I’m back from Auckland now after the 2013 Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australaisa (HERDSA) conference. I blogged my notes at some sessions here: http://philldawson.com/tag/herdsa13/ . My highlight of the conference was Alison Phipps’ keynote, which was a moving discussion of violence and used poetry. A close second was Ella Henry’s keynote, which introduced me to the notion of ako, which describes teaching and learning in Maori. Her presentation also made me think about the need for spaces for different groups, through her discussion of marae at different New Zealand institutions. The low point of the conference was a bunch of presentations by futurists that contained too many buzzwords.