Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education


2019 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 five award categories available to members in 2019 are as follows:

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

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.

Student Bursaries

Up to three Student Bursaries in the amount of $1,000 each are available to full-time PhD/EdD or equivalent students. Winners receive a $1,000 bursary to attend the ASCILITE conference and a one year student membership in ASCILITE along with the remaining funds to be put towards accommodation or travel assistance to attend the ASCILITE conference.  Winners are included in the ASCILITE conference awards ceremony and their submissions are displayed on the ASCILITE website.

Further Information

For further information on each award, refer to the specific award criteria and nomination form on the ASCILITE website

Applications are open until 1 October 2019.

Learning Centered Analytics: Mission Possible Workshop

– Are we getting impact with learning analytics?

– What insights are learning analytics giving us about learning?

– How does learning design inform how we interpret learning analytics?

The ASCILITE Learning Analytics Special Interest Group invite you to a national workshop exploring the impact of learning analytics in higher education and how learning is framed within learning analytics practice.

The theme of the workshop brings together two dominant and critical conversations in learning analytics in the Australian context. The first is how we understand and operationalise learning within learning analytics practice and respond to concern that LA can sometimes privilege a limited framing of learning. The second responds to perceptions that LA has perhaps not delivered the impact on learning, teaching and student success outcomes that many in the sector were expecting. But how do we define ‘impact’? And how can we ‘see’ impact?

In response we will explore powerful exemplars that are emerging in both research and professional practice of learning analytics that afford insight not just into learning behaviours, but other learning processes, and the contexts in which learning is situated.

The workshop will feature a range of Australian speakers who will provide insights and examples of how learning and impact can be conceptualised and operationalised and will link to a series of webinars in the subsequent four weeks on the same theme featuring international speakers.

Date & Time

Friday, 6 September 2019, 10am – 1:30pm.


The workshop will be held concurrently in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne with live streaming of presentations across the three venues, interspersed with small group activities and discussions at each venue.

  • Melbourne: Swinburne University of Technology
  • Brisbane: Griffith University (Tentative)
  • Sydney: University of Technology Sydney


You will find a registration form here along with a copy of the details provided above should you wish to share them with colleagues. Please note that numbers are strictly limited to 35 at each venue so get in quick to secure your spot!  The closing date for registrations is 28 August.

Research in Learning Technology (RLT) MMR Special Collection Update 2019 – Call for Papers

Guest editors

  • Dr Thomas Cochrane, Centre for Learning & Teaching, Auckland University of Technology
  • Associate Professor James Birt, Faculty of Society and Design, Bond University
  • Dr Vickel Narayan, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Sydney

Focus of the special collection update

Mobile Mixed Reality (MMR) is a rapidly developing technology that is being implemented in many different learning environments. A lot has changed already since the publication of our 2018 Special Collection on MMR, and this update to the 2018 special collection on MMR for 2019 will highlight the latest research in this domain.

Mobile device ownership is ubiquitous, leading to many higher and further education institutions exploring a BYOD approach to mobile learning. However, most mobile learning projects are device centric and focus upon repurposing content for delivery to small screens and substitution of pre-existing pedagogical strategies.

The potential of mobile learning is to enable new collaborative networked pedagogies and professional practice through enabling authentic learning beyond the classroom. This special issue invites papers that explore the boundaries of current knowledge and approaches to mobile learning, and specifically explore the unique affordances of mobile devices for learner-generated content and experiences via such technologies as collaborative media production and sharing, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality, geolocative and contextual sensors, drones and wearable technologies.

Full details of this Call for Papers are available on the ASCILITE Mobile Learning SIG website.

Webinar Recording Available: A multidisciplinary approach to embedding digital literacy across the curricula

This ASCILITE Live! webinar, conducted on 29 July 2019, provided participants with an overview of Deakin University’s Professional Literacy Suite (PLS) and explained how the multidisciplinary project team implemented and scaffolded the suite across the course, and how it supported both staff and students. The PLS is a set of three embedded digital literacy modules developed to translate Deakin University’s Graduate Learning Outcome of Digital Literacy and support employability. It is the first suite of online digital and professional literacy modules created at a course wide level at Deakin. Digital literacy and employability skills were identified as educational skill gaps as part of a key Business course renewal and the PLS was designed in response to this, being created and maintained by a multi-disciplinary team with diverse skills and expertise, utilising an agile, responsive and iterative team approach. The modules leverage off the unique interactive and adaptive technologies of Tumult Hype and Smart Sparrow.

