Tuesday, 25 November 2014

November Newsletter

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
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