[HERDSA]: The Weekly Email News Wed 31st August 2011
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Wed Aug 31 12:19:02 EST 2011
Dear List Members
This week we have:
Forthcoming Event Transforming Assessment Webinar 7 Sept
New Research Data Base
Higher Education Update No.8 August 2011 now available
Forthcoming Conference ANZSSA Dec 2011
News from Higher Education.
1) University of South Australia (UNISA)
UniSA is implementing a new approach to English Language Proficiency and the following positions are available. Full details can be accessed from UniSA’s HR web-site http://unisa.nga.net.au/bin/fnt_jobs_list_filter.cfm?
Language and Learning Coordinator (2 positions)
The Language and Learning Coordinator is responsible for improving students’ English language proficiency and academic literacy across the University. ??In this role you will work strategically with staff in the Divisions to develop initiatives that improve language and learning outcomes for students. You will provide high level expertise and leadership in developing innovative approaches to learning and teaching and contribute to the LTU’s research program on student language and learning in higher education.??You will also have relevant postgraduate qualifications, significant experience and expertise in the education sector, along with a record of research and publications related to learning and teaching in higher education. ??In return, we offer a stimulating and well resourced environment and opportunities for professional development and growth.
Applications close: 9.00am Friday 9 September 2011
Language and Learning Advisers (up to 7 positions)
The Language and Learning Adviser is responsible for providing individual tuition, workshop programs and resource materials to enhance the language and learning skills of undergraduate and postgraduate students across the University. ??In this role you will have daily contact with students in order to optimise their academic performance. You will also analyse the learning needs of individuals and groups of students and work closely with LTU and Division staff to design and implement strategic initiatives that support the development of general English proficiency and academic literacy.??Your in-depth understanding of the language and literacy demands of academic study at tertiary level, combined with your highly developed communication and interpersonal skills will be highly regarded.??In return, we offer a stimulating and well resourced environment and opportunities for professional development and growth.
Applications close: 9.00am Friday 9 September 2011
2) Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). (Two Positions)
Project Advisor, Learning and Teaching Unit
HEW Level 7 ($67,816-$73,406)
Melbourne - CBD
The Office of Dean Learning and Teaching works within the Academic Portfolio. The Unit's key role is to provide and support strategic leadership in learning and teaching. The primary objective is to improve the quality of learning and teaching at RMIT.
Working with Senior Advisors within the LTU, the Project Advisor, Learning and Teaching will assist in major projects undertaken within the Unit to deliver on the RMIT Strategic and Academic plans as well as support processes for staff to prepare grants as well as awards for learning and teaching.
Key Accountabilities Include:
* Support the implementation of the internal and external teaching awards programs
* Work collaboratively with the key stakeholders to review and enhance existing policy, procedures and processes relating to major projects, grants and awards.
* Provide strategic support, individual mentoring and advice to applicants regarding the development of award applications and grant submissions.
* Manage information regarding teaching awards and grant applications appearing on the website ensuring accuracy and relevance.
To be considered for this position you will have a relevant qualification or relevant experience in teaching and learning practices in a dual sector University. In addition a high degree of innovation, initiative, judgement and the ability to demonstrate a capacity to conceptualise, develop and review operational and strategic policies and guidelines.
To view a detailed position description please access http://yourcareer.rmit.edu.au/jobDetails.asp?sJobIDs=545810&lWorkTypeID=&lLocationID=&lCategoryID=&stp=AW&sLanguage=en Applications close 4th September 2011.
Senior Manager, Learning and Teaching Unit
HEW Level 10A ($99,581-$108,707)
Melbourne - CBD
The Office of Dean Learning and Teaching works within the Academic
Portfolio. The Unit's key role is to provide and support strategic
leadership in learning and teaching. The primary objective is to improve
the quality of learning and teaching at RMIT.
The Senior Manager, Learning and Teaching Unit will manage the staff
and workflow within the Learning and Teaching Unit while managing major
institutional projects and initiatives relevant to learning and
teaching. Success will entail working collaboratively with senior
leaders, Colleges, Schools and other groups to implement the Academic
Key Accountabilities Include:
* Lead strategic projects and drive initiatives designed to improve
University learning and teaching practices, in particular initiatives
related to RMIT's program annual review process and institutional data
* Provide high quality specialised learning and teaching advice for
strategy, policy and practice to the Deputy Vice Chancellor , the Dean
Learning and Teaching, academic and teaching staff.
* Research and investigate best learning and teaching practices and
prepare policy recommendations for submission to Academic Board for
approval and implementation.
* Manage relationships with schools in program design, development,
and renewal including online and flexible delivery modes which will lead
to effective implementation of change.
