Hello ASCILITE Community
First, some exciting news – the ASCILITE Executive have established a publications team to setup ASCILITE Publications (APUBS) as our own platform for publishing ASCILITE Conference papers and a publication pathway for ‘non-traditional’ articles from the ASCILITE community. This is a work in progress as we setup and configure a self-hosted version of the Open Journal System (OJS), with the ASCILITE 2022 Conference using APUBS as the submission, review, and publication platform for the first time.
As part of the setup process, we are also publishing our first APUBS Issue based upon the 2019 ASCILITE Conference proceedings. If you are an author of an ASCILITE 2019 paper you may receive automatic notification from the APUBS system when your paper is back-published into the 2019 Issue – don’t worry, this is not an ‘error’ and needs no action from you, it’s just because the paper has been resubmitted to a new system. This means your past ASCILITE Conference papers will be published in APUBS with a citable DOI, metrics, and a great looking format. Publishing the past 25+ years of ASCILITE Conference papers in APUBS will also create a consistent permanent archive that has many features – such as a central repository with search functionality, metrics, and associated DOIs, giving your ASCILITE Conference contributions wider impact.
Unfortunately, like any new system we are ironing out the bugs as we go, but those emails from APUBS should be good news going forward! Bear with us as we tweak the OJS system for APUBS and sort out the email bounces etc that you may have received through the system. If you are a submitter or reviewer for ASCILITE 2022 you should also be aware that emails will arrive from APUBS going forward and ensure these are allowed in your spam filter settings.
Nonetheless, if you have any concerns, please get in touch with us. We’re excited about the future of APUBS and tying in with the 2022 Conference theme as we Reconnect the ASCILITE community’s 25+ years of conference proceedings!
The APUBS editorial team.
TELedvisors webinar – Belonging in online learning environments
Thursday 1st September @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm AEST
This TELedvisors webinar takes its cue from a recently released special issue of the Journal of University Teaching & Learning Practice, called ‘Pedagogies of belonging in an anxious world’ (Edited by Nona Press and colleagues). The presenters for our webinar are all contributing authors to the special issue. First, Nicole Crawford and colleagues will discuss their paper on “Experiences of belonging (or not) among mature-aged regional and remote university students”. Next, Beate Mueller and colleagues will outline how to “build belonging in online WIL environments”, drawing on lessons learned from the pandemic. Finally Ammar Bahadur Singh will “examine students’ collaborative epistemic actions in a MOOC learning environment”.
We look forward to seeing you on 1 September at https://bit.ly/TELedsinar.
Transforming Assessment SIG webinar: Poor feedback and what we can do about it
Wednesday, 7th September @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm AEST
Presenter: Pauline Ross (University of Sydney, Australia)
Student and staff dissatisfaction with feedback is common across the sector nationally and internationally. This webinar will start by covering the well-known issues of poor feedback, i.e. lack of timeliness and opportunity to act on feedback. We will then move on to describe successful examples of feedback where students and staff indicate a high level of satisfaction that quality feedback has been provided and used to improve learning outcomes.
There will be time for Q&A.
Webinar registration is at http://taw.fi/7sep2022
Start: 0700 universal time | 8AM UK | 3PM SG/HK | 5PM SYD/MEL | 7PM NZ.
Reminder: ASCILITE Live! Webinar – ASCILITE’s Women in Academic Leadership Initiative
Monday 12th September @ 3-4 (AEST)
Presented by A/Prof Chris Campbell, Prof Sue Gregory, Prof Petrea Redmond, A/Prof Elaine Huber.
This webinar will provide information about the Women in Academic Leadership Initiative in preparation for the next round of applications. Come along and hear about the success of the last two years and how you can get involved for 2023-2024.
The program provides mentoring opportunities for academics at levels C and D (or equivalent), with mentors from Levels D and E. The initiative brings together its members via a community approach to support each other to progress in academia. Applicants must be current members of ASCILITE and maintain their membership for the duration of the two year initiative.
The benefits of participation in the initiative include:
- Tips and advice on academic promotion from members;
- Seminars for mentoring on relevant topics suggested by the cohort;
- Expansion of skills, knowledge and experience such as communication, leadership, storytelling, visibility and strategic planning; and
- Opportunity for networking and to create contacts outside of the individual’s own workplace.
Full details of the initiative will be discussed at this webinar.
Register at: tinyurl.com/mpudpfuj
Empower Learners in an AI World presented by EduGrowth and ASCILITE
Thu 6th Oct 2022, 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm AEDT
As big data becomes an increasingly important skill, hear from AI thought leaders on how we can empower learners to understand and utilise artificial intelligence.
This session will explore the role of universities in preparing learners for the world of AI. And case studies from innovative EdTech companies will also be presented showcasing how AI is empowering their users.
This session will cover:
- The capabilities people need in a world of AI
- How these capabilities can be conceptualised and integrated into the university curriculum
- How to empower learners in AI literacy to safeguard the technology
Speakers to be announced.
Register at https://events.humanitix.com/empower-learners-in-an-ai-world
ASCILITE has a new Secretariat
After many years Andre Colbert retired from the Secretariat position. ASCILITE wishes Andre all the best for his retirement. ASCILITE would like to introduce Michelle Davy, the new ASCILITE Secretariat who is stepping in to ensure a smooth transition.
Michelle has been a long-time member of ASCILITE and most recently attended the 2019 conference in Singapore.
Michelle is also affiliated with UniSA and Navitas will be the friendly person behind the Secretariat email.
We wish Michelle all the best in this position.
Call for Nominations to the Executive Committee
Current ASCILITE financial members are invited to stand for election to the ASCILITE Executive Committee and the closing date for nominations is the 20 September 2022.
You will find details of current Executive Members here and a summary of Executive roles and the work of the Executive is outlined in the document Prospective Executive Committee Member Information.
For further information on the work of the Society or the Executive Committee please contact the President, Vice-President or any Executive Committee member. Committee members will be happy to answer your questions by phone or email.
The Call for Nominations is open to all financial members from 29 August to 20 September 2022 and voting will be open to all financial members from 22 September to 10 October 2022. Members will be sent candidate information with an online voting link on 22 September and the results of this ballot will be announced at the ASCILITE Annual General Meeting at ASCILITE 2022.
You will find further details of the election schedule, positions available and nomination forms on the ASCILITE website here.