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HEDx Podcast - Partner or Perish - Episode 32

Guy Littlefair, PVC International at Auckland University of Technology, joins HEDx to share insights into transitions between university and business environments and the importance of partnerships. He gives great pointers to how universities and businesses can best work together in addressing local and global issues. In the week that Mark Scott takes over at the University of Sydney, and foreshadows a focus on partnerships, forging them is emerging as a priority for all in the sector.See for privacy information.


HEDx podcast - University Culture in the Real World - Episode 31

This episode has Margaret Sheil join the HEDx team to outline where QUT is up to in refreshing its blueprint strategy. As the university with the most well-known brand position in Australia, promoting that in a post-COVID era is a priority for Margaret as VC. She outlines where a significant organisational change is up to and how the focus now is on rebuilding the culture at QUT to allow the strategy to be delivered, and her concern for staff in adapting to change. The episode illustrates the importance of alignment of brand and strategy. And it demonstrates clearly the critically important place of culture shaping, alongside leadership development in allowing a brand and strategy to be delivered and experienced.See for privacy information.


Lifelong learning, microcredentials, block models and teaching only universities - Podcast

Amid a precarious world where old jobs are disappearing and new ones are emerging, the idea of lifelong learning has morphed into something more of a must rather than an intellectual hobby or pursuit. But how will lifelong learning advantage Australians and which industries will most benefit from it? To discuss these issues and other topical points, I spoke to Australia and NZ regional director of D2L, Tony Maguire. According to Maguire, young Australians will embark on five to six careers throughout their lives, making lifelong learning critical. Linked to that is the rise of microcredentials, which have taken off in recent times, especially with government support. But while the A/NZ regional director of D2L thinks they are a great concept, he also believes that more of a framework to support them needs to be developed, so that employers and institutions can classify their true value. To conclude the interview, Maguire explained the block model Victoria University rolled out, and the successes that resulted from that decision. The concept of teaching-only universities was also explored, with Maguire stating that "the elephant in the room" is still the fact that research impact still heavily drives institutional reputation. In saying that, he emphasised that student experience will be key in encouraging more domestic students to enrol in universities and training centres across the country.See for privacy information.


Professor Exley unpacks the importance of phonics for early readers

The teaching of phonics in the early years of reading has been a contested issue for decades now. While all teachers believe an understanding of the area provides a critical foundation for beginning readers, the ways in which it is taught by different teachers - the blended approach versus commercial synthetic phonics programs - has led to the oft-quoted "reading ways". However, with states such as NSW and SA implementing mandatory Year 1 phonics screening checks, it's clear that phonics -...


HEDx Podcast - A tribute to all Australian university staff from the Chair of UA - Episode 30

This interview with the new chair of our peak body Universities Australia, sees vice-chancellor of La Trobe John Dewar assess how we are doing as a sector and interpret the gauntlet thrown at us by Minister Tudge in his recent speech. John gives a rich picture of the complexity of the commercialisation and campus return issues. He outlines how moves to differentiate on function and by discipline will continue to provide an opportunity for place-based strategies and major forays into the very competitive global online markets. But his message to the sector, in one of his first public statements as UA chair, is to pay tribute to the culture change and skills development that has taken place sector-wide whilst recognising how much further there is still to travel.See for privacy information.


HEDx Podcast - How leaders cope with incivility by academics - Episode 29

This episode has Karl and Martin joined by Professor Lynn Bosetti of UBC in Canada who gives insights into how Australian leaders in universities encounter academic workforces using incivility as behaviour to resist change and attempts at strategic direction. She draws on experience in both countries as an academic leader and her research of VCs and Deans around the world, to outline how the emotional labour of leading universities is exposed to smart bullying upwards by independent academics that has accentuated during the pandemic. A topic of great interest in many Australian universities as change programs, returns to work, and continued financial pressures make these the most difficult times to lead. They contrast with different experiences in Australian business which offer lessons university leaders might need to learn from, and quickly.See for privacy information.


Unpaid placements must be reconsidered - Podcast

Professional placements are in many, if not most, university courses these days, with the goal being to strengthen the students’ industry knowledge and links. But what is the price of these placements, particularly when students have to forgo their usual paid work to complete them? Could another solution be found? To discuss this I’m talking to Olivia Armitage, whose petition to end unpaid placements has now garnered nearly 10,000. In this podcast, Armitage talks about how the idea for the petition was formed and how her fellow students thought that unpaid placements for up to 500 hours "were pretty messed up". She added that, for Victorians students in particular, "to expect us to just give up paid work after we've spent nearly a year ro regain it, is absolutely ridiculous." Not having to worry about unpaid placements would also allow students to "focus on their studies". To solve this issue, Armitage is proposing a government-led Jobkeeper-like scheme and perhaps the use of more online technology.See for privacy information.


