Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education


ASCILITE Life Member Award

The ASCILITE Life Member Award is ASCILITE’s most prestigious award and one that recognizes the significant service and/or sustained contribution of an ASCILITE member to the Society. For these reasons, it may or may not be awarded each year.

In 2017, ASCILITE is particularly pleased to announce that Professor Barney Dalgarno from Charles Sturt University has been awarded Life Membership.   Barney was presented his award at the 2017 Conference award presentation.

Barney joined ASCILITE in 1996 and has only missed attending the ASCILITE conference once in 21 years!  He served on the ASCILITE Executive from 2006 to 2008 and was a Lead Editor of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET) for several years, overseeing significant enhancements to the journal’s online submission system.

Barney has been at CSU since 1998 lecturing in the Faculties of IT and Education. His research contributions have covered three broad areas (1) the relationship between learning technology and learning theory; (2) learning in polysynchronous learning environments, including 3D virtual environments; and (3) university teacher and student attitudes towards the use of learning technologies.

Over the years, Barney has obtained numerous grants and consultancies for research into learning and teaching including 5 OLT and ARC grants and has authored over 70 refereed publications. He has received recognition for teaching in the Education and Information Technology disciplines including ALTC Citations in 2007 and 2011 and a 2013 ASCILITE Fellow Award for outstanding contributions in the exemplary use of and research into technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education.

The ASCILITE Executive and all ASCILITE members congratulate Barney on this well deserved award.

AJET Issue Vol 33 (6) 2017 Now Published

We are pleased to advise that a new Special Issue of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology for 2017 on Mobile Augmented and Virtual Reality has been published. The editorial for the issue 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 Linda Corrin (University of Melbourne, Australia), Dr Helen Farley, Associate Professor Paul Gruba, (University of Melbourne, Australia), Professor Judi Harris (William and Mary School of Education USA), Dr Chwee Beng Lee (Western Sydney University, Australia), Dr Jason M Lodge (University of Melbourne, Australia), Associate Professor Lina Markauskaite (The University of Sydney, Australia), Dr Stephen Marshall (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) and Dr Michael Phillips (Monash University, Australia).

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 Assoc. Prof. Petrea Redmond

Lead Editors, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology

AJET Distinguished Reviewer Award

The Editors of AJET are pleased to announce that Professor Kian-Sam Hong, Faculty of Cognitive Science and Human Development, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Retired) has been awarded AJET’s first annual AJET Distinguished Reviewer Award in recognition of his outstanding work as an AJET reviewer.

Over the last 12 months Prof Kian-Sam Hong has completed 15 reviews with an average rating of 5.0 (out of 5) and an average completion time of 18.6 days. Over the years he has completed 49 expert reviews for AJET.

Professor Hong is a strong statistician and prolific scholar. His reviews are always detailed and constructive. His recommendations are well considered and balanced. He has a very critical eye when reviewing and provides an in-depth and coherent review with constructive comments on how the paper can be clearer/strengthened.

On behalf of the AJET editorial team and the ASCILITE community we thank Professor Kian-Sam for his generous contribution of time and expertise.

2017 Innovation Award Winners

ASCILITE is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Innovation Award, presented at the ASCILITE 2017 conference on 5 December.  The winners are:

  • Colin Warren of Deakin University with Peter Bright, Sarah Burgess, Karen D’souza for “cARdiac ECG Augmented Reality App”.
  • Prasad Iyer of Singapore Institute of Technology with Cheow Wean Sin and Lim Kok Hwa for “Chem Quest – An Adaptive Pre-Freshman Online Chemistry Course”.
  • Erica Southgate of University of Newcastle with Shamus P. Smith for “The literacy apps project: Serious games and information apps to improve adult literacy”.

Expressions of Interest invited in ASCILITE’s 2018 Community Mentoring Program

Applications (Expressions of Interest) in the 2018 Community Mentoring Program are now being accepted and are due on 19 January 2018.

The ASCILITE Community Mentoring Program (CMP) aims to provide mentoring opportunities across a number of fields including technical, academic development, learning development, faculty academics, early career researchers, graphic designers and programmers. The program has been operating since 2003 with over 140 members having taken part to date.

You will find full details of the program and application forms on the ASCILITE website.

A webinar for those interested in the program for 2017 was conducted in February and you can view the video of that session here.    An information session for 2018 will be conducted in January.2018.  Please email the Secretariat if you would like to be notified when the session is scheduled.

ASCILITE 2017 Conference Proceedings

Following on from a very successful annual conference at USQ in Toowoomba on 4 – 6 December, the conference proceedings are now available and you can download the full proceedings (PDF) here or search for and download individual papers here.

ASCILITE Annual Reports

The 2017 ASCILITE President’s Annual Report, which provides a summary of the society’s activities and achievements over the past year, is available online here.

This President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report and annual Financial Statements were emailed to all members on 23 November.

Members who attended the Annual General Meeting at the ASCILITE conference were invited to comment and ask questions about the reports. ASCILITE’s forecast budget for the calendar year 2018 was also presented by the Treasurer at the AGM and approved by members after a discussion of various budget items. The AGM was chaired by Assoc Prof. Dominique Parrish, ASCILITE President.


