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Measuring Success: Research Online At The University Of Wollongong, Michael K. Organ Mar 2015

Measuring Success: Research Online At The University Of Wollongong, Michael K. Organ

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

With nearly 50,000 submissions and ten million downloads, University of Wollongong’s Research Online repository is one of the largest in the world and continues to grow. As such, it is considered an incredibly successful initiative--, but how does Michael measure success beyond number of objects and downloads? He’ll discuss how his goals and measures of success have changed over time, as well as some of his strategies for sharing successes across and beyond campus.


Guerilla Publishing, Michael K. Organ Mar 2015

Guerilla Publishing, Michael K. Organ

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

The University of Wollongong Archives contains collections which have relevance to the subject of feminism in Austrlalia. Two examples are given - the records of New Opportunities for Women (NOW) 1965-70 set up by Carmelita Steinke, and the archive of artist and filmmaker Mary Callaghan.


Parallel Universes Or Venn Intersections? Numeracy And Literacy Teaching And Learning, Louise C. Rossetto, Lesley Wilkins Jan 2015

Parallel Universes Or Venn Intersections? Numeracy And Literacy Teaching And Learning, Louise C. Rossetto, Lesley Wilkins

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

Over the years, there has been fierce debate about the definition of numeracy and literacy for Academic Language and Learning (ALL) practitioners and at times, we seem to work in parallel universes, but on reflection, we have more in common than is originally supposed. For students enrolled in mathematics courses in higher education, especially those in Education fac-ulties or schools, previous experience of studying mathematics does not al-ways equal competency with, and confidence in dealing with numeracy at tertiary level. McNaught and Hoyne (2011) argue that these concepts are co-dependent. Also, our diverse student population often struggles to achieve confidence ...


Moocs' Contribution To Staff Development And Capacity Building: Australian University Case Study, Irit Alony, Stuart B. Kaye, Sarah R. Lambert Jan 2015

Moocs' Contribution To Staff Development And Capacity Building: Australian University Case Study, Irit Alony, Stuart B. Kaye, Sarah R. Lambert

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

This paper demonstrates how engaging in the development of MOOCs produces benefits beyond student learning and reputational benefits to the institution. The Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), a University of Wollongong (UOW) specialist centre in ocean law and policy research, developed a MOOC as a first step towards a fully online Masters program, despite the team's limited experience with online teaching technologies. This small scale pilot suggests that engagement in the development of MOOCs supports not only staff skills' development, but also stimulates capacity-building - both within the academic unit and within the broader institution - for ...


Have You Met Ros? The Value Of Cross Library Collaboration In Project Management And Delivery, Kate Byrne, Susan Lafferty, Clare B. Mckenzie, E Mclean Jan 2015

Have You Met Ros? The Value Of Cross Library Collaboration In Project Management And Delivery, Kate Byrne, Susan Lafferty, Clare B. Mckenzie, E Mclean

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

The mark of a valuable collaboration is that neither party can successfully achieve the outcome without the other. Cross-library or cross- organisation collaboration allows libraries to respond to complex new opportunities and challenges. Bringing together diverse knowledge and skills sets, collaborations can deliver projects more effectively by drawing on existing knowledge assets. In September 2013 UNSW Library launched a new system, known as ROS, to manage information about the research outputs produced at UNSW. Based on Symplectic's Elements software, this system represented not only a technical change but also a significant cultural change as workflows shifted from centralised administration ...


When Free Is Not Enough: What The International Librarians Network Managed To Achieve With Zero Budget, And What We Did When We Hit The Limits, Alyson Dalby, Amy Barker, Kate Byrne, Clare B. Mckenzie Jan 2015

When Free Is Not Enough: What The International Librarians Network Managed To Achieve With Zero Budget, And What We Did When We Hit The Limits, Alyson Dalby, Amy Barker, Kate Byrne, Clare B. Mckenzie

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

The International Librarians Network (ILN) began as a way to help librarians develop an international professional network without having to travel overseas. Focusing on openness and relying entirely on freely available technology and volunteer time, the program was designed to reinforce the idea that ideas can cross borders and make us better at what we do. The ILN launched in 2013, free and open to anyone in the profession, and has facilitated connections for over 1500 people in 103 countries. Unfunded and completely independent, the ILN was established using a suite of freely available technology to create and maintain an ...


