Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

2017 Student Bursary Award Winners

The ASCILITE Student Bursary Award was introduced in 2017 and was open to all full-time PhD/EdD or equivalent students. The three recipients of the 2017 award are:

  • Malcolm Burt, Queensland University of Technology
  • Tran Le Nghi Tran, University of Queensland
  • Paul Wiseman, University of Melbourne

The award recipients were given $1,000 each towards their attendance at the ASCILITE annual conference. This amount was put towards the recipient’s conference registration, travel and accommodation.

Award submissions comprised a 3 – 5 minute video that demonstrate how well the applicant made use of educational technologies and was able to communicate effectively through the technology by explaining why he or she should receive the bursary.  The 2017 submissions are available for viewing here.

Malcolm Burt for “Less VR in Education Is Better”

Abstact: I’m a PhD candidate in virtual reality and also create virtual reality objects for universities, which allow their students to experience more immersion and empathy (the two key reasons to use VR).

There’s too many huge ideas in this space which, while cool, scare people off. Perhaps we should be focusing on making the bare minimum that you need to enhance immersion and empathy?

I’d like to speak at ASCILITE with others in this field and to identify others who may be researching in this area, and of course to become a member.


Tran Le Nghi Tran for “Educational technologies & me”

Abstract: This video describes how I use educational technologies to teach, research and communicate in my professional and academic life as a lecturer and PhD student. It also highlights my belief and reflection on educational technologies as the vehicles for me, my students and research participants on our career development journey.

I believe this video helps introduce new educational technologies to those interested, provides insights into how technologies can be used in different education sections and promotes the ASCILITE conference and Student Bursary to a wider public as I have a strong professional network of international students and Vietnamese teachers.


Paul Wiseman for “Fluctuations in Task Level Engagement”

Abstract: I am using digital learning tasks to understand how task-level engagement fluctuates during an online learning activity.

This research is informing my understanding of digital task engagement in higher education (PhD research topic), as well as my understanding of classroom engagement and blended learning in my role as a lecturer in Management at the Faculty of Business and Economics, the University of Melbourne.

I believe this research has relevance and application within the ASCILITE community, and I hope to have the opportunity to share it and receive feedback from my colleagues in this field of research.


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