Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education


Two New ASCILITE Awards Open for Nominations

ASCILITE is pleased to announce two new awards that are now open for nominations; the Emerging Scholar Award and the Community Fellow Award. This brings to five the number of ASCILITE awards members may apply or nominate for. Applications for the new awards along with the Life Member Award, the Innovation Award and Student Bursaries are due 8 October 2018.

Emerging Scholar Award

Nominations for the ASCILITE Emerging Scholar Award will be assessed on merit by a sub-committee of the ASCILITE Executive.   The following criteria will guide the assessment of this award:

  • Nominee has made a noteworthy contribution in the exemplary use of technologies for learning and teaching in tertiary education in one of the categories referred to in the award criteria document; and/or
  • Nominee has made a noteworthy contribution to exemplary research into technologies for learning and teaching in tertiary education in one of the referred to in the award criteria document; and
  • Through their contributions, the nominee has promoted the strategic vision, mission and goals of ASCILITE.

Community Fellow Award

The ASCILITE Community Fellow Award aims to recognise the outstanding contributions of individual ASCILITE members in the exemplary building of connections in the wider community and into the ASCILITE community. The nature of these contributions should cover one or more of the following categories:

  • Works within the community to develop professional leadership in the development, application or implementation of exemplary technology-related projects for teaching and learning in tertiary education.
  • Encourages and supports the exemplary use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education within the community.
  • Encourages innovations in practice in the exemplary use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education.
  • Participates and initiates discussion in the use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education in the wider community.

Further information on all ASCILITE awards, including detailed nomination criteria and nomination forms are available on the website here.

AJET Issue Vol 34 (4) 2018 Now Published

We are pleased to advise a new issue of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology for 2018 has been published. The editorial for the issue and the articles it contains are available from the AJET website.

As always, we thank the wonderful team of associate editors who facilitate the reviews and author revisions. The associate editors are Associate Professor Shirley Agostinho, Dr Thomas Donald Cochrane, Dr Linda Corrin (University of Melbourne, Australia), Dr Helen Farley, Associate Professor Paul Gruba, (University of Melbourne, Australia), Professor Judi Harris (William and Mary School of Education USA), Dr Jason M Lodge (University of Melbourne, Australia), Associate Professor Lina Markauskaite (The University of Sydney, Australia), Dr Stephen Marshall (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) and Dr Michael Phillips (Monash University, Australia).

We would also like to acknowledge the authors for their contributions to AJET and for the support we received from them in preparing papers for this issue.

Assoc. Prof. Michael Henderson, Assoc. Prof. Eva Heinrich and Assoc. Prof. Petrea Redmond

Lead Editors, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology

TELedvisors SIG Webinar – Meet your edvisors: Who we are, what we do and how we got here

Date and Time: Thursday 27 September 12 noon AEST

Abstract: TELedvisors work in a wide range of roles to support technology enhanced learning and teaching but until quite recently there have been no qualifications or courses that lead people directly to this job. Sharing our stories and our diverse pathways into edvisoring (yes, it’s a word – or it should be) is an important part of understanding and demonstrating the wide array of skills, knowledge and experience that we contribute to our workplaces. Join us as six edvisors share their stories.

The session will be hosted by Lindsay Rattray with the following presenters:

  • Hyacinth Steele – QUT
  • Michael Sankey – Griffith
  • Lindsay Rattray – Navitas
  • Marlene Daicopoulos – Murdoch
  • Jenny James – Griffith
  • Tom Worthington – ANU / Consultant

You can join the session here.

Transforming Assessment – e-Assessment SIG News

Next Session “Mindful Assessment Design” Wednesday 7 Nov 2018

The next webinar will be presented by Dr Samuel Elkington (Advance HE, UK / Teesside University). The session explores the concept of mindful learning as it applies to  assessment design. We will cover the current thinking and evidence for  promoting self-regulatory practices to reframe student-centred  assessment as a primary vehicle for authentically personalised learning.  This includes student sensitivity to context and new perspectives,  intentionality of attention, managing personal responses to feedback,  and resilience. The session concludes with some practical examples of  mindful assessment design in higher education.

To register for the session, please go here.

Recording available

A recording of the previous session “Virtual work integrated learning in engineering” held on 5 September 2018 and presented by A/Prof Sally Male (University of Western Australia) is now available here.

e-Exams Roadshow sessions (various Australian cities)

These sessions may be of interest to TA list members or please forward to others!. Many institutions are considering the shift to e-Exams. This could cost millions over the coming years and set up the pedagogic framework for higher stakes assessments for years to come – make an informed decision! A series of workshops looking at the preliminary findings of the Australian Government funded ‘Transforming Exams Across Australia’ project will be held in most Australian capital cities over the remainder of 2018.

