Archive May 2019

SFDN Webinars – Quick survey to find out your interests and expertise!

Dear Members,

As part of the ongoing initiative to grow our SFDN digital presence and to expand opportunities for members to connect and share practice, we would like to grow the webinar program in the upcoming year.  The aim of the webinar series is two-fold – (1) to provide a digital space where members can share practice and ideas and (2) to support the development of synchronous online facilitation skills. 

In order to develop the program, please complete this short survey about your interest in topics you would like to see offered, and if willing, topics you would like to facilitate yourself.  The SFDN Board will review the results and establish connections between the member needs and member competences, and will contact members accordingly prior to July to establish next year’s program.

Additional Details

The format of each webinar is a one-hour session using the Adobe Connect platform offered through SWITCH.  To support members who are leading a webinar, the process is as follows:

  • Theme, date, and time of webinar confirmed with the SFDN board; validation by the SFDN President
  • The SFDN Member(s) to provide a brief description of the session; SFDN to promote through the website and encourage promotion through other channels
  • The SFDN Secretary will schedule the session in Adobe Connect
  • One week prior to the session, the SFDN Secretary will conduct a brief test session with the presenter(s)
  • Two days prior to the event, registrants will receive the link to log in to the session, along with the technical requirements
  • A SFDN Board member will be present online 15 minutes prior to the session to assist with set-up and last-minute technical issues
  • The SFDN Board member will introduce the presenter(s) and remain available during the session to help with the chat and other interactive elements
  • With the agreement of the presenter(s), each session will be recorded and made available on the SFDN website

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a SFDN Board Member.  We thank you for your input and we look forward to connecting with you virtually in the upcoming year!

With best regards,

Rachel Plews (on behalf of the SFDN Board)

Two innovative new academic posts at the University of Sydney in Educational Development

The University of Sydney Business School is a globally impactful Business School with over 14000 students at our state of the art campus in the centre of Sydney and is a key faculty within the University of Sydney. We are delivering a new initiative called Connected Learning at Scale which is designed to transform the teaching and learning experience for our students through innovative delivery models, agile uses of technology and cutting edge approaches to connected pedagogy, all located within our large core face-to-face programs. This project will be using innovative approaches to educational transformation that will engage our students in connected approaches to education, support learning through the community, engage in critical conversations around learning and teaching spaces and support our approach to designing innovative pedagogies that may include students as producers, gamification/playful learning and other emerging models and practices. Both of these posts are key parts of a large new team being recruited at the USBS.

*Post 1 – Researcher – Learning, Technology and Innovation (Level A research academic A$73-98k pa plus superannuation, loadings and other benefits) (3 year contract)*

This post will provide critical data to inform the on-going design and development of these projects, including learning analytics, learning technology design and implementation and student and staff use of technology. The post will support the development and implementation of rigorous frameworks for critical evaluation of pedagogical and technological change projects happening at the School. They will co-ordinate the ethics application process as well as reporting on ethics compliance. They will undertake data collection and analysis across a range of student and staff cohorts to provide the team with insights into the effectiveness of the project in transforming the student experience.

For more information, including descriptions and how to apply, see

*Post 2 – Senior Lecturer – Educational Development (education focused) (Level C academic A$127-147k pa plus superannuation, loadings and other benefits) (3 year contract)*

The Senior Lecturer Educational Development will have a leading role in a new faculty strategic initiative that will transform the student experience in core units for our internationally regarded undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Commerce. Addressing the challenges of teaching and learning at scale, this project will be the central hub for strategic pedagogical change, working with academic staff, professional staff support teams, students and the wider University to ensure the successful delivery of this initiative. The successful candidate will work closely with the faculty, senior leadership and other members of the team to effectively co-ordinate and implement complex educational change projects. They will design teaching and learning enhancements, curriculum innovation, staff training, academic reward and community engagement initiatives to better support the ongoing development of our teaching and learning community. They will provide leadership for the successful evaluation of the projects including supporting rigorous pedagogical and evaluative research and the dissemination of these findings to the School, the University and the wider sector.

For more information, including descriptions and how to apply, see

For an informal conversation in the first instance, including conversations about potential visa sponsorship, you can contact Peter Bryant ( or Elaine Huber (

 Applications close 30th May 2019 

Further information:

Call for book chapter proposals – Re-Imagining doctoral writing

Call for book chapter proposals – Re-Imagining doctoral writing
Proposal submissions due July 31, 2019.

Please find the following call for chapter proposals for a new edited collection titled “Re-Imagining doctoral writing”:

Proposal submissions are due July 31, 2019. Please send proposals to all editors. 

Cecile Badenhorst (Memorial University)
Brittany Amell (Carleton University)
James Burford (La Trobe University)

Reminder – AIPU morning event on May 16th

A quick reminder about this upcoming event in Lausanne. C’est à Lausanne, à l’Institut et Haute Ecole de la Santé La Source qu’aura lieu le 16 mai 2019 notre première rencontre qui porte le titre – Le « j’ai pas le temps » dans l’enseignement supérieur – incluant conférence et ateliers. Cette rencontre marque le départ de plusieurs activités sur la thématique du temps dans l’enseignement supérieur.

For additional information and to register, click here.