Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Transforming Assessment SIG news: COVID-19 Adaption Webinars

Detecting and addressing contract cheating in online assessment, 29 April 2020

The rapid pivot to online learning due to the COVID19 pandemic is seeing a significant shift in the mix of assessment modalities. This shift is seeing greater use of non-invigilated assessment with this there is the potential for an increase contract cheating activity. This session will explore research conducted into the practical steps that can be taken in up-skilling academic staff in detecting and addressing contract cheating in unsupervised assessment tasks.

Further information and registration is available here.

Authentic online oral assessment – an examination replacement, 30 April 2020

Concerns about academic integrity and student engagement have been tightened with the rapid COVID-19 induced shift to online teaching and the need to use alternate assessments to that of traditional exams. This session explores an approach to interactive online oral assessment can be used to create engaging, authentic assessment experiences for students. Interactive orals are especially useful in the current COVID-19 context because they can be conducted online and offer a viable alternative to exams.

Examples from the Griffith Business School at Griffith University will be explored that have used evidence-based assessment design to tick all the boxes for student engagement, employability and academic integrity in undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Further information and registration is available here.

TELedvisors SIG Webinar – Professional learning and development for Edvisors

Date and Time: 12 noon AEST, 30 April 2020

Synopsis: This month the TELedvisors webinar explores different facets of professional learning for academics and edvisors – what do we need and what is currently on offer?  The session will be presented by Keith Heggart, Lecturer in Learning Design at the University of Technology, Sydney. He will lead a discussion about what a training program for learning designers should look like. CAULLT recently released their highly informative Professional Learning environmental scan and a representative from CAULLT (TBC) will share their findings.

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ML-SIG News: Are you interested in Mobile Learning?

We are re/starting a weekly webinar series for the ASCILITE Mobile Learning Special Interest Group (ML-SIG) and anyone who is interested is welcome to join our sessions or simply lurk. The first webinar was aired 17 April with subsequent sessions to be conducted weekly from now on.

The archive of last week’s #ascilitemlsig webinar/discussion is available here.  In this session, we introduced our panel and overviewed core SIG activities. We also asked the panel “What can mobile learning bring to the COVID19 learning experience?” Next week we begin with Mobile Learning tips!

The ML-SIG uses Zoom for its webinars and we have a website here as well as a social media hashtag #ascilitemlsig for our SIG community discussions along with a discussion forum that is located here.  If you are interested in joining the ML-SIG, you’ll find a short sign-up form on the ASCILITE website here.

Zoom details (same link for each week):
Friday, 17 April⋅9:30 – 10:30am (Melbourne time)
Weekly on Fridaysuntil 24 Dec 2020
Weekly webinar discussions are at #ascilitemlsig

Next ASCILITE Live! Webinar: Creating presence in online learning for practice-based classes

Date and Time: 11am – 12pm AEST 16 June 2020. You’ll find session start times for different time zones here.

Synopsis: The sudden shift to all disciplines moving to online learning due to COVID-19 has surfaced many questions for those teaching practice-based classes, such as music performance, visual arts, physics and so forth.

Community of Inquiry model (Garrison, Anderson & Archer, 2000) presents teaching presence, social presence and cognitive presence in a concentric approach for meaningful online learning. Attainable online student learning objectives, authentic student assessment, and the development of community become key considerations for how presences can be developed for practice-based online classes.

Recommendations through research-informed approaches will be used to identify ways to transform face-to-face, practise-based activities into their meaningful, and approachable, online counterparts.

Presenter: Carol Johnson, PhD, is the Senior Lecturer in Music (Online Learning & Educational Technology) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music where she researches evidence-based approaches in teaching and learning music online. Carol is the 2019 recipient of the ASCILITE Emerging Scholar Award.

Registration: You can register for this session here.  Pre-registration will allow us to send you a reminder closer to the session date.

Sharing link: Share this link with colleagues if you know someone who may be interested.


Call for Papers: Special Section on Learning Analytics for Primary and Secondary Schools (Journal of Learning Analytics)

The following news item may be of interest to those ASCILITE members who conduct research into the primary/secondary schools sector on learning analytics.

This is an invitation to submit a manuscript for the upcoming Special Section on Learning Analytics for Primary and Secondary Schools at the Journal of Learning Analytics (JLA). The Journal of Learning Analytics is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal, disseminating the highest quality research in the field and indexed by Scopus and Web of Science. It is the official publication of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) and the first journal dedicated to research into the challenges of collecting, analysing and reporting data with the specific intent to improve learning.

We invite research papers, practitioner reports, and data and tool reports. The submission deadline is 20 September 2020. For further details, go here.

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