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2018 HERDSA Conference: (Re)Valuing Higher Education

2-5 July 2018, Adelaide Convention Centre

The 41st annual conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) will be held 2-5 July 2018 (with pre-conference workshops on 2 July) at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide.

The theme for the conference is (Re)Valuing Higher Education. Higher education has undergone dramatic change in the last decade with an international agenda to open universities to a broader range of individuals while requiring researchers to focus on priorities set by government.

The sector is forced to continue to grapple with restrained budgets, increased student numbers, greater student diversity and government agendas requiring preparation of students for work and lifelong learning. It also faces an increasingly under resourced and corporatized and complex research environment.

Within this context we wish to consider what the value of higher education has become. By (Re)Valuing Higher Education we are revisiting the purpose and scope of what being a ‘university’ means as well as considering what differentiates ‘higher’ learning from other forms of post-secondary education.

We have identified areas and points of interest relevant to (Re)Valuing Higher Education as captured within our sub-themes. You are however, encouraged to interpret the themes as it best suits your own institutional or national context.

There are many diverse and wide-ranging perspectives from which to approach the notion of (Re)Valuing Higher Education. We welcome contributions that reflect the diversity of participants in higher education including private and non-university higher education providers, the vocational education and training sector, educators, researchers and students, administrators and policy makers, government, community and industry partners, and our culturally diverse communities. We also welcome international delegates who can provide insights into the value of higher education from other contexts and cultures.

Join us for HERDSA 2018, to share ideas and network with colleagues, forge new collaborations and gain new insights into the value of higher education as well as to enjoy the many attractions that Adelaide and its surrounds have to offer.


ISSoTL Conference 2018

October 24-27, 2018 – “Toward a Learning Culture” – Bergen, Norway

The 15th annual ISSOTL18 conference theme, Toward a learning culture, opens a space for discussions about the collegial, cultural, interprofessional and interpersonal dimensions of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. It will explore how teaching staff, students, educational leaders, administrators and community members can collaborate to foster a learning culture.

  •  A culture for learning: How do we generate and sustain meaningful teaching and learning that have a lasting impact, within and across courses, programs, departments and institutions?
  • A culture of learners: How do we engage and support the many players and complex relationships that together comprise a learning environment?
  • An inclusive learning culture: What happens when we connect student learning to life and work experiences beyond the (physical or virtual) classroom? What does teaching and learning look like, and what does SOTL look like, when inclusivity (of diverse perspectives as well as a diversity of people) is not an add-on but core to our practices?
  • A culture that learns: How is SOTL changing, and how can SOTL practice foster development and growth in higher education?

Welcome to Bergen in 2018! Join us in the ‘gateway to the fjords’, on October 24th – 27th

University of Bergen and bioCEED – Centre of Excellence in Biology Education


357 days until ISSOTL 2015!

The 12th annual conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning will take place from 27-30 October 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. The conference will be co-hosted by Monash University and RMIT University and held at RMIT University, located in the central business district of Melbourne. At this major international conference, you will have the opportunity to hear from, and interact with, scholars of teaching and learning from around the world. The conference theme, Leading Learning and the Scholarship of Change, will explore how teaching staff and students in universities can lead quality learning and teaching practice as we move inevitably towards more changes in higher education. You will be able to interact with colleagues and build networks that will enable you to participate actively in the distributed leadership of the academy. We look forward to hearing from you at the conference and to working with you beyond the event.

Registration opens on 27 November 2015.  For more details please visit the website: http://issotl2015.com.au/


Office for Learning and Teaching – Information Sessions – 2015 Grants, Awards and Fellowships

The Office for Learning and Teaching are running a series of information sessions to discuss enhancements to OLT programmes.

The information sessions will cover the OLT’s Grants, Fellowships and Awards Programmes, and will have a specific focus on applying for 2015 Grants. The sessions will also include a mini-workshop by Tilly Hinton, OLT Secondee, on project impact, which is a criterion for 2015 Grants.

The information for the Victorian and Tasmanian sessions are:

Victoria: Thursday 23 October, Melbourne, at Monash University Conference Centre

Tasmania: Wednesday 22 October, Hobart, at UTAS

Online session: Monday 27 October (will be via Go-To-Meeting)

The flyers for the Victorian, Tasmanian and online session are attached.

Registration is done online, and the OLT will send a confirmation email with details of the venue to participants in due course.

The OLT would be grateful if you could encourage all potential applicants to attend this session as it has direct relevance to them. Please feel free to forward the flyer for the relevant session(s).


OLT Online Information Session flyer OLT Information Session flyer VIC (1)OLT Information Session flyer TAS