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Towards Research Excellence
9th - 10th December 2013
Melbourne

Higher Education Research:
A QUT Case Study
Professor Kare...
Higher Education Research Network
What is higher education research?
• Research that enhances our theoretical and/or our
conceptual understanding of teachin...
Fields of Research
Division 13 Education - 4 Groups
1301 Education Systems
130103 Higher Education
1302 Curriculum and Ped...
1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy has fourteen fields:
130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and
Pedagogy
13...
1302 Specialise Studies in Education has fourteen fields:
130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
130302 Co...
Indicators of HE
Research Activity
Five principles for action
1. Shape the strategic vision
2. Inspire and enable
excellence
3. Devolve leadership of
learnin...
http://www.adelaide.edu.au/herga/
http://www.latrobe.edu.au/teaching/higher-educationscholarship-and-research/journals-con...
Increasing recognition
of the need for
HE Research …
Shanghai Statement
‘The Future of Higher Education’
2 & 3 November, 2013 Shanghai Jiao Tong University,
“The Future of Hig...
Meeting the societal challenges
•
•
•
•
•

Living in a Changing Environment
Promoting Population Health and Wellbeing
Mana...
Teaching – Research Nexus

Research-led

Evidence Based

PRAXIS
Wicked problems are
difficult or impossible to
solve because of incomplete,
contradictory, and changing
requirements that ...
Innovation / innovating
in learning and teaching

Student motivation
and self-efficacy

Institutional leadership &
change ...
Before HERN
• Discipline based staff seeking new knowledge
to inform discipline teaching.
• Discipline based staff investi...
http://mjayliebs.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/dots.png
Other drivers …
• Long history of small, large and very large L&T
grants  SoLT, L&T and HE Research
• Success in ALTC and...
What is HERN?
‘Formalisation’ of the network of higher
education researchers across QUT
• Higher – research into practice ...
Establishing HERN
•
•
•
•

Convenor – Prof Christine Bruce
Deputy Convenor – Ms Georgia Smeal
Sponsored by DVC Learning & ...
http://www.intranet.qut.
edu.au/teaching/hern
Purpose, goals & strategic alignment
•
•

HERN aims to champion and embed high quality higher education
research at QUT.
H...
Distributed
Discipline
staff with
interest in
L&T
scholarship

Supervisors
of HE HDR
students

Staff with
international
& ...
Ms Denise Frost

Higher Education
Liaison Librarian

Higher Education
Subject Guide
HERN Snapshot
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

11 National OLT Fellows
700+ papers tagged in QUT ePrints
230 Members = largest research grou...
HERN Snapshot
HERN Symposium
•
•
•
•

150 staff
3 DVCs
Dean of Research and Development
Best publication awards – professional staff,
EC...
Why is HE research important to QUT?
• Attracts category 1 funding
• Is published in high impact journals – HE and
Discipl...
An investment in R&D in our industry
• Situated research
• SEO Code Division 93 – Education and Training
 9301 Learner an...
We can determine impact through
evaluation of research outcomes:
• Current literature (& potential for case studies)
demon...
Higher Education
Research Network

Thank you for listening.

Questions and Discussion
Prof. Karen Nelson, Queensland University of Technology: QUT Higher Education Research Network – promoting the status of l...
Prof. Karen Nelson, Queensland University of Technology: QUT Higher Education Research Network – promoting the status of l...
Prof. Karen Nelson, Queensland University of Technology: QUT Higher Education Research Network – promoting the status of l...
Prof. Karen Nelson, Queensland University of Technology: QUT Higher Education Research Network – promoting the status of l...
Prof. Karen Nelson, Queensland University of Technology: QUT Higher Education Research Network – promoting the status of l...
Prof. Karen Nelson, Queensland University of Technology: QUT Higher Education Research Network – promoting the status of l...
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Professor Karen Nelson, Director, Student Success and Retention, Queensland University of Technology delivered this presentation at the 2013 Towards Research Excellence conference. In its 3rd year event attendees met under the theme “From Impact to Excellence – An analysis of the challenges confronting the research sector.” From the challenges of refining regulatory frameworks toward research standards to the concepts of measuring real world impact and funding/investment returns, bridging the gap between current research output and productivity whilst securing the long term sustainability of the research workforce, remains a critical priority for securing Australia’s future prosperity. For more information about the annual event, please visit the conference website: http://www.informa.com.au/researchexcellence

