HERDSA Annual Conference

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HERDSA offers an annual international conference on topical teaching and learning issues with opportunities to meet colleagues with similar interests, exchange ideas about teaching and learning and learn about current developments from experienced researchers and practitioners.

Conference proceedings are published and HERDSA meets Australian ERA requirements for refereeing. Full papers are double-blind refereed by peers and are published in a widely available format.

HERDSA Conference Awards and Prizes

There are six awards and prizes which are associated with the annual HERDSA conference.

1. Taylor and Francis Prize: Best Paper by a New Researcher
Applications are invited for this prize which will be presented at the annual HERDSA Conference. The purpose of the award is to foster original research by encouraging new and less experienced researchers. A prize of AUD$1000 will be awarded to the paper written by a new researcher (or researchers) which makes a significant contribution to research in the field of tertiary education. The papers will be judged by the Executive Editor of HERD and/or members of the editorial team.

2. HERDSA Prize for Best Scholarly Paper
This award of AUD$1000 and one year’s free membership to HERDSA, is open to all papers accepted for presentation as a full refereed paper. Papers to be considered for this award will be nominated by reviewers which the HERDSA Executive Committee will judge.

3. HERDSA Prize for Best Paper Presentation by a Student
Applications are invited for this prize ($450), which will be awarded at the annual HERDSA Conference. The purpose of the prize is to encourage students to disseminate their work at national and international higher education conferences. Applicants must be presenting a full refereed paper or showcase at the HERDSA conference in order to be eligible for this prize.

Presenters will be judged on their ability to effectively communicate as well as on the academic content of their presentation. Members of the HERDSA Executive New Scholars portfolio will judge.

4. HERDSA Prize for Best Poster
All posters are eligible for this prize of $300. The purpose of the prize is to promote and recognise excellence in the ability to visually communicate ideas, findings or outcomes related to tertiary education.

Posters will be assessed by all conference delegates – on both the ability to visually communicate as well as on the academic content of the poster. Conference participants can vote using the conference mobile app which will work on any smartphone, tablet, or computer connected to the internet (a paper-based form will also be available).

The best poster prize will be awarded to the poster that receives the highest number of votes, with a runner-up prize to the second-highest poster.

5. HERDSA Travel Award for a Postgraduate Student
An award of up to $1,000 is available to provide support for a postgraduate student to attend and participate in the annual conference of HERDSA. The annual HERDSA conference aims to bring together and support those people who are engaged in teaching in higher education, in the study of learning, teaching and policy in higher education, and in the continuous improvement of higher education.
     Elligibilty Criteria:
In determining the award recipient, preference will normally be given to applicants who

  • Have been enrolled full time in a postgraduate research programme in a relevant area of study for at least 12 months at the time of the conference OR
  • Are enrolled in a programme as described above on a part-time basis and have priorities or responsibilities that prevent them from being in full-time employment

In addition, applicants must:

  • Be able to attend the full conference;
  • Be willing to present a conference paper or lead a workshop based on their research;
  • Be the sole author of their paper rather than a joint author (if not sole author, indicate percentage contribution of all authors);
  • Be willing to make a contribution to the HERDSA Newsletter;
  • Have had limited, or no, opportunities to attend similar conferences; and
  • Have not previously received a HERDSA conference award.

Application process

  1. Attach a brief application letter to an email to office@herdsa.org.au that addresses all the elligibility criteria above.
  2. Attach to the application letter a supporting letter from the applicant’s research supervisor, including a statement indicating that the applicant complies with the criteria above.
  3. Submit your abstract/paper to the conference website. To qualify for an award, your paper must be accepted for presentation at the conference. You will be notified of results of travel award applications soon after the notification of acceptance of papers for presentation at the conference.

6. Edith Cowan University Prize For the Best Paper on an Authentic Learning Environment
The purpose of the Edith Cowan University Prize for the Best Paper on an Authentic Learning Environment is to promote the development of authentic learning environments in all facets of university teaching and learning, and to support the dissemination and publication of good practice associated with these environments. An authentic learning environment can be described as one where activities represent the types of complex tasks performed by professionals in the field, rather than decontextualised or contrived activities. Students have access to supporting resources and engage in collaboration, articulation and reflection as they produce outcomes typical of quality performance.

The award will comprise a certificate and prize of $1000 and it will be awarded to the paper which in the opinion of a panel of judges makes a significant contribution to knowledge about authentic learning environments in higher education.

For further information about any of the awards and prizes, contact the HERDSA Office: office@herdsa.org.au.

7. Taylor & Francis HERDSA Conference Travel Grants

Taylor & Francis, the publishers of HERDSA’s journal Higher Education Research & Development (HERD) is a sponsor of the annual HERSDA conference. As part of that sponsorship, HERDSA is able to offer three travel grants of up to $500 per applicant to support HERDSA members attend the annual HERDSA conference. For full details, view the Grant guidelines and the Application form.

Taylor and Francis HERDSA conference travel grant.docx (62 KB)

2017 T&F Travel Grant Application Form.docx (163.9 KB)

 

Past HERDSA Conferences

All HERDSA conference proceedings are published in the series Research and Development in Higher Education.  Proceedings of HERDSA conferences from 1996 to 2015 can be accessed from the Publications page. Papers from past HERDSA conferences can be accessed from the Past Conferences page.