Higher Education Research Group of Adelaide (HERGA)

A cross-disciplinary community of educators, representing all of the South Australian universities and other members from across Australia and New Zealand, with the intention to promote high quality university learning through sharing evidence-based, practical approaches to teaching and learning.
Annual Conference

HERGA Conference 2019

Although we are only 20 years into the 21st century, there has already been significant change to the way we teach and students learn. Work commitments, teaching specialists, new technologies, students as partners are all relatively new initiatives and they are having significant impact on the way we function in universities. At this conference we’ll look at what has changed and how effective it is. We’ll look at what is currently changing and how we are adapting and we’ll try and take a peak into the next 20 years and see what it may bring.
We welcome your contributions, attendance and lively discussion. As always the HERGA conference is a place for colleagues to openly discuss new and challenging issues in a friendly and supportive environment. We look forward to seeing you there.
This years conference will be hosted by UniSA on the 25th of September with space for a symposium on the 24th (subject to submissions).

This years themes are

  • New and changing assessment practices
  • Teaching specialists and their impact on students and universities
  • New modes of teaching
  • Theories of teaching that elate to 21st Century skills
  • New technologies
  • Evaluating 21st century teaching
  • The role of students in design, evaluation and development of their learning
  • Learning spaces​


Our keynote speaker this year is Dr Pamela Roberts. Pam is a Chemical Engineer who worked in industry and as an engineering academic at a number of professional and research universities. Her transition from professional engineering to higher education began with managing the first women in engineering project at RMIT. Her research focused on inclusive engineering education and working with engineering academics to change the engineering culture and curriculum. This led to her recent role as an academic developer, providing educational professional development for staff in formal award courses, workshops and one-on-one consultations. I have been Course Director for a number of graduate certificates in higher education at ANU, University of Canberra and Charles Sturt University. Pam’s teaching and research interests relate to curriculum design and innovation, research-based teaching and learning and professional learning. She is currently the ACT Chair for HERDSA.

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