[HERDSA] The Weekly Email News WEd 29th June 2011 PART 2
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Dear List Members
Part 2 contains
HERDSA-TERNZ Research Medal 2011
New Research Publication from NCVER
New AUQA Appointments
Article on assessment - a follow up
News from Higher Education
HERDSA-TERNZ Research Medal 2011
The HERDSA-TERNZ medal is presented annually to a New Zealand research
(usually during the TERNZ conference in November). The award is made for:
Sustained Contribution to the Research Environment in New Zealand - for
outstanding service to higher education research and the tertiary education
community. A nominee should be a person who has made a sustained contribut
to the tertiary education research environment in New Zealand - but the
does not have to be a member of HERDSA. However only HERDSA members
may make a nomination.
Use all of the following sections for nominations:
1. Up to 500 words explaining the significance of the nominee's
contributions as relevant to this award, written in plain language and
understandable by judges with a general higher education background.
2. References to relevant publications.
3. A brief curriculum vitae of the nominee.
4. Contact details for nominee and nominator: Name (with title), postal
address, email address, phone number.
Additional statements (up to 1 page) with more detailed support for the
nomination by the nominator (and by other supporters) may be included with
Applications should be sent to:
Rachel Spronken-Smith (convenor of awards panel) by email to
rachel.spronken-smith at otago.ac.nz
by 1 August 2011.
Three HERDSA NZ Committee members (Rachel Spronken-Smith, Amanda
Gilbert and Neil Haigh). Panel members are excluded from nomination in 2011
Australian International Education Conference 2011 Adelaide Convention
11-14 October 2011
Registrations Now Open!
2011 marks the 25th anniversary of two significant events: the introduction
of the full fee-paying international student program in Australia, and the
first Australian International Education Conference, now the third largest
international education conference in the world. This year's conference is
an opportunity to acknowledge not only these two important events, but also
to celebrate more than 60 years of educating international students in
This year's conference will look back on the journey so far, reflect on the
lessons learned, critically examine the current state of play, and build on
the breakthroughs achieved in the landmark 2010 AIEC.
Looking ahead over the next 25 years, what vision might we have for
Australia's future international engagement?
Be a part of the 25th Australian International Education Conference in
Adelaide. Join over 1200 delegates from the entire spectrum of education,
government, business and funding agencies to engage in robust debate,
consider leading edge research, discuss issues facing international
education, hear inspiring speakers and network with your colleagues.
Register on the Conference Website:
The Enhancing Learning: Teaching and Learning Conference at Miri 25th, 26th
Curtin University, Sarawak Malaysia (Curtin Sarawak) will be co-hosting a
2-day international conference on teaching and learning in higher education
in Miri this November.
The Enhancing Learning: Teaching and Learning Conference will be held on 25
and 26 November 2011, with pre-conference workshops at the Curtin Sarawak
campus on 25 November and parallel conference sessions at the ParkCity
Everly Hotel Miri on 26 November.
The conference will provide a forum for academicians to share proven and
innovative methods in teaching and learning at the higher education level.
Academicians and curriculum developers will present papers and posters, and
facilitate workshops on teaching and learning issues such as curriculum
development, innovative teaching methods and learning styles, first year
experiences, improving retention, assessment and feedback, technology in the
classroom and other related topics.
Higher education presentations are invited from academicians from all
disciplines who are engaged in teaching, research in higher education, and
The conference will feature two prominent international keynote speakers,
Professor Lynne Hunt and Professor Margaret Mazzolini. They will also be
among the experts conducting the pre-conference workshops on 25 November.
Professor Hunt is Emeritus Professor at the University of Southern
Queensland and Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia. She
has worked as an Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) at Edith Cowan
University (ECU), Professor and Leader of the Teaching and Learning
Development Group at Charles Darwin University (CDU), and Pro
Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at the University of Southern
She publishes in the fields of health sociology and tertiary teaching. Her
co-edited book The Realities of Change in Higher Education: Interventions to
Promote Learning and Teaching was published in the UK in 2006. She is
currently a member of the International Advisory Board of the Journal of
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (JTLHE) and of the Editorial
Advisory Board, Journal of Teaching and Learning for Graduate Employability,
as well as the Board of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC).
