Sunday, 22 February 2015

February Newsletter

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  

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

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,
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:
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