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  1. 1. Towards Research Excellence 9th - 10th December 2013 Melbourne Higher Education Research: A QUT Case Study Professor Karen Nelson
  2. 2. Higher Education Research Network
  3. 3. What is higher education research? • Research that enhances our theoretical and/or our conceptual understanding of teaching and learning and is firmly situated within its relevant literature and makes a substantial contribution to that literature. – Scholarship – evidenced based critical reflection on practice aimed at improving practice  scholarly teaching (Prosser, 2008). • Domains – Teaching & learning, course design, the student experience, quality, system and policy, institutional management, academic work, knowledge (Tight, 2003)
  4. 4. Fields of Research Division 13 Education - 4 Groups 1301 Education Systems 130103 Higher Education 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy 1303 Specialist Studies in Education 1399 Other Education
  5. 5. 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy has fourteen fields: 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL) 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics, Business and Management) 130206 Kohanga Reo (Maori Language Curriculum and Pedagogy) 130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori) 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy 130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy 130211 Religion Curriculum and Pedagogy 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy 130213 Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy
  6. 6. 1302 Specialise Studies in Education has fourteen fields: 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education 130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership 130305 Educational Counselling 130306 Educational Technology and Computing 130307 Ethnic Education (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Maori and Pacific Peoples) 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education 130309 Learning Sciences 130310 Maori Education (excl. Early Childhood and Primary Education) 130311 Pacific Peoples Education 130312 Special Education and Disability 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
  7. 7. Indicators of HE Research Activity
  8. 8. Five principles for action 1. Shape the strategic vision 2. Inspire and enable excellence 3. Devolve leadership of learning and teaching 4. Reward, recognise and develop teaching 5. Involve students
  9. 9. http://www.adelaide.edu.au/herga/ http://www.latrobe.edu.au/teaching/higher-educationscholarship-and-research/journals-conferences
  10. 10. Increasing recognition of the need for HE Research …
  11. 11. Shanghai Statement ‘The Future of Higher Education’ 2 & 3 November, 2013 Shanghai Jiao Tong University, “The Future of Higher Education: The need for research and training for the higher education enterprise.” …. to highlight the need for ‘thinking capacity’, data, policy analysis, and professional training for tertiary education worldwide. We are convinced that both institutions and systems, faced with a myriad of challenges and crises, require thoughtful leadership and data-based analysis. We can no longer rely on amateur management and ad hoc solutions to unprecedented problems. 33 directors of higher education centres and programs & policymakers Australia: Leo, Goedegebuure, LH Martin Institute, University of Melbourne http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20131114185952850 http://www.bc.edu/content/dam/files/research_sites/cihe/pdf/Press%20ReleaseShanghai%20roundtable_rev.pdf
  12. 12. Meeting the societal challenges • • • • • Living in a Changing Environment Promoting Population Health and Wellbeing Managing Our Food and Water Assets Securing Australia’s Place in a Changing World Lifting Productivity and Economic Growth Will require optimising our education systems to foster informed communities, create knowledge workers  a well educated nation … http://www.chiefscientist.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/Item_5a-SettingStrateigic-Research-Priorities.pdf
  13. 13. Teaching – Research Nexus Research-led Evidence Based PRAXIS
  14. 14. Wicked problems are difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize. Charles West Churchman Management Science (Vol. 14, No. 4, December 1967)
  15. 15. Innovation / innovating in learning and teaching Student motivation and self-efficacy Institutional leadership & change management Mobile and flexible learning – what works and for whom? Quality and process improvement Student engagement? STEM Education Impact of prior knowledge on student learning outcomes Curriculum & pedagogy? Education reform Sustaining change in learning and teaching Social inclusion Theory and theorising HE research and practice
