Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education


Reminder: EOIs invited to attend the annual ASCILITE Spring into Excellence Research School

EOIs are now invited to attend the annual ASCILITE Spring into Excellence Research School which will be held 2 – 4 September 2019 at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW. This event, which will be hosted by UNE, will feature guest speakers and presenters including Professor Barney Dalgarno, Associate Professor Michael Henderson, Associate Professor Sue Gregory and Dr Chris Campbell.

The aim of the ASCILITE Spring into Excellence Research School is to:

  1. Provide support and guidance to participants in developing and progressing Technology Enhanced Learning research initiatives including but not limited to:
    – Formulating a relevant and effective TEL research project.
    – Collecting appropriate TEL research data.
    – Identifying what data is most appropriate for TEL research.
  2. Assist participants to identify and plan a contemporary TEL research project.
  3. Enable opportunities for participants to link with like-minded collaborators from other universities and potentially to establish viable cross-institutional research collaborations.
  4. Guide participants in developing a grant application or research plan for a TEL research project. This would include both projects that have already been conceptualized as well as new projects that have not yet been conceived.

At the end of the ASCILITE Spring into Excellence Research School participants will:

  • Have gained a sound understanding of current topical areas and methodologies for TEL research
  • Have broadened their professional networks
  • Have a well-developed and comprehensive plan for a TEL research project
  • Appreciate how to be successful in publishing manuscripts in journals
  • Be able to confidently review a manuscript and provide constructive feedback;
  • Have a strategy for identifying potential funding opportunities and developing funding applications

The ASCILITE Spring into Excellence Research School is most suited to:

  • Early to mid-career researchers
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) enthusiasts
  • Teaching intensive academics
  • ASCILITE mentors and mentees
  • Anyone interested in applying for a TEL research grant
  • Anyone interested in TEL research collaborations and cross-institutional research projects
  • Academics seeking to incorporate research into their TEL practice and approach
  • PhD supervisors

This 3-day Research School, which includes lunches, morning and afternoon teas and 2 nights accommodation (2 & 3 September 2019), is $750 for ASCILITE members and $950 for non-members (less $230 if accommodation is not required). The Research School will begin at 12:30 pm on the 2 September and finish at 3pm on the 4 September.

Expressions of interest to attend the 2019 ASCILITE Research School are due by 5 July 2019. Please note that there are limited places available so don’t be disappointed, register today.

EOI outcome notifications will be sent by 16 July 2019 and successful applicants will be provided with registration and payment options at that time.

If you have any further questions, please email Sue Gregory at the University of New England or Chris Campbell at Griffith University.

Reminder: ASCILITE 2019 Call for Papers

ASCILITE warmly invites everyone with an interest in educational technologies in tertiary education to join us at the 36th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education Conference, hosted by the Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore, from 2 –  5 December 2019.

The Call for Papers is now open and we are inviting contributions describing critical perspectives on the use of educational technology under the themes and submission types outlined on the conference website here.

All submissions must be made via EasyChair by midnight on 26 July 2019.

If you have any queries, please email the conference organisers.

Call for Proposals to Host the 2020 ASCILITE Conference

ASCILITE is seeking expressions of interest from institutions that may be interested in forming a conference organizing committee to host the 2020 ASCILITE annual conference.

ASCILITE conferences are a central aspect of ASCILITE and provide opportunities for delegates to meet with international and national peers to exchange ideas, research and practice in educational technology.

The ASCILITE conference provides a forum for the presentation of refereed papers, short concise papers, symposiums, posters and workshops and also provides memorable opportunities for social interaction and networking.

There are a number of expectations of conference organizing committees including:

  1. Rationale for the conference location and a brief explanation as to why the venue chosen would attract delegates.
  2. Identification of strategies for marketing and attracting 300 – 400 delegates to the conference.
  3. Ongoing communication and collaboration with the ASCILITE Executive.
  4. The inclusion of an ASCILITE Executive member on the conference organizing committee.

The deadline for proposals is 15 September 2019 although preliminary proposals are welcome prior to that date.

As a first step potential conference organizers should download a copy of the ASCILITE Conference Host Proposals Information and then discuss this with an ASCILITE Executive or submit a Hosting Proforma to the ASCILITE Secretariat.

Since the geographical location of the conference is an important consideration, you may wish to view past conference locations on the ASCILITE website here. The 2019 conference is being hosted by the Singapore University of Social Sciences in Singapore.

New TELall Blog: Thoughts from the Recent Special Issue of AJET on Cognitive Tools

After 12 months of hard work by AJET authors and reviewers the Special Issue on Cognitive Tools has been released by AJET. To mark the release of the issue, Chris Drew, the Guest Editor thought he would take a moment to reflect on why the Cognitive Tools concept appealed to him in the first place as a university teacher.

As several of the papers in the Special Issue indicate, ‘cognitive tools’ is a term that’s lost some of its momentum over the past decade, but one I think remains worthy of our contemplation.

