Monday, 31 August 2015

August Newsletter

1.  Issue 37 of SaMnet’s monthly newsletter 


This Month’s Question:
Following up on last month’s question, we are inviting SaMnet Scholars who have not yet completed the survey by Dr Beth Beckmann (ANU) on the professional recognition of university teachers to complete the survey.

We would be grateful for your participation, which explores the kinds of outcomes individuals gained from SaMnet participation and the level of recognition you achieved within your institution.

The survey can be found here: https://apollo.anu.edu.au/default.asp?pid=8720

Any questions about the survey, the National Teaching Fellowship or professional recognition can be addressed to Beth at elizabeth.beckmann@anu.edu.au  

Support for this activity has been provided by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. The views expressed in this activity do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.

Beth has also recently had the journal article “The Plant Detectives: innovative undergraduate teaching to inspire the next generation of plant biologists” published in the Frontiers of Plant Science journal. This is one of, if not, the first education-focused papers published in the journal. This will be of great interest to SaMnet Scholars looking to publish education papers in a science-focused journal. Congratulations to Beth and her team!

Congratulations to SaMnet Scholar Maria Parappilly (Flinders) for being named as the Early Career STEM Educator of the Year – Tertiary Teaching at the 2015 South Australian Science Excellence Awards on Thursday 13 August.



2.  Conferences & publication

Call for Abstracts and Papers – Special Edition: International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education (IJISME)  “The Link Between Tertiary Science Education and Employability”
Interested authors should submit a 250-word abstract for consideration to s.beames@uq.edu.au. The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended until Monday 21 September.

Call for Expressions of Interest to Prepare Good Practice Guides for Agriculture – AgLTAS Project
Expressions of Interest (EOI) to prepare the Guides should be sent to Tina.Acuna@utas.edu.au.
Information on the submissions of EOIs is available here and should be sent by Friday 14 September.

LaTrobe University, Melbourne, 4-5 December, 2015
This is the inaugural Australian regional conference of HAPS, the largest society of human physiology and anatomy teaching professionals.
Poster and workshop submissions are open until Friday 20 November.
Regular registrations are open until Thursday 12 November.



3.  Connections/Events  

Future:
Curtin University and Murdoch University, Perth, 30 September – 2 October, 2015
This is the main gathering and sharing event on the SaMnet calendar each year.
Online registrations are open until Friday 25 September.

Flinders University, Adelaide, 28 September – 1 October, 2015
The event includes a public lecture by Professor Terence Tao (UCLA) on Monday 28 September 2015.
Online registrations are still open for the meeting.

Flinders University, Adelaide, 2 October, 2015
This workshop will focus on the experiences of “individualised study plans” in the US and potential options for implementation in the Australian environment.
Registration is free, but required for catering.
Monash University, 25-27 November, 2015
Online registrations are open until Monday 26 October.

Shine Dome, Canberra, 8-10 December 2015
This forum will see the launch of the Bioscience Education Australia Network, the new umbrella network combining CUBEnet and VIBEnet; as well as hosting the Mathbench Symposium, which will launch and demonstrate the Mathbench-Australia website.
For more information, please contact Phil at philip.poronnik@sydney.edu.au



4.  SaMnet activity 

ACSME is coming up at the end of the month! This year’s conference is focused on the theme of “Transforming Practice: Inspiring Innovation”.

It is not too late to register for the conference and we look forward to seeing many of the SaMnet Scholars in attendance in Perth.

The next ASELL Science Workshop will take place in November at Monash University. While EOIs are closed for the submission of laboratory experiments to be evaluated at the workshop, registration for attendance to the workshop is still open.



5.  Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Michael S. Harris for Inside Higher Ed
How do you approach a ‘revise and resubmit’ request to your journal submission? A systematic approach to the comments provided by editors and reviewers is outlined here, which can help those initially overwhelmed by feedback from the first submission.  An important point to draw from this approach is ensuring that your response to the editor’s letter and comments should fully address their issues.

Joshua Kim for Inside Higher Ed
The way in which tertiary education evolves and adapts to the future will depend on a confluence of a number of different trends and the ways they interact with each other. The author outlines 3 trends associated with the American context which they believe will play an important role in the future of higher education. Will these same trends affect the Australian approach to tertiary education? How do you see tertiary education adapt and evolve into the future?

6.  Leadership Insights

Catherine Fox for Qantas Travel Insider
How do we define the transition between a manager and a leader? Many different perspectives on the transition from a manager to a leader appear throughout the article. However, the presence of a strong emotional intelligence, understanding how people interact and the strength of your communication are identified as vital factors. What do you think distinguishes a great leader from a great manager?

Daniel Allington for The Open University (UK)
What do we actually mean by leadership in an academic sense? Are they merely influential researchers and teachers, or are they required to take on managerial style positions and manage academic workers and institutions? The author looks at the merging of academia and management in the British context and concludes that ‘management has become the model for academic success.’ Do you feel that these ideas are being conflated within Australian institutions? Is this necessarily a negative outcome for research?

