ascilite 2014 Update, Dunedin, 23 – 26 November, 2014
Thanks to all for a great response to our call for submissions. Due to the number of requests for a little more time we have extended the final deadline through to today (21 July 2014). Absolutely no extensions can be given beyond today so this is your last chance to get your papers in.
Reviewers Webinar on 29 July
New to reviewing for ascilite? Don't miss the webinar for new ascilite reviewers on Tuesday 29 July 2014 – 13:00 to 14:00 NZT. Register to attend here and go to the Adobe Connect link to attend the session. Please login as a guest.
We have a great workshop program shaping up and will be releasing details very soon. Keep an eye on the conference website.
Registrations are open and be sure to get in early with your accommodation bookings. There are a range of great places to stay within easy walking distance of the conference but don't leave it too late to book your choice – places will fill up fast!
It is a brilliant sunny winter's day in Dunedin just now and come conference time, in early summer, we'll look forward to giving you a very warm southern welcome.
For updates, stay tuned to http://2014conference.ascilite.org and follow us on Twitter @ascilite14.
Jenny, Bronwyn and the ascilite2014 Conference Team.
ascilite Welcomes New Institutional Member
ascilite is pleased to welcome UTS Insearch as our latest institutional member. Insearch has taken out a one year membership for 10 individuals and it joins a wide range of institutions from Australia and New Zealand who are currently ascilite institutional members.
ascilite Awards Open for Nominations
Each year, ascilite accepts applications for three ascilite awards that members are welcome to apply or nominate for and we invite members to consider nominations that they believe qualify. The three award categories are:
- ascilite Innovation and Excellence Award
- ascilite Life Member Award
- ascilite Fellow Award
The ascilite Innovation and Excellence Award, first introduced in 2011, aims to recognize innovative projects and initiatives undertaken by a team of people in support of the exemplary and research informed use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education.
The ascilite Fellow Award aims to recognize the outstanding contributions of individual ascilite members in the exemplary use of, and/or research into, technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education.
An ascilite Life Member Award is a prestigious award that recognizes the significant service and/or sustained contribution of an ascilite member to the Society. Life Member Awards are the highest recognition of achievement made by ascilite.
You can view nomination forms and obtain further information on the ascilite website awards page. Applications are open until 11 October 2014.
National Peer Review Network Workshops
The purpose of the National Peer Review Network (PRN) is to establish communities of practice for the peer review of assessment. There is increasing national interest in discussing and implementing robust approaches to assuring higher education subject and program standards.
This network project will include key stakeholders across the higher education sector (DVCs, The Council of Deans, Quality Directors, academics experienced in external peer review of assessment, academics) coming together to discuss how the peer review of learning outcomes can be achieved effectively and efficiently within disciplines and across the higher education sector. The development of a PRN will include State-held workshops to discuss issues and challenges and areas for collaboration.
The Higher Education Services (HES) will make a $30,000 contribution to the establishment of a two day annual Peer Review Forum which will showcase international and national speakers on peer review of assessment.
For complete details on the workshop and forum and to register for either, please view the Peer Review Network PDF.
GCU Commonwealth "Games On" Event
The Centre for Learning Enhancement and Academic Development at Glasgow Caledonian University has developed an open online event for the Commonwealth Games and would like to have people from the Commonwealth and beyond involved.
The event is not a MOOC but is designed as a fun way for people to experience online learning so if you are interested in online learning and the Commonwealth Games, you may wish to find-out further information and you'll find it on the "Games On" website Alternatively, you can email Sheila MacNeill, Senior Lecturer (Blended Learning) at the Centre.
Position Vacant: Learning Technologist, Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne’s Learning Transformations Unit underpins the positioning of Swinburne University as the provider and partner of choice for online, integrated and mobile learning.
A Learning Technologist is required to provide practical assistance to Academic staff focussed on the piloting, scaling-up and embedding of learning technologies to support the development of new approaches to Learning and Teaching across Swinburne, in pursuit of Swinburne 2020 goals.
Applications close 29 July 2014 and further details of the position can be found here.
ALT News Digest 303
Association for Learning Technology Fortnightly News Digest 303 was issued on 17 July 2014. ALT's journal – Research in Learning Technology is open access. Articles from the past 20 years are available here.