[Herdsa] [HERDSA]:News on Wed 22 July 2009
landbeck at ozemail.com.au
Wed Jul 22 12:56:41 EST 2009
Dear List Members
This week we have:
An Invitation to a Presentation by the joint winners of the ALTC
2008 Prime Minister's Award for Australian University Teacher of the
The 2009 ALTC Citation Awards. Request to HERDSA Members.
Positions Vacant in Hong Kong and La Trobe University
Forthcoming Conference - Ausaki09, Sept 09
New Journal in Graduate Employability
New publication on "Developing Undergraduate Research and Inquiry"
Vodcast of the Student Engagement Forum 2009, La Trobe University
Email discussion list for staff supporting ALTC engagement
The 2009 Australian Higher Education Quality Award, 2009
Humour in Academe
1) An Invitation to a Presentation by the joint winners of the ALTC 2008
Prime Minister's Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year.
Dear HERDSA colleagues
Next week, the Higher Education Research Group (HERG) at Deakin University
and Swinburne University Professional Learning brings two Prime Minister's
Teaching Excellence Award Winners to Victoria.
Joint winners of the ALTC 2008 Prime Minister's Award for Australian
University Teacher of the Year, Associate Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington
and Professor Stephen Barkoczy will share their expertise their thoughts on
'Making learning more effective, realistic and engaging'.
This is a rare opportunity to hear first hand from the best university
teachers in the country, as judged by a rigorous peer review process.
Marnie and Stephen are both inspiring speakers.
You are invited to come to DEAKIN UNIVERSITY Room lb2.101, Elgar Road,
Melbourne Campus at Burwood on Tuesday 28th July from 10.00am until 11.30am.
Light refreshments will be available from 9.30am. Please email
terry.mccormick at deakin.edu.au to register.
To SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY Room EN102, Hawthorn campus, Wednesday
29th July from 10.00am until 11.30am. Please email spl at swin.edu.au to
We look forward to seeing you at one of the seminars.
Professor Marcia Devlin (PhD)
Chair in Higher Education Research
Director, Higher Education Research Group (HERG)
Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
E: mdevlin at deakin.edu.au
2) The 2009 ALTC Citation Awards.
The list of those who have received awards has just been published (see
www.altc.edu.au) and they will be receiving their awards at a series of
ceremonies during August. If you have received an award and are a member of
HERDSA please let me know<Landbeck at ozemail.com.au> so I can publish your
name and citation details in the September HERDSA News. I would need to know
by Mon 3 Aug to ensure inclusion in the News.
3) POSITIONS VACANT
AT THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Centre for Enhanced Learning and Teaching
Educational Developer: Faculty and Research Postgraduates (Senior
The Centre is seeking an experienced Senior Instructor for a one-year
contract with the possibility of renewal for a further two years.
The main roles and responsibilities for this post will be to develop and
deliver courses on teaching and learning in higher education for junior
faculty and research postgraduates, and to develop and deliver a provision
(e.g. external facilitators, internal expertise, external e-learning
modules) for other professional and teaching development areas such as
project management skills, thesis writing skills, leadership and management
skills, career development skills, and laboratory management for these
target groups. Applicants should possess a higher degree in relevant
discipline; substantial relevant post-degree teaching experience; a track
record of successful development and delivery of teaching in higher
education and professional development courses (as mentioned above) for
junior faculty and research postgraduates; and excellent communication and
Starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Medical benefits and paid leave will be provided.
Application forms are obtainable (a) by downloading from the University's
homepage (www.ust.hk); or (b) by fax (2358 0700) or e-mail (careers at ust.hk);
or (c) from the Souvenir Center in Room G027 of the University; or (d) by
writing to the Human Resources Office, HKUST, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon,
enclosing a stamped self-addressed envelope. Completed application forms
should be returned to the Human Resources Office on or before Friday, 7 Aug
2009. We thank applicants for their interest, but advise that only
shortlisted candidates will be notified of the result of the application.