7. Classifieds

The SMART Directory indexes useful websites relevant to teaching and learning in science and mathematics, with annotated resources and a rating system indicating the usefulness of the resources. The Directory is ready for testing, and the developers welcome feedback and comments on the site, which is available in beta here.

The School of Mathematics and Statistics is seeking to expand its expertise in Pure Mathematics. Successful applicants will be required to lead research programs and have a strong commitment to the teaching and supervision of research students at undergraduate, MSc and PhD levels. Candidates with a background in Analysis are strongly encouraged to apply, with applications closing Sunday 11 October 2015.

For mathematics educators with an interest in undergraduate mathematics education for secondary school teachers, mathematicians, academics in other discipline areas and teachers in maths support classes, state groups have been formed to consider state based issues, facilitate more frequent contact and encourage new members to participate in the FYiMaths network.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

July Newsletter

1.  Issue 36 of SaMnet’s monthly newsletter 


This Month’s Question:
Interest in the Professional Recognition of University Teachers among SaMnet Participants 

One of our SaMnet Scholars, Dr Beth Beckmann PFHEA from the ANU, has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship to explore the interest in professional recognition for university teachers in Australia. She would be very grateful if other SaMnet Scholars would take the time to participate in this 8-12 minute survey about the kinds of outcomes that individuals gained from SaMnet participation, and the level of institutional recognition that was achieved. 

The survey can be found here: https://apollo.anu.edu.au/default.asp?pid=8720

Any questions about the survey, the National Teaching Fellowship or professional recognition can be addressed to Beth at elizabeth.beckmann@anu.edu.au  

Support for this activity has been provided by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. The views expressed in this activity do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.

Congratulations to those recently announced as 2015 OLT National Teaching Fellows, including Adam Bridgeman (USYD), Kelly Matthews (UQ) and Mauro Mocerino (Curtin).



2.  Conferences & publication

Curtin University and Murdoch University, Perth, 30 September – 2 October, 2015
This year’s theme is “Transforming practice: Inspiring Innovation”.
Early bird registrations close August 7th.

Monash University, 25-27 November, 2015
Universities are invited to send two person teams to showcase a laboratory experiment for improvement. EOI for experiments to be evaluated at the workshop close on Monday 17 August 2015.

Call for Abstracts and Papers – Special Edition: International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education (IJISME)  “The Link Between Tertiary Science Education and Employability”
Interested authors should submit a 250-word abstract for consideration to s.beames@uq.edu.au. Abstract submissions close Monday 28 August 2015.

Flinders University, Adelaide, 28 September – 1 October, 2015
Registrations are now open for the event, which includes a public lecture by Professor Terence Tao (UCLA) on Monday 28 September 2015.



3.  Connections/Events 

Past:
STARS Conference 2015 – Melbourne 1-4 July.
FYi Maths Workshop 3 – Melbourne 6-7 July. Slides from the workshop are available here.

Future:
Curtin University and Murdoch University, Perth, 30 September – 2 October, 2015
This is the main gathering and sharing event on the SaMnet calendar each year.

Flinders University, Adelaide, 2 October, 2015
This workshop will focus on the experiences of “individualised study plans” in the US and potential options for implementation in the Australian environment.
Registration is free, but required for catering.

Canberra, 21-22 October, 2015; Sydney, 5-6 November, 2015; Melbourne, 10-11 November, 2015
A pricey, but valuable opportunity for aspiring leaders in the SaMnet community.



4.  SaMnet activity 


The paper looks at the application of social network perspectives to the contributions of academic developers in SoTL projects conducted as part of the SaMnet project.

Congratulations to lead author Kelly Matthews (UQ) and the other SaMnet scholars involved with the paper. We look forward to further publications from the SaMnet project team.



5.  Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Adeline Koh in The Chronicle of Higher Education Blog
The author describes a hands-on approach to teaching research methodologies by letting students loose within the library to gather, synthesise and present on a number of discussion questions. Would this approach work to develop an understanding of the process of research methodology in a scientific or mathematical context? How could we improve the transferability of different teaching methodologies across disciplines?

Jon Bergmann for Turning Learning on its Head
Starting out with new teaching practices can be daunting, particularly for those just starting to branch out from the traditional teaching models. This page provides a number of resources for those considering “flipped classrooms”, from how to start flipping the classroom to teacher and student experiences of the model.



6.  Leadership insights

Nathan Bennett in The Chronicle of Higher Education
Adapting and responding to the multiple challenges facing academic institutions today requires the identification of leaders within the institution and providing them appropriate training and support. How are potential leaders identified within your institution? Are you given the appropriate level of support to develop and enhance your leadership potential?

Judith Sherven, Executive Coaching for the Brightest and Best for Linkedin Pulse
Critical feedback is often refrained upon due to fears about “hurting someone’s feelings” or “acting mean”. However, effective critical feedback can positively influence the professional and personal growth of recipients. How has critical feedback influenced your professional and personal growth? How can you deliver critical feedback that both respects the recipient and allows for continual development in their professional and personal lives? 


