[HERDSA]: The Weekly Email News on Thurs 8 March 2012

Roger Landbeck landbeck at ozemail.com.au
Thu Mar 8 11:24:16 EST 2012


Dear List Members

This week we have:

	Call for Contributors for special issue of HERD

	Forthcoming Workshop

	Forthcoming Conferences

	Positions Vacant

	News of books

	News from Higher Education



Call for Papers for special issue of HERD.

The role of the disciplines: alternative methodologies in higher education

Editors:

Dr Frances Kelly, The University of Auckland

Dr Ian Brailsford, The University of Auckland



Methodologies in higher education have tended to be confined to a narrow range. This has left other forms of enquiry relatively under-utilised and under-explored, including but not limited to biography, ethnography, history, critical policy analysis, critical discourse or textual analysis and so on. Ironically, there is potential for a far greater range of methodologies to be utilised in HE research, as other special issues of the journal have demonstrated. In this special issue, we showcase the ways in which methodologies characteristic of humanities disciplines, or of education as a wider interdisciplinary field, are contributing to higher education research.



Given the breadth of disciplinary background amongst HE researchers, we consider it is timely to invite authors to consciously consider how their disciplinary knowledge and methodological training in other areas is influencing their HE research. One of the vital (and revitalising) ways HE can grow as a discipline is through its connections and links to other disciplines. The import of diverse methodological approaches may pose challenges to the field, but also opportunities to reflect on the goals of higher educational research.



There are several strands to what might be included in the issue. The first is a questioning of what kinds of data ‘count’ in higher education research. The dominant HE methodologies have involved interviews, surveys or multi-variate analyses, as a recent analysis of submissions to Studies in Higher Education demonstrates (Tight, 2011). In conjunction with rethinking forms of data is an examination of what kinds of knowledge and truths are produced through HE research. As this special issue aims to explore, a significant contribution that alternative methodologies can make is to the epistemology (or epistemological politics) of higher educational research.



Dates to Note:

Manuscript submission due: 31 May 2012

Anticipated Publication: late January 2013



Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A guide for authors along with other relevant information can be found on the journal’s homepage: www.tandf.co.uk/journals/herd<http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/herd>



Submissions should be made online at HERD’s ScholarOne site: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cher



For any further information or queries regarding this Special Issue, please contact the editors Frances Kelly (f.kelly at auckland.ac.nz<mailto:f.kelly at auckland.ac.nz> ) or Ian Brailsford (i.brailsford at auckland.ac.nz<mailto:i.brailsford at auckland.ac.nz> )




Forthcoming Workshop.

The Future of eLearning: Collaboration, Engagement and Practice
Friday 8 June 2012 8.45- 5 pm
University of Melbourne

Join us at the University of Melbourne for a workshop that has been designed to bring together all those with a keen interest in implications of virtuality for higher education and work in the 21st century.  Keynote presenters will include Professor Ray Land (Durham University) and Professor Belinda Tynan (University of Southern Queensland) as well as several academic, business and industry members who will engage as part of a panel to reflect and engage with workshop participants.  
This workshop has evolved from an Australian Teaching and Learning Council grant examining Business Education in the 21st Century.  Submission of works relating to virtuality as it applies to team work, student engagement, e-learning and workplace applications are invited for the afternoon paper session.

Workshop Registration
This is a free event. Please register online before 5pm 14 May.
http://www.managementmarketing.unimelb.edu.au/news/workshop_2012_elearning.html

Paper Submissions
Contributions to the workshop in the form of paper presentations are invited from educators, industry members and professional bodies on the following themes:
• Virtuality and student learning outcomes
• E-Readiness
• Graduate skill attributes and virtual teams
• Connectivity and e-learning
• Future of e-learning
• E-learning innovation and practice
• Comparison of different e-learning technologies
Presentation abstracts (250 words) can be submitted on-line before ?5pm 14 April.

Enquiries
Workshop information?Professor Marie Kavanagh kavanagh at usq.edu.au
Submission process or registration?Paul Evans e-learningworkshop at unimelb.edu.au
We look forward to meeting you in Melbourne.

Professor Marie Kavanagh University of Southern Queensland                

Associate Professor Leisa Sargent University of Melbourne                          

Dr Donella Caspersz University of Western Australia
 




FORTHCOMING CONFERENCES

RAISE Conference 2012: First Call for Submissions

Dear Colleague
You are invited to attend the Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student Engagement (RAISE) Conference on the 13th-14th September, 2012 in Southampton University, United Kingdom. On behalf of RAISE we invite you to submit contributions to this conference.
We particularly welcome submissions from students
Full details of the conference are available at:? http://raise-network.ning.com/page/conference-2012

Student Engagement as a shared agenda: people, places, practices.
Since our inaugural conference in 2011 Student Engagement (SE) has not been off the agenda. However SE is used to describe a host of issues and often in confusing ways!  The RAISE Conference offers an opportunity to develop shared meanings and a shared agenda to enhance SE for all students.
 