AT La Trobe University
Academic & Curriculum Developer (Strategic Academic Projects)
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Centre (CTLC)
The position of Academic & Curriculum Developer (Strategic Academic
Projects) reports to the Director, CTLC/PVC (Curriculum & Academic Planning)
in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor. This position provides expert
advice, direction and leadership to the CTLC and the University on strategic
projects to review, design/redesign curriculum, teaching, and/or learning
support strategies effectively and efficiently in La Trobe's multi-campus
environment. The Academic & Curriculum Developer (Strategic Academic
Projects) will also be responsible for assisting the Director, CTLC in the
design, development, delivery, evaluation and continuous improvement of
courses, subjects, modules, and workshops, and other services offered by the
Classification: Lecturer*/Senior Lecturer**, Continuing, Full-Time
Remuneration: *The Lecturer position attracts a remuneration package of
$79,415 to $94,304 per annum which includes 17% superannuation. The salary
component is $67,876 to $80,602 per annum. The remuneration and benefits
will be pro-rata for part-time or fractional appointment.
**The Senior Lecturer position attracts a remuneration package of $97,281 to
$112,171 per annum which includes 17%superannuation. The salary component
is $83,146 to $95,873 per annum. The remuneration and benefits will be
pro-rata for part-time or fractional appointment.
Applications close 7 August 2009. Position description and details on how to
4) FORTHCOMING CONFERENCE
AuSakai 09 - hosted by Charles Sturt University, Bathurst Campus, NSW
16-18 September 2009
This conference is for all interested in open source learning management
systems and Sakai in particular.
The theme for the third annual Australian Sakai conference is
"Sakai as a Scholarly Environment: Pedagogy, Systems, Processes and
Michael Korcuska, Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation and Ian Boston,
technical architect from Cambridge University will deliver keynotes. Michael
will deal with strategic directions concerning Sakai and the Sakai
community, while Ian will share insights about Sakai 3.
This theme is intentionally broad and encourages participation from all
areas - academic, technical, student support and the other wide-ranging
administrative areas supporting the open source learning management system
Sakai. The strands of the conference are:
. Learning and Teaching
. Technical / Development
. Sakai 3
. Organisational perspectives: student support, change management,
professional development and communications
Further information can be found at:
The proposal deadline is 14th August 2009. Note that formal papers are *not*
required for this conference. Online submission of presentation, poster and
workshop abstracts is open at
No registration fee will be charged to presenters. The registration fee is
members $50 and non-members $75. A trip around the famous Mt Panorama race
track is included!"
5) New Journal in Graduate Employability
The Journal for Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability (JTLGE) is
a new journal which we plan to launch from Curtin by the end of 2009. It is
a scholarly forum for the dissemination of research and exemplary
evidence-based practice in higher education teaching and learning for
graduate employability. Contributions are welcome in relation to any aspect
of higher education teaching and learning which relates to the broad topic
of graduate employability. For more information please visit:
Please feel free to send an expression of interest to me
(b.oliver at curtin.edu.au), to the Editor Prof. Robyn Quin
(r.quin at curtin.edu.au), or to Dr Helen Flavell h.flavell at curtin.edu.au).
We are planning to make this a robust publication and, knowing that many of
you are working in related areas and projects (employability, attributes,
e-portfolios, career development learning and so on), we welcome your
Professor Beverley Oliver, Director of Teaching and Learning, Curtin
University of Technology
6) New publication on "Developing Undergraduate Research and Inquiry" and
related resources on effective links between teaching and discipline based
>From Mick Healey (mhealey at glos.ac.uk) and Alan Jenkins
(alanjenkins at brookes.ac.uk)
"... universities should treat learning as not yet wholly solved problems
and hence always in research mode." Wilhelm von Humboldt (1810)
Colleagues world wide may be interested in a new publication on
undergraduate research; an international listing of web resources, and other
publications on linking teaching and discipline based research from the UK
Higher Education Academy.
Developing undergraduate research and inquiry (152 pages) by Mick Healey and
This booklet argues that all undergraduate students in all higher education
institutions should experience learning through, and about, research and
inquiry. In undergraduate research, students learn and are assessed in ways
that come as close as possible to the experience of academic staff carrying
out their disciplinary research.
