[HERDSA]: The Weekly Email News Wed 21 Mar 2012

Roger Landbeck landbeck at ozemail.com.au
Wed Mar 21 14:04:08 EST 2012

Dear List Members

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT re Submitting items to the HERDSA Weekly Email List.

We have been looking at ways of reducing the size of items in the Weekly Email News so that readers can quickly scan the contents and to also make it easier for the List Moderator to prepare the copy. At present considerable time is expended on cutting and pasting submitted copy and reformatting it. 

A new system has now been devised whereby items can be submitted via the HERDSA website. Please go to 


where you will see how to do it. Thanks in anticipation for your co-operation in using the new system.
Roger Landbeck and Peter Kandlbinder.

Note that this week some items are not using the new system as we did not feel it fair to insist on the new format before formally announcing the changes. 

So this week we have:

      	Forthcoming Webinars

	Forthcoming Conference

	Positions Vacant

	Request to participate in a survey

	News from Higher Education

Forthcoming Webinars

Transforming Assessment Webinar Update 

Next live session: Wednesday, 4 April 2012 "Building and Evaluating Participation Online: Teaching with Participation Forums and Participation Map for Moodle 2"

* Recording online for "Transforming Assessment with Adaptive Questions Online" (held 7 March)

Professor Geoffrey Crisp (RMIT University, Australia) and 
Dr Mathew Hillier (University of Queensland, Australia) invite you to:

1.  Next live session:
Wednesday, 4 April 2012 "Building and Evaluating Participation Online: Teaching with Participation Forums and Participation Map for Moodle 2"

Presenter: Brant Knutzen (University of Hong Kong)

The Participation Forum is a new type of Moodle discussion forum which automates the marking of student participation. This allows teachers to regularly use group-based discussions as formative learning activities supporting project / assignment development, with a consistently high level of student engagement. The Participation Map is a new way to visualize discussion activity, creating a "data portrait" with both qualitative and quantitative descriptors of student activity at the group and class level. The fully anonymous mode supports research comparisons between experiment and control groups while protecting data privacy.
Audience members are encouraged to participate and contribute.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012 at 07:00AM UST/GMT [3PM HK time].
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 our virtual classroom.
To join the webinar go to:
(Note: please test your computer and audio prior to the start time - no password is required for audience members). 
Set-up 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 4 Apr 2012"
(Note: you will receive an automated response containing further information)

2. Recording now online:
"Transforming Assessment with Adaptive Questions Online" 
view in a number of formats via http://www.transformingassessment.com/events_past.php

Future sessions:

A full list of upcoming sessions can be found at http://bit.ly/TA_next

You can subscribe to our .ics (iCalander) feed using the URL

This provides live updates to the schedule right into your calendar application and works in compatible email/calendar software such as Outlook, Google Calendar, iCal etc (be sure to use the URL and not just import the .ics file or you will miss out on the live updates!). Instructions are here http://www.transformingassessment.com/events_help_ics.php

These free webinars supported by RMIT University and The University of Queensland. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsoring institutions.
Dr Mathew Hillier
Teaching and Educational Development Institute, The University of Queensland, Australia, 4072.

2) Creativity in Higher Education Webinar Series

You are invited to the second in a series of ten webinar presentations focusing on design as a catalyst for engaging students in creative problem solving. These webinars arise from a project funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, which is led by the University of South Australia in partnership with the University of Adelaide, RMIT, James Cook University, the University of New England and Massey University.
In this Webinar, Dr Denise Wood (project leader) and Carolyn Bilsborow (research assistant and tutor) discuss creative problem solving as a means of engaging first year students in undergraduate research. During this presentation, Denise and Carolyn will describe the creative problem solving process and demonstrate the application of the 'Ingenium Creativity Tool', being developed as one of the outputs of the project.
The webinar will be held on 3rd April at 12:30pm (ACST/Adelaide time) and the location is online at the following URL: https://vcs.unisa.edu.au/r1xtwk09mre/
Login as either a Guest or use your UniSA login to join us. You'll need the latest version of Flash installed in your browser, headphones and a microphone to take part in the session.
Please contact Denise Wood (denise.wood at unisa.edu.au) if you would like to present at a future webinar on the topic of creativity in higher education.


ePortfolios Australia Conference 2012 – call for presentation

The ePortfolios Australia Conference 2012 (EAC2012), being held on
27-28 September in Sydney, is calling for presentation proposals based
on the theme `Meeting expectations – Achieving goals.’

