Sponsors are important partners who are vital to the ongoing sustainability of the ascilite community. Sponsorship opportunities are available to support a range of member and community activities throughout the year. :
- ascilite conference
- ascilite webinars (sponsored by Blackboard)
- Regional events
- Special interest groups
- Community mentoring
- Grants (research and/or practice)
- Community think tank/ roundtables
ascilite's major sponsorship actviity is the annual conference and a range of sponsors support ascilite in hosting the conference. Further information, including sponsor packages are available from the conference organizing committee. The annual conference is hosted by a different institution each year. The contact details of the current host committee are available on the conference website or you can simply fill-in this sponsor form.
Webinar Sponsor -Blackboard (Australia & New Zealand)
Blackboard provides ascilite with a complimentary Collaborate account that allows ascilite to deliver meaningful webinars to ascilite members. Collaborate is also used by the ascilite Executive Committee for its online meetings.
Blackboard was founded in 1997 with a vision to enable educational innovations everywhere by connecting people and technology, Blackboard is a leading provider of e-Education enterprise software applications and services. In 2013, the company bought Netspot consisting of five software applications bundled in two suites, the Blackboard Academic Suite and the Blackboard Commerce Suite. NetSpot continues to provide a range of professional services including AARNet-based managed hosting for over 2,000,000 users, technical support, training, content migration, customisation and helpdesk. It is also an official Moodle Partner in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Netspot has been a long-term sponsor of ascilite and its founder, Allan Christie, is an ascilite Life Member registering the ascilite domain name in 1993 and establishing ascilite's first website in the same year. Allan is also a co-opted member of the ascilite Executive Committee.
2014 Conference Sponsors
Otago Polytechnic, University of Otago, Echo 360 and Ako Aotearoa are early sponsors of ascilite 2014 to be held in Dunedin, 23 – 26 November 2014. Otago Polytechnic is the official convenor of this year's conference.
Sponsorship Management Team
- Caroline Steel, ascilite President
- Dominique Parrish, ascilite Vice-President