The origins of this publication lie, in part, in previous published work
worldwide on bringing together teaching and disciplinary research. In
particular, it stems from the United States undergraduate research movement,
which started by providing research opportunities for selected students in
selected institutions. This booklet argues, as does much recent US
experience, that such curricular experience should and can be mainstreamed
for all or many students through a 'research-active curriculum'. The authors
argue that this can be achieved through structured interventions at course
team, departmental, institutional and national levels. The argument is
complemented by a large selection of mini case studies, drawn particularly
from the UK, North America and Australasia.
Hard copies may be ordered without charge by emailing
publicationmailings at heacademy.ac.uk <mailto:publications at heacademy.ac.uk> .
Please note that due to limited stocks these will only be available to UK
Contains an international range of web based resources to support faculty in
realising effective teaching /research links in their curricula and
department and institutional strategies.
7) Vodcast of the Student Engagement Forum 2009 at La Trobe University
Hosted by La Trobe University and the Australian Council for Educational
Research (ACER), on 2 July 2009, the Student Engagement Forum focused on the
role student engagement plays in enhancing education and learning in
universities, and how evidence from surveys can be used both to enhance
practice and for quality improvement.
Vodcasts of the keynote presentations by Professor George Kuy (Chancellor's
Professor of Higher Education at Indiana University Bloomington) and Dr
Hamish Coates (Principal Research Fellow, ACER) are now available to view
online or download to your iPod.
8) Email discussion list for staff supporting ALTC engagement
The Queensland Promoting Excellence Network has established an email
discussion list for staff who are working on ALTC-funded Promoting
Excellence Projects, or who are otherwise involved in supporting ALTC
engagement. The list currently has 33 members from 17 institutions across
Australia and has engaged in discussion about a range of issues including
teaching and learning weeks and conferences, network events, and ALTC
funding for adjunct staff. The list has also shared resources on a range of
New members are warmly welcomed, and can join by sending a blank email to
join-pen at edna.edu.au. Any queries may be directed to Tilly Hinton
<tilly.hinton at usc.edu.au> at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
9) The 2009 Australian Higher Education Quality Award, 2009
AUQA is pleased to announce that Professor James Taylor from the Australian
Digital Futures Institute, University of Southern Queensland, is the
recipient of the 2009 Australian Higher Education Quality Award.
10) Humour in Academe.
The April edition of HERDSA News contained a new column on humour written by
Bob Cannon, a long time member of HERDSA now working in Indonesia. Bob is
looking for examples of the use of humour in teaching and learning for
future entries in his column. If you come across any please email them to
him at<cannon at indo.net.id>
Meanwhile for those who do not get HERDSA News here is a sample of Bob's
`Looking over my Meanderings column in the previous issue of HERDSA News, I
could not help noticing the frequent reference to sleep and to dreaming.
This prompted me to look up my favourite sleep story that I used to good
effect in workshops with new lecturers over many years at Adelaide
University. It was published in a newspaper long since ceased publication,
The National Times. The 21 October 1983 edition has a review of a book
edited by Home Dow called Memories of Melbourne University (Hutchison, no
date). It contains this gem:
"But could students be blamed for inattention when, on one occasion, . the
lecturer himself fell asleep as he droned out the printed lecture. The whole
room remained perfectly still to see how long he would be 'out'. Some few
minutes passed . his eyes opened, and he continued on from where he he'd
stopped, without so much as taking a breath."
John Powell and Lee Andresen make a similar point about sleep in their
landmark paper Humour in Teaching in Research and Development in Higher
Education, Volume 6, 1983, pp.349 - 355 (HERDSA). They begin: "There is
something rather amusing about the idea of engaging in a serious discussion
about humour: it reminds us of the professor who dreamt that he was giving a
lecture and woke up to find that he was" (p.349). Powell and Andresen go on
to outline the serious application of humour as a learning and teaching
strategy. Their work has since been followed by several other studies.'
To discover more about these studies see HERDSA News Sept 2009! Available
free for those who are HERDSA members!
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