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NEWSLETTER July 2019

In this issue I am pleased to announce the inaugural ACDS fellows. We have received many high quality applications -- a testament to the high calibre educators in our Australian network who are committed to providing relevant science and mathematics education delivered to the highest standards—but unfortunately we only have funding for one fellowship.

Conference organisers are making steady progress towards the two conferences ran by the ACDS T&L Centre every year. A reminder also for mathematics educators to engage in the vibrant discussions that are promising another workshop FYiMaths workshop in July.

The final report of the OLT project Successful WIL in Science, is now available and adds to the suite of resources under ACDS sponsorship to support science educators.

Finally, a reminder that the ACDS T&L Centre as an avenue for sharing knowledge and facilitating collaborations, and we welcome your contributions.  

ACDS inaugural Fellowship awarded!

Congratulations to Tina Acuna and Jo-Anne Kelder for being awarded the inaugural ACDS Fellowship!

Their project aims to develop a framework to embed scholarship in the cycle of quality improvement (yearly) and quality assurance (external benchmarking; at least 5 yearly) of qualifications, leading to evidence-based scholarly outputs and informs a collaborative approach to curriculum design that can be facilitated within and across disciplines and university boundaries.

This project is very timely as it addresses the recently released TEQSA guidelines stating that

scholarship that is claimed to inform teaching (or supervision) must have a demonstrable relevance to the course being taught, including scholarship relating to the process of teaching and learning in itself.

Read about their project and how you can get involved here

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Successful WIL in Science - final project report now published!

This OLT project sponsored by the ACDS was completed last December under Liz Johnson leadership, and the full report is now available. This report, together with the WIL guide in Science and the report on the Quality and Standards for Work Integrated Learning, provide a rich set of resources for all science educators who are working to improve the employability of future graduates in science and mathematics by increasing access to and participation in work-integrated learning (WIL).

Download the project report here.

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FYiMaths 7th Annual Workshop: 11-12th July

This year’s Workshop will bring together first-year mathematics educators from across Australia to discuss the current state of our first-year tertiary mathematics curricula.  What are the similarities, what are the differences, is our curriculum relevant, engaging, outdated, what is the impact of technology, how are we teaching, who is teaching it and how are they being supported?

A similar forum took place in Canada by Veselin Jungic and Miroslav Lovric. You can read their report here. Veselin will be joining us from Canada.

As usual, registration is required, but free. Find all you need to know about the workshop here.

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ACDS Learning and Teaching Leaders Conference 2019 - register now!

This conference is for associate deans (Teaching & Learning) and other leaders in science education. It will be held at Newcastle University on 18 and 19 July. There are a few spots still available. If you are an education leader wishing to participate and have not received an invitation, talk to your dean or associate dean to seek endorsement to attend.

Register here!

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ACSME 2019: Submissions extended to June 28

This year we celebrate 25 years of this national conference which brings together science and mathematics educators from around the country to discuss and share their latest challenges and developments. Pauline Ross and her team are busily putting together a program around the theme of student experience and student stories – this will be another conference not to be missed!

Submissions have been extended to mid-night on Friday 28 June. Also, make sure you do not miss the early bird registration date !

Full information available on the ACSME conference website. Or click here to download the flyer and the draft program.

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ACDS T&L Centre: an avenue for knowledge sharing and collaboration

Have you read something interesting about science education lately? Have you embarked on a new project that others should know about? Are you looking for collaborators to get an idea off the ground? Have you discovered or developed a new resource? Have you made any new observations about science teaching that you would like to share?  The very aim of the ACDS T&L Centre is to provide an avenue for knowledge sharing and collaboration across Australian science academics, so contact me if you would like to publish a blog, or connect with others.

With very best wishes

Cristina Varsavsky

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