Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education


ascilite2015 Conference: Registration is Now Open

If you are planning to attend the ascilite2015 Conference at Curtin University in Perth, 29 November – 2 December, registration is now open.

The Early Bird rate for members is $850 (inclusive of GST) and this amount includes access to all sessions, the Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner.  The student rate is $475.   Other rates for non-members and workshops will be found on page 3 of the registration system which can be found here.

The conference program will be announced in August.  In the meantime, you can view the profiles of some of the keynote speakers who have already been confirmed.

e-Assessment SIG News

Next Transforming Assessment Webinar

Topic: A 3D virtual business simulation for experiential learning in first year accounting

Date & Time: UTC 0700. For further information, time zone conversions and registration visit the website.

Presenters: Associate Professor Julie Walker, University of Queensland, Australia

Abstract: This session will describe the 3D virtual business enterprise (VBE) and its use as an experiential learning resource in a large first year accounting course. Over 900 students participated in the VBE in first semester 2015, running businesses in the virtual world and generating financial statements to report on their trading activities. The VBE is a result of a collaboration between the University of Queensland Business School and International Education Services, the original developer of the 3D business world.

Sessions are hosted by Professor Geoffrey Crisp, Dean Learning and Teaching, RMIT University and Dr Mathew Hillier, Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation, University of Queensland, Australia.

ascilite Live! Webinar: Building a CMALT Australasia Portfolio

Date & Time: Thursday 16 July 1pm AEST and 3pm NZST time.

Abstract: CMALT (Certified Member of the Association of Learning Technologies) is a professional accreditation for those working in the use and/or support of learning technologies in Higher Education. Oriel Kelly (NZ Tertiary College), will present this webinar to discuss the process of building and submitting the required portfolio from the perspective of the applicant, and the assessor. Join a group of experienced and prospective CMALT members to gain confidence in the process.

To register for the webinar, please go here.


UNSW launches 2nd Offering of the Learning to Teach Online (LTTO) MOOC

UNSW has just launched the second iteration of its Learning to Teach Online MOOC. Enrol now online here.

The MOOC offers practical strategies and advice to help educators develop or improve an online teaching strategy they can then apply to their own teaching. The free six-week course offers a personalised approach, which allows participant to determine their pathway through the MOOC based on their own learning goals. Participants can complete the course at pass level as fast as they desire, or can obtain a distinction by completing two additional peer reviewed assignments over the six weeks.

The first iteration of LTTO was well received around the world. It is the only Australian MOOC chosen for inclusion in US President Barack Obama's national program of continuing education accreditation. In addition, the Trinidad and Tobago government’s Knowledge TT program sponsored LTTO Verified Certificates for its population to enhance local learning opportunities.

The MOOC is valuable for educators in any discipline or sector who want to improve their understanding and application of various technologies to meet the needs of contemporary teaching practices.

Invitation to Complete Survey on the Use of Technology Tools, Swinburne University

Dear colleague,

I am currently researching the use of technology tools by academics in their teaching practice. This is a short survey that should take around 10 minutes to complete, and has been approved by Swinburne Human Research Ethics Committee (SHREC).

The link below will take you to a completely anonymous online survey with some further explanation about the project.

I would appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey and also circulating this email to your colleagues or contacts.
The survey is currently open and closes on 31 July 2015 before the start of the second semester
I am happy to answer any questions from contact details below.


Mark Schier
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Health, Arts & Design Swinburne University of Technology
(03) 9214 8713

New Articles of Interest (ALT UK)

Implementation of Open Badges in Education

On the 23rd of June 2015, a survey was sent out to educational institutions via UK mailing lists, and globally via Twitter inviting institutions to answer three questions about their implementation of Open Badges. Read more >>

Education online en-masse: lessons for teaching and learning through MOOCs

On 24 April 2015 forty educators from 19 institutions discussed key issues in MOOC design and implementation at a one-day workshop hosted and funded by the University of Reading, a leading member of the FutureLearn MOOC consortium.  Read more >>

Job Vacancy: Educational Developers, ANU College of Law

Educational developers collaborate with ANU staff in rethinking teaching practice and on the design, use, implementation and evaluation of innovative teaching and learning approaches and technologies.

ANU is advertising for two appointments – one is on a continuing full time basis and one will be fixed term full time to cover a period of parental leave.

ANU is offering an excellent remuneration and benefits package of $73,406 – $85,020 per annum plus 17 % superannuation, a friendly and collaborative work environment, generous leave entitlements, flexible working arrangements, generous superannuation and salary packaging arrangements including on-campus child care, car parking and a variety of other benefits.

Applications close: 19 Jul 2015 11:55pm, AEST

To apply, please refer to the detailed position description and application instructions at the ANU Jobs website.

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