HERDSA Notices 13 September 2023

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* HERDSA WA SoTL Series Webinar: Subtle Art of the Everyday Scholar
* HERDSA WA Rekindled 2023
* HERDSA Webinar - Student engagement in employability-building activities and the role of personal career resources in securing work
* Call For Expressions of Interest for Editor(s) of HERDSA Connect Blog
* Educational Designer - multiple positions
* TEQSA in association with CRADLE webinar 'Assessment Reform for the Age of Artificial Intelligence'
* CFP Education without Boundaries - New Link
* JTLGE Special Issue Call: The graduate employability practitioner: What works to develop career, teaching capability & organisation
* International Student Employability Narratives of Strengths, Challenges, and Strategies about Global South Students
* New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

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HERDSA WA SoTL Series Webinar: Subtle Art of the Everyday Scholar
Date: 15 September 2023 Time: 12-1pm

Facilitated by Dr Shannon Johnston, SFHEA, Murdoch University
Location: Online, Teams (UWA)

What are the ways that we could practice the subtle art of being an everyday scholar? Often the word “scholarship” brings a sense of inadequacy, a fear of the grandness of both undertaking research that is valid, reliable, contributes, and … published! Q1 Journals! Also I don’t have time.

The subtle art of the everyday scholar is what we can and do practice as effective, professional, continuously developing higher education practitioners, regardless of our role. (And enables us to be working in accordance with Higher Education Standards Framework (2021) Standard 3.2.3.)

This webinar draws on Boyer’s seminal framework of the Scholarship Reconsidered (1990), and an article of the same name published in Campus Morning Mail, 20 March 2022 by the facilitator and Michelle Picard. Dr Johnston will discuss the scholarly-scholarship dichotomy, present the proposed framework, illustrate with everyday scholarly practice, and open the virtual floor for scholarly yarning.

Further information: For an invitation, please contact Alyce-Maree McGillivray: alyce-maree.mcgillivray@uwa.edu.au


HERDSA WA Rekindled 2023
Tuesday September 26th 12:15PM-4:30PM

Please join us for HERDSA WA Rekindled 2023, an annual mini-conference event hosted by HERDSA WA Branch for our WA members to hear some of the wonderful WA presenters from the HERDSA conference, held at Murdoch University’s Boola Katitjin Innovation Hub (50 capacity) from 12:15pm-4:30pm on Tuesday September 26th. The event is FREE and open to all HERDSA WA members, with parking and afternoon tea provided! Please register at the Eventbrite event link.

Further information: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/herdsa-wa-rekindled-2023-tickets-7040701...


HERDSA Webinar- Student engagement in employability-building activities and the role of personal career resources in securing work
Thursday 12th October, 2023 1.00 to 2.00pm AEST

This webinar presents findings from a HERDSA grant which explored higher education student engagement in activities intended to develop employability. It draws on survey and focus group data gathered from recent graduates to consider levels of engagement and the role of personal agency and socio-cultural, structural and institutional factors. Further, it considers how personal career resources, such as social career support networking, cultural capital, career confidence, career insights and professional clarity, can support students in securing graduate-level employment. The researchers will reflect on the findings and opportunities for the sector to better support students in realising their career goals.

Further information: https://www.herdsa.org.au/herdsa-webinar-series


Call For Expressions of Interest for Editor(s) of HERDSA Connect Blog
Due date 12th October 2023

The HERDSA Executive is seeking Expressions of Interest the position of Editor(s) of the HERDSA Connect Blog. The HERDSA Connect Blog offers comment and discussion on higher education issues; provides information about relevant publications, programs and research and celebrates the achievements of our HERDSA members. The HERDSA Connect Blog links members of the HERDSA community in Australasia and beyond by sharing branch activities, member perspectives and achievements, book reviews, comments on contemporary issues in higher education, and conference reflections. Members are encouraged to respond to articles and engage in ongoing discussion relevant to higher education and aligned to HERDSA’s values and mission.

The HERDSA Connect Blog aims to inspire, connect and inform researchers, developers and practitioners in the Australasian higher education sector and inspire both members and non-members to become involved with the HERDSA community by providing an opportunity for less formal publication and discussion on inspirational practices, projects, resources, research, successes and ideas.

The appointment will be for six months initially, commencing 1 November 2023. Applications will be considered from both individuals and small teams.

Expressions of interest should
1. State clearly applicant’s proposed editorial approach
2. Indicate the roles of individuals within the team (if you are submitting a team application)

The following criteria must also be addressed:
1. Experience in editing and publishing online and awareness of the issues and challenges associated with editing a public blog.
2. Graphic design experience and html coding knowledge.
3. Commitment to member engagement.
4. Project management skills and expertise.
5. A strong reputation in research and publication across the higher education sector.
6. Commitment to the HERDSA goals of HERDSA.
7. Membership of HERDSA.

