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The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Incorporated (HERDSA) promotes the development of policy and practice in higher education. Membership is open to anybody interested in the promotion and enhancement of teaching, learning and academic practice in tertiary and higher education.

The 2012 conference is the 35th annual conference in the Society's prestigious series. It will be proudly hosted by the University of Tasmania and will attract delegates from Australasia and around the world.

The main theme for the 2012 HERDSA International Conference is Connections in Higher Education. Conference delegates will explore the policies, research, leadership and student outcomes we should be pursuing in higher education world-wide to establish and sustain our connections with the entire sector. The conference will focus on the following sub-themes:

  • Creating and sustaining peer connections
  • Establishing community connections
  • Enriching interdisciplinary connections
  • Connections for student success
  • Connecting with research

The conference will be of relevance to leaders, policy makers, academics, teachers, researchers, tertiary institution managers, support staff and students in the higher education sector and in government. The 2012 HERDSA conference is expected to attract 350 - 400 delegates from Australia and overseas.

We hope you can join us for HERDSA 2012 and enjoy the picturesque city of Hobart and the many attractions Tasmania has to offer.






  • Dr Natalie Brown, Co-Head, Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching, University of Tasmania - Co-convenor
  • Prof Susan (Sue) Jones, School of Zoology, ALTC Discipline Scholar for Science - Co-convenor
  • Ms Tracy Douglas, Lecturer and First Year Coordinator, School of Human Life Sciences, University of Tasmania
  • Ms Rebecca Shaw, Finance and Projects Officer, Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching, University of Tasmania
  • Dr Jane Skalicky, Head, Student Learning and Academic Development, Student Centre, University of Tasmania
  • Dr Gary Williams, Co-Head, Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching, University of Tasmania







HERDSA 2012 will be hosted by the University of Tasmania.











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The HERDSA Full Refereed Papers are available on the HERDSA website. Click here to access.

Online registration is now open. Click here for further details.

Details of Pre-Conference Workshops are now available. Click here for further information.

The conference program is now available. Click here to view the program.


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Principal Sponsor

Supported by the Australian Government

The Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) was established in November 2011 by Senator the Hon Chris Evans.  The OLT promotes and supports change in higher education institutions for the enhancement of learning and teaching.

Its responsibilities include: providing grants to academics and professional staff to explore, develop and implement innovations in learning and teaching and to develop leadership capabilities; commissioning work on issues of strategic significance to the higher education sector to inform policy development and practice in relation to learning and teaching; managing a suite of awards to celebrate, recognise and value teaching excellence and programs that enhance student learning; funding fellowships and secondments for leading educators to address significant national educational issues; disseminating resources on innovations in learning and teaching; supporting the development of effective mechanisms for the embedding of good practice in learning and teaching in Australian higher education; encouraging collaboration and sharing of good practice for improved student learning outcomes; and facilitating networking and professional development opportunities for academics and professional staff.

The Office for Learning and Teaching is part of the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. 

 Office for Learning and Teaching

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National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Desire2Learn Australia