"Are We There Yet?": Making Sense Of Transition In Higher Education, Jeannette Stirling, Louise C. Rossetto Jan 2015

"Are We There Yet?": Making Sense Of Transition In Higher Education, Jeannette Stirling, Louise C. Rossetto

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

This paper reviews a first year transition program first implemented in 2011 and designed for students commencing higher education at the regional campuses of an Australian university. A significant proportion of students attending these campuses are mature age, the first in family to attempt university study, Indigenous, and/or from low socio-economic backgrounds. Our project aims were to facilitate academic participation and hence retention in a higher education environment that relies on various multimedia technologies and blended learning models. Ongoing evaluations of the project clearly indicate its efficacy. Even so, longitudinal analyses raise questions about how current social inclusion policy ...


The Tipping Point: How Granular Statistics Can Make A Big Difference In Understanding And Demonstrating Value, Alison Pepper, Margie Jantti Jan 2015

The Tipping Point: How Granular Statistics Can Make A Big Difference In Understanding And Demonstrating Value, Alison Pepper, Margie Jantti

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to introduce an original, quantitative approach to examining the use of library electronic resources by demographic (or 'market segment'). In turn it provides an innovative way to demonstrate and explore the value of libraries and importantly, electronic collections.

Methodology: University of Wollongong's Performance Indicator Unit (PIU), in partnership with the University of Wollongong Library (UWL), has built a data warehouse - the 'Marketing Cube' that links real time usage of electronic resources (eresources) at a title level, to student demographic data.

Findings: The Marketing Cube design provides a robust analytics framework for examining ...


Lassi: An Australian Evaluation Of An Enduring Study Skills Assessment Tool, James Gt Marland, Joanne Dearlove, Jennifer Carpenter Jan 2015

Lassi: An Australian Evaluation Of An Enduring Study Skills Assessment Tool, James Gt Marland, Joanne Dearlove, Jennifer Carpenter

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

This study assesses the reliability and validity of the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI), an American survey instrument, in an Australian context. The results of this study were compared with those generated by a comparison study held at a different Australian university and also against other internationally published research. There was a high degree of similarity between the LASSI scores from the students at the two Australian universities, however these scores were considerably different from norms published in the LASSI manual. The students' scores in this study were also compared with data on their gender and age and the ...


Pre-Raphaelite Wonderland: Christian Yandell's Alice, Michael K. Organ Jan 2015

Pre-Raphaelite Wonderland: Christian Yandell's Alice, Michael K. Organ

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

In 1923, young Australian artist Christian Yandell (1894–1954) applied a Pre-Raphaelite pen to the task of illustrating an Australasian edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland (1924). A latecomer to the Pre-Raphaelite and Symbolist worlds of myth and legend, Yandell’s work from the 1910s through to the 1930s strongly reflected both art movements, with theosophical underpinnings eventually dominating. Like Pre-Raphaelitism, Yandell’s was a narrative art, embedded in stories and telling their own, thus the natural application to Carroll's classic work of fantasy. Intelligent, mythological, spiritual, dreamy, and mystical, Yandell's drawings were less a reflection ...


Rediscovering Historic Wollongong - A Community And Educational Collaboration Project, Rebecca Daly, Susan Jones, John Shipp, Lisa Matuselis, Marisa O'Connor Jan 2015

Rediscovering Historic Wollongong - A Community And Educational Collaboration Project, Rebecca Daly, Susan Jones, John Shipp, Lisa Matuselis, Marisa O'Connor

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

In 2014, three prominent Wollongong cultural institutions: the University of Wollongong Library, Wollongong City Library and the Illawarra Historical Society, formalised a joint agreement to undertake a collaborative project to digitise important and commonly requested historical materials held within each of the organisations. The collaborative project resulting from this agreement has been responsible for the digitisation of significant local publications such as the Illawarra Historical Society Bulletin, and planning for an online exhibition of content in contextualised formats based on geographic areas and relevant local themes. Through pooling expertise, metadata, content and systems, the project group has been able to ...


Honing The Edge: An Integrated Model For Supporting Eresearch, Katrina Mcalpine, Lisa M. Mcintosh Jan 2015

Honing The Edge: An Integrated Model For Supporting Eresearch, Katrina Mcalpine, Lisa M. Mcintosh

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

Like many academic libraries, the University of Wollongong Library jumped into eResearch with the offer of Government funding through Australian National Data Service (ANDS). Contributing to the ANDS Seeding the Commons project provided the University with the opportunity to resource formative infrastructure development of eResearch services, however, without an institution-wide framework in place, the UOW Library's involvement in these services failed to achieve the traction needed to enable these services to grow. As libraries and information professionals look to secure their place in emerging research-focused industries, it is becoming increasingly important to identify our relevant strengths and unique skills ...


