Friday, 20 March 2015



  
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1.  Issue 32 of SaMnet’s monthly newsletter 

This Month’s Question:
What is the biggest hurdle preventing you from using more new innovations in the classes you teach, or units you manage? (Click to answer)
Results available in April Newsletter



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:
February SaMnet Leadership Development Workshops

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.

Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME)
30 September – 2 October, 2015
A date for the diary – this conference is the main gathering of the SaMnet community and all SaMnet newsletter recipients are invited. The ACSME conference website will soon be open for abstract submission.


4.  SaMnet activity 
With four February Leadership workshops completed, and one planned for June, SaMnet HQ has now turned efforts towards what SaMnet should look like moving forward. If you would like to make suggestions from what you would like to see from SaMnet, send ideas and questions to samnetaustralia@gmail.com


5.  Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
This month we have tips for writing including how to get published, and how to motivate one’s self to write.

The Guardian: Higher Education Network
Journal editors share their advice on how to structure a paper, write a cover letter – and deal with awkward feedback from reviewers. A must read.

Tanya Golash-Boza, Associate Professor at University of California
Research teaches us strategies to settle into being a prolific writer. How can you motivate yourself to write more?


6.  Leadership insights
Meghan M. Biro in Forbes magazine
Why do you admire particular leaders? Why might people admire you as a leader? Biro argues that the most admired leaders reach people on emotional levels. Is this a characteristic that you show?

David Gooblar, PedagogyUnbound.com
This is an example of how opening up to a classroom (reaching people with emotional levels) has pedagogical power. Why is this in the leadership section? We suggest that opening up may have the power for other benefits than pedagogy, how might opening up strengthen your leadership?


7.  Classifieds
Job vacancies:
The Faculty of Science is recruiting for a Lecturer in Higher Education Learning Design to play a key role in the development of students’ future focussed graduate capabilities and professional identities.
Closing date for applicants is 9:00am on Thursday 26th March.

Applications are invited for two full time permanent positions at the Lecturer/Senior Lecturer level (equivalent to Assistant/Associate Professor in the USA system) in Mathematics Education within the Department of Mathematics at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. One of the appointments will be made at Lecturer Level, the other may be at either Lecturer or Senior Lecturer.
Closing date for applicants is Wednesday 15th April.

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