ASCILITE offers several awards and a student bursary for which members are welcome to apply or nominate, namely:
- Innovation Award
- The Allan Christie ASCILITE Innovation Award
- Anthology Educational Designer of the Year Award, in memory of Allan Christie
- Emerging Scholar Award
- ASCILITE/CAULLT Award for Outstanding Leadership in Digital Learning in Higher Education
- Community Fellow Award
- Student Bursaries
- Life Member Award
If you are looking for past award winners, use the following links to view specific winners in each category Life Members, Innovation Award, ASCILITE Fellows (no longer offered) and the AJET Distinguished Reviewer Award.
The Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET) also offers an award in the form of a Distinguished Reviewer Award in recognition of a candidate’s outstanding work as an AJET reviewer. Candidates for this award are selected by the AJET Management Committee and Lead Editors from among the journal reviewers in any given year. This award was introduced in 2017.
The ASCILITE Innovation Award was introduced in 2011 as the “Innovation & Excellence” award. It celebrates work undertaken by an individual or team of people in support of the exemplary and research informed use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education. Innovation is defined as a new idea, device or process. It is something original that “breaks into” teaching and learning in the tertiary sector. For further information, refer to the Innovation Award Criteria and Nomination form below.
Nominees must be an ASCILITE member in order to submit an award nomination. View this page to see if your institution is an institutional member in ASCILITE and whether or not you are eligible.
The Allan Christie ASCILITE Innovation Award will be judged from Innovation Award nominations and announced at the Annual ASCILITE Conference at the Awards Ceremony. Allan Christie was involved with ASCILITE since its conception in 1985. He was recognised with a Life Member award in 2003 (only the fourth person to receive this honour at the time). Allan continued to serve the Society for over 36 years and was on the ASCILITE Executive for 27 years when he retired from the Executive in December 2019. Allan was well known in higher education and sadly passed away suddenly last year. He is missed greatly in the ASCILITE circles.
The Inaugural Anthology Educational Designer of the Year Award, in memory of Allan Christie
The Inaugural Anthology Educational Designer of the Year Award, in memory of Allan Christie, was announced at the ASCILITE 2022 conference after Allan’s sudden passing in August of 2022. In recognition of Allan’s contribution to the sector and his lifelong passion and commitment to the use of technology in learning, this Award rewards a professional staff member who has made significant contributions to learning and teaching. It recognises achievements in pedagogical design, instructional efficiencies, communication and collaboration, actionable insights and universal design across the education landscape. The Educational Designer of the Year Award is sponsored by Anthology to the value of $1,000.
- Anthology Educational Designer of the Year Award, in memory of Allan Christie Criteria
- Anthology Educational Designer of the Year Award, in memory of Allan Christie Nomination form
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:
Has made a noteworthy contribution in the exemplary use of, or research in to technologies for learning and teaching in tertiary education in one of the categories referred to in the award criteria document; and/or
Through their contributions has promoted the strategic vision, mission and goals of ASCILITE.
ASCILITE/CAULLT Award for Outstanding Leadership in Digital Learning in Higher Education
The ASCILITE/CAULLT Award for Outstanding Leadership in Digital Learning in Higher Education was announced at the ASCILITE 2022 conference. It recognises evidence of an individual’s innovative and effective leadership in the broad use of digital technologies to enhance teaching, learning, and overall performance in higher education by an individual demonstrating implementation, integration, collaboration, impact or innovation and creativity. For further information, refer to the Innovation Award Criteria and Nomination form below.
- ASCILITE/CAULLT Award is in recognition of Outstanding Leadership in Digital Learning in Higher Education criteria and nomination form (in the same document)
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.
Student Bursary Award
Up to three Student Bursaries in the amount of $1,000 each are available to full-time PhD/EdD or equivalent students. Winners receive a $1,000 bursary to attend the ASCILITE conference and a one year student membership in ASCILITE along with the remaining funds to be put towards accommodation or travel assistance to attend the conference. Winners are included in the ASCILITE conference awards ceremony and past winner submissions are available on the ASCILITE website. For further information, refer to the Student Bursary Criteria and Nomination form below.
Life Member Award
An ASCILITE Life Member Award is a prestigious award that recognises the significant service and/or sustained contribution of a member to the Society. Life Member Awards are the highest recognition of achievement made by ASCILITE. This award is made only when an appropriate candidate meets the criteria. This means that the award may not be presented every year. Life members do not pay membership fees.
Call for Nominations
The 2023 call for nominations is CLOSED.
Closing date for applications was 2 October 2023.