[HERDSA]: The Weekly Email News Wed 5th Oct 2011 Part 2
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Wed Oct 5 12:24:10 EST 2011
In Part 2 we have:
Position Vacant at Macquarie University.
PhD Scholarship at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
News from Higher Education.
What do we need to do to retain students in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd year of degree studies??
You are invited to participate in a workshop, which will explore the causes of attrition and strategies for retention
The aim of this workshop is to explore the factors underpinning attrition throughout the three years of degree studies and, on this basis, develop strategies for addressing attrition within participants’ own faculties and universities.
The scenarios examined in the workshop arise from the “Whole of University Experience Project” – an ALTC funded three year six -university investigation of factors associated with attrition and retention..
QUT is hosting this workshop on behalf facilitators: A/Prof Lesley Willcoxson, USQ; Dr Ray Hibbins, Griffith; Ms Bernadette Lynch, USQ
Date: Monday, 10th October 2011
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Location: Gibson Room, Level 10, Z Block, Gardens Point
A light morning tea will be provided on arrival and available for consumption throughout the workshop. Please advise of any dietary requirements.
RSVP you interest to ltuevents at qut.edu.au by COB Wednesday 5th October.
To assist with the facilitators of this workshop, please take a moment to answer the following questions and submit them with your RSVP.
1. Faculty & Department or Admin Area
3. Re retention/attrition: What issues most concern you or do you most need information about?
4. What would you like to get out of the workshop?
Overview?After a brief overview of the Whole of University Experience project - a three year, six-university ALTC funded investigation of factors associated with attrition and retention - facilitators of the workshop will present a series of five minute vignettes highlighting key insights from the project. Each vignette, focussing on a specific student demographic group or aspect of institutional responsibility, will be followed by a 15-20 minute exploration in groups of the implications for participants’ own practice or for practices within their universities. A final summary session will draw together the various lessons from the workshop, assisting participants to sketch their own institutional priority action plan.
By the end of the workshop participants should:
* better understand the journey and challenges experienced by students as they progress through the three years of their degree studies;
* be able to identify aspects of students’ experience of particular relevance to their own and their institution’s practices, and have developed and prioritised a set of personal and/or institutional actions designed to address attrition.
Technology for Learning & Teaching Forum 15th-16th November 2011 Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne
Please note that the early bird rate expires this Friday, 30th September 2011.
Details of conference at:
Registrations will be open soon (21 October) and abstracts are now invited for the 2012 DEANZ conference, “Shift Happens - Resilience, Relevance and Reform.”
DEANZ 2012 is the premier conference in Aotearoa New Zealand for leaders and practitioners involved in open, flexible and distance learning. The conference will be relevant to tertiary and secondary educators, and those company trainers seeking professional and organisational development that DEANZ supports.
You can register your interest at https://secure.cmsl.co.nz/ei/getdemo.ei?id=398&s=_9B01AIK63. More details can be found at the conference Web site,http://tinyurl.com/deanz2012.
The British Conference of Undergraduate Research will be held at the University of Warwick, 19th-20th March 2012.
The British Conference of Undergraduate Research will bring together undergraduate students from across the UK (and beyond) to share their research through poster presentations, spoken papers, or through creative outputs such as exhibitions, performances and film. This is an opportunity to present dissertations, intern projects and any other original research which you have developed through the course of your studies. We welcome submissions from all disciplines.
All undergraduate students are welcome to submit abstracts. We also welcome participation from recently graduated students provided that your research was conducted when you were an undergraduate.
Abstracts should be 150-200 words long and should summarise your research project in a way that will be accessible to a broad audience. You should also include a list of 5-10 references to recent research in your field relevant to your project.
We are also calling for papers from academic staff or students concerning research or case studies about the introduction of undergraduate research into modules or courses. Collaborative staff student presentations are particularly welcome. Again, abstracts should be 150-200 words long and summarise what you will be presenting and give references as appropriate.
How to Submit an Abstract
You can submit an abstract using the online form at www.bcur.org or by emailing BCUR.2012 at warwick.ac.uk. Please make sure you include the title of your presentation, the format (poster, paper, exhibition, performance or film), your own name and institution, your course, and any special requirements you have for your presentation. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 4th December 2011.
Further details about the conference see:
Project Officer/Manager position - ALTC project on "Uniting on-campus and distributed learners through media-rich real-time collaboration tools"
Project Officer/Manager (Requisition ID: 016JE)
Faculty / Office: Dept of Education
Fixed term/part time
The School of Education, Macquarie University has an opening for a Project Officer/Manager on an exciting Australian Learning and Teaching Council project investigating how synchronous technologies (desktop video-conferencing, web-conferencing, virtual worlds) can be most effectively utilised to unite remote and face-to-face university students. The successful applicant for this academic position will work with a national team of academics to identify, characterise, and evaluate technology-enhanced ways of bringing together on-campus and geographically dispersed students, as well as help coordinate a community of practitioners from across Australia. While the appointment is initially for approximately two-years at 0.6 of a full-time load, there are opportunities for further research and teaching work for the right applicant.
