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Postcard from Papua New Guinea

Affiliate member Etu Buka, lecturer from the University of Papua New Guinea, writes our postcard for this issue. Etu teaches in the Undergraduate Medical Education and Post Graduate Diploma of Public Health programs.

Student View

HERDSA is committed to sharing and partnerships with students in higher education. At the Brisbane conference in July a student panel will be convened so delegates can hear from students who are committed to their own educational progress and to the improvement of education in universities.


Associate Professor Tim Fawns from the Monash Education Academy at Monash University writes the first article in our new series on issues in educational technology.

Policy Perspectives

Professor Marcia Devlin was recently awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to higher education, and to women. Marcia acknowledges three inspirational Aboriginal women.



Colleagues in computing and education are discussing the untapped potential of artificial intelligence in education. In December last year, I enjoyed a meal with two such colleagues who were attending the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Conference.


Mental notes

Venturing deeper into the polycrisis means there’s a need for better mental health support for students and staff, writes Lukasz Swiatek.


Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA)

This column highlights the work of organisations affiliated with the International Consortium of Educational Development. Kasturi Behari-Leak from Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) highlights the need to recontextualise academic development.


Enabling pedagogy

Jennifer Stokes from The University of Adelaide received an AAUT Citation for leadership in enabling pedagogy. Jennifer explains her ADEPT framework.


Miss, what are you doing this weekend?

Some of the experiences of casual teachers in the university sector are deeply concerning, says Doctor Erika K. Smith, a casual subject coordinator, teacher and part-time researcher at Western Sydney University.


Getting to know you through assessment

Kate Roberts, Emma Price and Tulsa Andrews of Federation University outline how they have enhanced the provision of feedback by utilising assessment tasks to gain information about students and their contexts.