[Herdsa] [HERDSA]: News on Wed 24th Mach 2010
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Wed Mar 24 17:41:03 EST 2010
Dear List Members
This week we have
More on `Clickers'
Positions Vacant at the University of Wollongong and Curtin
March Update of the IDP Database of Research on International
News from Higher Education
1) More on `Clickers'
If you thought `clickers' were a new innovation think again. Bill McKeachie,
one of the pioneers of Learning and Teaching in universities, sent this
I think the first use of clickers was here at the University of Michigan in
the 1940's. Dick Brandt, Professor of Physics, used them in his classes.
Bob Cannon also recalled a film called "Programmed Learning" in the late
60's that demonstrated the early version of clickers, I think called student
response systems and a non-electronic version called the "Cosford Cube".
2) Three Positions Vacant at the University of Wollongong
Opportunities in Academic Development and Learning Design
Academic Services Division
The University of Wollongong has established a strong reputation for
excellence in teaching and learning. The Academic Development and Learning
Design Units facilitate and support the continuous development of high
quality teaching and learning practices, and provide strategic input on
learning and teaching policy, teaching in an academic career and staff
Associate Professor, Academic Development Unit (Ref No 23555)
. Fixed-term (until end 2011)
Your role is to develop the capacity of UOW academics to design, implement
and refine quality curricula. You will facilitate a community of practice
that engages staff with issues at Faculty, program and individual levels in
a climate of rapidly changing needs and demands.
Lecturer, Academic Development Unit (Ref No 23554)
. Fixed-term (2 years)
Your role is to further develop and evaluate systems of support for
sessional staff across all campus locations. You will have extensive
knowledge and experience of teaching, learning, assessment and staff
development activities at tertiary level.
Learning Designer, Learning Design Unit (Ref No 23556)
. Fixed-term (2 years)
Your role is to implement and evaluate high quality learning designs in
courses, programs, and subjects that vary the blend and nature of technology
based delivery and staff-student interaction. You will have extensive
experience working with staff across several disciplines and broad
understanding of the critical alignment of outcomes, activities and
Note for each of the three positions:
You must address the selection criteria specified in the relevant Position
Description which is available from our website. For further information
about these roles please contact Dr Christine Brown, Head, Academic
Development on 02 4221 3849.
Applications Close 4 April 2010
How to apply: Please go to our website http://employment.uow.edu.au/ to
submit your application online & for more information about the position and
POSITIONS VACANT AT Curtin University of Technology
Position Title: Teaching and Learning Developer x 3
School/Area: Office of Teaching and Learning
Term: (2 x Full-time or Part-time (0.8), Fixed-term - 3 years)
(1 x Full-time or Part-time (0.8), Fixed-term to 31
Level: Level ALA / ALB (AUD$50,587 to $85,815 per annum)
Curtin University of Technology, Australia's fifth largest university has an
impressive record of growth and development based upon a clear vision and
strategy of diversification and internationalisation.
These positions provide support to teaching staff on all matters relating to
assessment, teaching and learning including curriculum development, course
review, teaching development, assessment practise and innovations in
teaching and learning.
The successful applicant will be required to demonstrate previous teaching
experience in a university context and provide evidence of engagement in the
scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Excellent communication and
organisational skills with the ability to work independently and as part of
a team are pivotal to this role.
Benefits and Remuneration
Employee benefits include up to 17 percent employer superannuation
contribution, study assistance, a comprehensive salary packaging program,
and flexible and family friendly work practices in a cosmopolitan community
at a convenient location.
Applicants must meet all essential criteria to be considered for the
position. Successful applicants must be eligible to work in Australia for
the duration of the appointment.
Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting Sonia
Ferns, Manager Course Review on telephone +61 8 9266 2435 or via e-mail at
s.ferns at curtin.edu.au
To submit an application, please go to our website
www.futurestaff.curtin.edu.au/job-vacancies.cfm and click on the Apply Now
button. Alternatively, post your application to:
Manager, Course Review
Office of Teaching and Learning
Curtin University of Technology
GPO Box U1987
PERTH WA 6845
Valuing Diversity and Affirmative Action
Applications are invited from women and men who share the University's
values, ethics, international outlook, value diversity and have an informed
respect for indigenous people.
Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the
recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by
invitation, at anytime.
Closing Date: 5pm, Monday 12 April 2010.
3) FORTHCOMING CONFERENCES
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS - Teaching and Learning Innovation Symposium, June
6,7,8, 2010, Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in collaboration with the Educational
Development Centre and the eLearning Advocates representing all Faculties
and Schools will host a symposium focusing on the innovative and
transformational aspects of using technology to enhance teaching and
The Symposium will include a keynote by internationally renowned speaker in
the area of eLearning Prof. Gilly Salmon.
The main symposium (June 7th) as a sponsored event is FREE to participants.
The Pre-Symposium networking events (on June 6th) and Post-Symposium
workshops (on June 8th) will have an associated cost which will be advised
The presentation formats are;
1. A short paper presentation
2. Presenting a "Work in progress"
3. Poster Presentation
(More information here - http://www.3c.edc.polyu.edu.hk/symposium/cfc.html)
Submission deadline: 30 April 2010.
Enquires to; Peter Duffy - etpeterd at inet.polyu.edu.hk
CALL FOR CONFERENCE PAPERS:
DIEGETIC LIFE FORMS II:
CREATIVE ARTS PRACTICE AND NEW MEDIA SCHOLARSHIP
3-5 September 2010,
Josko Petkovic and Ingrid Richardson
NOTE FROM LIST MODERATOR
The conference organisers supplied detailed information about this
conference. Unfortunately it was too long to be included in this Newsletter.
Those interested in finding out more are asked to contact Linda Butcher-see
We invite participants to submit both abstracts and full papers, with a
selection of the latter to be published in a special issue of the refereed
e-journal IM: Interactive Media
Deadline for abstracts: 13th May 2010
Notification of acceptance: 17th May 2010
Deadline for full papers: 19th July 2010
NB: If you are intending to submit a full paper, please indicate this when
submitting your abstract.
All inquiries and correspondence should be directed to:
Linda Butcher l.butcher at murdoch.edu.au
4) March Update of the IDP Database of Research on International Education
Dear Roger and HERDSA Members,
The IDP Database of Research on International Education has been updated
with 73 new records. The latest entries can be browsed from the New
Additions page at:
See also http://twitter.com/idpdrie for international education publications
as they are identified. Details of reports, articles, papers, theses and
books always welcome at ndrie at acer.edu.au
5) News from Higher Education
AUSTRALIA: Concentration on research and selectivity
Around the world there is a growing concentration of investment in
world-class universities and centres of research excellence, including in
China, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Russia, Singapore,
Spain and Vietnam. Why are they doing this? And why aren't we doing this in
Full report on the University World News site
* Michael Gallagher is Executive Director of Australia's Group of Eight
research intensive universities. This is an edited extract from an address
he gave at the third Annual Australian Higher Education Congress earlier
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