* Higher degree research qualifications (or completing higher degree research) in the educational technology area
* Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
* Demonstrated ability to critically analyse educational literature
* Ability to operate and innovate with educational technologies
* Proven ability to work according to objectives and deadlines
* Track-record of successful project management experience
* Demonstrated educational technology leadership
This individual will be based at Macquarie University with the project leader, and will:
* maintain an up-to-date literature review
* undertake data collection as part of a survey of current practice
* help to develop a contact list of potential collaborators across the sector and establish online communication channels with this group
* organise meetings
* visit the institutions of collaborators to set up and then evaluate implementations
* assist with the development of project reports, and
* assist with the dissemination workshops
* other supportive activities in conjunction with the project team that will lead to the successful and timely accomplishment of project goals.
Appointment type : Part time, fixed term available from January 2012
Enquiries: Moira Davidson-Copping on 02 98509821 or moira.copping at mq.edu.au
Package: Academic Level B, base salary $80,807 - $95,824 p.a. (depending on successful applicant's skill and experience) plus 9% superannuation and leave loading.
Applications Close: 11.59 pm on 16th October 2011
Macquarie University is an EO Employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability; women (particularly for senior and non-traditional roles); Indigenous Australians, people who identify as GLBTI; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
Applications need to be submitted through the Macquarie University online recruitment system. Where circumstances such as disability or remote location prohibit your access to our online system please contact the enquiries person listed in this advertisement for assistance.
*** For more information and to apply for the position, please visit the "Jobs with Macquarie" website athttps://mq.taleo.net/careersection/mqcareers/jobsearch.ftl ***
Earthquake Recovery PhD Scholarship Opportunity
The Contribution of Community-Based Learning to Post-Disaster Recovery in Christchurch
The city of Christchurch (population 400,000) experienced three significant earthquakes in September 2010 (7.1 magnitude), February 2011 (6.3 magnitude), and June 2011 (magnitude 6.3) that have resulted in 180 deaths, $20 billion in lost property and wages, and a city needing to be rebuilt. While University of Canterbury staff and students have already played an important role in immediate recovery efforts, the institution’s contribution to the long-term rebuilding work is under development.
As part of the University’s earthquake recovery plan and contribution to the rebuild, a three year PhD scholarship worth $60,000 has been created for a project entitled The Contribution of Community-Based Learning to Post-Disaster Recovery in Christchurch.
The purpose of this PhD project is to assess the ways in which long-term recovery following disasters, such as earthquakes, can be facilitated by targeted educational efforts by universities, and to trace how communities, students, and institutions can benefit from this. It is envisaged that this will include:
a review of the range and extent of community-based learning university/ community partnerships that have emerged in places throughout the world after disasters
the development of a model for use as a tool to evaluate (and potentially shape) what happens through the first few years of the post-disaster recovery phase in Christchurch. ?This scholarship is an exciting opportunity for a PhD candidate interested in community engagement, disaster recovery, and student engagement. It will maximize the potential for positive outcomes for the candidate, the University, its students, and the Christchurch community, so that community engagement, student learning experiences, and the institution’s reputation will all be enhanced. ?
Application details are at: www.canterbury.ac.nz/scholarships/pgandm.shtml
The closing date is now 11 November 2011
The Supervisors for this project are Professor Eric Pawson (eric.pawson at canterbury.ac.nz), ?Department of Geography, and Dr Billy O’Steen (billy.osteen at canterbury.ac.nz), School of Educational Studies and Human Development. Both have considerable theoretical and practical experience with community-based learning and research supervision.
Please send a CV and statement of indicating how your experience and interests align with the project direct to the Supervisors.
The current emolument of this scholarship is $20,000 (NZD) per year of enrolment. The scholarship also covers tuition fees for the dissertation enrolment at the NZ domestic rate for the term of the scholarship.
News from Higher Education
Weekly Newsletter from the Australian.
I have just discovered that the Australian newspaper publishes every Wednesday an email newsletter about higher education called High Wired. For details go to:
AUSTRALIA: Doors open to foreign students
Australia’s 39 universities are preparing for a brand new day in 2012: not only will government quotas on the number of local students they enrol be lifted, but they will also be able to recruit as many foreigners as they wish through a new fast-track visa system. In a generous move that surprised even sceptical vice-chancellors, government decided to lift most restrictions on issuing visas to overseas students, opening the way for a likely flood of new applications from China, India, Pakistan and other Asian countries.
Full report on the University World News site
See also the Simon Marginson article below.
AUSTRALIA: Tackling the fall in international education
Australia saw a huge rise in international students from 1990 but policy changes, prompted by a number of issues including document fraud, have resulted in a dramatic fall-off in recent months. SIMON MARGINSON sets out some protocols for international education that he says could create an informal global standard for the future.
Full report on the University World News site
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