Members of the HERDSA Executive will be happy to respond to any initial inquiries. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Chair of the Selection Committee - Professor Katrina Strampel.

Written expressions of interest should be brief, address the selection criteria (max 2 pages) and include a Curriculum Vitae. Submissions must be received by 12 October 2023 – 5.00pm AEST and sent to office@herdsa.org.au. An acceptance of your submission will be sent via email to you. If you do not receive this please contact the HERDSA office before the closing date.

Professor Katrina Strampel
HERDSA Vice-President
Email: k.strampel@ecu.edu.au


New Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group Initial Meeting
20 October

Online meeting - Introducing the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Special Interest Group: Do YOU speak SoTL?

Please join us as we launch the newest HERDSA Special Interest Group. If you are intending to join the meeting, we ask that you complete the online survey before the meeting. Survey link https://forms.office.com/r/unvuzLU2PE. The data will assist us to gauge the SoTL experience and needs of the participants.

Facilitators: A/Prof Deb Clarke, Dr Trisha Poole, Sue Sharpe
When: October 20th 2023 12noon-1.00pm Australian Daylight Saving Time
Where: https://usq.zoom.us/j/87412274293?pwd=LzBZaGFDdmw2NVM5ZUMwZ1h0VEpTQT09
What: As the initial SOTL SIG meeting we will explore the aims, focus and operational procedures of the SIG, in addition to examining participants’ current understandings of and experience in SoTL.

  • Session outline
    • Welcome & Introduction
    • Explain shared distributed model of facilitation and active engagement approach
    • Show/discuss findings of pre-poll - who we are as a group
    • Explain the quadrants of a theoretical scholarship model
    • Identify the location of participants in the quadrants (live poll)
    • Briefly discuss poll findings and link the quadrants to who we are and SoTL definition
    • Introduce the importance of a shared understanding of SoTL
    • Live poll - the definition of SoTL
    • Describe and start breakout room for collaborative definition of SoTL
    • In breakout rooms: Create collaborative definition of SoTL
    • Close meeting and identify next meeting plan goals:
      • Present the compiled Miro definitions and present findings
      • Collaboratively decide purpose of the SIG 
      • Identify facilitators for leading the second SIG meeting. 

Further information: Deb Clarke dclarke@csu.edu.au


Educational Designer - multiple positions
24 September

We are now looking for highly skilled Educational Designers to join our vibrant team of professionals in the Centre for Education and Enhancement. Full-time and continuing roles, based at either one of our beautiful tropical campuses in North Queensland; the Townsville Bebegu Yumba campus or the Cairns Nguma-bada campus. Remuneration at either Academic Level A: $73,551 - $98,283 per annum or Academic Level B: $103,238 - $121,815 per annum plus up to 17% superannuation. Level of appointment and remuneration will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Must have working rights in Australia.

Further information: https://www.seek.com.au/job/69756558?type=standout#sol=ce5b39c10c90b0a0c...


TEQSA in association with CRADLE webinar 'Assessment Reform for the Age of Artificial Intelligence'
28 September 2023 3pm-4pm

TEQSA in association with CRADLE presents the fifth webinar in the "Implications of Generative Artificial Intelligence for Higher Education”

This series of webinars addresses what is known at present about Generative Artificial intelligence (genAI), implications for learning, teaching and assessment and how such technologies might transform higher education into the future.

Student use of generative AI (genAI), particularly ChatGPT, is becoming increasingly commonplace. The sector must therefore rethink assessment design to ensure students’ work is appropriately represented as their own, but also consider how assessment can prepare students for a world where genAI is ubiquitous.

In mid-August, TEQSA sponsored the Assessment Experts Forum: Rethinking assessment in the age of artificial intelligence. The two-day forum brought together 18 Australian experts, led by Associate Professor Jason Lodge. The purpose was to develop an initial draft of guiding principles to orient the sector towards productive ways of rethinking assessment. The discussion built on participants’ extensive expertise in assessment and educational technology and was followed by consultation with a wider group of experts across Australia.

The draft – two guiding principles and a set of five propositions for assessment in a time of AI – will be presented in the webinar, as part of a continuing conversation.

The panel will present the draft principles, followed by 30 minutes of questions and answers
Dr Helen Gniel is the Director of TEQSA’s Higher Education Integrity Unit. The unit was established in January 2021 to identify threats to the integrity of Australia’s higher education system, as well as avenues to support the sector to mitigate these risks.