Student Skills And The Bradley Agenda In Australia, Jennifer Carpenter, Joanne Dearlove, James Gt Marland Jan 2015

Student Skills And The Bradley Agenda In Australia, Jennifer Carpenter, Joanne Dearlove, James Gt Marland

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

This paper investigates the study strategies that first-year Australian university students bring with them to university. The research has currency due to the implementation of the Review of Australian higher education [Bradley, D., Noonan, P., Nugent, H., & Scales, B. (2008). Review of Australian higher education: Final report. Canberra: Australian Government.], which recommended that universities increase the number of students in undergraduate courses. In response to government incentives to increase enrolments, many universities have lowered their entrance scores and, as a result, have attracted students who would not traditionally have been eligible for university entrance. The study employed the Learning and ...


The 'London' Edition Of Captain Charles Wilkes' Narrative Of The Us Exploring Expedition, 1845, Michael K. Organ Jan 2015

The 'London' Edition Of Captain Charles Wilkes' Narrative Of The Us Exploring Expedition, 1845, Michael K. Organ

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

A copy of the rare 1845 imperial octavo 'London' edition of Captain Charles Wilkes' Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition exists in the National Library of Australia collection with original cloth bindings and ornamental blind and gold stamping featuring the seal of the United States on the front and back covers.1 This set of five volumes plus atlas allow us to obtain a precise bibliographic description of this little known variant of the Narrative.


Hume Cook And Christian Yandell's Australian Fairy Tales 1925, Michael K. Organ Jan 2015

Hume Cook And Christian Yandell's Australian Fairy Tales 1925, Michael K. Organ

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

Hume Cook's Australian Fairy Tales of 1925 was the first book fully produced in Australia to bear that specific title. Its appearance followed on the passage of almost 30 years since the publication in London during 1897 of Frank Atha Westbury's similarly titled work, and Jessie Mary Whitfield's The spirit of the bush fire and other Australian fairy tales in Sydney the following year. There had been numerous stories about local fairies and other fantastical creatures written in Australia prior to 1925, including the Reverend Charles Marson's Faery Stories (Marson 1891) and the many small booklets ...


Maybe We Could Just Count The Boxes Of Chocolates? Measuring The Impact Of Learning Development Mathematics Support For Undergraduate Students, Lesley Wilkins Jan 2015

Maybe We Could Just Count The Boxes Of Chocolates? Measuring The Impact Of Learning Development Mathematics Support For Undergraduate Students, Lesley Wilkins

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

Many students who are required to study mathematics as part of their undergraduate degree find the subject challenging. Support is offered for these students by Learning Development mathematics lecturers, mainly through individual or small-group consultations, workshops on specifically-requested concepts, or drop-in sessions. The effect of this support is difficult to determine, however; yet it is essential to demonstrate its success to the institution's management to ensure continued funding. Confidence in mathematics is a factor associated with a student's success in mathematics learning (Parsons, Croft & Harrison, 2009). This paper describes a project conducted at a large regional Australian university which compared the levels of students' mathematics confidence before and after support obtained through consultations. Different aspects of confidence, as suggested in the literature, were examined, and it was found that there was an increase in the levels of each of them. The paper presents an overview of both the advantages of the project and the problems faced in its implementation. Attitudes towards, and confidence in mathematics of potential primary school teachers are highlighted as it is recognised that these are a vital aspect of the success of their future mathematics teaching. A particularly important part of the project was to obtain students' comments at the end of the period of support; this is suggested as an essential requirement of reporting as not only is it ...


Embedding Moocs In Academic Programs As A Part Of Curriculum Transformation: A Pilot Case Study, Sarah R. Lambert, Irit Alony Jan 2015

Embedding Moocs In Academic Programs As A Part Of Curriculum Transformation: A Pilot Case Study, Sarah R. Lambert, Irit Alony

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

The University of Wollongong’s first locally developed and hosted Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “The Reluctant Mathematician” was a highly scaffolded MOOC designed to support stressed and low-efficacy maths learners. It was developed to lift maths skills at our university and also in the community – where maths skills continue to be a challenge and in some cases a source of stress. Internally the MOOC provided an alternative online way to support students who struggle with mathematics at university level, and as a complement to the existing face to face services. This paper describes a successful approach to using MOOCs ...