Out three sub-themes seek to cover a broad range of SE agendas and issues. Submissions may focus on one or more:
• People: SE in relation to student expectations, identity, transitions, social networks, relationships, physical and mental health issues, disability, membership and belonging, particularly among groups less well represented in HE.
• Places: SE in relation to places, spaces, environments and technological systems / resources which impact on and facilitate engagement.
• Practices: Engaging students through academic, curricular (design), extra-curricular, student support and professional practices which promote an engaged stance in every student's learning journey. 
 
Contributions (deadline for submission is April 13th)
Presenters at the conference will gain a discounted rate to the conference fee (and student presenters will have a free place).
May be in form of:
• Papers  
• Workshops
• Symposia
• Posters
(see RAISE website for details)
 
Conference registration will be available in May/June.
 
CONTACT: grace.barker at ncl.ac.uk
 
We look forward to hearing from you!
Best wishes
RAISE Conference Organising Team
Visit RAISE at: http://raise-network.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network






Call for Papers and Abstracts
Australasian Higher Education Evaluation Forum ( AHEEF 2012)
Monday 8th October – Wednesday 10th October, 2012
CQUniversity Australia -  Rockhampton Campus
 
Dear Colleagues
You are invited to submit a refereed paper, presentation abstract or workshop abstract that addresses the forum theme 'Embedding an internal evaluation culture'.

REFEREED PAPER: You may submit a refereed paper to be considered through a peer review process. Referees are chosen from the academic community are independent practitioners in their chosen field. Each paper submitted for refereeing will be submitted as a blind (unidentifiable) copy. At no time will referees be informed of the identities of the authors whose papers they were assessing.

PRESENTATION ABSTRACT: You may submit a Presentation Abstract.

WORKSHOP ABSTRACT: You may submit a Workshop Abstract.

For Notes for Contributors and the Template and Formatting Guidelines for Papers go to:

http://www.cqu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/31336/AHEEF-2012-Notes-for-contributors.pdf


Papers and Abstracts should be submitted to evaluations at cqu.edu.au. All papers, abstracts and presentations accepted will be made available on the AHEEF website within a month of the forum closure.
Important Dates
 
Call for Papers/Abstracts Opens
Monday, 13 February 2012

Call for Papers/Abstracts Deadline
Monday, 14 May 2012

Acceptance to Presenters
Friday, 29 June 2012

PowerPoint Presentation Due
Friday, 15 September 2012
 
   
For more information about AHEEF 2012 please visit our website www.cqu.edu.au/aheef2012
 
This Forum is one not to be missed. Whether this is your first visit to Central Queensland or maybe you are returning like an old friend, remember  that we have the right blend of country hospitality to make this Forum one you will remember. On behalf of the organising committee we look forward to seeing you at CQUniversity, part of the Regional Universities Network for AHEEF 2012.
 
Regards
 
Jo Miller
Learning and Teaching Quality Manager
Office of Learning & Teaching
Phone: (07) 4923 2590
Email: j.m.miller at cqu.edu.au  
Website: www.cquni.edu.au




Positions Vacant

The University of Canberra
A position for an Associate Professor in the Teaching and Learning Centre at the University of Canberra is being advertised with a closing date of 25 March 2012. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced academic developer to take on a leadership role in educational development across the University. Located in the Teaching and Learning Centre, and reporting to the Director TLC, the position will be primarily responsible for coordinating and contributing to the University's educational and academic development program, and the Centre’s educational research and scholarship. This includes leadership of strategic initiatives and projects in the context of University-wide developments. For more information on this position and how to apply, go to:  http://www.canberra.edu.au/jobs



RMIT
Senior Project Officer, Professional Development. Learning and Teaching
Unit, RMIT University
HEW Level 8, Fixed term until 22 December 2012

As the Senior Project Officer - Professional Development  you will
support and assist staff within the LTU in the implementation of the
recommendations from the Professional Development for Tertiary Teaching
Practice (PDTTP) review report and the associated project deliverables.
In 2012, the PDTTP project is part of a Major Project for the
University, which aims to support the students' learning experience and
success in a global tertiary environment via improved professional
development for academic and teaching staff. 

Closing date 14 March 2012. Details http://bit.ly/zqHOij 


Curtin University (Two Positions).

Teaching and Learning Developer (Assessment)
Curtin Teaching and Learning
Education
Full-time, Continuing
ALA/ALB ($55,856 - $94,747 per annum)

Ref: 2361


Description 
This position provides support to a range of enhancement activities aiming to further the development of high quality assessment, teaching and learning across the University.

Such activities include the development of university-wide policy and strategic direction, teaching development, course review, engagement with research into assessment practices, and the development of innovative and effective approaches to assessment and feedback.

