Sunday, 22 February 2015

February Newsletter



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This Month’s Question: New initiatives for the New Year! What new technique will you be trying in your teaching this semester? Let SaMnet know what you are doing and how we can support you.

Congratulations to all of the 2014 Australian Awards for University Teaching (run by the OLT). Many Award for Teaching Excellence winners from science and mathematics are connected with SaMnet including Danny Liu (Early Career), Susan Rowland (Biological Science, Health and Related Studies), and Kieran Lim (Physical Science and Related Subjects). Full list here


2.  Conferences & publication
Melbourne, 27-30 October, 2015
Abstracts due 24 April
This is the 12th annual conference of ISSOTL. It is a rare opportunity to participate with low cost as it is hosted locally this year.
(The conference organisers are also looking for reviewers for the conference abstracts – see section 7. Classifieds for more information).

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


3.  Connections/Events  

Past:
SaMnet Leadership Development Workshops
28 Jan – Perth Workshop
9 Feb – Adelaide Workshop
17 Feb – Sydney Workshop
19 Feb – Melbourne Workshop

Future:                
An additional workshop will be held in June this year for Queensland and Northern Territory academics in Brisbane. More details will be available in the coming months. You can register your interest at the link below.


4.  SaMnet activity 
The four SaMnet Leadership Development Workshops held in the last month were highly successful with almost 100 people registering. We welcomed 79 new people previously not connected to SaMnet through these workshops who are now a part of our community.

Special thanks goes to workshop hosts Alex Yeung, Karma Pearce, Lisa Schmidt, Danny Liu, Theo Hughes and Gerry Rayner for their work.

Stay tuned for future SaMnet workshops in your city including a Brisbane workshop this July.


5.  Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
Two articles that may be relevant to consider for your teaching this semester:

Rebecca Koenig, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Do any of the courses you are involved in have online discussions forums or tutorials? Did you know the gender gap extends to behaviour of students in online class discussions in science – particularly to answering discussion questions?

Libby Woodfin, Education Week
We know deep learning is vital for student success. Can you tell from observing a class whether deep learning is taking place? What does a class fostering deep learning look like? (Not a STEM article, but still relevant.)


6.  Leadership insights
Two articles on Leadership Development to build on our SaMnet Leadership Development Workshops:

Roger Trapp, Forbes
Report on a study that suggests that more leadership development is needed systematically through all levels of organisations. Whatever your position, you may be needed as a leader. 

Deirdre Coleman, eyeforpharma.com
A good one on needed characteristics of leadership development processes and on characteristics of new leaders


7.  Classifieds
Job vacancies:
Post doctoral fellow in chemistry education at Monash: http://preview.tinyurl.com/nxkgzqv
 
Three fully funded PhD scholarships in chemistry education or science education at Monash. Flexible start dates. Please forward this message to anyone who might be interested. Please contact Tina Overton for further information or informal discussions.

ISSOTL 2015 abstract reviewers
The organisation for ISSOTL 2015 is well underway with the program content currently being finalised by our Program Committee. The committee is creating a pool of abstract reviewers. If you would like to be considered, please let the committee know by email, and include your name and institutional affiliation in your correspondence.
For further information please contact info@issotl2015.com.au

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Register now for SaMnet Leadership Development Workshops in January and February, 2015


At the start of each year, SaMnet (The Science and Mathematics Network of Australian university educators) conducts leadership development workshops for academics in science and mathematics who are invested in teaching and learning. These are for people at any stage in their career in tertiary institutions.

The workshops will:

  • enable sharing strategies for spurring adoption of innovative teaching practices,
  • offer training in participating in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL),
  • provide insight on leading change in universities, and
  • offer advice on career progression and leadership in academic institutions.


Workshops run from 10am to 3:30pm. Registration and lunch is free for attendees.


Register now for a workshop by clicking on the relevant link below:
For more information on SaMnet,
visit www.SaMnet.edu.au, or
SaMnet is a national network that brings together university academics to collaborate on national issues in university science and mathematics education
 
 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

December Newsletter

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1.  Issue 30 of SaMnet’s monthly newsletter 

This Month’s Question: Specific Grading is said to bring rigour back into academic marking. It involves all assignments as pass/fail, with limited second chances, which contribute to the final grade (as described in this article). Do you think that specific grading is likely to be feasible and effective in the Australian science context? Send thoughts to samnetaustralia@gmail.com.