* Provide leadership and expert advice to Colleges and Schools on
University policy, procedure, regulations, strategic planning and
directions in relation to learning and teaching.
To be considered for this position you will have a relevant
postgraduate qualification or extensive experience in learning and
teaching practices in a dual sector University. You will also bring
strong leadership, management and team-building skills, including the
ability to lead and develop staff to be service-focused, flexible and
responsive to changing needs. A demonstrated ability to analyse and
interpret a complex range of information, including statistical data,
and to address and make recommendations on emerging trends and issues
will be highly regarded.
To view a detailed position description please access
Applications close 11th September 2011.
3) The University of Sydney.
Teaching Development Coordinator INSTITUTE FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING
The University of Sydney
· Apply your passion for university education at a world leading university
· Shape university wide curriculum renewal and teaching enhancement
· Level C or D appointment depending on expertise (5 year fixed term)
The Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL) at the University of Sydney is looking for an energetic scholar with the ability to embrace and influence educational change.
The position is a new role and will have a particular focus on supporting the University in embedding ‘Engaged Enquiry’ as a signature learning experience in the undergraduate curriculum, using research-enriched and community-engaged learning and teaching approaches.
Working with other academic development and learning support staff in the ITL, you will develop and implement strategies designed to enhance teaching and learning across the University. These strategies will be developed in consultation with the University’s Director Teaching and Learning, faculty academic leaders and other senior colleagues including the Deputy Vice Chancellor Education. As a member of the ITL, you will provide leadership on university-wide strategic projects and make a significant contribution to identified strategic initiatives within faculties.
We are looking for an outstanding scholar in the field of university teaching and learning with a track record of creative and innovative leadership of educational change. You will have the ability to work effectively as a member of highly motivated and respected team and to also operate independently in diverse and highly changeable organisational environments.
The ITL offers a friendly, collaborative working environment and the opportunity to engage with colleagues and doctoral students who share a passion for research and scholarship in higher education and academic development. There will be opportunities for you to build your research through collaboration with leading higher education researchers at the University and more broadly through our international networks. This is also an opportunity to be part of a group actively seeking to broaden current ways of thinking about and enhancing academic development and learning support in a world leading university.
If you think this might be a role that would suit you, please contact the University’s Director Teaching and LearningSimon.Barrie at Sydney.edu.au or +61 2 9351 3725.
Full details of the position (REFERENCE NO. 961/0511) are available at Teaching Development Coordinator. Closing date: 21 September 2011.
4) Southern Cross University.
Lecturer Level B (Teaching and Learning)?Full-time, continuing ?Teaching and Learning Centre ?GOLD COAST and TWEED HEADS CAMPUS
Southern Cross University
Closing date 13 September 2011
Principal responsibilities include:
1. Provide advice on issues, policy and practices related to learning and teaching in line with SCU’s strategic directions for teaching and learning and relevant to the level of the position.
2. Contribute to the improvement of student learning outcomand experiences through the design, development and evaluation of effective learning and teaching resources, strategies, curricula and/or practices linked with SCU’s learning and teaching environment and needs.
3. Provide professional learning in teaching and learning for all academic staff through Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice and other professional learning initiatives.
4. Maintain professional expertise consistent with ongoing developments in learning and teaching in a flexible, technology enabled higher education institution.
5. Conduct research and develop/maintain scholarship in relevant fields
Transforming Assessment Webinar Update
* Next live session: Wednesday, 7 September 2011 "Stealth assessment: embedded evidence-based assessment in games"
* Recording online for "New paradigms for assessment within image intensive disciplines: examples from Histology" (held 3 August)
Professor Geoffrey Crisp (RMIT University, Australia) and
Dr Mathew Hillier (University of Queensland, Australia) invite you to:
1. Next live session:
Wednesday, 7 September 2011 "Stealth assessment: embedded evidence-based assessment in games"
Presenter: Valerie Shute (Florida State University, USA).
During gameplay, students naturally produce rich sequences of actions while performing complex tasks, drawing on a variety of competencies. Evidence needed to assess the competencies is thus provided by the players' interactions with the game itself (i.e., the processes of play), which can be contrasted with the end product(s) of an activity—the norm in educational environments.
This presentation will describe the design and development of evidence-based assessments (embedded in a game) to measure 21st Century competencies. When embedded assessments are so seamlessly woven into the fabric of the learning environment that they're invisible, called 'stealth assessment' (Shute, 2011; Shute, Ventura, Bauer, & Zapata-Rivera, 2009). Stealth assessments within games provide a way to monitor a player’s current level on valued competencies. That information can then be used as the basis for support, such as adjusting the difficulty level of challenges or providing timely feedback. One to two examples of the approach will be provided, time permitting.
Audience members are encouraged to participate and contribute.