Associate Professor Jason Lodge is Director of the Learning, Instruction, and Technology Lab in the School of Education and is a Deputy Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at The University of Queensland. Jason’s research with his lab focuses on self-regulated learning with technology, primarily in higher education.

Associate Professor Sarah Howard is an Associate Professor of Digital Technologies in Education, at the University of Wollongong in Australia. Her research looks at technology-related change in education, specifically teacher practice and integration in learning.

Professor Phillip (Phill) Dawson a Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE) at Deakin University, where he researches assessment, feedback and cheating. His most recent books include Defending Assessment Security in a Digital World (Routledge) and the co-edited volume Re-imagining University Assessment in a Digital World (Springer).

Professor Margaret Bearman is a Professor of Research with CRADLE. She holds a first-class honours degree in computer science and a PhD in medical education. Margaret’s interests  are broad ranging and include assessment in university education, feedback in healthcare contexts, simulation and learning in a digital world. 

Further information: https://asessment_reform_for_the_age_of_artificial_intelligence.eventbri...


CFP Education without Boundaries - New Link
7 October 2023

Te Puna Aurei LearnFest is a free online symposium organised by Te Puna Ako - University of Waikato, this year in partnership with the University of Newcastle.

This year's theme is Education Without Boundaries. The event will be held online 27 and 28 November.

Expressions of interest for talks, panels and workshop sessions on the theme, or any aspect of tertiary education, are now invited, and close Friday 7 October.

Further information: https://forms.office.com/r/0y58kqLuUG


JTLGE Special Issue Call: The graduate employability practitioner: What works to develop career, teaching capability & organisation
Papers due 19 February 2024

Governments, employers and students increasingly see higher education as a pivotal pathway towards a highly skilled workforce. However, including graduate employability as a purpose of higher education is disputed, and driven mainly by the conflation of graduate employability with graduate employment outcomes (Sin et al., 2019). Teaching and learning staff significantly engage with curricular and co-curricular activities that support graduate employability development. Healy et al. (2021) note that despite its strategic priority, graduate employability is an emerging professional field with diverse practices, including teaching and learning.

However, it is sometimes unclear who within the university is responsible for designing, embedding and supporting students' graduate employability. The graduate employability workforce includes academic and professional staff within work-integrated learning units, career development, experienced practitioners new to academia, sometimes known as 'pracademics', and academic staff who support students in applying their disciplinary knowledge to the world of work. Graduate employability is a unique corner of teaching and learning where student success is reliant on the work of academic and professional staff being necessarily entangled (Roberts, 2018).

While new roles, such as pracademics, have emerged within contemporary higher education, the traditional expectations of academia have not entirely disappeared (Ylijoki & Henriksson, 2017). For those teaching in the administratively demanding graduate employability area, meeting the traditional university success metrics required for career progression, such as research publications and grants, strong student evaluation scores, and leadership roles, can be challenging. Pracademics must span two worlds – their discipline, profession, and academia, demonstrating legitimacy in both (Hollweck et al., 2022). Similarly, professional staff working collaboratively with academics in this 'third space' must continuously reconcile their professional identities and gain new skills, particularly within research, to effectively demonstrate their vital contribution (Veles & Carter, 2016).

While staff grapple with their professional identities within graduate employability, so do institutions. How do universities stay true to the transformational goals of higher education while producing a highly skilled workforce? This special issue invites submissions that explore the experiences of graduate employability practitioners as they seek to develop their practice and careers within contemporary higher education.

Full papers are due 19 February 2024; and include scholarly papers (8000 words), reflections (2000 words) and provocations (1000 words).

Further information: https://ojs.deakin.edu.au/index.php/jtlge/announcement


International Student Employability Narratives of Strengths, Challenges, and Strategies about Global South Students

The book titled 'International Student Employability Narratives of Strengths, Challenges, and Strategies about Global South Students' edited by Dr Jasvir Kaur Nachatar Singh, Dr Rosalind Gaby and Professor Krishna Bista and published by Springer is available at https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-031-33254-8. The book provides a comprehensive look at international student experiences, describes challenges faced by international students and considers cultural circumstances in employability.


New online first articles in Higher Education Research and Development

Dancing in a red dress: Empowering metaphors of academics’ experiences of the manuscript peer review process, Kay Hammond & Julie Trafford, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2023.2253174

Curiosity as ubuntu justice in higher education, Nuraan Davids & Yusef Waghid, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2023.2253170

Global diffusion of quality assurance research in higher education: a study on collaboration and concepts, Salih Bardakci, Yasemin Yelbay Yilmaz & M. Dilek Avsaroglu, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2023.2253157

Perceived employability and career readiness among STEM students: does gender matter? S. Ananthram, S. Bawa, D. Bennett & C. Gill, https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2023.2240710



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