Putting Transition At The Centre Of Whole-Of-Curriculum Transformation, Marcus O'Donnell, Margaret Wallace, Anne Melano, Romy Lawson, Eeva Leinonen Jan 2015

Putting Transition At The Centre Of Whole-Of-Curriculum Transformation, Marcus O'Donnell, Margaret Wallace, Anne Melano, Romy Lawson, Eeva Leinonen

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

This paper describes the development of a model for institution-wide curriculum transformation at the University of Wollongong (UOW). Transition - a curriculum-integrated approach that enables a smooth, supported shift into and through higher education and a successful transition from the university to the world of work and lifelong learning - is one of three key principles at the heart of the UOW Curriculum Model. This paper focuses on transition as a whole-of-curriculum design principle and the way this principle informs the other elements of the UOW Curriculum Model. It aims to extend the concept of "transition pedagogy" developed by Kift and colleagues ...


Streaming Physiological Data: General Public Perceptions Of Secondary Use And Application To Research In Neonatal Intensive Care, Carolyn P. Mcgregor, Jennifer A. Heath, Yvonne Choi Jan 2015

Streaming Physiological Data: General Public Perceptions Of Secondary Use And Application To Research In Neonatal Intensive Care, Carolyn P. Mcgregor, Jennifer A. Heath, Yvonne Choi

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

High speed physiological data represents one of the most untapped resources in healthcare today and is a form of Big Data. Physiological data is captured and displayed on a wide range of devices in healthcare environments. Frequently this data is transitory and lost once initially displayed. Researchers wish to store and analyze these datasets, however, there is little evidence of any engagement with citizens regarding their perceptions of physiological data capture for secondary use. This paper presents the findings of a self-administered household survey (n=165, response rate = 34%) that investigated Australian and Canadian citizens' perceptions of such physiological data ...


Curriculum Design For Assuring Learning - Leading The Way: Final Report, Romy Lawson Jan 2015

Curriculum Design For Assuring Learning - Leading The Way: Final Report, Romy Lawson

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

Executive Summary: Assuring learning is a vital element in educational practice. It is a feedback mechanism for learning and teaching practice, allowing educators to review students' achievements in relation to the expectations set for the learning experience, and to use this data to continually inform practice. All those involved in education should be engaged with assuring learning, but in the current standards-driven climate, it is regularly viewed as a compliance activity and a burden that encroaches on teaching and research time. This view needs to be dismissed: a cultural change is required to encourage mindsets that recognise that assurance of ...


Developing Responsive Resource Sharing Services At An Australian Regional University: University Of Wollongong Library, Rebecca Daly Jan 2015

Developing Responsive Resource Sharing Services At An Australian Regional University: University Of Wollongong Library, Rebecca Daly

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

Purpose

In 2013 the University of Wollongong (UOW) Library completed a review of its Resource Sharing services in order to provide a financially viable service relevant to the research support needs of University clients. This paper provides an update of the service two years on.

Design/methodology/approach

UOW Library has been attentive to global changes in the resource sharing industry and document supply services. Unmediated resource sharing options are growing and assuming an increasing portion of requests received from clients. UOW’s involvement in new services has focused attention on the value of its collection, particularly the last national ...


Data Driven Decision Making In Chemistry First Year Subjects, Simon Bernard Bedford, Jennifer A. Heath Jan 2015

Data Driven Decision Making In Chemistry First Year Subjects, Simon Bernard Bedford, Jennifer A. Heath

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

Analytics is not a new area of endeavour with many industries and other professions being well ahead of the education sector in the uptake of advanced analytics methods and tools (Abdous, He, & Yen, 2012; Dziuban, Moskal, Cavanagh, & Watts, 2012). Wagner and Ice (2012) describe higher education as being on the early side of the analytics adoption curve when compared to retail, telecommunications, financial services and manufacturing. Analytics is often used in higher education institutions to identify and also predict individual students who may be 'at risk' (Fritz, 2011).


Transforming Assessment Practice: Evidencing And Benchmarking Student Learning Outcomes In Chemistry, Siegbert Schmid, Simon Bernard Bedford, Adam Bridgeman, Glennys A. O'Brien, Ian Jamie, Gwen Lawrie, Kieran Lim, Samuel Priest, Simon Pyke, Madeleine Schultz, Daniel Southam Jan 2015

Transforming Assessment Practice: Evidencing And Benchmarking Student Learning Outcomes In Chemistry, Siegbert Schmid, Simon Bernard Bedford, Adam Bridgeman, Glennys A. O'Brien, Ian Jamie, Gwen Lawrie, Kieran Lim, Samuel Priest, Simon Pyke, Madeleine Schultz, Daniel Southam

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

Higher Education in Australia is in a phase of rapid change due to a number of regulatory changes. Over the past five years the Australian Chemistry community has agreed on a list of Chemistry Threshold Learning Outcomes (CTLOs) that every student graduating from an Australian University will have attained. In addition, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) has changed its accreditation process for Chemistry degrees and now uses these CTLOs as the basis for accreditation. Therefore, it is now paramount to ensure that our assessment items allow students to demonstrate attainment of the CTLOs during a degree [1]. The "Assessing ...


