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Scholarship in teaching and learning

This post is focused on some recent interesting Scholarship in Teaching and Learning (SoLT) papers, and the specific benefits in joining a professional body devoted to technology-enhanced learning.

What’s new in SoTL research?

Higher Education Research & Development (HERD) Virtual Special Issue: While this set of papers is from a different professional body than the one I’m overviewing today (I’ll review it in later post), it’s worthwhile adding here as access is free to non-members until Dec19. It includes the 10 most viewed articles from the HERD, and considers key issues in higher education including effective teaching criteria, graduate employability, flipped learning and scaffolding critical thinking. Each has made original and enduring contributions to the theory, practice or research of universities across the globe. Worth a read!

ASCILITE: What’s in it for you?

What are the benefits of being a member of a professional organisation outside of your core discipline area? And which one should you choose, if you had to choose one? Here’s the first in a series of posts on some of the key learning and teaching professional bodies both in Australia and beyond, and some of the benefits each of them offer.

ASCILITE‘s focus is on the use of educational technologies in education, though you’ll find papers at their conferences that tackle this focus rather loosely. They have a journal – the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (see Google’s citation index); a blog which has regular topical posts from guest writer; and a yearly conference which currently has a call for papers (see below) and rarely fails to inspire. My first was in 2004! Beyond these, there are additional benefits which some of us in FoBJBS have benefited from already.

Call for papers for the 2019 conference close 29 July 2019. The conference will be held in Singapore from 2-5 December, and the theme is Personalised Learning. Diverse Goals. One Heart.

Community Mentor Program

The mentoring program is open to all members and applications open in February each year. You can elect to have either an individual mentor, or work with a group. I’ve worked with a group, and have continued collaborating on research projects with my fellow mentees. Jo Parker has been an individual mentee, and also found great benefit in it.

For those new to SoLT, this is a great way to build your skills. The mentors are all experienced scholars in learning and teaching themselves, and will guide you towards the goals you identify. And a bonus – you get 50% off the price of your conference attendance in that year.

Special interest groups

There are 7 special interests groups, which are a great place for networking with others. From mobile learning to learning analytics and digital equity, if you have a keen interest in one of these areas, this is a good to find like minds.

Spring into Excellence Research School

Once again, both Jo and myself have attended the research school, which brings together new and experienced researchers in technology-enhanced learning (TEL) in a combined workshop / writing style format. This allows you to progressively work towards a TEL-focused research design proposal, supported by ample guidance (group and personal) from highly experienced TEL researchers (especially useful if you are new to TEL) and initiating collaborative investigations with others.

Expressions of Interest to attend the 2019 Research School were announced on 20 May and are due by 5 July 2019. Please note that there are limited places available so don’t be disappointed, register today.

Professional accreditation – CMALT

While at CSU professional teaching accreditation is focused on the UK Higher Education Academy Fellowships, many in the educational technology community place a higher standing on CMALT Australasia – which is offered in partnership with the Association of Learning Technology (ALT) UK and supported by ASCILITE. There’s a great CMALT MOOC supporting those who are working through the accreditation process. It offers resources, activities / feedback and community – and is led by those who have been through the process and have high standing themselves in the educational technology community. If anyone is interested in this, let me know.