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All the latest from the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching including conferences, papers, problems and a PhD opportunity!

All the news from the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching.
All the news from the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching.

Problems can be good for SoLT

Did you know that problems can be good for SoLT? Issues arising in learning and teaching can be a good source for ideas for SoLT projects. If you are experiencing a particular challenge with your student cohort (for example, poor attendance, assessment or feedback issues) these can be productive starting points for localised SoLT projects and ways to evidence reflection on teaching practice for promotion. Similarly, if you are making a change to some aspect of your teaching (curriculum, assessment, teaching approach) this is a good opportunity to carry out an action learning study as you reflect on initiative, evaluate it and plan your next iteration. If you would like more information and/or support contact Helen Flavell.


Graduate Employability

Professor Dawn Bennett has a new website, Developing Employability, which you may be interested in. To register for updates and join the conversation you can find the website here.


I-MELT (International conference for Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching):

Six months until the conference and six weeks until short papers due + special issue of the Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice (JUTLP).

24 July 2017 short papers due.

Dear colleagues,

With Keynotes from two islands and two continents, and presentations, e-posters and workshops from colleagues around the globe, why not MELT in Adelaide’s summer at this international conference?

I-MELT stands for the International conference for Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching and runs from 11 to 13 December 2017 at the National Wine Centre, Adelaide. All information about registration, paper submission and accommodation is available here. Interstate and overseas visitors note: we have reserved a limited amount of accommodation for I-MELT participants, and this may disappear as December is high season. I-MELT is an opportunity for fluid conversations that thaw out sometimes frozen concepts around engaging students and engaging us as university staff. The models used to inform the conference emerged out of many organic modifications of the Research Skill Development framework, including the Work Skill Development framework, the Optimising Problem Solving pentagon, Research Mountain (a song version for primary school), and the numerous other MELT that have emerged. You can learn more here.

We welcome short papers of 1500-2000 words that critique, combine, adapt, pilot and/or research curriculum implementations of any of the MELT. There is a practice stream and a research stream for presentations, e-posters and workshops. Support for short papers is provided here  and we encourage early submission to enable an improvement process of more than one cycle. Some short papers accepted through peer-review for I-MELT will be invited to submit a full paper for a special issue of the Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, scheduled for October 2018. The special issue is titled ‘Research Skill Development spanning Higher Education: Connections, critiques and curricula’.

In addition there will be a call for direct expressions of interest to the special issue in the next few weeks.

Don’t forget to register for I-MELT and I hope to see you there. For further information email I-MELT.

John for the I-MELT organising committee.


Call for papers: Research symposium on ‘Education, migration and translation’ – 26 November 2017, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Deadline for abstracts and short biography (200–250 words) – 30 June 2017

‘Education, Migration and Translation’ Research Symposium, Sunday 26 November 2017. Hosted by the Centre for Global Migrations, Dunedin, University of Otago Keynote speaker: Professor Michael Singh (Western Sydney University).

In educational contexts, those who experience or encounter migration in its many manifestations will negotiate linguistic, cultural and/or epistemological translation. Translation allows people to move between languages, social and behavioural norms, ideas, interpretations, and individual and collective meanings. However, (mis)translation also risks misunderstanding. Historically, translation and language loss have occurred alongside colonisation, and colonial relations continue in university ranking methodologies and academic publishing processes that privilege the English language. Indigenous perspectives demand attention to the purposes and outcomes of education at all levels, including the role of education in promoting both language loss and language revitalisation.

This multidisciplinary symposium welcomes proposals for 20-minute presentations that examine the connections between education, migration and translation (a further 10 minutes will be allocated for questions and discussion).

Abstracts should be submitted in English, or English and another language as appropriate, to Henry Johnson. The conference registration fee is $25.  You can find more information at the website. For those not presenting, we will need confirmation of attendance for catering purposes by 31 October. Those visiting Dunedin may also be interested in the New Zealand Asian Studies Society conference beginning Monday 27 November. More information about the conference can be found here.


PhD opportunity in health professions educational research – Monash Centre for Scholarship in Health Education (MCSHE)

The PhD opportunity MCSHE has an exciting opportunity open to a prospective PhD student to join our team. The successful candidate would be working on a Department of Health and Human Services-funded project linked with the ice action plan, to enhance the clinical supervision education of frontline health and human services workers in Victoria. The PhD student will conduct a program of related clinical supervision research including:

1) a realist synthesis of clinical supervision training interventions

2) realist evaluation of clinical supervision training workshops

3) a longitudinal audio diary study exploring the impact of the clinical supervision training program on supervisory beliefs, identities and practices.

What is the MCSHE offering? 

• Scholarship: A stipend/living allowance of $29,682 per annum (2017 rate, full-time), increased each year as per indexation.

• Allowances: $2000 available per annum to help support project consumables, conference travel, etc. A relocation allowance up to $1500 if applicable.

• Supervision: Provision of high quality supervision by a team with expertise in the topic of inquiry, methodological approaches and research supervision.

• Physical location: The PhD student will be provided with a desk and computer in the MCSHE office, 27 Rainforest Walk, Clayton Campus, Monash University.

• Duration: Three years full-time for doctoral applicants (with a possible 6 month full-time extension).

Who is eligible to apply?

• Applicants are open to domestic candidates only (Australian Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents, New Zealand Citizens).

• Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree with honours (first class) and/or a Masters degree with substantial research component, or qualifications and/or research experience deemed equivalent by the University.

• The Bachelor with Honours and/or Masters degree should preferably be from a related discipline such as social sciences (e.g. psychology, sociology, anthropology, education) or health and/or social care professions.

• Applicants must also satisfy the English language proficiency levels set by the university.

• Applicants must show high research potential, a demonstrated ability for independent studies, be equipped to undertake qualitative and/or quantitative research, have strong written and verbal communication skills and be comfortable with developmental feedback.

Where should applications be sent?  Send your applications to Professor Charlotte Rees (see email contact below) by 24th July 2017. Your application should include your academic CV, a cover letter explaining why you want to do this PhD at Monash University and how you meet the eligibility criteria above, and your academic transcript. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to Monash University, Clayton Campus, in August for an interview, which will include giving a presentation of your previous research.

Who should I contact?

If you are interested in applying for this PhD scholarship, please contact Professor Charlotte Rees via email  or Tel: 03 9905 9995.

Where can I find other information? (website currently under development)