Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education


2020 ASCILITE Awards Open for Nominations

Each year, ASCILITE members are invited to apply or nominate for the ASCILITE awards and to consider nominations that they believe meet the criteria set for each award. The four award categories available to members in 2020 are as follows:

  • Innovation Award
  • Emerging Scholar Award
  • Community Fellow Award
  • Life Member Award

Student Bursaries will not be offered this year due to the virtual format of the ASCILITE conference.

Innovation Award

The ASCILITE Innovation Award, first introduced in 2011, celebrates work undertaken by an individual or team of people in support of the exemplary and research informed use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education. Innovation is defined as a new idea, device or process. It is something original that “breaks into” teaching and learning in the tertiary sector. Applications for this award are likely to include:

  • Innovative solutions which promote the exemplary and research informed use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education.
  • Product development projects which promote the exemplary and research informed use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education.
  • Large-scale implementation initiatives which promote the innovative, exemplary and research informed use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education.
  • Major professional development initiatives which promotes the exemplary and research informed use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education.

Emerging Scholar Award

Nominations for the ASCILITE Emerging Scholar Award will be assessed on merit by a sub-committee of the ASCILITE Executive. The following criteria guides the assessment of this award:

  • Has made a noteworthy contribution in the exemplary use of technologies for learning and teaching in tertiary education in one of the categories referred to in the award criteria document; and/or
  • Has made a noteworthy contribution to exemplary research into technologies for learning and teaching in tertiary education in one of the referred to in the award criteria document; and
  • Through their contributions has promoted the strategic vision, mission and goals of ASCILITE.

Community Fellow Award

The ASCILITE Community Fellow Award aims to recognise the outstanding contributions of individual ASCILITE members in the exemplary building of connections in the wider community and into the ASCILITE community. The nature of these contributions should cover one or more of the following categories:

  • Works within the community to develop professional leadership in the development, application or implementation of exemplary technology-related projects for teaching and learning in tertiary education.
  • Encourages and supports the exemplary use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education within the community.
  • Encourages innovations in practice in the exemplary use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education.
  • Participates and initiates discussion in the use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education in the wider community.

Life Member Award

An ASCILITE Life Member Award is a prestigious award that recognizes the significant service and/or sustained contribution of an ASCILITE member to the Society. Life Member Awards are the highest recognition of achievement made by ASCILITE. This award is made only when an appropriate candidate meets the criteria. This means that the award may not be presented every year.

Further Information

For further information on each award, refer to the specific award criteria and nomination forms here.

Virtual Work Integrated Learning webinar

Date & time: 11 August @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am AEST

Abstract: Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placements and projects enable students to interact directly with host industries or communities to work on real-life problems or projects. With COVID 19 restrictions, it is timely for us to discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with engaging students in authentic virtual WIL experiences offered via online platforms which may be independent of time, space, geographical boundaries and disciplines.

Presenters: This session will be co-facilitated by Assoc Prof Harsh Suri (Deakin University) & Ms Friederika Kaider (Deakin University) and Dr Sandra Barker (University of South Australia).

This is the first in a series of webinars facilitated by the ASCILITE Business Education SIG. To find-out more about the BE-SIG, go here.

Session login: Go here to join the session.

Lessons learned from the COVID-19 response: Academic Development (HERDSA) & TELedvisors (ASCILITE) virtual symposium

Date & Time: 4 September @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Description: This virtual symposium is a joint collaboration between the TELedvisors ASCILITE and HERDSA Academic Development SIGs (Special Interest Groups). Attendees will need to register via Eventbrite. In the response to COVID-19, higher education rapidly shifted its teaching and learning online. E-learning support and academic developers were at the front of supporting these efforts. In this virtual symposium, we take stock of what we learned from our joint efforts, what went well, issues we ran into, how those got resolved. We will also discuss what opportunities emerged, and how we can support the teaching and learning in our institutions post-response, in a COVID and post-COVID world to inform the strategic discussions at our institutions.

  1. Supporting academics in the response: Successes and challenges in rapidly moving teaching and learning online
  2. From response to business-as-usual in classroom teaching and learning: what do we keep from our teaching during the response and why?
  3. Higher education post COVID-19, what will it look like and how can we support strategic change and good practice moving forward?
  4. What can we learn from others?

Further details including a more detailed program and links to the zoom sessions/rooms will be made available closer to the date to those who register. Register at Eventbrite here.

2020 CMALT (ePortfolio Development) cMOOC

Are you interested in gaining international accreditation for your experience and expertise in integrating technology in teaching and learning? The Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (CMALT) provides peer reviewed recognition aligned with the UK higher education professional standards framework. ASCILITE has an agreement with ALT (UK) that provides for accreditation under CMALT Australasia.

The Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher education at the University of Melbourne are hosting a cMOOC (connectivist Massive Open Online Course) to support academics and allied staff in the development of portfolios for CMALT accreditation, and to provide an opportunity participate in a global network of higher education professionals.

The cMOOC is completely free and is aimed at participants sharing experiences as they explore developing CMALT eportfolios, and building their professional academic online profiles.

The 2020 iteration of the #CMALTcMOOC launches with an introductory webinar on 14 September 9:30am AEST (Australia time), 14 September 11:30am (NZ time) and 13 September 10:30pm (UK time). Join us over 7 weeks as we explore the elements of a CMALT ePortfolio within an international support network.

You will be emailed a weekly webinar link after you sign-up.

A blog post on CMALT cMOOC is featured on ASCILITE’s TELall blog this week. You will find the post here.


2nd Round CFP – IEEE TALE 2020, Online/Virtual International Conference on Engineering, Technology, and Education

TALE is the IEEE Education Society’s premier conference series in the Asia-Pacific region. It aims to provide a forum for scholars and practitioners to share their knowledge and experience in engineering and technology education, as well as in technology-enabled educational innovation across a variety of academic and professional disciplines. The target audience of the conference is diverse and includes those working in the higher education, vocational education and training (VET), K-12, corporate, government and healthcare sectors. The theme of this year’s conference is “Embarking on a new era of learning with transformative technologies.”

Core Tracks

  • Engineering Education (University/College)
  • Computing & IT Education (University/College)
  • STEM Education (K-12)
  • Technology-Enhanced Learning
  • Open, Flexible & Distance Learning
  • Workplace & Industry-Based Learning

Key Dates (2nd Round CFP)

  • Paper Submission Deadline: 17 August 2020, Japan Standard Time (Hard Deadline)
  • Notification of Acceptance: 1 October 2020
  • Camera-ready submission: 8 October 2020
  • Early-bird and Presenter Registration: 8 October 2020
  • Conference: 8 – 11 December 2020 (Online/Virtual)

Presentation Formats

  • Full (6-8 pages) Paper for Oral Presentation
  • Short (4-6 pages) Paper for Oral Presentation
  • Short (4-6 pages) Paper for Poster Presentation
  • Work-in-Progress Paper (2-4 pages) for Poster Presentation

Publication and Indexing

All accepted and registered papers that are presented at TALE 2020 will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to the IEEE Xplore® digital library. Content loaded into Xplore is made available by IEEE to its abstracting and indexing partners, including Elsevier (Scopus, Ei Compendex), Clarivate Analytics (CPCI—part of Web of Science) and others, for potential inclusion in their respective databases. In addition, the authors of selected papers may be invited to submit revised and expanded versions of their papers for possible publication in the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (2019 JCR Impact Factor: 2.714) or another Scopus and/or Web of Science-indexed journal, subject to the relevant journal’s regular editorial and peer-review policies and procedures.

Further Information

For more information about TALE 2020, including paper submission guidelines and procedures, please visit

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