Podcast: Beyond the Lectern

The Beyond the Lectern podcast is a series of conversations with leading researchers and teachers in higher education hosted by Dr Rachel Searston and Dr Jason Lodge from the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education. The latest episode is a conversation with Professor Rose Luckin from University College London on the impact of artificial intelligence on higher education.

Other episodes of particular interest to the ASCILITE community include:

  • Episode 1: The future of learning analytics with Professor Dragan Gasevic from University of Edinburgh
  • Episode.3: Teaching as Design with Professor Peter Goodyear from The University of Sydney
  • Episode.4: Design for learning with Professor Lori Lockyer from University of Technology Sydney
  • Episode.8: Student use of digital technology with AJET lead editor Associate Professor Michael Henderson from Monash University

Details about the podcast can be found at

National Institute for Digital Learning Top 10 Articles

Selecting our Top 10 Articles: What was Worth Reading in 2017?

Over the course of 2017 the NIDL has been keeping a record of particularly interesting articles in the general areas of Blended, Online and Digital (BOLD) Education. More specifically, since March it has maintained a folder of articles published in open access journals that might qualify later in the year for its 2017 list of “Top 10” widely accessible reads.

ASCILITE’s own Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET), supported by all ASCILITE members through a portion of the membership fee, is featured in the list.

NIDL will be sharing its list of top 10 reads progressively via Twitter over the next three weeks as it counts down to its No. 1 article.

Invitation to Participate in Research Project

Project: Teaching with Technologies in Higher Education: The Role of Networks in Capacity Building

Researcher Introduction

I am a Senior Tutor in eLearning at the Centre for Learning and Research in Higher Education (CLeaR) at the University of Auckland. This research is to fulfil the requirements of the degree of the Doctor of Philosophy under the supervision of Professor Helen Sword (Director of CLeaR) and Dr. John Egan (Director of the Learning Technology Unit, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences).

Invitation to Participate

ASCILITE members are cordially invited to participate in this research project because of their involvement in elearning in tertiary education.  To find potential participants, like you, I have also reached out to colleagues at the University of Auckland who have been involved in elearning and have affiliations with CLeaR’s core programmes such as the Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice.

Should you choose to participate you will be contributing to the growing information on contemporary elearning professional development approaches and will help inform your practice. I will be happy to share any outputs/publications with you in addition to what will be available in the public domain once published for wider dissemination.

Further information on the project and this invitation is available here.

King Regards
Ashwini Datt
Centre for Learning & Research in Higher Education
The University of Auckland

Call for Participation: ALT (UK) 25th Annual Conference 2018

This year ALT (Association for Learning Technologies) will bring together different critical perspectives in Learning Technology from across the community to examine the challenges ahead and question the shape of things to come.

ALT is putting its values into practice and members at the heart of the conference, so in this spirit the event will be chaired collaboratively by the Trustees of ALT, led by Sheila MacNeill and Martin Weller.

Preview of conference themes:

  • Openness: open practice, resources, policy, data and governance
  • Participation: working in partnership with learners, informed consent, literacy, empowerment and leadership, accessibility and equity
  • Collaboration: working together on projects, scaling up, collaboration or across institutions and countries; real-time communication
  • Independence: critical and political perspectives, research and analysis that questions the purpose or impact of technology used for learning, teaching or assessment; learner driven education
  • Wildcard: educational technology research, practice or policy work from across sectors.

The work of the Committee will start in January 2018 as the Call for Proposals is issued and continues up to the conference in September.To express an interest please complete this short form for those interested in submitting a paper, reviewing for the conference or contributing in some other way.

Job Vacancy: Learning Designer, Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University has a Senior Learning Designer position (HEW 8, ongoing) advertised right now through the Centre for Learning and Teaching at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia.

Applications close Tuesday 12 December at 11:30 pm AWST. Full details are available on the university website here.

Recording and slides of webinar “Perspectives on Quality Processes in Distance and Online Education in Higher Education in Oceania”

A recording of the webinar “Perspectives on Quality Processes in Distance and Online Education in Higher Education in Oceania” conducted on 30 November 2017 with 52 participants is available here.

Call for Papers: International Conference on Information, Communication Technologies in Education (ICICTE 2018)

The eighteenth conference of the International Conference on Information, Communication Technologies in Education, ICICTE 2018, will be held in Chania, on the island of Crete, Greece, between 5 and 7 July, 2018.

This conference has proved itself to be one of the best small conferences of its type. As it has done in its previous fifteen editions, ICICTE 2018 will seek to address the many challenges and new directions presented by technological innovations in educational settings. Also following in the tradition of previous ICICTE conferences, ICICTE 2018 will bring together an international community of scholars and practitioners in a forum setting. Opportunities for discussion on current thinking and practices in applications of technology to education are enhanced by the limited number of participants. ICICTE invites papers, workshops and posters in a number of general themes, but also suggests a number of specialised themes that can be explored by its participants.

You will find full details of the conference and the call for papers here.

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