Announcing the ASCILITE 2017 Schools Night!

ASCILITE brings together specialists in the effective use of technology for learning from across the globe. With an exciting range of keynote speakers and a variety of presentations from practitioners and researchers in technology in higher education, the conference is also a valuable opportunity for secondary educators and administrators to see where education is headed, and to explore pathways for students from secondary into tertiary education.

This year, we wanted to explore how we could allow more secondary educators to benefit from the conference.

Enter the ASCILITE 2017 Schools Night!

Educators and administrators from secondary schools are invited to join us for an evening to hear from one of our inspiring keynote speakers.

Marita Cheng, 2012 Young Australian of the Year, will share the leadership skills, creativity and steadfastness that it took for her to start Robogals and grow it to chapters in Australia, the UK, USA and Japan, all while studying full-time at University.  Robogals teaches young girls robotics as a way to encourage participation in engineering and technology careers, and has taught 60,000 girls in 10 countries.

Attendees will also see the very latest from Australia's leading edtech providers.

Please join us for drinks and nibbles on Monday 4 December from 6pm.

Please note, spaces are limited to the first 100 people! It should be a great night!

Register now for this free event!


Why I go to the ASCILITE conference

Each year from October onwards, I start getting excited about the ASCILITE conference happening late November or early December. This is a place where I can get together with my tribe, lament the institutional politics and hang with a group who are grappling with the same challenges that I am. Sometimes it’s a reality check: seeing where other institutions are up to, what other people at my level are doing, and catching up with what’s what in the sector.

I’ve been going for the last seven or eight years and the regulars have now become my friends. I look forward to catching up with those people who are working in a similar field to me. What have you found? What have you done? And wow, that’s so cool; maybe we should collaborate on that! The conference dinner is a way to let of some steam and embrace another identity through fancy dress. I’ve noticed that the dance floor fills early and stays full to the very end. Blue hair (Dunedin), pink feathers (Adelaide), and pointed ears (Wellington): this is how I’m remembered.

Beyond the social aspects, it’s a great way to present my research. The world of educational technology moves so fast that it can be too long a time from conceptualising a project, implementing it and collecting the data, to writing it up in an academic journal. And that’s just to get it to a journal. From there it goes out to peer review, changes made and so on. Presenting at the ASCILITE conference allows me to get my research out there faster. It also gives my colleagues a chance to look at what I’m doing, give me some great suggestions, and stop me from heading down some unproductive rabbit holes. These are also the people who will celebrate my wins!

There’s no doubt that seeing what else is happening in ed tech in the sector is worth the price of admission. This is how you see what’s going on, get new ideas, blah, blah, blah. But for me, the most important aspect of the conference is the networking. I’m now doing a funded project with someone I met at the Dunedin conference. I’m co-editing a special issue of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET) with someone I only catch up with in person, once a year. (‘Sure,’ I said over a glass of wine: ‘how hard can that be!’) The person I write with most is someone I met at the conference (well her and about 45 of her closest friends!). The real value lies in who’s there with you.

So, please do think about coming along and please do come and introduce yourself to me. We could become co-authors, collaborators or just someone to chew the fat with once a year! There’s a nice vibe, a friendly atmosphere and always some laughs to be had.

There's no better way to get institutional support for your ASCILITE attendance than getting a paper on the program. Check out the call for participation or make your submission now!