The event will showcase the diversity of eportfolio practice in
Australia and beyond by bringing together national and international
speakers from all levels of education as well as from professional
associations and industry areas.

Proposals to present are being invited for full/short papers, case
studies/workshops and posters. Abstract submissions (400 word max)
close Monday 16 April 2012 and should relate to one or more of the
following themes:

•	Evidencing standards and providing quality assurance through the
use of eportfolios
•	Professional and/or career development potential of eportfolios
•	Using eportfolio for assessment
•	Using eportfolios for supporting access and participation
•	Considerations for implementing or scaling up eportfolio systems
•	Effective eportfolio pedagogical practices 

Papers, case studies/workshops and posters that don’t fall under
these sub-themes may also be submitted but should justify how the
proposal complements the conference theme. 

Read the full submission guidelines here:

Register* to receive regular updates about EAC2012 at:
surveymonkey.com/s/FN8K9VJ or stay tuned via Twitter or Facebook.

EAC2012 is supported by the ePortfolios Australia, Australian Catholic
University, Curtin University, Deakin University, Queensland
University of Technology, and the Association for Authentic,
Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) 

For further information about EAC2012 or ePortfolios Australia,
contact Allison Miller: 0400 732 270, email:
eportfoliosaustralia at gmail.com 

*If you registered for EAC2011 updates, there is no need to

For more information about this story or ePortfolios Australia email:
eportfoliosaustralia at gmail.com  

Notes to editors:

•	ePortfolios Australia is a professional network which supports the
adoption and use of eportfolios in Australia and beyond

•	ePortfolios Australia Conference 2012 (EAC2012) is a major
national professional development event which showcases the use of
eportfolios to support learning at all levels  


Positions Vacant

Deakin University is looking for a Senior Coordinator, Higher
Education Programs to work in the Higher Education Research Group
(HERG). The position is full-time, continuing, based at either the
Burwood or Geelong campus depending on the successful applicant's
preference and is at level HEW8.  Reporting to Professor Marcia
Devlin, the position takes a leading role in coordinating all
interface with the Office for Learning and Teaching(OLT); the
submission of high quality applications for citations, awards and
grants; and the support and management of programs, projects and
initiatives to assist HERG to meet its targets and goals. 

Closing date: Sunday 25th March.

Further information:

Dear HERDSA Colleagues
I would like to bring your attention to the following ''researcher development'' vacancy at the University of Exeter which may be of interest:


Kind regards,
Steve Gaskin

Dr Steve Gaskin
Employability and Professional Development Manager
Employability and Graduate Development
Academic Services
University of Exeter

In the zone: A survey about creativity, technology, and the design of learning 

Dear HERDSA members,

I am a PhD candidate from the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology. I’m exploring student and staff creativity, and whether or not it is possible to ‘design’ for this in higher education courses. What can educators do to help students reach their full potential, and what role do new and emerging technologies play in this context? 

For the research, I’m looking for staff who have about 15 minutes to complete an online survey. The survey is relevant to you if you teach, manage, lead or support learning and teaching in higher education. 

If you are interested, please go to the survey: 


Participant information and further details are provided here: http://mste.ed.qut.edu.au/robyn_flyer.pdf

As an incentive, there is a $40 iTunes gift voucher to be won if you decide to put your name in the draw.

As well as inviting you to complete the survey, I am also searching for interesting examples of innovative and creative practice in higher education. If you, or a colleague, have a project that relates to the development of student creativity, especially using technology in an innovative way, please contact me.  

This study has been approved by the QUT Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number 1100001543).

'The survey closes on 16 April, 2012.'

Many thanks for considering this request. Please feel free to forward this invitation on to colleagues who might also be interested in the research.

Robyn Philip
PhD candidate and HERDSA member
Creative Industries Faculty
Queensland University of Technology
Email: robyn.philip at student.qut.edu.au 

The impact of the economic crisis on higher education
Vangelis Tsiligiris

The economic crisis has resulted in neo-neoliberal economic policies guiding higher education strategies. This means less focus on government funding of higher education and more focus on monetary objectives. Higher education planning has in effect been given over to economists.

Fast pace of enrolment growth predicted to slow
Yojana Sharma

A combination of demographic and economic changes will resize the global higher education landscape by 2020, according to a new report by the British Council. The largest higher education systems are likely to be China with some 37 million students, India with 28 million, the US with 20 million and Brazil with nine million.

Roger Landbeck
List Moderator

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