Read the post here >><

ASCILITE Live! Webinar: A multidisciplinary approach to embedding digital literacy across the curricula

The Professional Literacy Suite (PLS) is a set of three embedded digital literacy modules developed to translate Deakin University’s Graduate Learning Outcome of Digital Literacy and support employability. The PLS is the first suite of online digital and professional literacy modules created at a course wide level at Deakin University. Digital literacy and employability skills were identified as educational skill gaps as part of a key Business course renewal. The PLS was designed in response to this, created and maintained by a multi-disciplinary team with diverse skills and expertise, utilising an agile, responsive and iterative team approach. The modules leverage off the unique interactive and adaptive technologies of Tumult Hype and Smart Sparrow.

This session will give an overview of the PLS, how the multidisciplinary project team implemented and scaffolded the suite across the course, and the support provided for both staff and students. Participants will have the opportunity to see how the modules are embedded within the student Learning Management System, interact with the modules themselves and consider how it may be applied at their own institutions.

This project was awarded the 2018 ASCILITE Innovation Award in recognition of outstanding innovation in the development of the Professional Literacy Suite, as the project lead.


Simone Tyrell is the Faculty of Business and Law Digital Literacy Programs Librarian. Simone provides expert advice on Library resources and Digital Literacy to Academics, Researchers and Students. Simone has collaborated with Course Directors, academics and professional staff to design, create, implement and maintain course wide Digital Literacy Modules for students within the Faculty. As the project lead in the creation of online modules, she is responsible for capacity building of library team members. She also attends, and contributes at meetings within the Faculty of Business and Law, including course level, teaching and learning and curriculum governance meetings. In her project lead role, she reviewed Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO) at a course wide level and aligned them to the Digital Literacy Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO). She has also contributed to the Blended Learning of students by creating instructional videos and interactive online modules. Simone has presented with academics, Deputy Course Directors and the Director of Teaching and Learning (Marketing) at both internal and external Conferences. Simone is a Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy and in 2018 was awarded the ASCILITE Innovation Award, in recognition of outstanding innovation in the development of the Professional Literacy Suite, as the project lead.

Dr Leanne Ngo: is the Director of Teaching and Learning Innovations in the Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University. Leanne is foremost an educator with a deep passion for shaping the next generation of learners, learning spaces and communities. Leanne has over 15 years of teaching, research and academic support in the application of technology and curriculum design in higher education. She has led multiple learning innovation projects pulling together multi-disciplinary teams to provide scaffolded, sustainable and scalable digital learning solutions focused on shaping curricula and teaching practices to enhance student learning experiences and outcomes. She has held course leadership roles such as Deputy Course Director, Bachelor of Commerce, and unit lead of a faculty wide Academic Integrity unit and have taught across UG and PG courses in campus, online and blended modes at Deakin University.  She has been the recipient of multiple learning and teaching awards, including, the Vice-Chancellor Deakin University and Faculty awards, and most recently, the 2018 ASCILITE Innovation Award. Her research interest spans across ePortfolio, digital and professional literacy employability, technology enhanced learning and digital student support. She has been awarded over $230K research funds including an OLT funded project in 2013- 2015, and an industry grant in 2015.

Michael Volkov is a passionate educator and the Director of Teaching and Learning in the Department of Marketing, Deakin Business School at Deakin University. With over 15 years’ experience in higher education, he places the student at the centre of his endeavours and is a recognised and award-winning leader in teaching and learning. His education research appears in a number of leading international journals including Education + Training, International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, Information Technology, Education and Society and Australasian Journal of Educational Technology. Michael has also received numerous international, national and institutional awards for his contributions to tertiary education. These include the 2013 Australian Award for University Teaching, 2015 ANZMAC Distinguished Educator Award, and the 2017 WJC Banks Award for Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Learning in recognition of his leadership in the transformation of curriculum and the teaching delivery model to motivate and inspire students to learn. Most recently, he was part of the team that was awarded the 2018 ASCILITE Innovation Award, for exemplary and research informed use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education.

Date & Time

Monday 29 July 2019, 12:00pm (AEST). You will find other time zones for the session here.

How to Register

You can register for this webinar here. Login details for the session will be emailed to you.


Call for papers for LAK20, 23 – 27 March 2020

The 10th anniversary Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK) conference will be held in Frankfurt, Germany from March 23 to March 27, 2020. The conference theme is “Celebrating 10 years of LAK: Shaping the future of the field”.General conference chairs are Hendrik Drachsler and Christoph Rensing, while Program Chairs are Vitomir Kovanovic, Maren Scheffel, Niels Pinkwart, and Katrien Verbert. LAK20 call for papers is available at and the first submission deadline is October 1, 2019.

Further information and updates will be posted on the conference website.

Registrations are open for the 2019 HERDSA Conference in Auckland, NZ

  • Theme: Next Generation, Higher Education: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities
  • 2 – 5 July 2019 at the Science Centre, University of Auckland

Please join us for the 42nd annual conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. HERDSA is a scholarly society for people committed to the advancement of higher and tertiary education. It was established in 1972 to promote the development of higher education policy, practice and the study of teaching and learning. HERDSA encourages and disseminates research on teaching and learning and higher education development. It also works to build strong academic communities.

There are plenty of options for registration, including 18 pre-conference workshops.

We look forward to meeting you in Auckland. Kia ora.

Institutional Members