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The theme of ascilite 2011 is Changing demands, changing directions.

Shifts in the political, economic and social landscape are changing the demands placed upon the tertiary education sector. There are opportunities and challenges in ensuring students are provided with equitable experiences and in ensuring staff and students are supported and engaged. What are the implications of these changing demands? How will these demands change the ways in which we use technology?

An aim of ascilite 2011 is to facilitate, through the lens of technology, discussion and collaboration amongst those with primary responsibility for teaching and the design and development of resources, and those with primary responsibility for the management and strategic direction of learning and teaching.

ascilite 2011 has three sub-themes.

  • Equity of experience
    How do we ensure all students receive an equitable experience? How do we ensure learning opportunities are accessible so that students can select from a range of opportunities those that meet their needs, wants and expectations?
  • Engagement
    How do we create an engaging learning and teaching environment, for both students and staff, in the light of agendas such as increasing participation, a focus on retention and changing funding models? What support mechanisms are needed? How best can we make the most of the experiences students bring to our institutions?
  • Evidence-based practice
    How do we achieve a balance between exploration and innovation and ensuring our discipline integrates the literature and other evidence-based approaches into our projects? How do we look to the future whilst not forgetting the past?

Key Dates

4 - 7 December 2011