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HERDSA Fellowship Assessors’ Community of Practice Workshop

In a recent survey of the HERDSA Fellowship community 100% of respondents agreed that “a community of practice can only survive if its members are actively involved”, 86% believed that “Fellows should be expected to actively contribute to the greater Fellowship community”, and 61% thought that “all prospective Fellows should be mentored by a current Fellow”. This workshop provides an opportunity for Fellows to become actively engaged in the community and at the same time receive the “professional recognition of being a HERDSA Fellow”, the key reason that most respondents (80%) identified for becoming a HERDSA Fellow.

This free workshop has been designed for current HERDSA Fellows who are, or world like to become, assessors of future Fellowship applications. Fellows wishing to mentor Associate Fellows through their portfolio development are also encouraged to attend. It is the goal of the Fellowship committee that all assessors in future complete this workshop to enhance the consistency of assessment and feedback provided to Fellowship candidates.

Participants will:

  • Compare their experiences of assessment of portfolios (either their own, their mentees or those they may have already assessed).
  • Review the criteria under which Fellows are assessed.
  • Determine the features needed to demonstrate the various levels of grading of a portfolio.
  • Moderate and critique examples of different portfolios.
  • Discuss appropriate feedback that can be provided to applicants and their mentors.

The workshop will be discussion-based and provide extensive opportunities for assessors and mentors to clarify areas of uncertainty. Exercises will be offered to facilitate this.

The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Sue Bolt and Dr Lee Partridge.

  • Dr Sue Bolt is a FHERDSA, a member of the HERDSA Executive and HERDSA Fellowship Panel of Assessors. She also holds a PFHEA and was a recipient of an Australian Endeavour Executive Fellowship 2015. She has held senior leadership positions in learning and teaching at Edith Cowan University and Curtin University. Currently she is an Educational Developer at the University of Liverpool and an Associate director for the Centre for Recording Achievement in the UK.

  • Dr Lee Partridge has been a member of the HERDSA executive and a HERDSA Fellow since 2013. She has had experience in mentoring and assessing HERDSA Fellows. She recently moved into the HERDSA Fellowship portfolio and is keen to see a reinvigoration of the Fellowship. As an academic developer she has a particularly strong interest in working with early career academics. Her research interests extend to undergraduate research and service learning.

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  • Key Dates
  • Call for Proposals Open 12 September 2016
  • Registration Opens 19 September 2016
  • Call for Refereed Paper Abstracts Closes 23 October 2016
  • Notification of Acceptance for Refereed Paper Abstracts 15 November 2016
  • Full Paper from Accepted Abstracts Due 6 February 2017
  • All Other Submission Types Due 20 February 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance for All Other Submission Types 10 April 2017
  • Early Bird Registration Extended till 12 May 2017
  • Pre-Conference Workshops 27 June 2017
  • HERDSA 2017 Conference 28 – 30 June 2017