The PLA project was awarded the 2018 ASCILITE Innovation Award in recognition of its outstanding innovation in the field of teaching and learning. You will find a blog post on the PLA that explains the project more fully here.

The following link will provide you with access to the video recording and slides from the webinar. We hope you find these resources useful.


Journal of Teaching & Learning for Graduate Employability 2020 Special Edition: Micro-credentials and qualifications for future work and learning

The Journal’s editorial board has announced a special edition related to graduate employability and the future of work in the digital economy, focussing on certifications, qualifications and micro-credentials. The guest editors welcome submissions on topics including but not limited to:

  • Micro-credentials and their contribution to employability and engaged citizenship.
  • The value of formal qualifications and the experience of sustained deep learning
  • The relationship of qualifications and micro credentials to evolving ways of learning and working across the lifespan
  • Micro-credentials, qualifications, work-integrated learning and career-embedded learning
  • The opportunities to re-imagine assessment and feedback in micro-credentials and qualifications.

Submissions are particularly encouraged from researchers and practitioners in educational and industry partnerships.

We also welcome expressions of interest to join the guest editorial team (Em.Prof. Beverley Oliver, Dr Trina Jorre de St Jorre, Dr Beatrice Tucker).

For more information, visit the website here.

14th annual Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED2020)

INTED2020 (14th annual Technology, Education and Development Conference) will be held on the 2 – 4 March 2020 in Valencia, Spain and abstract submissions are now invited for consideration.  All submissions are due by 21 November 2019. Abstracts should be submitted online at

After 14 years, INTED has become an annual meeting point for lecturers, researchers, education professionals and technologists. Every year, INTED brings together over 700 delegates from 80 different countries.

It will provide the ideal opportunity to present your projects and experiences to an international audience. Also, it will offer participants an overview of the current situation of education and new learning technologies.  INTED2020 Proceedings will be reviewed for their inclusion in the Web of Science (Conference Proceedings Citation Index). Previous editions are already indexed. Also, a DOI number will be assigned to each accepted paper.

We are sure that it will be very interesting for professionals in the area of Education, Development, Innovation and New Learning Technologies.

INTED2020 Organising Committee

2019 Scholarship of Tertiary Teaching Virtual Conference

The CQUniversity Academic Board proudly presents the 2019 Scholarship of Tertiary Teaching Virtual Conference to be held online on October 8 and 9, 2019. The conference is aimed at bringing together teaching scholars from across all teaching platforms to share insights and best practice in the field of teaching and learning, and will centre around the following themes:

  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education: This theme includes techniques used to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues or content into the curriculum; enabling strategies and practices; and/or Indigenous ways of knowing.
  2. Educational assessment and evaluation: This theme includes authenticity in assessment; assessment that incorporates academic integrity, such as reducing plagiarism or contract cheating; social innovation in assessment design; embedding clinical practice or work integrated learning into assessment; innovative techniques to ensure student success; quality of content and curriculum design; digital badging and micro-credentials; and/or attrition and retention.
  3. Educational Technology: This theme includes approaches that use technology to inform your work as an academic, such as communication techniques, innovative student contact, or monitoring student online engagement. It also includes theory-based practice; the nexus between pedagogy and technology; and/or simulated learning.
  4. Professional development of educators: This theme includes strategies to build capacity in VET and Higher Education teachers; currency in teaching and learning; engaging in scholarship and scholarly activity in tertiary teaching; development of non-award qualifications or short courses.

Researchers, academics, vocational education and training teachers, and professional staff members are welcome to submit an original abstract related to any of the above themes for an opportunity to present at the conference and to make a contribution to the advancement of knowledge or professional practice in this field.

In addition, a “Tertiary Teaching Training Wheels” workshop will be offered. This two-hour virtual training session will introduce the world of scholarship and scholarly activity to assist new tertiary teachers and teaching scholars navigate the tertiary sector and become strategic in their scholarly activity. This is a practical, hands-on session. COST: FREE. Registration includes access to all live sessions, online materials and recordings of presentations via a YouTube channel.

You may make your submission here. The call for presenters deadline is 23 August 2019.

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