HEDx Podcast - Beating the odds with Professor Marcia Devlin - Episode 28

Professor Marcia Devlin joins Martin and Karl to discuss her new book, Beating the Odds, on sexism in Australian universities in the week it is launched. Marcia outlines the inequity as well as the financial, cultural and performance disadvantages that arise from a lack of diversity in leadership teams and how this can be changed by women, men and all leaders following different strategies. The episode gives a sharp, specific and timely insight into the importance of leaders building great culture in universities and how this is even more important in a post-COVID world.See for privacy information.


Annual survey reveals the stress levels and stressors of students in 2020 - podcast

As the 2021 Australian university year is in full swing, new research commissioned by Studiosity revealed that 38 per cent of students were feeling stressed due to their studies at least once a day during 2020. More distressingly, a further 40 per cent of respondents said they were stressed about their studies every week, and only one per cent of students said they never felt anxious about studying. To discuss these findings and their deeper implications, I spoke to Professor Judyth Sachs, chief academic officer at Studiosity. According to the annual Student Wellbeing Survey, key stressors included not having enough time to prepare for assessments and exams, subject workloads that were too high, and the inability for students to experience practicums in areas like medicine and teaching. The survey, which is now in its sixth year, is critical Sachs believes, "as any discussion about student success is really a conversation about student wellbeing." Studiosity's chief academic officer added there was value in universities following up with their 2020 graduates to see how they are coping with their sense of confidence.See for privacy information.


HEDx Podcast - The Future of Higher Education is Hybrid - Episode 27

Leading learning technology innovator Dr David Kellermann is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering at UNSW in Sydney. He joins Martin and Karl to share his thoughts on the journey he believes all universities must take towards a new hybrid learning model of teaching. As a pioneer of learning technology and innovation he was well prepared for the acceleration in this in 2020 and applied his commitment to equitable access for all students in doing this well. He fears many other academics were less well prepared for this change and remain so. He believes there is more that universities can do to support staff in 2021 and beyond to transition to become skilled in engaging and communicating with students in learning with technology. He believes more investment is required to make this happen but that the biggest barrier is a lack of leadership and vision. He calls for more universities and leaders to see this as an opportunity rather than a challenge.See for privacy information.


The importance of accurate and meaningful student-centred reporting - Tony Maguire

Recently Education Review wrote an article on the importance of assessing students learning and progress accurately and in a way both parents and students can easily understand. The story was based on an article by Professor Geoff Masters that drew attention to major US study. It found there were significant differences between how well parents thought their children were achieving and their children's actual achievement level. In this podcast, A/NZ regional director of D2LTony Maguire discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic increased the disconnect between teachers' and parents' understanding of student learning and areas in which to improve, Maguire also highlighted the importance of the "feedback loop" building up to major assessments, ensuring it's always student-centered and written in plain language both students and parents can easily understand. Student reflection after an assessment is also something Maguire strongly encourages. In addition to discussing student assessment, Maguire outlines what he would like to see prioritised in this year's budget, particularly micro-credentials that could begin as early as high school.See for privacy information.


HEDx - Australia's most awarded data scientist on higher education - Episode 26

PricewaterhouseCooper's(PwC)Chief Data Scientist Matt Kuperholz joins Karl and Martin to discuss the evolution of the industry and the role of data in shaping the future of higher education.See for privacy information.


HEDx is Back - Epiosde 25

In this episode of HEDx , Brigid Heywood outlines her journey into the role of VC and CEO at Australia's oldest regional university in New England before she was plucked from a planned retirement in Easter Island. She outlines a new strategy for UNE built on a long tradition of distance education and on recent advances and radical ambitions for personalised learning journeys at the heart of differentiated student experiences. And she outlines how her unique approach to leadership, and the shaping she seeks to bring to the culture of teams within her university, In combination with external partners in diverse regional precincts, the university its releasing its vision for a world-class, future-fit university.See for privacy information.