2.  Conferences & publication
Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 6-9 July, 2015
The theme of the conference is Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World
Abstracts due February 15, 2015

European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Conference
The University of Helsinki, Finland, 31 August-4 September, 2015
The theme of the conference is Science Education Research: engaging learners for a sustainable future.
Abstracts due 31 January, 2015

Call for Papers – International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education (IJISME)
Assessing Laboratory Learning in Undergraduate Science – Abstracts due 10 January, 2015, Manuscripts due 13 April, 2015

Call for Papers – International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research
Call for papers for December Issue: Last day for Submission, 31 December 2014.



3.  Connections/Events

Future: SaMnet Leadership Development Workshops - January and February 2015

Each year SaMnet conducts leadership development workshops for academics in science and mathematics who are invested in teaching and learning. Benefits of attending these workshops include support in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), career development, and leadership in academic institutions.

SaMnet will be conducting five leadership development workshops in January and February, 2015.

Click on any workshop to register or express your interest in attending one of SaMnet’s leadership development workshops.
 



4.  SaMnet activity 
SaMnet is working with host SaMnet scholars at each institution to put together the February leadership development workshops. We would like you to come along whether you are new to the community or can offer experience and advice.

Western Australia Workshop - Curtin University, 28 January
Victoria/Tasmania Workshop - Monash University, 19 February
New South Wales/ACT Workshop - In Sydney, February date TBC
South Australia Workshop - In Adelaide, February date TBC
Queensland/Northern Territory Workshop - Griffith University, February date TBC

Click on any workshop to register or express your interest in attending one of SaMnet’s leadership development workshops.



5.  Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) (Edited by - Emma Bartle, UQ & Matt Hill, USYD)
This month we focus on research supporting the shift to learner-centred teaching:

Professors’ Place in the Classroom is Shifting to the Side
Dan Berrett, The Chronicle of Higher Education
This article presents findings from a triennial survey produced by the Higher Education Research Institute. The survey was sent to 16,000 academics across 269 institutions to explore their teaching methods in the tertiary classroom. Data confirms the shift in pedagogy towards learner-centred teaching, changing the role of academics from “sages on stage” to “guides on the side”.

Reading Guides Rediscovered
Trent W. Maurer, Judith Longfield, Featured on Tomorrow’s Professor Blog
With flipped classroom approaches gaining momentum in university courses, it is even more crucial students come to classes prepared and having completed pre-readings. Yet research suggests 80% of students do no pre-reading. Setting the reading isn’t enough– students also need to be taught HOW to effectively read. This article looks at how reading guides can be utilised to ensure students get the most from their reading preparation.



6.  Leadership insights (Edited by Matt Hill & Will Rifkin, USyd)

Tips for a Winning Research Proposal
Mark Matthews, editor of Prism
15 great tips on writing winning research proposals. How many of these do you employ when applying for grants in education or discipline based research?

To Change a Campus, Talk to the Dean
Audrey Williams June, The Chronicle of Higher Education
More than almost any other administrator, deans are in a better position to influence people and forge consensus. To succeed, they must manage up and down, engaging regularly with senior officials, the faculty, staff, and students.” How well do you know your dean, or their KPI’s? How will that frame your goals?



7. Initiative in Focus:
Have you an initiative, project or interest to share with the community in order to get feedback or disseminate your work? Contact samnetaustralia@gmail.com.



8.  Classifieds
Two types of positions: PhD students and Postdoc.

Domestic PhD Scholarships in Science and Engineering Education (2-positions) – Curtin University
Two PhD scholarships (covering both academic fees and living stipend), funded by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery grant, are available for the holders to conduct research in a project that investigates the nature of learning in Science and Engineering laboratory activities. The final practical objective of the project is an assessment of the level to which student learning in a physical laboratory setting can be replicated in remote/online laboratories. In this regard, the project is strongly aligned with the contemporary and future delivery of degree programs in Science and Engineering in the rapidly developing era of online, remote-access, education.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Graduate Employability for Monash Science
Monash University are seeking a three-year postdoctoral research fellow in the field of science education. The focus of the GEMS (Graduate Employability for Monash Science) project is to better understand the needs of employers and recent graduates in the workplace. The skills cited by employers as lacking in recent graduates include problem solving, numeracy, communication, team working, leadership and commercial awareness. Many academics would argue that development of these skills is embedded within degree programs. This is an international issue and we aim to address it for Monash Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) graduates, thus enhancing their employability and career trajectory.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

November Newsletter



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1.  Issue 29 of SaMnet’s monthly newsletter 

This Month’s Question: Have you an initiative, project or interest to share with the community in order to get feedback or disseminate your work? Contact samnetaustralia@gmail.com.


