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Students present at HERDSA conference

The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australia (HERDSA) national conference was held from 28 to 30 June in Sydney.


Lan-Phoung Vu presenting at the plenary.
Lan-Phoung Vu presenting at the plenary.

The conference theme was curriculum transformation with streams relating to facilitating curriculum transformation, embedding employability, and students leading curriculum transformation. Experts in these areas from Australia, New Zealand and Asia produced models to guide development of the higher education sector, and presented their work in the final plenary session.

Claire Morrisby and three students, Lan-Phoung Vu, Emily Theseira and Ebony Chang, gave four presentations at the conference. Two of the presentations, ‘What motivates students to turn up to the flipped classroom prepared? Results from a study co-led by students and academics’ and ‘Co-creating the Flip: Students and academics collaborating to improve learning’ presented the findings of the TEDF 2016 project, ‘Turning up to the flipped classroom prepared: a student-led perspective on what intrinsic and extrinsic motivations are required’, and the experience of the three academics and four students in co-creating this research project.

The presentation on the experience of co-creating research was facilitated as a Q and A panel with videos from fellow researchers, Jen Dalby (student), Helen Flavell and Annalise O’Callaghan included in the presentation. The results of the study were of particular interest at the conference, with standing room only.

Lan-Phuong Vu (OT student), Emily Theseira (Biomedical Science student), Ebony Chang (Psychology student) and Claire Morrisby (OTSW).
Lan-Phuong Vu (OT student), Emily Theseira (Biomedical Science student), Ebony Chang (Psychology student) and Claire Morrisby (OTSW).

Claire Morrisby also presented the results of her TA seed project from 2016, ‘Gamification using virtual reality serious games: Student perceptions of value’.

Lan-Phoung Vu, Emily Theseira and Ebony Chang presented in the final plenary presentation ‘Students and staff as partners in curriculum transformation’ with academics and students from the University of Tasmania and the University of Lincoln, UK.

Lan commented that, “It was nice to know that there is a very welcoming group of people dedicated to making higher education innovative and meaningful. I had a very enjoyable time interacting with people from different, and sometimes unusual (for example zoology), academic backgrounds. This experience has made me feel more optimistic about opportunities outside my current studies, but also reassured me that any learning can contribute to an unknown, but exciting, future.”

The students would like to thank the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, and HERDSA, for supporting their attendance at the conference.

Contributed by the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work