Rethinking university traditions, practices and beliefs during a time of upheaval - Podcast

The COVID-19 pandemic tore a hole in the Australian university sector, highlighting just how dependent many of our institutions have become on international student revenue. Now, roughly a year later, the sector is still adjusting to challenging conditions and many experts have questioned how universities will need to operate in the future to remain viable, trusted and valuable institutions. In this podcast I discuss this issue with Professor Andrew Jaspan. He is the director and editor of The Global Academy(hosted at Monash University)and founder of The Conversation. Jaspan explains that, while some recovery is underway, universities around the country are rethinking their approaches and beliefs towards everything from courses, delivery modes, future student markets and the qualifications, skills and qualities they are looking for in people taking up leadership positions. The appointment of Sydney university's new vice-chancellor Mark Scott is also discussed at length, in particular how non-academic appointments to the top job may now be considered for what they can bring, rather than what they don't possess. One thing is for sure, though. No university is absolutely certain about how it will be moving forward in the future.See for privacy information.


HEDx podcast - 'Must do better' means 'must do different' - Episode 24

In this week's HEDx episode, Karl and Martin are joined by their first international guest: Professor Giselle Byrnes. Giselle is the Provost with responsibilities across research, commercialisation and teaching and learning at distance learning innovator Massey University in New Zealand. She gives pointers in her interview to some of the differences in culture, tradition, priorities and practice in national jurisdictions and reflects on the implications of these for the way disruption might be led from different parts of the world. She makes a call for more compassionate leadership by vice chancellors in these times. The episode gives insights into how variabilities in cultural starting points impact how culture change and leadership will need ideas from outside the sector to be aligned with the practices we have established within. Only then can we find new ways of serving increasingly diverse student needs.See for privacy information.


HEDx podcast - Listen Carefully: Disruption can't happen without an innovative culture - Episode 23

This week on HEDx, Karl and Martin speak with the leaders from one of Australia’s leading technology companies REA Group: Henry Ruiz and Mary Lemonis. They explore the relationship between REA Group and the higher education sector and what progressive organisations need from universities as the world moves on from COVID-19. Going from $500M to $17B in 15 years only happens through brilliant strategy and cultural excellence. The mandate for culture to evolve in universities has never been greater.See for privacy information.


HEDx Podcast | Episode 22 | Helen Bartlett VC

Helen Bartlett ,VC of University of Sunshine Coast, joins the HEDx podcast to outline her new university strategy. It has a strong focus on her people and the culture of the university and how that relates to the context in Southeast Queensland. Her language is of opportunity and partnerships and a strong focus on how her region is growing, with the added ingredients of an Olympics in her backyard on the horizon. In the same week that Mark Scott is announced as the next VC of Sydney, are we starting to see a divergence in leadership focus between our global players and those serving particular local needs?See for privacy information.


HEDx Podcast - Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been skinny dipping - Episode 21

Jack Goodman, founder and executive chair of Studiosity, joins the HEDx podcast in describing how his business, which began by partnering with public libraries to deliver online study help for high school students, has emerged as a dominant place for academic literacy support for students at close to 70 per cent of Australian universities. He foresees a global market for higher education based on the personalisation of service and that technology will be a driver for transformation and disruption. He sees a step change in the balance between digital and physical infrastructure investment, and that student expectations will drive much of that transformation. He describes our current landscape as "39 peas in a pod" and agrees how wonderful it would be if just one of them tried to stand apart as a university for the student experience. What would that take, I wonder?See for privacy information.


HEDx Podcast - Leading Disruptive Change: Strategy in a War Zone? Episode 20

In this episode DVC Education at the University of Wollongong Theo Farrell joins Karl and Martin on HEDx to describe AFR award-winning staff engagement at his University that helped 99.9 per cent of teaching to move online in a fortnight. A former war studies professor, he outlines the difference between strategy and planning, reflecting on his experience advising international forces in Kabul. He celebrates the momentum to digital learning practice that requires focus on the student experience if it is to win in the higher education battlefields. He makes a case for academic work having changed irrevocably and argues that university executive teams should not back off from seeking outside help in transitions to support business recovery.See for privacy information.


HEDx Podcast - Do employers care where your degree is from? Episode 19

In this week's HEDx podcast, Karl and Martin are joined by Lloyd Lazaro of The Executive Chair. They explore how search consultants are seeing how leaders are selected and what it means for graduate recruitment. They believe that most employers cannot distinguish between graduates from different universities and that they have no preferred source of which graduates to hire. The episode explores the increasing importance of soft social skills in job readiness and the challenge of how universities can prepare graduates for this in a post-covid student experience. The episode shines a light on the opportunity for a first mover university to build a brand reputation from a differentiated strategy around graduate employability. It would require relentless focus on this point of differentiation and creating a culture that allowed the student experience to allow these skills to be developed. Such a transformation would be a bold move for a university seeking to stand apart and would need skill in creating, developing and implementing.See for privacy information.