On behalf of the conference planning committee, we invite you to join us for the 40th annual conference of the Higher Education research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) to be held 27 - 30 June 2017 in Sydney, Australia.
The theme for the conference is Curriculum Transformation. The planning committee has endeavoured to capture a range of issues under three sub-themes.
Curriculum Transformation Drivers
Facilitating Curriculum transformation
Putting it into Practice
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
The purpose of the award is to foster original research by encouraging new and less experienced researchers. A prize of AUD$1000, sponsored by Taylor & Francis, publishers of the HERD journal, 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.
There is no application process. However when submitting their paper, authors of full papers should identify their eligibility for the award by completing a cover sheet provided by the event managers.
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
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. The winner receives a cash award from HERDSA of $450 and is usually presented at the closing ceremony of the conference.
There is no application process. Eligible student presenters will be identified by the awards convenor and members of the HERDSA Executive New Scholars portfolio will attend and judge the presentations.
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.
In determining the award recipient, preference will normally be given to applicants who
In addition, applicants must:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.