conference organising committee: We look forward to receiving your papers and proposals, and welcoming you to Kenya in June 2024!

Call for papers & pre-conference workshop proposals submission deadline: November 15, 2023

Conference theme: Advancing Higher Education Ecosystems For Competency Development

Sub-theme: The Elements Of Ecosystems That Support Learning For The Future

Sub-theme 2: 3Design Ecosystems That Nurture The Competencies That Our Graduates Should Exhibit

Sub-theme 3: Build Capacity Among Ourselves To Navigate And Influence These Ecosystems

Contribute to the international community of practice!

Further information: https://iced24.africa/


CRADLE Seminar Series: The politics of student belonging: storying through words and images
29 Nov 6pm - 7.30pm AEDT

In this seminar, we will present research funded by the Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE) on student belonging, which is broadly considered to be a positive foundation for students’ well-being and success at university. We start by presenting a brief history of belonging research in higher education and invite you to think more critically about belonging. Drawing upon empirical data from interviews and video-blogs with 30 students in the UK and Australia, our research highlights how students experience and create multiple belongings. We identify how calls for integrated, uniform, approaches to building belonging in universities are unhelpful. Instead, we foreground the situated and political ways in which students make and curate meaningful and purposeful connections and safe spaces. Our research points to the personalised nature of belonging. We show how individual learners often enact belonging in ways that disrupt or challenge institutional assumptions and expectations. These insights are particularly important in the current higher education context, with universities in many countries, such as Australia, setting ambitious targets to expand the access and participation of students from more diverse backgrounds. We advocate for critical discussions between staff and students related to the affordances of embracing the multiple ways students and staff choose to belong, at different times, and in different spaces.

Professor Rola Ajjawi is Professor of Educational Research at the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE), Deakin University, Australia, where she has led an extensive programme of research into student failure and success, with particular interest in equity, feedback, and learning cultures.
Associate Professor Karen Gravett is Associate Professor and Director of Research at the Surrey Institute of Education at the University of Surrey, UK, where her research focuses on the theory-practice of higher education, and explores the areas of student engagement, belonging, and relational pedagogies.
Professor Sarah O’Shea is the Dean, Graduate Research at CSU as well as an internationally recognised researcher, who applies sociological perspectives to the study of higher education equity and how under-represented student cohorts enact success within university, navigate transition into and through this environment, manage competing identities and negotiate aspirations for self and others.

Further information: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cradle-seminar-series-the-politics-of-st...


New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

Re-storying career practitioners’ professional identities as career and employability specialists through an online WIL capstone, Susan Mate, J. Ryan & K. Toh, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2023.2269872

Stakeholder perceptions of what industry wants from doctoral students: a systematic literature review, Olav Muurlink, Li’An Chen, Rhonda Boorman, David Pearson & Georgi Cohen, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2023.2269871

Students, community and belonging: an investigation of student experience across six European countries, Jihyun Lee, Rachel Brooks & Jessie Abrahams, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2023.2269886



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.