Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

ASCILITE Spring into Excellence Research School

The ASCILITE Spring into Excellence Research School takes place around September each year and is hosted by a different institution each time.  The 2019 Research School took place on 2 – 4 September 2019 at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW.

Expressions of Interest to attend the Research are usually published in May and EOI outcome notifications are sent to applicants in mid-July.

This 3-day Research School included lunches, morning and afternoon teas and 2 nights accommodation and the 2019 cost was $750 for ASCILITE members and $950 for non-members (less $230 if accommodation was not required). The Research School commences at mid-day (day one) and finishes at around 3pm on day three.

If you have any questions about next year’s school, please email Sue Gregory at the University of New England or Chris Campbell at Griffith University.


Aim of the Research School

The aim of the ASCILITE Spring into Excellence Research School is to:

  1. Provide support and guidance to participants in developing and progressing Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) research initiatives including but not limited to:
    – Formulating a relevant and effective TEL research project.
    – Collecting appropriate TEL research data.
    – Identifying what data is most appropriate for TEL research.
  2. Assist participants to identify and plan a contemporary TEL research project.
  3. Enable opportunities for participants to link with like-minded collaborators from other universities and potentially to establish viable cross-institutional research collaborations.
  4. Guide participants in developing a grant application or research plan for a TEL research project. This would include both projects that have already been conceptualized as well as new projects that have not yet been conceived.

Expected Outcomes

At the end of the ASCILITE Spring into Excellence Research School participants will:

  • Have gained a sound understanding of current topical areas and methodologies for TEL research
  • Have broadened their professional networks
  • Have a well-developed and comprehensive plan for a TEL research project
  • Appreciate how to be successful in publishing manuscripts in journals
  • Be able to confidently review a manuscript and provide constructive feedback; and
  • Have a strategy for identifying potential funding opportunities and developing funding applications

Participants

The ASCILITE Spring into Excellence Research School will be most suitable for:

  • Early to mid-career researchers
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) enthusiasts
  • Teaching intensive academics
  • ASCILITE mentors and mentees
  • Anyone interested in applying for a TEL research grant
  • Anyone interested in TEL research collaborations and cross-institutional research projects
  • Academics seeking to incorporate research into their TEL practice and approach
  • PhD supervisors

Past Research Schools

The 2019 ASCILITE Spring into Excellence Research School took place on 2 – 4 September 2019 and was hosted by the University of New England in Armidale, NSW.   Featured guest speakers and presenters included Associate Professor Sue Gregory, ASCILITE Executive (UNE), Dr Chris Campbell, ASCILITE Executive and Vice President (Griffith), Dr Thom Cochrane ASCILITE Executive (AUT), Michael Henderson (Monash), Barney Dalgarno (CSU) and Pep Serow (UNE).  You will find a blog post of how the 2019 school went here.

The 2018 ASCILITE Spring into Excellence Research School took place 17 – 19 October 2018 and was hosted by Learning Futures, Griffith University at their Southbank Campus. Featured guest speakers and presenters included Professor Barney Dalgarno (CSU), Professor Dominique Parrish (Macquarie), Associate Professor Sue Gregory (UNE) and Associate Professor Michael Henderson (Monash).

The 2017 Inaugural ASCILITE Spring into Excellence Research School was held on 26 – 28 September 2017 and was hosted by the University of Wollongong. If you would like to read a review of the 2017 school you will find it here. We also have a summary of participant evaluations that you will find here.

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