Working With The Research Services Office, Michael K. Organ Jan 2015

Working With The Research Services Office, Michael K. Organ

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

The Australian and New Zealand university sector presents numerous permutations in regards to how institutional repository (IR) managers work with their local research office. The repository may be managed by the research office, the library (common), the information technology (IT) section, central administration (rare) and either singly or in a mixture of the above. At the University of Wollongong (UOW), for example, the open access institutional repository was set up in 2005 with the assistance of funding from the Research Services Office (RSO). The UOW Library has, since 2006, managed the repository – branded Research Online (RO) - and the RSO has ...


From The Horses' Mouths: Reflections On Transition From Peer Leaders, Bonnie Amelia Dean, Kathryn Harden-Thew, Kylie S. Austin, Melissa A. Zaccagnini Jan 2015

From The Horses' Mouths: Reflections On Transition From Peer Leaders, Bonnie Amelia Dean, Kathryn Harden-Thew, Kylie S. Austin, Melissa A. Zaccagnini

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

World-wide peer learning programs support students in their transition to university. Peer leader support is distinctive, being closer to the learning experience or transition encountered. This paper explores transition into the first year of university through the reflections of peer leaders. It outlines two synergetic programs at the University of Wollongong (UOW): one supporting high school students in the early stages of transition to university (In2Uni); and the second supporting enrolled university students (PASS). Focus groups were conducted to elicit the voices of leaders reflecting on their own transition and experiences of mentoring peers through transition. The findings suggest peer ...


Focusing On Six First Year Firsts: A Professional Development Framework Supporting Teachers Of First Year Subjects, Kathryn Harden-Thew, Bonnie Amelia Dean Jan 2015

Focusing On Six First Year Firsts: A Professional Development Framework Supporting Teachers Of First Year Subjects, Kathryn Harden-Thew, Bonnie Amelia Dean

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

The first year of university is a critical period for student engagement. Crucial to smooth transition is how teaching staff support new students in their first year experience (FYE). However, across higher education institutions, staff receive varying levels of professional development, and often, little explanation of how to translate theory into practice. In 2014, at Wollongong University, a new professional development framework was developed to assist teaching staff across the university to translate transition principles into effective curriculum practices. The framework identifies six moments in any first year curriculum where students experience their first contact with different academic elements and ...


A History Of Aboriginal Illawarra Volume 1: Before Colonisation, Mike Donaldson, Les Bursill, Mary Jacobs Jan 2015

A History Of Aboriginal Illawarra Volume 1: Before Colonisation, Mike Donaldson, Les Bursill, Mary Jacobs

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

Twenty thousand years ago when the planet was starting to emerge from its most recent ice age and volcanoes were active in Victoria, the Australian continent’s giant animals were disappearing. They included a wombat (Diprotodon) seen on the right, the size of a small car and weighing up to almost three tons, which was preyed upon by a marsupial lion (Thylacoleo carnifex) on following page. This treedweller averaging 100 kilograms, was slim compared to the venomous goanna (Megalania) which at 300 kilograms, and 4.5 metres long, was the largest terrestrial lizard known, terrifying but dwarfed by a carnivorous ...


New Learning Opportunities In A Networked World: Developing A Research Agenda On Innovative Uses Of Icts For Learning And Teaching., P A. Krischner, M J J P M Boon, P Janssen, Fleur Prinsen, Susan Mckenney, L Kester, S Stoyanov Jan 2015

New Learning Opportunities In A Networked World: Developing A Research Agenda On Innovative Uses Of Icts For Learning And Teaching., P A. Krischner, M J J P M Boon, P Janssen, Fleur Prinsen, Susan Mckenney, L Kester, S Stoyanov

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

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Motion By Mixed Volume Preserving Curvature Functions Near Spheres, David James Hartley Jan 2015

Motion By Mixed Volume Preserving Curvature Functions Near Spheres, David James Hartley

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

In this paper we investigate the flow of hypersurfaces by a class of symmetric functions of the principal curvatures with a mixed volume constraint. We consider compact hypersurfaces without boundary that can be written as a graph over a sphere. The linearisation of the resulting fully nonlinear PDE is used to prove a short-time existence theorem for hypersurfaces that are sufficiently close to a sphere and, using centre manifold analysis, the stability of the sphere as a stationary solution to the flow is determined. We will find that for initial hypersurfaces sufficiently close to a sphere, the flow will exist ...