Meanwhile, Professor Mazzolini is the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne
University of Technology, Melbourne Campus, and inaugural Chair of
Swinburne's new Academic Senate. She is currently also managing the
development of an integrated policy and performance indicator framework for
Swinburne's TAFE and Higher Education sectors as part of the establishment
of the Academic Senate as a single academic governance body. Over the last
five years as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching), Professor Mazzolini
was responsible for the implementation of the university's Professional
Learning Model through a process of institutional curriculum renewal across
all undergraduate programmes.
Professor Mazzolini is co-leader of an ALTC project, 'Learning without
Borders', together with Professor Shelley Yeo of Curtin University, and in
collaboration with their colleagues located at the Australian and Sarawak
campuses of both universities. The project is focused on recognising and
supporting staff involved in transnational education, and its impact on
The call for papers for the conference is now open. Abstract submissions are
to reach the organisers by 1 July 2011, and following notification of
acceptance, full paper submissions are due by 26 September 2011. Final
manuscripts are to be submitted no later than 24 October 2011.
The conference welcomes full papers in two categories - refereed and
non-refereed, as well as poster presentations. Selected papers will be
published in journals, and the refereed conference proceedings will be
published on CD-ROM and distributed to all participants at the conference.
Both Malaysian and international participants are encouraged to register for
the conference and Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students will be given
special rebates. Full details on the event, including information on
registering, can be obtained by visiting www.curtin.edu.my/TL2011/.
The conference secretariat can be contacted by phone and fax at +60 85 443
858, or by e-mail to secretariatTLC2011 at curtin.edu.my.
THE INAUGURAL RESEARCH BUILDINGS SUMMIT
26th-27th September 2011 | Sydney Harbour Marriott
Innovative Strategies for Engaging and Supporting
NET Generation Students
30 September 2011
Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW
. Showcase successful planning, strategy and educational development
initiatives where improved student engagement and support have led to better
educational and/or vocational outcomes.
. Share information about what works and doesn't work to improve
student engagement and support
. Network with like minded leaders to develop innovative solutions to
student engagement challenges
Academics, educators and researchers
Executives and managers
Communications and information technology professionals
Student engagement and liaison professionals and Students
Confirmed Invited Guests
A/Prof Hamish Coates, Research Director, Higher Education Australian Council
for Educational Research (ACER)
Dr Mark McMahon, Director of Teaching & Learning, School of Communications &
Arts, Edith Cowan University, WA
Shahid Majeed, Student Development Office, Australian School of Business,
University of New South Wales
ATN Assessment Conference 2011: Meeting the Challenges
Don't miss the opportunity to contribute to and participate in the
exploration of topical and pertinent issues in assessment.
Contributions: DEADLINE LOOMS - All abstracts, papers are due 11th July
Registrations: Early Bird (discounted rate) registrations are now open.
Web Address: http://atna2011.curtin.edu.au
The conference will explore research and scholarly practice relating to
meeting the challenges of assessment in higher education.
. Assessment and standards
. Leadership and assessment
. Practical solutions to challenging problems
. Student engagement in assessment
Professor David Nicol
Centre for Academic Practice and Learning Enhancement
University of Strathclyde, UK
Professor Beverley Oliver
Director, Office of Assessment, Teaching & Learning
Curtin University, Australia
Professor Geoffrey Crisp
Dean, Learning and Teaching,
RMIT University, Australia
TRAINER / EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPER (eLearning) CENTRE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF
TEACHING AND LEARNING, UWA
. Expressions of Interest - 2 positions available
. 12 month contract, full-time
. Salary range: HEE Level 7 $69,180 - $79,405 p.a.
. Closing date: Friday 8th July 2011
The Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) offers a
broad range of academic and professional development opportunities in
teaching and learning through its programs, workshops, projects and
consultations. CATL supports and leads teaching and learning initiatives
across the university including the provision of evaluation of teaching
services. CATL also has responsibility for eLearning systems, and
incorporates the University's eLearning Development and Support office.
The eLearning Development and Support Team within the Centre for the
Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) provides central support for
flexible and online teaching and learning
The Centre seeks two Trainer/Educational Developers to assist University
staff in learning how to use eLearning Technologies and to promote their
educationally effective use. Our priorities for 2011 are supporting staff in
the transition from WebCT to Moodle, and from Lectopia to Echo. The
appointees will liaise closely with other members of the eLearning team and
other staff to identify, develop and deliver relevant training solutions to
staff across the University. Further information, see
to discuss or clarify any aspects of the positions please contact Ms Yvonne
Button on 6488 8166 or email Yvonne.button at uwa.edu.au
APPLICATION DETAILS: The position description is attached. Written
applications including a current CV, and a cover letter addressing the
selection criteria should be forwarded to Jacqueline.Flowers at uwa.edu.au by
Friday 8th July 2011.