The project focused on enabling authentic e-assessment in exam rooms involving 10 Australian university partners. The workshops feature a two session format comprising a briefing followed by a workshop.

The remaining sessions are Sydney 21 Sep 2018 [full – wait-list], Brisbane: 27 Sep 2018 (following Moodle MOOT Australia – presenting e-exams here too!) Hobart 5 Oct 2018 and Canberra 31 Oct 2018 (following EdTechPosium – presenting e-exams here too!). Registration is free here.

e-Exams Symposium, Saturday 24 November 2018 in Melbourne, Australia

This full day mini-conference will feature two international guest speakers from Austria and Finland speaking about their e-Exams implementation projects. Prof. Geoff Crisp will the chair the day. Detailed findings from the Australian national project that saw development of an authentic, robust, e-exams platform and 20 trials across multiple university partners will be discussed. All education sectors are welcome. This symposium is running just prior to the ASCILITE2018 conference – why not do two Ed Tech events in the one trip!? Register now [AU$195] via<

New TELall Blog Post – inter/transdisciplinary knowledge production in serious game design

In this blog, Erica Southgate and Shamus Smith take the reader on a ‘tumbling ride’ down the rabbit hole of inter/transciplinary knowledge production for serious (educational) computer game design. Along the way they provide a critical look at the constant invocation in higher education to ‘disrupt’ and ‘innovate’.  Read more >>

Important Reminder! Please Complete the ASCILITE Member Survey

We currently have one-third of the number of responses we require for the 2018 Member Survey so if you haven’t already completed the survey, please take some time to do so.

We greatly value your feedback and contribution to the future of ASCILITE and invite you to complete the survey via the anonymous link here

The Member Survey is used to obtain feedback from members on the value of ASCILITE services, initiatives and related activities.

The survey will remain open until 28 September 2018.


ALASI 2018, 23 – 24 November 2018

ALASI 2018 is a satellite event of the ASCILITE 2018 conference.

ALASI (Australian Learning Analytics Summer Institute) is the main forum in Australia for the exchange of knowledge, innovation, and experiences in the area of learning analytics. The event offers a great opportunity to learn about analytics in education, showcase your activities and benchmark results through exposure to the thinking, experiences and feedback of other practitioners and researchers in the field.

Keynote speakers this year include Sue Bennett (University of Wollongong) and Sandra Milligan (University of Melbourne) with interactive presentations, workshops and panel discussions about current and future tends in learning analytics.

Dates: 23 – 24 Nov 2018
Early bird registration: 20 Oct 2018
ASCILITE members receive discounted registration.

Scholarship of Technology-Enhanced Learning – SoTEL2019

Auckland University of Technology will be hosting the second SoTEL conference in Auckland, New Zealand on 14 – 15 February 2019. Trendsetter speakers are still being finalised, but the committee is delighted to announce that Professor Thom Reeves, Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design, and Technology at the University of Georgia will be the Key Trendsetter at SoTEL 2019; he is an extremely engaging and entertaining presenter, not to be missed!

Tom is well known internationally for his work in educational design research and authentic e-learning. He has recently released the second edition of his book, “Conducting Educational Design Research: 2nd Edition”.

Educational design research blends scientific investigation with the systematic development and implementation of solutions to educational challenges. Empirical inquiry is conducted in real learning settings – not laboratories – to craft effective solutions to the complex challenges facing educational practitioners. At the same time, the research is carefully structured to produce theoretical understanding that can serve the work of others.

Remember, the call for submissions is ready and waiting for your contribution to the New Zealand event of the year in 2019: SoTEL 2019!

The submission link is located here.

Invitation to provide feedback on REF 2021 Consultations

REF 2021 invites you to respond to REF2021 consultations on recent proposed decisions and to inform you about the latest publications.

REF2021 recently published the draft guidance on submissions and panel criteria, which set out the detailed proposed requirements for submissions to REF 2021. We are calling for responses on key aspects of these publications, via an online consultation. Responses to the consultation are invited from any higher education institutions, association, organisation or individual with an interest in the conduct, quality, funding or use of research. Responses should be submitted online here, by 12 noon on 15 October 2018.

Further information regarding the recent publications can be found on the news page of our website.

The REF team is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); further details on the UKRI privacy notice are available here.

Kind regards,
The REF team

Institutional Members