[HERDSA]:The Weekly Email News on Wed 19 Oct 2011
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Wed Oct 19 08:37:30 EST 2011
Dear List Members
This week we have:
Notice of AGM of HERDSA New Zealand.
Call for Volunteers for Research
PhD Scholarship at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Post Doc opportunity in Computer Science Education.
Position Vacant at the University of Edinburgh.
Latest issue of Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice available
New Publication on the Internationalisation of the Curriculum.
News from Higher Education
To all HERDSA NZ members:
The 2011 Annual General Meeting of the HERDSA NZ branch will be held on:
Thursday 24 November 2011 at 4.30 – 5.30pm
The venue is video-conference on the Access Grid - as per the usual format for branch meetings. For the location of your closest Access Grid venue please see http://avcc.karen.net.nz/endpoint-directory-list (NOTE: individual members must please contact the local access grid contact as identified in the directory list to ensure that the venue is available at that time)
For members attending the TERNZ conference the details of the local venue at VUW will posted during the conference.
The agenda for the meeting, minutes of the 2010 AGM, and call for nominations for the 2012 committee are available at http://bit.ly/roNSoa
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS FOR RESEARCH
Older (65+) academics – why do some of us stay involved?
I have been researching ageing and learning, amongst other things, for about 10 years. I am currently involved in a small project in Fiji to find out what ex school teachers think of learning and retirement at 55 years. There is not a great deal of research that takes account of what older people themselves think is important for them in active ageing. Boulton-Lewis and others (2010) found that some older adults believed that their most important learning needs were associated with transportation, health and safety; that they could address these but had difficulty learning the use of new technologies. Generally older adults were motivated and wanted to learn about technology, leisure activities, and new things. “Young-old”adults were more likely to want to learn than “old-old” adults, and their reasons were to keep their minds active and stay mentally stimulated. These results were for a sample obtained through National Seniors in Australia.
Manheimer (2009) proposed four post-career models in the context of North America: neo Golden (pursuing self development and social adaptation), second career orientation (dream job), portfolio life (balance of family, leisure, work and travel), and continuous employment (extension of midlife career); and the associated learning needs for these are as follows: neo Golden’s (enrichment, socialization, new skills), second career (learning new skills and new businesses), portfolios (to meet interests, needs and new career skills) and continuous employment (new skills to keep up for employment purposes). These four models highlight the fact that people as they age want a range of different lifestyles and therefore have differing learning needs and expectations.
The proposed research is prompted by my attendance at the EARLI conference in Exeter and my observation that there were quite a few attendees like me (over 65) who seem to be opting for Manheimer’s fourth option of continuous employment – or at least continuous engagement in academic activities as part of a portfolio. This is as opposed to leisure activities or volunteering as someone suggested to me would be appropriate. Given that government and other policies in many countries discourage people from continuing to be employed it seems to be worthwhile to investigate what motivates some of us to stay engaged in academic activities and what else we might want to do as we get older.
So I am looking for volunteers (65+) to respond to an open ended questionnaire. Anonymity would be guaranteed.
A few references
Boulton-Lewis G. & Tam, M. (Eds.) (2012). Active ageing, active learning: Issues and challenges. Springer.
Boulton-Lewis, G.M. (2010). Education for the elderly: How, why and what? Educational Gerontology.36. 213-228.
Manheimer, R. J. (2009). New paradigms for old: Trends and developments in later life learning in North America. Retrieved 24/7/09 from: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/depts/conted/AEAconference.htm.
Those interested should contact Gillian direct at: g.boulton-lewis at qut.edu.au
Fully funded PhD Scholarship for Community Engagement and Christchurch's Post-Earthquake Recovery available at the University of Canterbury.
Please see this link for details about applying. Deadline for applications is 11 November 2011:
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computer Science Education
School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide
The School of Computer Science at the University of Adelaide invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computer Science Education. We are seeking to appoint in a fixed term position for 1 year (with the possibility of a 6-month extension).
The position is in association with the Computer Science Education Research Group (CSER). The goal of the CSER is to analyse and improve teaching and learning practices in the disciplines of Computer Science and Engineering by identifying and exploring those issues in higher education that have a significant impact on the teaching and learning environment. Key areas of interest include the use of new technologies, cross-discipline approaches and using quantitative and qualitative analysis to determine the effects of new methodologies. Recent research within the group includes research into collaborative learning, active learning strategies, and the use of rigorous data analysis to improve teaching design and improve the student learning experience.
