Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

ASCILITE Spring into Excellence Research School

The Inaugural ASCILITE Spring into Excellence Research School was held on 26 – 28 September 2017 and was hosted by the University of Wollongong.   The Research School will be held again in 2018 although with a different host institution.

The inaugural Research School featured guest speakers and presenters including Mr Jade Kennedy, Professor Barney Dalgarno, Associate Professor Rob Philips, Associate Professor Sue Gregory, Mr Kenton Bell, Professor Margaret Lloyd, Associate Professor Dominique Parrish and Dr Chris Campbell.

Read the detailed review of the first (2017) ASCILITE Research School here. and view a summary of participant evaluations here.

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


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
  • Chairs of research
  • HDR coordinators
  • PhD supervisors

This 3-day 2017 ASCILITE Spring into Excellence Research School, which includes lunches, morning and afternoon teas and 2 nights accommodation (optonal) is moderately priced to support participation.  ASCILITE members are offered a significant discount on the enrollment fee over non-members.   There is also a reduction in cost for those who do not require accommodation.

Invitations to submit Expressions of interest to attend the inaugural ASCILITE Research School closed 14 July 2017.  The next school will be held in 2018 when invitations to submit EOIs are announced.   EOI outcome notifications are generally sent within a week or two of the closing date and successful applicants are provided with registration payment details at that time.

For enquiries to attend the 2018 school, please email Dr Chris Campbell.

Institutional Members