Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Reminder: ASCILITE 2019 Call for Papers Announced

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.

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

Reminder: ASCILITE 2019 Call for Reviewers

More reviewers are needed for ASCILITE 2019, and we will really appreciate your support. If you are able to participate in the review process, please register your interest by completing the online form provided below. We will be closing the call at the end of May, so please let us know if you can help.

What do you need to do?

  • Register your interest here
  • Commit to complete an online review of all assigned submissions by the due date around the end of August 2019
  • Adhere to review criteria as determined by the Program Committee
  • Advise immediately of any conflict of interest with papers allocated to their review

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

Kind regards

Conference Organising Committee
Singapore University of Social Sciences

The current state of Learning Analytics, LA-SIG webinar recording

The Learning Analytics SIG conducted its first webinar of the year on 1 May on the ideas discussed in a recent TELall blog about how the field of learning analytics has developed over the years. Future directions and challenges were addressed by the session’s presenter, Dr Cassandra Colvin (Charles Sturt University) a leading proponent of Learning Analytics. Cassandra provided an overview of the current state of learning analytics, chronicling its development to date, and, through a series of provocations, challenged participants to (re-) consider its future possibilities, particularly in light of their own professional contexts and disciplinary knowledge.

You will find the video recording here along with other LA-SIG webinar recordings conducted in the past.


Registrations open for the Learning Technologies Leadership Institute,18 – 22 August 2019

The Learning Technologies Leadership Institute (LTLI) is a highly engaging and practical professional development program designed for participants to develop a deep understanding of effective leadership in relation to technology enhanced learning in the tertiary education context. The Institute runs every two years.

Participants work together to gain an understanding of leadership skills and strategies and to develop their own leadership potential in a collaborative and supportive environment. Participants also apply their knowledge and learning to case studies focused on approaches to leading the introduction and use of learning technologies considering both New Zealand and Australian tertiary educational settings.

The LTLI is an initiative of ACODE (Australasian Council on Open, Distance and e-Learning) and will be held at the Mantra, Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast. For further information, visit the website here.

Call for Papers: Special Edition-Bioscience Education, International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education

In 2013 the International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education (IJISME) published two Special Issues focusing on Bioscience Education in Allied Health Education. At the time we received 10 articles for publication, sufficient to publish two issues of the journal ( These articles have been well cited in the academic literature (46 times – Google Scholar) and have often been the launch for successive publications in other education journals.

The IJISME (ISSN: 2200-4270) is an open access journal published by the Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, The University of Sydney. The journal will soon be index in EBSCO and SCOPUS.

This year we are hoping to publish a Special Issue of IJISME Focusing on Technology and Active Learning in Bioscience Education. At this time we are inviting Expression of Interest in submitting an article for this issue. We are aiming for a tentative publication date of October 2019, timed to coincide with annual Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME).  In view of this, the submission deadline for first submission of papers will be in early July.

The scope of papers accepted by the IJISME can be found here.

We look forward to your (EoI) and ultimately your article for this special issue. Please email your EOI to Dr. Joseph Rathner by 9 May, 2019.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to any academic you may believe has relevant interest in Scholarship of Learning and Teaching, and may wish to submit an article to this special issue.

Best Regards,

Dr. Joseph Rathner, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne.
Dr. Angelina Fong, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne.
Dr. Puspha Sinnayah, First Year College, Health and Biomedical Sciences, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Submissions open for ACSME 2019, 2 – 4 October 2019

Submissions are open for the Australian Conference on Science & Mathematics Education, celebrating 25 Years. You will find details of the call here.   Key dates for submissions are as follows:

  • 15 April 2019 | Submissions open
  • 22 April 2019 | Online registrations open
  • 10 June 2019 | Submissions close (abstracts)
  • 15 July 2019 | Authors notified
  • 29 July 2019 | Submissions close (revisions, refereed papers)
  • 9 August 2019 | Early bird registrations close

You will find all key dates related to the conference to be held in Sydney here.

FLANZ webinar recording: Towards understanding student engagement in online and blended learning

In this FLANZ Conversation webinar, recorded on 1 May, Dr Cheryl Brown, Associate Professor of e-Learning & co-Director e-Learning Lab at the University of Canterbury, reports on a research project conducted in the College of Education, Health and Human Development at the UC’s College of Education exploring undergraduate distance students’ experiences of engagement in a context that is blended with on-campus peers and incorporates work-based learning.