For more information, please see http://www.adelaide.edu.au/jobs/current/17001/
POSITION VACANT at The University of Edinburgh, UK
Senior Lecturer in University Teaching and Learning / Deputy Director of the Institute for Academic Development
The Institute for Academic Development (IAD) provides University level support for teaching, learning and researcher development. Its remit includes continuing professional development and dissemination of best practice in teaching and assessment, curriculum enhancement and innovation. www.ed.ac.uk/iad
You will head the IAD's University teaching and learning group. This includes responsibility for leading the review, design and implementation of a flexible range of development opportunities for academic staff and others involved in University teaching. You will play a central role in developing research and scholarship that supports the University's approach to teaching and learning, collaborating with colleagues from across the University as well as undertaking your own research. As Deputy Director of the IAD you will play a key role in establishing its ethos and approach, managing and mentoring staff, teaching courses and building strong collaborative relationships with Colleges, Schools and support services.
You will have extensive experience of higher education teaching and learning, and a proven record of scholarly activity and publication, holding a doctoral qualification and a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice or equivalent. Salary Scale: £46,696 - £52,556. Further details at: www.jobs.ed.ac.uk/ Click on `Vacancies’ and then on `New Vacancies.’
The latest issue of Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice has been released. Please visit the website to view the following papers.
The Journal aims to provide a forum for educational practitioners in a wide range of disciplines to communicate their teaching and learning outcomes in a scholarly way. We encourage submission from interested academics. http://ro.uow.edu.au/jutlp/
Current Issue: Volume 8, Issue 2 (2011)
Geraldine E. Lefoe
Catering for Student Diversity: Building Academic Skills in Graduate Attributes Learning and Assessment Opportunities through Collaborative Work
Susanne Owen and Gary Davis
Teething Problems in the Academy: negotiating the transition to large-class teaching in the discipline of history
Philip A. Keirle and Ruth A. Morgan
An Investigation of the Impact of Research-led Education on Student Learning and Understandings of Research.
Fuming Jiang and Pamela J. Roberts
Linking Teaching and Research Through Scholarship Projects: A Case Study
Web-based-Research as Critical Pedagogy: A Reflection on its Application to Undergraduate Management Education.
Pedagogical Approaches that Facilitate Writing in Postgraduate Research Candidature in Science and Technology
Janice Catterall, Pauline Ross, Claire Aitchison, and Shelley Bergin
Using Nominal Group Technique to Develop a Consensus Derived Model for Peer Review of Teaching Across a Multi-school Faculty
Tracy Burrows, Naomi Findlay, Chloe Killen, Shane E. Dempsey, Sharyn Hunter, Pauline Chiarelli, and Suzanne Snodgrass
New Publication on Internationalisation of the Curriculum.
Moving towards internationalisation of the curriculum in higher education.
edited by Valerie Clifford and Catherine Montgomery
Contains chapters on policy, research and practice with contributions from Michelle Barker, Ray Hibbins, Wendy Green, Martin Haigh, Adrian Holliday, Vivienne Caruana, Valerie Clifford, Catherine Montgomery and others
Available from: OCSLD, Oxford Brookes University, Wheatley Campus, Oxford, OX33 1HX, UK.
www.brookes.ac.uk/services/ocsld/books or by calling: +44 (0)1865 485910
!DEA 2011 is a national event addressing the interoperability of technologies for supporting teaching and learning. The conference will feature international and Australian speakers, showcase projects from all education sectors and host the Australian Learning Impact Awards.
!DEA 2011 will be held in Melbourne from 30 November to 2 December 2011.
The !DEA11 conference will address current opportunities and challenges facing learners, teachers and policy makers as they strive to make the most of digital learning.
For more details: http://www.ideaevents.edu.au/
The Second Annual Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom
26 to 28 April 2012, Osaka, Japan
International Conference on Technology and its use in the Classroom, and in the virtual environments related to teaching: Conference Theme: Learning,
Culture and Society: What role can technology play?
The deadline for abstracts/proposals is 1 January 2012.
Enquiries: actc at iafor.org
Web address: http://actc.iafor.org/index.html
Sponsored by: The International Academic Forum
News from Higher Education
GLOBAL: Rankings – Despite changes, questions persist
There are now a large number of global university rankings. Each has its own strength, but they have drawn a lot of scepticism from the higher education sector. The latest, the Times Higher Education-Thomson Reuters rankings, have been revised substantially since last year, making comparisons impossible, says RICHARD HOLMES. There are improvements but still also inconsistencies, leaving the compilers facing some difficult questions.
Full report on the University World News site
For a comprehensive coverage of issues in higher education see the Higher Education section of the Australian published each Wednesday.
For a guide to UK universities see http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/universityguide
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