Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Draft ascilite Strategic Plan 2016 – 2019



To be Australasia’s foremost community, leading and advocating for digital excellence in tertiary learning and teaching.


To promote and recognise exemplary innovation, evidence–based practice and research in the use of educational technologies.

Strategic Overview

strategic-goals-diagram-w250Our strategic goals for 2016 – 2019 are both underpinned by, and committed to, fostering a strong and engaged community that ensures the sustainability of ascilite. We seek to progress innovation, evidence-based practice and research in the use of educational technologies through strategic partnerships and on-going communication with our membership and wider community.

We acknowledge that innovation encourages and advances creative ideas, evidence-based practice provides validation that the innovation works as it was designed and research affords rigorous evidence of the effectiveness of the innovation and evidence-based practice.

As a community we seek to exercise leadership and advocacy in partnership with government, industry, professional bodies, education sector and other partners to deliver digital excellence in tertiary learning and teaching and give effect to ascilite’s strategic goals and values.

Diagram: ascilite pillars for progressing the use of educational technologies


Strategic Goal:

To actively disseminate and encourage digital innovation in research and educational practice in the tertiary sector.

Strategic Objectives:

We will:

  • Use research and scholarship to support and advance innovation and evidence-based practice, through AJET and the Conference.
  • Provide opportunities to promote and endorse digital excellence and initiate collaborations that progress digital innovation, through Awards, Special Interest Groups and Webinars.
  • Enhance ascilite’s virtual presence to facilitate broad communication, collaboration and engagement through social media, the Bulletin and Website.

Evidence-based practice

Strategic Goal:

To inform and lead discussion and debate about policy and practice from an evidence-based perspective.

Strategic Objectives:

We will:

  • Maintain a repository of knowledge through our open access journal and conference proceedings.
  • Foster professional recognition of practitioners in the use of educational technology by supporting rigorous, reflective peer-review through the Certified Membership – Association for Learning Technology (CMALT) Australasia program.
  • Encourage practitioners and academics at all levels into the disciplinary culture of research and practice through the Community Mentoring Program (CMP).
  • Provide opportunities for collaboration and to showcase evidence-based practice through Special Interest Groups and webinars.


Strategic Goal:

To be recognised as an active community producing and disseminating high quality, open access research.

Strategic Objectives:

We will:

  • Maintain the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET) as Australasia’s foremost journal and one of the most prominent in the world for educational technology research.
  • Showcase innovative and quality research and provide a venue for strategic networking through our collegial annual conference, Special Interest Groups and webinars.
  • Mentor and recognise researchers at all stages of their careers through the Community Mentoring and Awards programs.


You are invited to share your feedback and comments below or, alternatively you may email your comments to the ascilite Secretariat. Your name (use an alias if you prefer) will be displayed but not your email address. Contact details are available to the moderator for comment approval purposes only.  Thank you for providing feedback!

If you would like to view the 2012 – 2015 Strategic Plan before commenting, you will find it here.

7 Comments on Strategic Plan 2016 – 2019

Lisa Wise said : Report Mar 17, 2016 at 12:09 PM

While I recognise the intent of the mission, objectives and goals and approve of what they are fostering, how does sustainable practice and reuse of (for example) learning objects fit with a relentless pursuit of innovation? I would love to see something about sustainability and sharing rather than only focussing on innovation

Mark Nichols said : Report Mar 17, 2016 at 7:46 PM

Love it. Picking up on Lisa's comment above, how about amending the mission: "To promote and recognise exemplary innovation, evidence–based practice and research in the sustainable use of educational technologies"? Adding the single word makes a tremendous difference, and it brings the diagram's foundation of sustainability into the statement. It might also be good to somehow intertwine the three strands of innovation, evidence-based practice and research. They are separate yet also mutually dependent and supportive.

Roger Atkinson said : Report Mar 18, 2016 at 2:18 AM

The word "international" or a derivative appeared only once in the 2012 strategic plan, and not at all in the 2016 plan. To me that is suggestive of a narrowing of vision which is a negative for the goal of sustainability. Is ascilite making a real attempt to project an internationally oriented vision that is inclusive towards "Australasian" countries, more broadly defined than just Australia and New Zealand? What vision does ascilite have concerning relations with similar societies elsewhere in the world? Does ascilite have a vision concerning community services that engage a community larger than its customary core, namely those who attend ascilite conferences?

Peter Guiney said : Report Apr 04, 2016 at 1:32 PM

Agree with the above comments. But picking up on Rogerr's one one of the main problems we face is we are marginal in many provider and almost all government contexts. This won't change with a 'separatist' approach. This may be somewhat controversial but I would like to see a goal of our research being published in reputable mainstream (not e-leanring) journals/publications. AJET should be used to contribute to the existing e-learning community and particularly for those interested in the conference 'outputs'.

Tim Klapdor said : Report Apr 04, 2016 at 2:23 PM

I find the use of the term "digital excellence" a little strange. Is it different to normal excellence or offline excellence? Seems to stick out a little. Excellence in Digital... is perhaps a better way of defining the field - because digital excellence could just mean excellent fingers :-)

Paul Sijpkes said : Report Apr 04, 2016 at 2:39 PM

I'm a new member and I'm commenting here as a complete "noob", so excuse any errors in my interpretation of this strategic plan. A couple of things occurred to me when reading Mark and Roger's viewpoints. Sustainability is undoubtedly linked to a global perspective, and the simple addition Mark suggests would make a world of difference. In addition, to be sustainable is to stay relevant at an international level. To be sustainable also entails sharing: e.g. black boxing educational products only creates silos and, also, stifles innovation. So, sustainability is intimately connected to innovation, you can't have one without the other. So, along with Mark's suggested changes (and if I have not completely misunderstood the purpose of the diagram) I would turn the whole diagram upside down and make "sustainability" the "roof" and "engaged community" the foundation "block". Innovation, research, and evidence based practices support sustainability, and an engaged community allows all of it to happen from the "grass-roots". In my experience, the "build it and they will come" analogy rarely works, engaged communities tend to do the building, supporting and maintenance of all the cool stuff that happens under the "roof".

Belinda L said : Report Apr 06, 2016 at 10:30 AM

The current phrasing in the Strategic Overview section implies that sustainability in the plan is only in reference to the sustainability of the society, not sustainability in our practice or use of technologies. I prefer the interpretation that appears in the comments, where sustainability is about what we do in our practice, so I think some rephrasing might be needed. I agree with the other comments, and support Paul's suggestion of inverting the diagram, I think it makes sense.

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