  16. 16. Before HERN • Discipline based staff seeking new knowledge to inform discipline teaching. • Discipline based staff investigating effectiveness of innovative practices aimed at improving students’ learning. • Scholarly investigations producing new knowledge about how students learn • A need for knowledge about how HEIs should be organised to promote learning …
  17. 17. http://mjayliebs.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/dots.png
  18. 18. Other drivers … • Long history of small, large and very large L&T grants  SoLT, L&T and HE Research • Success in ALTC and OLT awards, grants and fellowship programs • Need to harness the critical mass of staff engaging in SoLT, L&T & HE Research • Building capability to research and capacity of staff to produce high quality research  a climate of ‘readiness’
  19. 19. What is HERN? ‘Formalisation’ of the network of higher education researchers across QUT • Higher – research into practice and theory about teaching and learning programs and practices in universities • Education – disciplines & institutional aspects • Research – scholarship & research • Network – academic & professional staff
  20. 20. Establishing HERN • • • • Convenor – Prof Christine Bruce Deputy Convenor – Ms Georgia Smeal Sponsored by DVC Learning & Teaching Executive – QUT OLT Fellows and leading HE scholars and Researcher leaders with representation of: Exec Deans, ECARDS, DVC Research • Official Launch 13 March 2013 by Prof Suzi Vaughan DVC (Learning & Teaching), Prof Arun Sharma DVC (Research), Prof Christine Bruce (HERN Convenor) and Siobhan Lenihan (Director, OLT)
  21. 21. http://www.intranet.qut. edu.au/teaching/hern
  22. 22. Purpose, goals & strategic alignment • • HERN aims to champion and embed high quality higher education research at QUT. HERN’s goals are to: – Establish a higher education research agenda at QUT. – Develop a university-wide higher education research community. – Provide access to, and leverage from, QUT’s commitment to the scholarship of learning and teaching to produce high quality higher education research. – Enhance the career opportunities of staff engaged in higher education research. • Alignment with TEQSA imperatives: – 2.4 The higher education provider demonstrates the commitment of teachers, researchers, course designers and assessors to the systematic advancement and dissemination of knowledge. – 2.5 The higher education provider demonstrates sustained scholarship that informs teaching and learning in all fields in which courses of study are offered. – 2.6 The higher education provider identifies and implements good practices in student teaching and learning, including those that have the potential for wider dissemination nationally.
  23. 23. Distributed Discipline staff with interest in L&T scholarship Supervisors of HE HDR students Staff with international & national profiles Leadership National and international award winners HERN Sponsor and Executive Research fellows, RAs, & project officers Staff in formal leadership roles Alumni
  24. 24. Ms Denise Frost Higher Education Liaison Librarian Higher Education Subject Guide
  25. 25. HERN Snapshot • • • • • • • 11 National OLT Fellows 700+ papers tagged in QUT ePrints 230 Members = largest research group at QUT Discipline HERN Groups in Law, Health and CIF $3,820,000 competitive grants funding in 2013 60+ grant applications in 2013 National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network, Director – Prof Aileen MoretonRobinson (member of Executive)
  26. 26. HERN Snapshot
  27. 27. HERN Symposium • • • • 150 staff 3 DVCs Dean of Research and Development Best publication awards – professional staff, ECARD, overall
  28. 28. Why is HE research important to QUT? • Attracts category 1 funding • Is published in high impact journals – HE and Discipline • Is presented at high impact conferences – Engineering, Info SYS … • Identifies and sponsors senior scholars • Provides roles models and mentoring .. • Nearly ‘everyone’ is already involved in teaching…
  29. 29. An investment in R&D in our industry • Situated research • SEO Code Division 93 – Education and Training  9301 Learner and Learning  9302 Teaching and Instruction  9303 Curriculum  9304 School/Institution  9305 Education and Training Systems  9399 Other Education and Training
  30. 30. We can determine impact through evaluation of research outcomes: • Current literature (& potential for case studies) demonstrating …        Changes to programs and practice Improved levels of student attainment Improved progress rates Improved student retention New curriculum and pedagogies Improved course quality Harnessing prototypes and trials for larger scale implementation
  31. 31. Higher Education Research Network Thank you for listening. Questions and Discussion
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