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Academics awarded Best Poster Prize at HERDSA 2016

The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) conference was held at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle from Monday 4 July to Thursday 7 July 2016. The theme of the conference was ‘The Shape of Higher Education’ with sessions focusing on the key areas of Teaching, Learning and the Student Experience, Pathways and Partnerships, Innovation and Research and Professional Learning for Academic Practice.

One of the highlights of the conference was the keynote address from Professor Alastair Summerlee, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Guelph, Canada, who engaged with the audience with an ‘ad break’, showing pictures of his childhood home in Scotland, and presented in bare feet! On a more serious note, Alastair discussed the future of higher education using the topic ‘The wheel is spinning but is the hamster alive?’ challenging us, amongst other things, to consider the role of universities in acting as society’s conscience.

Claire Morrisby, Dr Allan Goody (Co-Convenor and HERDSA President) and Dr Helen Flavell.
Claire Morrisby, Dr Allan Goody (Co-Convenor and HERDSA President) and Dr Helen Flavell.

Another presentation of interest was ‘vMarks: on the go video feedback for assessment in large courses’ by Jack Wang from the University of Queensland, who developed a free mobile app to provide real time feedback to students doing practical assessments.

A workshop on the nature of subjectivity and bias in practical assessments was very interesting, and we have distributed some of these resources to people in the school already.

Claire Morrisby, Lecturer, Annalise O’Callaghan, Lecturer, and Dr Helen Flavell, Coordinator, Scholarship of L&T, presented a poster titled ‘Do students want to be flipped? An evaluation of the flipped classroom in a large interprofessional course’. This poster presented the findings from their 2015 TEDF grant project. Some of the findings were that 60 per cent of students believe coming to every scheduled workshop shows that they are engaged in the unit, 31 per cent of students believe completing preparation tasks shows they are engaged and, that for every 12 mins of preparation completed, students’ overall grade increased by 1 mark! This poster won the HERDSA prize for Best Poster, as voted by the conference delegates.