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Inaugural ASCILITE Spring into Excellence Research School

Save this date! The Inaugural ASCILITE Spring into Excellence Research School is schedule for 26 – 28 September at the Science Teaching Facility, University of Wollongong. This event, which is proudly hosted by the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, University of Wollongong will be facilitated by esteemed leaders and researchers in the field of technology enhanced learning.

At the end of the ASCILITE Research School participants will:

  • Have 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 against a set of criteria and provide constructive feedback to enhance the manuscript; and;
  • Have a strategy for identifying potential funding opportunities and developing funding application(s)

The ASCILITE Research School will be most suitable for:

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

A Special Announcement on the School was emailed to all ASCILITE members on 17 May 2017 and this information including registration details and cost may be found on the School's webpage here.


AJET Volume 33, No 1 (2017) Now Published

We are pleased to advise that the first issue of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology for 2017 has been published. The editorial for AJET Issue 33(1) and the articles it contains are available from the AJET website.

As always, we thank the wonderful team of associate editors who facilitate the reviews and author revisions. The associate editors are: Associate Professor Shirley Agostinho; Dr Thomas Donald Cochrane; Dr Helen Farley; Assoc Prof Paul Gruba, Dr Jason M Lodge, Associate Professor Lina Markauskaite, Dr Stephen Marshall and Associate Professor Petrea Redmond.

We would also like to acknowledge the authors for their contributions to AJET and for the support we received from them in preparing papers for this issue.

Assoc. Prof. Michael Henderson, Assoc.Prof.Eva Heinrich and Dr Chwee Beng Lee
Lead Editors, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology


ASCILITE Live! Webinar: Becoming a Successful AJET Author or Reviewer

Abstract

Join the lead editors of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology for an overview of the publication process and what it takes to become a successful AJET author or reviewer. The editors will outline the AJET editorial process, including the screening and peer review processes, and highlight important characteristics of publishable research articles. This webinar will be particularly useful for early career researchers looking for a better understanding of the publication requirements, as well as those seeking opportunities to be a reviewer.

Presenters

Lead Editors of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology: Associate Professor Eva Heinrich (Massey University), Associate Professor Michael Henderson (Monash University) and Dr Chwee Beng Lee (Western Sydney University).

Date & Time

22 May 2017, 12:00pm 1pm (AEST). You will find your local time zone here.  In the event of a change in the scheduled time (not date) registered attendees will be notified by email.

How to Register

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


Stay Abreast of ASCILITE 2017 Conference Updates

Apart from regularly checking the 2017 conference website for the latest news, the conference organizers have created a conference blog as a way to keep up to date on news about the conference. You can subscribe to the conference blog here  Links to what has been posted to date are below:


Call Out for Proposals to Host the 2019 ASCILITE Conference

ASCILITE is seeking expressions of interest from potential conference organizing committees to host the 2019 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.

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

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

  1. Justification 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. Liaison and collaboration with the ASCILITE Treasurer throughout the organization of the conference particularly in relation to the budget.
  4. Ongoing communication and collaboration with the ASCILITE Executive.
  5. The inclusion of an ASCILITE Executive member on the conference organizing committee.

The deadline for proposals is 15 September 2017 although preliminary proposals are welcome prior to that date.

As a first step a potential conference organizing committee should obtain a copy of the ASCILITE Host Proforma, Host Information and the Conference Handbook and discuss these with an ASCILITE Executive. A copy of the information package and Handbook are available by emailing 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 2017 conference is being hosted by USQ in Tooowoomba and the 2018 conference is being hosted by Deakin University.


CMALT Support Group

If you haven't already done so, you can still join the CMALT support group up to the 15 May 2017.  the group is for anyone who is planning to prepare a CMALT portfolio (Certified Member of the Association of Learning Technologists) or thinking about it.

By joining the support group, you will be included in regular webinars designed to provide practical advice and support from some of our current Australasian CMALT holders. The plan is to offer monthly webinars where draft portfolios (or parts of portfolios) will be offered advice from one of our local CMALT holders in an effort to assist participants to move closer to completion.

To join this group you must be a current member of ASCILITE, though not necessarily yet registered with CMALT.

Please complete this simple sign-up form by 15 May if you are interested in joining. Alternatively, if you have any questions about joining the support group, email Mark Northover, ASCILITE Executive and CMALT Chairperson.

For details on CMALT certification, please visit the ASCILITE website here.


Latest ASCILITE Blog Post: Taking Digital Learning to Prisons

The latest post on the ASCILITE Blog talks about a project at USQ involving the implementation of digital technologies in correctional centers using a version of Moodle called USQ StudyDesk.

As the author, Helen Farley puts it "The biggest and thorniest [challenge] was the complete lack of internet access in correctional centres".  You can read the post here.


OTHER NEWS

The ACODE Learning Technologies Leadership Institute (LTLI)

The Learning Technologies Leadership Institute is a highly engaging and practical professional development program (5 day intensive) 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.

For more information please see: https://www.acodeltli.com/


10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation

ICERI is one of the largest international education conferences for lecturers, researchers, technologists and professionals from the educational sector. After 10 years, it has become a reference event where more than 700 experts from 80 countries will get together to present their projects and share their knowledge on teaching and learning methodologies and educational innovations. The 2017 edition of ICERI is sure to be among the most successful education conferences in Europe.

The conference will be held in Seville (Spain) from 16 – 18 November 2017 and you will find full details on the website here.

Institutional Members
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