You should possess a postgraduate qualification (or higher) in a relevant discipline and be able to demonstrate evidence of scholarly engagement, knowledge and experience in the field of formative and summative assessment.

You should also have demonstrated capacity to effectively manage change, facilitate participative decision-making and solve problems successfully.

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.

Eligibility 
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.

Contact  
Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting Mr Jon Yorke, Manager, Assessment on telephone +61 8 9266 1735 or via e-mail at j.yorke at curtin.edu.au

To submit an application, please go to our website http://futurestaff.curtin.edu.au/job-vacancies/  and click on the Apply Now button.  Alternatively, post your application to:

Ms Evelyn Gibbs
Administrative Support Officer
Curtin Teaching and Learning
Education
Curtin University 
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 March 2012 (W.S.T) 


Teaching and Learning Developer
Curtin Teaching and Learning
Education
Full-time, Continuing
ALA/ALB ($55,856 - $94,747 per annum)

Ref: 2362


Description 
The Teaching and Learning Developer provides support to a range of enhancement activities aiming to further the development of high quality teaching and learning and assessment across the University.

This position forms part of a vibrant team working collaboratively with all sectors of the University to facilitate engaging learning experiences for students and contributes to the development of innovative and effective approaches to teaching and learning.

You will be delivering staff teaching development workshops, developing university-wide policy and strategic direction, curriculum review and course development, engaging with research into innovative teaching and learning practices, and creating innovative and effective approaches to assessment and feedback.

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.

Eligibility 
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.

Contact  
Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting Ms Veronica Goerke, Manager, Teaching Development on telephone +61 8 9266 3233 or via e-mail at v.goerke at curtin.edu.au

To submit an application, please go to our website http://futurestaff.curtin.edu.au/job-vacancies/  and click on the Apply Now button.  Alternatively, post your application to:

Ms Sue Rauh
Administrative Coordinator
Curtin Teaching and Learning
Education
Curtin University 
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 March 2012 (W.S.T) 




News of Books

Book publications
 
1. Fay Patel , Mingsheng Li , Prahalad Sooknanan
(July 2011) Intercultural Communication: Building a Global Community
 
More information :
http://www.amazon.com/Intercultural-Communication-Building-Global-Community/dp/8132106342
 
 
2.  Fay Patel, Prahalad Sooknanan, Giselle Rampersad and Anuradha Mundkur (Release date - April 2012) Information Technology, Development, and Social Change (Routledge Studies in Development and Society)
 
More information:
http://www.amazon.com/Information-Technology-Development-Routledge-Studies/dp/0415502683/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1
 
 
3. Jim Peterson (Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia), Okhwa Lee (Chungbuk National University, Korea), Tofazzal Islam (Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University, Bangladesh), Matthew Piscioneri (Monash University)

 (Release date - May 2012)

 
Effectively Implementing Information Communication Technology in Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific Region"
 
More information:
https://www.novapublishers.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=31130


News from Higher Education

Three articles from the Conversation website should be of interest to members.

The first comes from the Go8 Universities:

"University standards at risk from low performing school leavers" 

http://theconversation.edu.au/university-standards-at-risk-from-low-performing-school-leavers-5697

The second is a reply to that:

"University standards at risk from Group of Eight elitism, not students with low ATARs" 

http://theconversation.edu.au/university-standards-at-risk-from-group-of-eight-elitism-not-students-with-low-atars-5720

The third is an address by Glyn Davis to the National Press Club in Canberra

"National Press Club address: Glyn Davis on the quiet revolution in higher education" 

http://theconversation.edu.au/national-press-club-address-glyn-davis-on-the-quiet-revolution-in-higher-education-5748


AUSTRALIA
Science enrolments not keeping pace with national need
Geoff Maslen

Australia faces significant challenges to its scientific future, according to a report commissioned by the nation’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, and released on Wednesday. While the rate of increase in university science enrolments has almost kept up with other disciplines, Chubb says the figures offer little relief for concerns about the future of science and technology.
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20120229111658434


GLOBAL
The Holy Grail of learning outcomes
John Aubrey Douglass, Gregg Thomson and Chun-Mei Zhao

The OECD is looking for a one-size-fits-all test to measure learning gains, but in the US the Collegiate Learning Assessment, which attempts to do the same, is seen by many as a blunt instrument producing questionable data. Properly designed student surveys might produce more useful information.
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20120301093145248



GLOBAL
From globalisation to global citizenship
Hans de Wit

The word global has taken off in a big way recently, but what does it mean? Is it in danger of being neutered of meaning by overuse? With regard to higher education, we should be careful of using ‘global’ to describe an outcome when it is actually about a process.
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20120229100311808



GLOBAL
An international learning and engagement programme
Susan Young and Stephen Riter

A partnership between Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, and the University of Texas at El Paso has won international recognition for its innovative approach. Over five years the relationship has deepened and led to new approaches to international learning, including through the use of modern technology.
http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20120228145737465


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