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 (see below)
- 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 at these conferences. Further information, including sponsor packages are available from the conference organizing committee. The annual conference is hosted by a different institution each year in their city. The contact details of the current host committee at the University of Southern Queensland are available on the conference website.
For sponsorship opportunitites in any of the above activities, contact the ASCILITE Secretariat and for conference sponsorship, ask for a conference sponsorship prospectus from this year's conference convenor.
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. Allan registered the ASCILITE domain name in 1993 used to establish ASCILITE's first website. In 2013 he was co-opted to the Executive Committee and in 2016 he was elected as the society's Treasurer.
2017 Conference Sponsorships
ASCILITE 2017 will be hosted by the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba from 4 – 6 December 2017 and sponsorship opportunities are available until October 2017. Email this year's conference convenor for further details and a sponsorship prospectus.