Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Business Education SIG

About the BE-SIG

The ASCILITE Business Education Special Interest Group (BE-SIG) was launched in December 2019. The first meeting was held at the ASCILITE conference on 4 December where plans were formulated for 2020. The Business Education SIG’s aim is to foster Technology Enhanced Business Education and to raise the profile of scholarship of technology enhanced business education among professional accreditation bodies and ranking agencies.

You are welcome to explore the the different ways to get involved. Our SIG aims to encourage, empower and enable business educators to raise a collective voice for informing relevant professional bodies and accreditation agencies about the strengths of emergent, design-based and nuanced approaches to research that are amenable for deepening our understanding of learning affordances of technology rich environments. Being an integral part of ASCILITE will enable us to learn from other members of other disciplines who have been relatively more successful in raising the profile of scholarship of technology enhanced learning within their disciplines. Further, it will provide a fertile ground for us to engage in interdisciplinary research.


Webinar recording: Using Simulations as a Learning Alternative

In this webinar, held on 3 November 2020, Ms Audrea Warner (University of Auckland) and Dr Sandy Barker (University of South Australia) shared insights from their rich experience of using simulations to enhance student learning. Simulations have been used in Business Schools across Australia and New Zealand for over twenty years. This webinar explored the benefits offered to students that other learning methods, for example traditional lectures or case discussions, do not offer. Students play a role within the simulation, rather than merely reading and analysing concepts and ideas. Students are able to synthesise and integrate what they read and then make decisions with consequences based on facts or data from the simulations, to consolidate and co-create a deeper understanding. The webinar also focussed on the student reactions to using the simulations, explore what the presenters have learnt as academics from using simulations into their courses.

Presenters

Audrea Warner is a Professional Teaching Fellow in the Graduate School of Management, University of Auckland. She has over 17 years of teaching experience in Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Management and Marketing. Audrea feels a strong sense of responsibility to engage, enlighten, and empower her students both now and for the future. She wants her students to learn from the past, be proactive in the present and work for a better tomorrow. This year Audrea has been working with both national and international academics to present at webinars, write academic blogs and collaborate on research papers on the impact of COVID 19 and the innovative ways academics and organisations have adapted to the emerging academic landscape to support students embrace new learning approaches. She is co-leading ASCILITE’s Business Education SIG.

Sandy Barker is a Lecturer and Digital Learning Leader in Management at UniSA Business. As the Digital Learning Leader she takes responsibility for working with academic colleagues to ensure a high standard of digital resources for all students. As a lecturer Sandy is involved in teaching and curriculum development for undergraduate students in both Australia and Hong Kong as well as coordinating coursework practicums/placements for final year undergraduates. Sandy has a PhD (Business), Graduate Diploma in Education Studies (Digital Learning), Graduate Certificate in Education (University Teaching), and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemistry). Sandy is interested in experiential learning research with a focus on work placements, graduate qualities/enterprise skills, learning analytics, business simulations and role play. All courses that she teaches have an experiential component to ensure students are ready for the professional world as soon as they graduate. She is a current member of the ASCILITE Executive, was the Convenor for the 2016 ASCILITE conference and was on the organising committee of the 2003 ASCILITE conference held in Adelaide.


Webinar recording: On-Demand Exams

In this webinar, held on 29 September 2020, Brent Gregory shared insights from his rich experience of offering On-Demand Exams. The introduction of Online Exams to UNE was an enabler for new thinking about how we structure units that are exam dependent.  UNE is no longer constrained by the exam timetable straightjacket and is able to mould the whole learning journey to better match the rich tapestry of skills, experiences and circumstances that its students bring to the learning environment. On-Demand exams supported by the progression pipeline enables greater control to students and helps academics better understand the most effective pathways adopted by students.

Be sure to read this recently published blog that covers “on-demand exams” in more detail: https://blog.ascilite.org/using-on-demand-exams-to-support-scalable-personalisation/

Presenter: Brent Gregory is a lecturer at the University of New England Business School and a Chartered Accountant whose pre-academic professional career focused on helping business owners improve their returns.  He is now applying those skills to developing learning environments that enhance and personalise the student learning journey, while being sensitive to effective resource utilisation. This is referred to as Scalable Personalisation.  His progress in this field has been recognised by a number of awards in recent years, including the UNE Faculty of Science Agriculture Business and Law Educator of the Year, an ASCILITE Innovation and Excellence Award, and an Australian Award for University Teaching Citation.


Webinar recording: Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

The BE-SIG’s first webinar, held on 11 August 2020, discussed ‘Work Integrated Learning (WIL) placements and projects which enable students to interact directly with host industries or communities to work on real-life problems or projects. With COVID 19 restrictions, it was timely to discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with engaging students in authentic virtual WIL experiences offered via online platforms, which may be independent of time, space, geographical boundaries and disciplines.’

This session was co-facilitated by Assoc Prof Harsh Suri (Deakin University), Ms Friederika Kaider (Deakin University) and Dr Sandra Barker (University of South Australia).


How to Get Involved

Membership of the BE-SIG is open to all, including non-ASCILITE members. To be kept up to date, complete this simple form. You can contact the BE-SIG Committee via this email address: be-sig@ascilite.org.

We also encourage anyone who shares our interests to:

  • Share ideas, ask questions and participate in conversations by emailing to be-sig@ascilite.org
  • Be a part of our SIG events, webinars and workshops
  • We would also like to know what you would like to get from involvement in the SIG, so please let us know via the email address above of any ideas you may have for events, as well as suggested topics and speakers for our webinar series

BE-SIG Committee

Harsh Suri (Deakin University), Audrea Warner (University of Auckland) and Danielle Logan (Griffith University).

Institutional Members