Wednesday, 7 September 2011 at 21:30 Adelaide, South Australia time (the time zone = GMT +9.30). This is equivalent to 8:00AM Florida time (GMT -4.00).
See your equivalent local time at:
A countdown timer is also available at
A recording of the session will be published after the event.
Online via your web browser (in your home or office!) using the Wimba virtual classroom.
To join the webinar go to:
(Note: please run the set-up wizard - it is advisable to test prior to the start time - no password is required for audience members).
Help/FAQ at http://www.transformingassessment.com/events_help.php
So that we can gauge expected numbers please RSVP via email to:
'rsvp at transformingassessment.com'
Please use the subject line:
"RSVP webinar 7 Sept 2011"
(Note: you will receive an automated response containing further
2. Recording now online:
"New paradigms for assessment within image intensive disciplines: examples from Histology" held on 3 August 2011.
Download and view in a number of formats via http://www.transformingassessment.com/events_past.php
3. Further information:
These webinars are part of a series of free events being held in 2011.
Invited expert speakers have agreed to deliver on a range of e-assessment topics throughout the series covering examples from around the world showcasing e-assessment and the use of technologies in education such as social networking systems, virtual worlds (second life, open sim etc), serious games, sims, blogs, wikis, e-portfolios, LMS (Moodle, blackboard etc), voting (phone/clickers), virtual labs, remote labs and augmented reality. Further information on this and future events, recordings of past events, further project information and participation/technical help on using the Wimba system can be found on our website at http://www.transformingassessment.com
Support for this work (fellowship) has been provided by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council Ltd, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. The views expressed in the fellowship do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
These free webinars supported by The University of Adelaide, The University of Queensland and RMIT University.
Some of you may find the revised bibliographies and resources listed below useful. They may now be found on my website at: www.mickhealey.co.uk/resources.
1. Active learning and learning styles: a selected bibliography
2. Discipline based approaches to supporting learning and teaching: a selected bibliography
3. Linking research and teaching: a selected bibliography
4. Pedagogic research and development: a selected bibliography
5. The scholarship of teaching and learning: a selected bibliography
6. The scholarship of engagement: a selected bibliography
7. Dissertations and capstone projects: a selected bibliography
Case Study Collections
1. Linking discipline-based research with teaching
2. Engaging students in research and inquiry
The student experience of teaching, research and consultancy: a questionnaire
Professor Mick Healey
HE Consultant and Researcher
New Data Base from ACER
Stuart Hughes, Librarian at ACER, writes
Firstly, a brief note to alert you to the new Indigenous Education Research Database (IERD) which you can view athttp://www.acer.edu.au/ierd
IERD is currently in development and presently contains 6,265 books, articles, conference papers and reports on various aspects of indigenous education. Material in the demonstration database is currently drawn from the Australian Education Index, but the plan is to include material sourced from a variety of international organisations and publishers overseas in the area of indigenous education.
Please share with colleagues interested in indigenous education research. New additions to the database and news of its progress can be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/indedres
The DE Hub Database of Research on Distance Education has been updated with 68 new records for August. The latest entries can be browsed from the New Additions page at:
New publications are also listed at http://twitter.com/distedres as noted.
The IDP Database of Research on International Education has been updated with 80 new records for August. The latest entries can be browsed from the New Additions page at http://www.idp.com/idp-today/research-database/new-additions.aspx
New publications are also listed at http://twitter.com/idpdrie
Also, not long until the annual Australian International Education Conference, 11-14 October in Adelaide (http://www.aiec.idp.com/), including the IEAA Research Roundtable 2011 (http://www.ieaa.org.au/NewsArticles/NewsArticle.asp?articleNo=93). IDP will be at booths 7 to 10, hope to see you there.
Higher Education Update
Issue No. 8, August 2011, now available at http://www.acer.edu.au/highereducation/higher-education-update
The Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association Biennial Conference.
4-7 December 2011, Aerial Function Centre, UTS, Sydney.
Visit www.epicconferences.com.au/anzssa2011 for draft programme and to register on line.
News from Higher Education
NEW ZEALAND: Call for showcase university misguided
Amid calls for New Zealanders to invest in a private showcase university, SANDRA GREY argues that the way to create world-class institutions is to invest in the existing higher education infrastructure.
Full report on the World University News site
AUSTRALIA-US: Red tape thwarts Kaplan plan
Kaplan, the education arm of The Washington Post, has dumped plans to establish a university in Adelaide, blaming complex regulatory approvals in Australia and the US. The decision is a setback for departing Premier Mike Rann’s ambition to make Adelaide a ‘university city’, writes Andrew Trounson for The Australian.
More on the University World News site
US study shows Google has changed the way students research – and not for the better by Sunanda Creagh
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