7. Classifieds

The SMART Directory indexes useful websites relevant to teaching and learning in science and mathematics, with annotated resources and a rating system indicating the usefulness of the resources. The Directory is ready for testing, and the developers welcome feedback and comments on the site, which is available in beta here.

The School of Mathematics and Statistics is seeking to expand its expertise in Pure Mathematics. Successful applicants will be required to lead research programs and have a strong commitment to the teaching and supervision of research students at undergraduate, MSc and PhD levels. Candidates with a background in Analysis are strongly encouraged to apply, with applications closing Sunday 11 October 2015.

This is a teaching-focussed role; the Department is undertaking a major, multi-year revision of its undergraduate pedagogy and curriculum with the goal of producing a truly superb undergraduate experience in physics. They are looking for candidates with a strong background in university teaching who are familiar with current developments in physics education research. Applications close Sunday 16 August 2015.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

June Newsletter




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This Month’s Question:
With the fifth SaMnet Leadership-Development Workshop taking place earlier this month, we will be reviewing our workshops for future years. Here is a chance to have your say! What elements would make the workshop worthwhile for you to come along again? What elements would you suggest are vital for those new to SaMnet, or SoTL and Leadership in the STEM disciplines? Let us know at samnetaustralia@gmail.com.



2.  Conferences & publication
Monash University, 25-27 November, 2015
Universities are invited to send two person teams to showcase a laboratory experiment for improvement. Due date for EOI for experiments to be evaluated at the workshop: 17 August

Flinders University, Adelaide, 28 September – 1 October, 2015
Call for abstracts for presentations in the Maths Education Special Sessions close on the 30th of June. Please note that the dates clash with ACSME (see below), but the conference organisers have offered to try and schedule talks of ACSME participants on the first two days so you can get to Perth for ACSME.

Perth, 30 September – 2 October, 2015
The theme is Transforming practice: Inspiring innovation.
Early bird registrations close August 6th.



3.  Connections/Events  
Past:
QLD/NT SaMnet Leadership-Development Workshop – Brisbane, June 9


Future:
The University of Melbourne, 6-7 July, 2015
An annual workshop providing an opportunity for mathematicians, statisticians and mathematics educators to meet. Unfortunately/excitingly the venue is fully booked so registrations will be placed on a wait list.

Perth, 30 September – 2 October, 2015
This is the main gathering and sharing event on the SaMnet calendar each year.

Melbourne, 1-4 July, 2015
Registrations are closed, but look out for other SaMnet scholars at this event.



4.  SaMnet activity 
This month we held our 5th SaMnet Leadership-Development Workshop for 2015. This workshop was held in Brisbane and hosted by SaMnet Scholar, Sarah-Jane Gregory.

24 people attended the workshop and cited that one of the most useful aspects included a presentation from OLT National Teaching Fellow, Prof Pauline Ross on Career progression: Understanding the System. Participants also found sharing experiences and hearing from others, and looking at effective change frameworks as some of the most useful parts of the workshop.

Thank you to all involved, especially Sarah-Jane as host. If you are interested in hosting a workshop at your institution please send an email to samnetaustralia@gmail.com.



5.  Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

From the book, A Concise Guide to Improving Student Learning: Six Evidence-Based Principles and How to Apply Them, by Diane Cummings Persellin and Mary Blythe Daniels. Featured in Tomorrow’s Professor Blog.
This is an overview of several studies on “desirable difficulties”. This work seems to align with interest in “constructive failure” or “productive failure”. That is, give students practice in something that is particularly challenging to do. Then, when they are examined on similar problems, they will actually perform better.
Meg Bernhard in The Chronicle of Higher Education discussing a recent paper of Carl Wieman
How do you evaluate your teaching? Wieman argues that “The ultimate measure of teaching quality... is the extent to which professors use practices associated with better student outcomes”. Over the last two years the SaMnet Action-Learning project teams have been evaluating their teaching to this measure. How can you do this over the coming semester?



6.  Leadership insights

Jay Schalin and Jenna Ashley Robinson in The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy
In the student transition from “learning for learning’s sake” to more practical outcomes such as employment and vocational pursuits at university, how can academic institutions respond? How can academia instil lifelong-learning practices in an era where access and “opportunities abound for life-long learning”?

Dan Berrett in The Chronicle of Higher Education
Harvard University and the University of Michigan announced in 2012 $40 and $25 million dollars in funding respectively to encourage faculty members to “experiment in the service of learning”. The question arises, what can happen when so much money is offered to projects? Will the money spark change when other attempts have failed?


7. Classifieds

This is a teaching-focussed role; the Department is undertaking a major, multi-year revision of its undergraduate pedagogy and curriculum with the goal of producing a truly superb undergraduate experience in physics. They are looking for candidates with a strong background in university teaching who are familiar with current developments in physics education research.