Position Vacant at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Educational Design Specialist
[to be appointed at the substantive level of Senior Project Fellow/Project
Fellow; Appointment period: 2 years]
PolyU is in the process of a major transition to Blackboard 9.1 (Bb) as its
centrally supported Learning Management System (LMS). The "Blackboard Online
Module Development Project" will assist that transition by providing online
resources and support for teaching staff at a range of levels.
The appointee will be required to:
(a) contribute as the lead member of the team working on the "Blackboard
Online Module Development Project" through the provision of educational
design, online learning and teaching expertise and project management;
(b) provide consultation and expertise to the project team, faculties,
departments and individual academic staff members in relation to the project
and the use of Blackboard for online learning;
(c) coordinate the development, implementation and maintenance of modules
in Blackboard relevant to PolyU's needs and strategic priorities;
(d) plan, develop and facilitate courses, workshops and other activities
for staff on the use of Blackboard in online and blended modes;
(e) prepare project reports as required on progress, evaluation and
(f) contribute to all aspects of the project and associated tasks as
directed by the Project Leader.
Applicants are expected to have:
(a) a doctoral degree or equivalent qualifications and experience;
(b) a minimum of eight years (for Senior Project Fellow) or three years
(for Project Fellow) relevant experience in designing and implementing
e-learning, preferably in the higher education context;
(c) proven competence and expertise in the use of innovative
technologies for e-learning development and support at university level,
knowledge of learning management systems- specific knowledge of Blackboard
would be an advantage;
(d) excellent communication, consultation and interpersonal skills with
high level written and spoken English;
For further information regarding the project please refer to the Project
Overview - http://eldss.edc.polyu.edu.hk/download/BlackboardOnline.pdf and
LMS Transition website - http://newlms.polyu.edu.hk/
Applicants are invited to contact Mr Peter Duffy at email
etpeterd at inet.polyu.edu.hk for further information if needed.
Salary offered will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Applicants should state their current and expected salary in the
application. Remuneration package will be highly competitive.
Closing Date: Recruitment will continue until the position is filled
New Research Publication
For the first time, student enrolment data for the vocational education and
training (VET) and higher education sectors are now available in one
Released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER),
the publication Tertiary education and training in Australia 2009 provides
an overview of educational activity across the tertiary sector.
"This publication gives us a much better understanding of the similarities
between the two sectors and their points of difference", said Ms Sandra
Pattison, General Manager, Statistics, NCVER.
Copies of Tertiary education and training in Australia 2009 are available
Note: to download the publication in full, please use the log in
media at ncver.edu.au if you have not registered for the NCVER website.
New AUQA Appointments
The AUQA Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Jeanette Baird
Executive Director of AUQA, following the departure of Dr David
Woodhouse. Dr Michael Tomlinson has been appointed as Company Secretary.
The new appointments will take effect from 4 July 2011. They will continue
AUQA has completed the transition of its operations to the new Tertiary
Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and these positions are no longer
Article on Assessment
Thank you The assessment article is well worth the read and discussion Here
is a more accurate link, Cheers Caroline
Price, Margaret , Carroll, Jude , O'Donovan, Berry and Rust, Chris(2011) 'If
I was going there I wouldn't start from here: a critical commentary on
current assessment practice', Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education,
36: 4, 479 - 492,
Learning & Teaching Developer \ Learning and Teaching Unit (previously
Office of Teaching Quality)\Chancellery\ Queensland University of
Technology\ Gardens Point campus www.otq.qut edu.au
Thanks for this Caroline.
News from Higher Education.
AUSTRALIA: Teaching quality under pressure
Spiralling class sizes, overcrowding, tutorials replaced by seminars, few
avenues for feedback and interaction, a shift to online and peer-assessment
as a cost saving measure - the dire state of teaching in Australian
universities emerges from just a cursory glance at submissions to the base
funding review, writes Julie Hare for The Australian.
More on the University World News site
More information about the HERDSA