Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education


New ASCILITE Blog Post on "Keeping Analytics Do-able"

You are invited to read and comment on the fourth and latest post at ASCILITE's new TELall blog. The topic of this week's blog comes from Mark Nichols, The Open University (UK).

As Mark puts it, "When it comes to successful interventions and solutions in education, it seems they’re either incredibly simple or diabolically expensive. Of course, sometimes the incredibly simple only takes you so far before you really need something diabolically expensive. I suspect, though, that in online learning we sometimes go straight to the diabolically expensive because the incredibly simple seems less innovative!".

Perhaps you would like to add your own thoughts in a comment after the post?

Transforming Assessment (e-Assessment SIG) News

Next session: "Virtual Field Trips to Enhance Employability Skills in Hospitality.

Date & Time: 5 April 2017, 7am UTC.

This webinar will explore how virtual field trips can be used to enhance the employability skills of students in the hospitality sector. The session looks at findings from the OLT funded project "Enhancing Student Employability Skills Through Virtual Field Trips in the Hospitality Industry".

Presenter: A/Prof Anoop Patiar (Griffith University, Australia).

For further information and registration go here.

Recording available

A video recording of "Getting Started with Assessment and Feedback in Higher Education" presented on 1 March 2017 is now available. This session was presented by Sally Brown, Independent consultant and Emerita Professor, Leeds Beckett University, UK. The webinar was aimed at those new to assessing in higher education. The covered matters including: Matching marks to criteria; Assuring standards; Ensuring inter-assessor and intra-assessor reliability; Effective Assessment design; and Giving effective feedback.

You can view and download the recording here.

TEL edvisors SIG Webinar Recording, 9 March

The first TEL edvisors webinar was conducted on 9 March, titled "MOPping up: Aligning policy and practice."

A video recording of the session is now available here.

Abstract: A number of tertiary institutions have employed a minimum online presence (MOP) or Blended Learning strategy, however the variety and depth of these can vary. While most will consider blended and online learning in terms of policy (privacy, key information available to students), some have expanded to incorporate quality indicators that consider good practice in blended and online learning and teaching. We will take a tour of some of the recent work happening across institutions and lead an in-depth discussion of the elements involved in these documents and how they compare to what might be exemplary blended and online learning. This discussion is relevant to those who may be interested in developing or supporting good practice guidelines within their institution.

How far should institutions go in providing clear guidelines and recommendations to their faculty/broader staff? Should these form the basis of other quality assurance or subject evaluation measures? How do we ensure institutional policy aligns with good practice? How do we ensure the range of institutional voices (including academics, students and our own) are considered as part of the approach?

The session was presented by Lynnae Venaruzzo, Western Sydney University: WSU Blended Learning Standards; Leanne Ngo, Deakin University: Discussing Deakin's Minimum Standards; and Kate Mitchell, La Trobe University: A review of current University standards locally and internationally.

To find-out more about the TEL edvisors SIG, please visit the SIG website.

Reminder: Community Mentoring Program Application Deadline Extended

The deadline for CMP appllications has been extended to 20 March.  if you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee this year, there is still time. You will find details and applications forms on the ASCILITE website here.


ALT (UK) Education Developer's Cookbook

Celia Popovic, Director, Teaching Commons at York University, Toronto, Canada.has developed an Education Developer's Cookbook.  The "cookbook" is a collection of practical ideas offered for use by the educational development community. Based on the notion of a cook book put together by a community we offer Starters (ice breakers), Main Courses (ideas for workshops and events) and Desserts (ways to obtain feedback or evaluation).  Everyone is welcome to make use of the recipes and share their own ideas by sending them to Celia Popovic.

The Educational Developers’ Cookbook is housed on York University’s (Toronto) website.

Job Vacancy: Director of Learning Resources, CSU

CSU is advertising for the Director, Learning Resources who will be responsible for developing strategic and innovative approaches to digital production. This is an innovative leadership position with responsibility for leading a team of managers, technical and creative staff, as well as working with stakeholders at CSU and externally. The Director will contribute to CSU’s strategic thinking around digital futures and participate in strategic partnerships with external suppliers.

You’ll be an expert in media production and design and an e-learning leader who understands the challenges of both on-campus and online student engagement and retention. You’ll have a track record in strategy development, innovation and successful change management.

You’ll have a good understanding of future trends in technology development, actively contribute to university-wide think tanks and play a key role in determining how CSU moves forward.

  • Ref No 95840: Director, Learning Resources
  • Vacancy Position#: 651487
  • Position Title: Director, Learning Resources
  • Description: Full Time, Fixed Term (5 years)
  • Remuneration package in the range of $144,620 to $180,775 p.a
  • Bathurst or Wagga Wagga
  • Employment Status: Fixed Term, Specific Task
  • Applications Close: 29-MAR-2017 11:59:59 pm
  • Report To: Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Learning)
  • Contact Phone#: 0417 200 242
  • Contact Name: Professor Sandra Wills
  • Contact Email:

You can view full details here.

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