Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education


Reminder: 2019 ASCILITE Awards Open for Nominations

This is a reminder that ASCILITE members are now invited to apply or nominate for the 2019 ASCILITE awards and to consider nominations that they believe meet the criteria set for each award. Nominations will be open until 1 October 2019 and winners will be announced at the ASCILITE 2019 Conference. The five award categories available to members are as follows:

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

For full details and nomination forms, visit the ASCILITE website here.

Open Educational Practice SIG webinar: Scaling Online Education

Date & Time: 3pm – 4pm AEST, 24 September 2019.  You will find other time zones for the session here.

Abstract: As every university focuses on quality assurance and quality control in online learning and teaching, scalability inevitably becomes a challenge, as does the complexity of undertaking course/unit review and redevelopment. Engaging appropriately with academic staff, building assets for reusability, developing core competencies and confidence, and constructing learning experiences on the foundation of previous work are all considerations. Learning design in an online environment is largely geared towards student retention and student engagement and above all, the pedagogical organisation of learning material and learning activities so that learning might more easily occur.

This webinar details how Charles Sturt University’s Transforming Online Learning (TOL) project has incorporated an agile approach to online subject development so that learning design for an online cohort of students can occur at scale, by presenting the experience of a pilot within the Business Faculty.Agile is an iterative approach to project management that, in this instance has afforded learning designers the opportunity to develop online learning subjects at scale more quickly quicker and with fewer errors.

The webinar will illustrate and consider the challenges of bringing faculty on board, scaling resources and approaches, and the implications for broader practice.

Presenter: Jay Cohen is an Associate Professor Transform Online Learning at Charles Sturt University who is passionate and innovative online learning professional with a highly regarded record in the delivery of high quality, scalable learning solutions across the higher education sector. He has over 20 years experience in tertiary and online education, as well as extensive people, project and process management experience. Jay is currently employed as the Director of Online Subject Development at Charles Sturt University where he is responsible for leading the Transforming Online Learning project across the university. The Director of Online Subject Development manages the on-line subject development, including digital technologists, learning designers, learning analysts, library staff and editors.  He also works closely with each Faculty Leadership Team. This role requires leadership in online subject design and development and the associated workflows and management processes enabling a large scale roll-out.

Registration:  To attend this session, register here.  Registration allows us to send you a reminder and a link to the session recording.

#CMALTcMOOC 2019 launches 20 September

The next iteration of the #CMALTcMOOC for 2019 launches with an introductory webinar at 9:30am on 20 September, New Zealand time (10:30pm 19t September UK time). Join us over 7 weeks as we explore the elements of a CMALT ePortfolio within an international support network.

You can sign-up here and don’t forget to add a calendar event to your calendar. The Weekly Webinar will use Zoom.

You’ll find other useful cMALT resources below:

Transforming Assessment (e-Assessment) SIG News

Next webinar: Are typed and handwritten exams equivalent?

The next webinar “Are typed and handwritten exams equivalent?” is scheduled for 2 Oct 2019. In moving from handwritten to typed essay-based exams, the salient issue from an academic perspective is equivalence. Taking evidence from the research literature as its starting-point, this seminar explores whether the cognitive processes in, and intellectual outputs of, typed exams can be considered equivalent to those of handwritten exams. If they are not equivalent, what are the implications for the future of exams in tertiary education? This session will be presented by Elizabeth (Liz) Masterman (University of Oxford, UK). Further information and to register visit the SIG website here

Session recording: Continuous assessment, feedback loops and analytics, 4 Sept 2019

The webinar focused on how a combination of feedback loops and continuous assessment can enhance student learning and produce data to illustrate it, to both students and educators. The session was presented by Ole Eggers Bjælde and Annika Büchert Lindberg (Aarhus University, Denmark).  You’ll find the session recording here.

Session recording: A shift from discouraging dishonesty to authentic assessment. 7 Aug 2019

This webinar discussed aspects of traditional forms of assessment that are particularly susceptible to contract cheating in both face-to-face and online environments. It was argued that these traditional assessment formats are neither valid nor reliable as measures of achievement of workplace-focused learning outcomes. A number of alternative forms of assessment were suggested.  The session was presented by Carol Miles (The University of Newcastle, Australia) and Keith Foggett (The University of Newcastle, Australia).  View the session recording here.


