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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.

Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) 28-30 June 2017

Join us for the 40th annual conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) to be held 28-30 June 2017 (with pre-conference workshops on 27 June) at the ICC (International Convention Centre), Darling Harbour, Sydney.

The theme for the conference is Curriculum Transformation. Effective curriculum transformation is seen to optimise the curriculum as a framework for student learning and experience rather than as simply an organising framework for disciplinary knowledge. It puts quality at the centre of this process and ensures support for staff in curriculum development and innovative teaching practice.

HERDSA/ACEN Rekindled Conference

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The Victorian HERDSA Branch in collaboration with ACEN and Monash University are hosting a 1-day conference on Friday 2 December 2016 at Monash University Caulfield Campus.
This event will cover topics such as professional and employability skills, work-integrated learning, and industry and community collaboration and engagement.
Please see the attached flyer and program for further details on the presentations.
You can register for the event here.
We look forward to seeing you on the day.
More information about the day is available here:  herdsa-acen-rekindled

HERDSA Vic Branch End of Year Event

OLT projects – ‘Inside Story’ of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

A collaborative initiative of ACU and HERDSA Vic Branch

Date: Thursday, 21 November 2013

Time: 2.00 pm to 5.15 pm

Venue: Room 7.02, The Daniel Mannix Building, Melbourne Campus, Australian Catholic University

Map: http://www.acu.edu.au/about_acu/campuses/melbourne/travel_to_melbourne_campus/map


The session aims to provide an update on two projects funded by the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT), and the opportunity to learn from the experiences of colleagues who received the OLT grants.


2.00-2.15: Welcome and Introduction
2.15-3.15: OLT Project Team to provide update on preliminary findings
3.15-3.45: Refreshments and Questions (participants to identify their areas of interest)
3.45-4.30: Tips and Tricks – Interview of Project Leaders – experiences of applying for and managing OLT grants, and answers to questions from audience
4.30-4.45: HERDSA Vic Chapter – update
4.45-5.15: Informal discussion and ‘end-of-year’ celebration

Please find further information about this event in the flyer – ACU OLT event 2013.


Seed funding available – HERDSA

HERDSA is running a seed funding scheme for small projects of $2500.

The scheme, Researching New Directions in Learning and Teaching, arising out of the HERDSA OLT Advancing Teaching and Learning Project will provide one-off seed funding to enable groups to meet, bring in expertise (such as educational researchers, OLT grant holders or fellows), draw on mentors and /or obtain assistance to undertake their project’s development.

The goals in funding these projects are to:

  • Stimulate further exploration of under-researched areas
  • Encourage collaboration between experienced and early career learning and teaching scholars and, if applicable,
  • Provide opportunities for mentorship and support from experienced scholars, OLT Fellows or OLT grant recipients.

Successful recipients will receive a grant of up to $2500 to support their collaboration. They will also be required to provide a feature article for the April 2014 issue of HERDSA News, and it is hoped that the funding might also stimulate future presentations or papers on the areas under investigation.

Applications are invited from interested groups. Click here to download the application form.

Applications are due by Monday August 5, 2013.

CBER-HERDSA Symposium – New Generation Learning Spaces

This research symposium is designed for researchers, educators and practitioners to engage with colleagues, learn about and critically discuss current activities relating to New Generation Learning Spaces, and gain feedback and advice on preparing research for publication.

The symposium will include presentations on OLT projects funded to explore Learning Analytics and a Distributed Leadership approach to leading change.

Register to attend the symposium and find out about how people are responding to new generation physical learning spaces.

This event is hosted by the RMIT Centre for Business Education Research (CBER) and HERDSA (Vic.).

Call for abstracts
A feature of the symposium will be presentations in a PechaKucha format where presenters prepare 20 slides to be discussed in 20 seconds each.

To be considered for the PechaKucha presentations, please submit a short 50-100 word abstract by Friday 28 June to sandra.jones@rmit.edu.au or joan.richardson@rmit.edu.au.

The abstract will be peer reviewed and you will be notified of the outcom. Upon acceptance, successful proposers must prepare a PechaKucha presentation for the New Generation Learning Spaces symposium on 18 July.

Event details
Date: Thursday 18 July 2013
Registration: 9.15 am
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Location: RMIT Building 80, 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Australia
Cost: Free
RSVP: Register by 5pm, Tuesday 16 July 2013

For more information, please see the symposium webpage: www.rmit.edu.au/events/NGLS

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HERDSA VIC Workshop: Transnational Education

HERDSA Vic branch members and friends are invited to a HERDSA Victorian branch event:

Transnational education and the issue of equivalence

presented by Professor Margaret Mazzolini, PVC Learning and Teaching, Victoria University, with A/Prof Peter Ling (Swinburne University of Technology) and Gillian Lueckenhausen

to be held on Wed 17th April (4-5.30pm), hosted by Victoria University (CBD Flinders Campus).

Further details are in the flyer below (please circulate to your colleagues).

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Please RSVP to julia.choate@monash.edu by Monday April 15th.