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Next TELedvisors SIG Webinar: T&L Support Site showcase 2018 – evaluating, showcasing and creating TEL practices

Following the positive feedback given last year, the TELe-SIG has decided it’s time to revisit the popular topic of a showcase of T&L support sites. In this webinar, TELedvisors share their work and ideas around the why, what and how of creating T&L support sites. This session features:

  • James Croft – TAFE Queensland Connect, TAFE Queensland
  • Andrea Rankin – eLearning Gateway, Flinders University
  • Katie Freund – ANU Coffee Courses, ANU Online
  • Tom Cotton – Launching the official TELedvisors Blog

Join us for some exciting discussion on Thursday 28 June (12pm AEST) via our Blackboard Collaborate room at http://bit.ly/TELedsinar.

Regards,
Chie Adachi
TELedvisors SIG co-convenor


Reminder: Conference Submissions Closes Soon

This is a reminder that all conference submissions must be made via EasyChair by midnight on Friday July 13 2018 (AEST). Full and concise papers are blind peer reviewed following rigorous academic standards. For more information about submissions or using the submission system, please email the conference committee.

Head on over to Twitter where you can now follow all the latest on the conference.


ASCILITE Executive Committee Two Day Meetings

The ASCILITE Executive Committee is meeting 18 – 20 June at Griffith University for its biannual face-to-face meeting to develop strategies for the future, review current activities and plan new initiatives.  The 2018 Conference plans will be reviewed along with the new TELAS (Technology Enhanced Learning Accreditation Scheme) and the full range of other activities and member services.  Many thanks to Chris Campbell (Executive Committee member) and Griffith University for hosting the meeting!

You can view profiles of all current Executive Committee members on the ASCILTIE website here.


OTHER NEWS

Asia-Pacific Conference on Educational Technology and STEM Education

The submission deadline for TALE 2018, Wollongong, 4 – 7 December has now been extended.

TALE is the IEEE Education Society’s flagship Asia-Pacific conference, catering to researchers and practitioners with an interest in educational technology and STEM education. The target audience of the conference is diverse and includes those working in the higher education, vocational education and training (VET), K-12, corporate, government, military, and healthcare sectors. Sponsored by the University of Wollongong and Charles Sturt University, the theme of this year’s conference is “Engineering Next-Generation Learning”.

In addition to 10 Core Tracks, the conference will feature a number of Special Tracks, including:

  • XR (VR/AR/MR) & Immersive Learning Environments
  • Engineering of Technologies for Learning: An Emerging Discipline
  • Big Data Analytics & Machine Learning in Education

TALE 2018 will be held in Wollongong, NSW from 4 to 7 December 2018 — the week after ASCILITE 2018. By reciprocal arrangement, attendees of ASCILITE 2018 are entitled to register for IEEE TALE 2018 at member rates, and vice versa

More information about TALE 2018 can be found on the conference website. Due to popular demand, the submission deadline has been extended to 2 July 2018.


Position Vacancy: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne.

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) is at the forefront of innovation in education, working with partners in schools, early childhood settings, communities, government and beyond, constantly seeking new and improved ways to support Australia’s education system.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow who will have primary responsibility for undertaking research in a research program of the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education (Melbourne CSHE) (Learning Analytics for Personalised Feedback and Improved Task Design to Support Student Learning in STEM). This is a three-year Fellowship, provided by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE), aimed at attracting excellent early career researchers who are able to show evidence of outstanding potential as an academic researcher and leader.

The Fellowship requires the candidate to undertake a substantial new research project that investigates how learning analytics can be used to optimise the learning design of digital environments for enhanced learning in STEM education. Sophisticated analyses of student interactions in digital environments can provide educators with a better understanding of students’ learning behaviour, particularly of problem-solving and scientific inquiry processes in STEM education. This knowledge can potentially be used to develop new forms of student feedback, and provide staff with feedback on the effective design of learning tasks. The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will determine the most appropriate methods, techniques, and algorithms for providing feedback in digital learning environments in higher education.

The closing date for applications is 5 July 2018.

For full details including position description and selection criteria are available at: http://jobs.unimelb.edu.au/caw/en/job/896791/postdoctoral-research-fellow.


Can you help a fellow researcher?

My name is Evelyn Lewis and I’m a full-time doctoral student at Massey University’s Institute of Education (NZ).  I am looking for tertiary lecturers teaching in online environments based in Australia and New Zealand to take part in my research.

My research interest lies in the use of Open Digital Badges in online learning environments and the ways in which both badges and learning environments influence student use of self-regulated learning strategies.

I invite you to take part in the project by completing this questionnaire which will give you an opportunity to reflect on the ways in which you are organising and managing your online learning environment and using digital badges. It should take you approximately 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

Digital badges and the use of self-regulated learning strategies in online learning environments Survey.

Your support for a fellow researcher is much appreciated.

Kind regards,
Evelyn Lewis


Do You Know That 73% of Educators Observed a Marked Improvement in Student Engagement When Blended Learning is Used?

Moving away from the traditional textbooks and lecture halls, blended learning allows educators to reach out to students via online platforms, which dramatically enriches learning experiences, elevates learning outcomes and reduces the number of dropouts. 70% of students affirmed that they learnt best in a blended learning environment, and this was substantiated by a massive 60% increase in retention rates.

Featuring blended learning experts and case studies from around the world (including UK), the 2nd Annual Digital Campus and Learning Transformation 2018 conference will help you to rethink your academic strategies, explore technical and operative considerations needed for the digital switch, discover effective blended pedagogies, and utilize new education technology to improve your institution’s academic performance.

This national event is comprised of 3 separately bookable conferences including:

  • Blended Learning Innovations, Analytics and AI for Education
  • Immersive AR/VR For Transformational Learning Experiences
  • Next Generation Learning Spaces and Digital Campus Design

The events take place in July at The Langham Hotel (Melbourne) and the International Convention Centre (Sydney).

For more information, visit the conference website here or email Karen Williams.

ASCILITE members are entitled to a 10% discount on both conferences so for the Melbourne session be sure to use the registration code L8071_ASC_10OFF and for Sydney use L8128_ASC_10OFF.

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