Job Vacancies: Learning Design Manager & Learning Designers, The University of Melbourne

Learning Design Manager

  • Job no: 0029436
  • Work type: Continuing
  • Location: Parkville
  • Division/Faculty: Faculty of Business and Economics
  • Department/School: Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education
  • Salary: $120,638 – $125,514 (UOM 9)
  • Role & Superannuation rate: Professional – Full time – 17% super

The Learning Design Manager will be responsible for a team of Learning Designers, designing high-quality subjects and programs to significantly expand the University’s professional, continuing and executive education offerings.

Through effective management and supervision, the Learning Design Manager will build the team’s capability and commitment to continual improvement of design processes for online and blended programs.

This role will work as part of the MSPACE design/production team, and will report to the Director, Education Development and Delivery.

Please refer to the position description in the University site ad (see link below) for full details of the position responsibilities and selection criteria.

For full details and to apply visit the website here. The closing date for applications is 17 Sept 2019 11:55 PM AEST.

Learning Designer (2 Positions)

  • Job no: 0038902
  • Work type: Continuing
  • Location: Parkville
  • Division/Faculty: Faculty of Business and Economics
  • Department/School: Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education
  • Salary: $91,913 – $99,495 (UOM 7)
  • Role & Superannuation rate: Professional – Full time – 17% super

The role will focus on leading the design, development and adoption of high-quality subjects and programs to significantly expand the University’s professional, continuing and executive education offerings.

Reporting to the Learning Design Manager, you will have an understanding of pedagogy and experience in the application of this knowledge to online and blended resources. Learning Designers within the team are also guided and mentored by Senior Learning Designers.

You will use sound instructional principles and methodologies oriented to best practice learning and teaching pedagogies, and will be guided by the University’s Digital Learning Strategy.

For full details and to apply visit the website here. The closing date for applications is 17 Sept 2019 11:55 PM AEST.

Job Vacancy: Senior Tutor – Learning Design, Centre for Tertiary Teaching & Learning (CeTTL), University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

CeTTL is seeking a Senior Tutor – Learning Design to provide curricular advice and support to staff to design and develop pedagogically appropriate programmes, papers, activities and content. This position will also contribute to the design and teaching of generic and subject-specific tertiary teaching development and induction workshops for academic staff in a variety of instructional modes.

The Senior Tutor may contribute to the teaching of papers in CeTTL’s Postgraduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching and Learning. The successful candidate will have completed a relevant postgraduate qualification, have excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, knowledge of academic literacy principles and practices, curriculum development skills, and teaching experience in a tertiary or adult education context. The closing date for appplications is 20 September 2019 (NZ time).

For more information and to apply, visit

Job Vacancy: Director of Professional Learning, Auckland University of Technology

Our new learning and teaching strategy and vision through to 2025 has already been finalised – and our Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching now needs the right person to come in and support her to make it happen. This is a greenfields opportunity for an ambassador of transformative change to embrace the new state and drive the change required to ensure academic staff are fully equipped to cope with the demands of higher education. You’ll facilitate AUT’s reputation as a sector leader in learning and teaching as you:

  • Operationalise and drive forward AUT’s Learning and Teaching Roadmap
  • Provide focused, positive leadership and management to a large team of academic and professional staff as you guide and support them through transition into both altLAB, and it’s accompanying proactive, service-orientated approach to the provision of learning and teaching support services
  • Become the highly visible face of altLAB and Professional Learning at AUT, building strong and productive relationships with key internal and external stakeholders in a large, complex tertiary environment
  • Drive projects successfully through implementation and to completion, whilst achieving a working balance between quality staff-centric services and transformative change

This position is for both the Director of Professional Learning and Head of the AUT altLAB, which will be the new imagining of the Centre for Learning and Teaching.

Application close on 29 September 29 and you will find full details here

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