Drawing on a survey and focus groups with students Cheryl explores some of the contradictions and complexities in the way engagement is conceptualised by students in this online and blended learning context. Findings suggest that for students, flexibility is paramount and that digital tools did support students’ engagement through helping develop understanding, independence of learning and enjoyment. Students also emphasised other less visible engagement strategies and the importance of peer support outside of the classroom. There was also a link between students’ sense of wellbeing, inclusion and/or belonging (related to their feelings and emotions) and digital tools.

Those wishing to read more of the background to this presentation might refer to the recent ASCILITE paper: Brown, C., Davis, N., Sotardi, V. & Vidal, W. (2018).Towards understanding of student engagement in blended learning: A conceptualization of learning without borders. Open Oceans: Learning without borders. Proceedings ASCILITE 2018 Geelong (pp. 318-323).

You will find the video recording here.

Job Vacancies: Two new positions in Educational Technology and Learning Design, University of Sydney

The University of Sydney Business School is also looking to expand its team with a further two positions. The Learning Designer will work in close collaboration with instructional design and media production team members to support business school academics by designing, developing, implementing and assessing engaging, technology informed learning experiences.

They will be a key member of the team that supports the design and implementation of technology informed approaches to pedagogical change and will work closely with the Educational Development team to integrate technology and innovative pedagogical approaches into our pedagogical change programs.  They will also support teaching staff in the areas of online, hybrid, and interactive learning, including enhancing the use of the university’s Learning Management System and associated plugins (Canvas). They will develop, pilot and collaborate on innovative approaches to education and training technology integration.

For more information including descriptions and how to apply, click here.

For an informal conversation in the first instance, you can email Peter Bryant or Stefan Meisiek.

Job Vacancies: Two innovative new academic posts in Educational Development, University of Sydney

The University of Sydney Business School is a globally impactful Business School with over 14000 students at our state of the art campus in the centre of Sydney and is a key faculty within the University of Sydney. We are delivering a new initiative called Connected Learning at Scale which is designed to transform the teaching and learning experience for our students through innovative delivery models, agile uses of technology and cutting edge approaches to connected pedagogy, all located within our large core face-to-face programs.

This project will be using innovative approaches to educational transformation that will engage our students in connected approaches to education, support learning through the community, engage in critical conversations around learning and teaching spaces and support our approach to designing innovative pedagogies that may include students as producers, gamification/playful learning and other emerging models and practices. Both of these posts are key parts of a large new team being recruited at the USBS.

Post 1 – Researcher – Learning, Technology and Innovation (Level A research academic A$73-98k pa plus superannuation, loadings and other benefits) (3 year contract)

This post will provide critical data to inform the on-going design and development of these projects, including learning analytics, learning technology design and implementation and student and staff use of technology. The post will support the development and implementation of rigorous frameworks for critical evaluation of pedagogical and technological change projects happening at the School. They will co-ordinate the ethics application process as well as reporting on ethics compliance. They will undertake data collection and analysis across a range of student and staff cohorts to provide the team with insights into the effectiveness of the project in transforming the student experience.

For more information, including descriptions and how to apply, click here.

Post 2 – Senior Lecturer – Educational Development (education focused) (Level C academic A$127-147k pa superannuation, loadings and other benefits) (3 year contract)

The Senior Lecturer Educational Development will have a leading role in a new faculty strategic initiative that will transform the student experience in core units for our internationally regarded undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Commerce. Addressing the challenges of teaching and learning at scale, this project will be the central hub for strategic pedagogical change, working with academic staff, professional staff support teams, students and the wider University to ensure the successful delivery of this initiative.

The successful candidate will work closely with the faculty, senior leadership and other members of the team to effectively co-ordinate and implement complex educational change projects. They will design teaching and learning enhancements, curriculum innovation, staff training, academic reward and community engagement initiatives to better support the ongoing development of our teaching and learning community. They will provide leadership for the successful evaluation of the projects including supporting rigorous pedagogical and evaluative research and the dissemination of these findings to the School, the University and the wider sector.

For more information, including descriptions and how to apply, click here.

For an informal conversation in the first instance, you can email Peter Bryant or Elaine Huber.

CiTEL Learning Analytics Symposium 31 May – 1 June 2019

Academics, researchers and teachers, learn about what schools are doing with data and learning analytics, hear from leaders and practitioners in the field. Join us at the CiTEL Learning Analytics Symposium 31 May and 1 June 2019. The unique program is hand-picked to ensure presentations are highly relevant to busy classroom teachers and school leaders needing to keep abreast of the latest trends in the use of data analytics in secondary schools. Showcase presentations and sharing practice sessions will provide good opportunity to make connections in the field. Further information is available here.

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