Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Fortnightly Bulletin, 14 April 2014



ascilite2014 Conference Submission Key Dates

This is a reminder that the ascilite2014 conference Call for Papers is now open and key dates regarding submissions are as follows:

Submissions Open

31 March 2014

Online Registrations Open

April 2014

Deadline for Workshop submissions

30 May 2014

Deadline for Paper submissions

30 June 2014

Deadline for Posters & Symposium

30 June 2014

Reviewing Process ends

23 July 2014

Completed Reviews sent back to authors (1st Review)

10 August 2014

Revised full and concise papers accepted (2nd Review)

3 Sept 2014

Visit the conference website for additional information on ascilite2014.

Call for Proposals for a Special Issue of AJET

The editors of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET) welcome expressions of interest from individuals or teams interested in guest editing a special issue of the journal in 2015.

Expressions of interest of up to 500 words should include the following information:

  • Names and affiliations of guest editor(s), including experience and brief biographical details
  • Proposed special edition theme, including possible topics
  • The relevance of the theme to the scope and coverage of the journal
  • The significance of the theme in advancing the field of educational technology in higher education.

Full proposals will be requested from shortlisted EOIs selected by the AJET editorial board.

Please email your expression of interest to Dr Sue Bennett, AJET joint Lead Editor, by 31 May 2014.

Reminder: ascilite Live! webinar: “Gamification – Its Potential for Learning”

23 April 2014, 12pm – 1pm AEST

For your local time zone please click this link.

Digital and mobile platforms still have untapped potential for engaging learners, and gamification is one example of how we can leverage on these capabilities to truly enhance students’learning.  This webinar will be presented by Keith Ng who will also share a case-study with Singapore Management University for a mobile app, GameLead, that gamified the module “Leadership and Team-building” in early 2014, powered by Gametize, with in-depth analysis on what worked, and what did not.

Keith Ng (@keizng) is the CEO of Gametize, a gamification company that integrates game psychology into audience engagement. His team “gametizes” learning, employee engagement, etc, in enterprises and institutions such as SingTel, Standard Chartered Bank, DBS, NTU and Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

To find out more about the webinar and the presenter, and to register, please visit the ascilite website here.


Call for papers – EITT2014

The Society of International Chinese in Educational Technology (SICET) has organized its third International Conference on Educational Innovation through Technology (EITT) as a forum for researchers in educational technology to present research findings and exchange experiences in this exciting field. The conference will be held from 27-29 October, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.

We are now inviting submissions to the following topics, inclusive but not exhaustive:

  • educational information strategies, policies and assessment (national and regional);
  • theories and practices of informational/instructional technology integration into curriculum;
  • theories and practices of open and distance education;
  • teacher education and development for ICT in Education;
  • leadership in ICT in Education;
  • innovation of Chinese and language teaching in digital learning environments;
  • intelligence, mobile, and ubiquitous learning;
  • technology, structure, standards, and system; and
  • studies of ICT in education based on comparison or collaboration among different countries and regions.

The paper submissions deadline is 10 May 2014.   For submission guidelines and other key dates, please visit the conference website.

Early Career Researcher: Call for Submission of Abstracts to altc2014

This is a call for abstracts for the 2014 ALT conference, ³Riding Giants: How to innovate and educate ahead of the wave² which  will be held at the University of Warwick in the UK.

This is the UK’s main conference for learning technologists and one of the largest conferences of its kind, typically attracting over 500 delegates from around the world.

ALT is looking to encourage submissions from early career researchers and doctoral students either via the standard research paper route (now open) or by having a short 15 minute slot.

They are particularly interested in abstracts from early career researchers related to the Predicting Giants theme “What are our now and forthcoming big questions, big challenges, and big changes?”

On the last day of the conference, there will be an early career researcher-focused day, including:
a research-related keynote address covering presentations on impact and dissemination with networking opportunities to meet other researchers who are at the same stage.

Submit your abstracts online here. The submission deadline is midnight GMT on Monday 31 March 2014

Note that a call for research papers for a Special Issue of Research in Learning Technology has already been issued here.

Ontario Online Learning Portal Resources

The Ontario Online Learning Portal for Faculty and Instructors contains loads of useful resources and information for ascilite members, including pockets of innovation, game changers, trends & directions, tips & tools

Perhaps you have, or know of, some useful resources to share with the ascilite community?  Send them through to the ascilite Secretariat to share through this fortnightly bulletin, the ascilite twitter feed and ascilite on Facebook (You will find links below the news items).

Alternative study models ‘causing real angst’ for universities

Diana Oblinger, chief executive of Educause, recently spoke at the JISC Digital Festival in the UK about alternative study models in universities and emphasised that universities must ensure they’re “on top of social media” and keep an eye on alternative study models. Read more >>.

Educause is a US non-profit organisation Educause which promotes the intelligent use of technology in universities.

You may also be interested in Educause’s recent article on the top-ten IT-related issues facing higher education institutions in the US.  In this article, members of the 2012-2013 EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel frame each issue with discussion and a set of strategic questions. Read more >>

A Unique Approach to a xMOOC

Applied Sustainability, delivered by a community college in Ontario, Canada defies what many have come to expect from a Massive Open Online Course offered through a university-sponsored platform such as Coursera, Open2Study or edX.  Read more >>

New ALT Online Newsletter

You may be interested in subscribing to ALT’s new newsletter format.  Here are three recent articles that may be of interest and you can subscribe to the newsletter from any of these pages.

Digital literacies for lifelong/online learning

One area the JISC digital literacies programme did not set out to explore was the capabilities required to learn successfully online. Before the current interest in MOOCs led to a resurgence of online-only provision, the focus was on harnessing digital technologies to the requirements of a blended context, and this was reflected both in the call for project bids and in the ideas which were put forward for funding.   Read more >>

A supportive environment for digital literacy development

There are many studies of how user expectations of institutional IT are changing: see for example the recent Educause review of IT issues (see bulletin item above) and regular surveys from UCISA. The Developing Digital Literacies programme has focused rather on how people acquire the digital literacies they need for academic success, and how aspects of the institutional environment support them in doing so.,   Read more >>

Digital voices and media-enhanced learning

The Media-Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group (MELSIG) is a forum for thinking differently about digital and social media, and how we can use them to enhance learning environments. MELSIG includes academics, learning technologists, educational developers and students from post-compulsory education in the UK, led by a core group who organise a range of activities. The SIG works together as a voluntary open association with contributions from institutional hosts to cover the costs of events.   Read more >>

ALT News Digest 296

Association for Learning Technology Fortnightly News Digest 296 was issued on 04 April 2014.  ALT’s journal – Research in Learning Technology is open access. Articles from the past 20 years are available here.

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