2.  Conferences & publication
The University of Hong Kong, 14-15 May, 2015
The conference aim is to provide a platform that brings together all our partners and stakeholders – higher education experts, scholars, researchers, educators, and students – to share visions on assessment and feedback in higher education.
Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to December 5, 2014

The University of Helsinki, Finland, 31 August-4 September, 2015
The theme of the conference is Science Education Research: engaging learners for a sustainable future.
Abstracts due 31 January, 2015

IJISME is looking to release two special issues, both which involve members of the SaMnet community as guest editors.
Inquiry and Problem-Solving in the Undergraduate Science Curriculum – Abstracts due 5 December, 2014, Manuscripts due 20 February, 2015
Assessing Laboratory Learning in Undergraduate Science – Abstracts due 10 January, 2015, Manuscripts due 13 April, 2015


3.  Connections/Events  

Future:                 National Summit on Distributed Leadership – 1 December, RMIT Melbourne
                                Registration closes 21 November.
Contact Sandra Jones for more information.
Register here.

December discipline-based conferences
CUBEnet Forum 2014 | 11-12 December, Canberra

SaMnet Leadership Development Workshops – February 2015
                                (Brisbane/Melbourne/Adelaide/Perth/Sydney)
Dates to be confirmed in December Newsletter


4.  SaMnet activity 

SaMnet HQ is preparing for the 2015 SaMnet Leadership Development to be held in capital cities in February. Leaders from amongst the community are being contacted to take on the role of hosting a workshop. Should you wish to assist in the co-ordination of a 2015 SaMnet Leadership Development Workshop, please contact samnetaustralia@gmail.com.


5.  Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) (Edited by - Emma Bartle, UQ & Matt Hill, USYD)

Rick Reis, from Louise Poulson and Mike Wallace “Learning to Read Critically in Education Leadership and Management”.
Don’t have the time or money for a large research project? Maybe you have the opportunity to supervise an honours student in discipline-based education research. Contains issues to consider, and why small-scale research is still valuable.

Rick Reis, from Nicholas Walliman’s book in the Sage Study Skills series
Coming from the science disciplines, we talk less explicitly about philosophy. But “the alternative to philosophy is not no philosophy but bad philosophy” (emphasis added). Have a read of this quick guide to philosophical attitudes that you may hold in research.


6.  Leadership insights (Edited by Matt Hill & Will Rifkin, USyd)
                                                                                                                                                        
Lisa M. Baird, through Mary Bowerman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
This account details the real process of implementing a grant to introduce more female professors in an institution. It helps us see how to lead and initiative, the factors affecting women in STEM areas in the US and understand more about interdisciplinary programs across STEM fields as well as career challenges and opportunities for female academics.

The Chronicle Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education
“The Chronicle Review asked 12 scholars what nonfiction book published in the last 30 years has most changed their minds – not merely inspired or influenced their thinking, but profoundly altered the way they regard themselves, their work, the world.”
Editors Warning: After reading this article I immediately purchased one of the books on the list, so read with care.


7. Initiative in Focus:
Have you an initiative, project or interest to share with the community in order to get feedback or disseminate your work? Contact samnetaustralia@gmail.com.

8.  Classifieds
Domestic post-graduate research scholarship available: Investigating the origins of students’ alternative models of forces.
The School of Engineering and Information Technology at UNSW Canberra is offering a scholarship for a Masters by Research Candidate to undertake the project. The project will require collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. The successful applicant, subject to admission, will be awarded a SEIT Masters by Research Scholarship with an annual tax-free stipend of $27,049. The successful applicant would be expected to be available to commence their studies in Session 1, 2015.

Supervisors: Dr Kate Wilson and Dr Tim Turner