Extend your ASCILITE 2017 experience with post conference workshops

We've got three exciting post conference workshops lined up to help you extend your ASCILITE 2017 experience!

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What can bonsai tells us about authentic learning with educational technology? Roger Edmonds will unlock this mystery in the workshop It’s Pedagogy GO with location-based mobile learning games. In this interactive workshop we will take you through all the steps of designing and developing a location-based mobile learning game using an online platform which is made for anyone to use to create and explore stories at locations of their choosing.

Interested in shaking up the way you run exams? Mathew Hillier, Andrew Fluck and Martin Coleman will present an interactive workshop called  Transforming exams – hands on with the technology. This workshop will explore the rationale behind the OLT e-Exam system for high stakes exams, however, the majority of the session will be spent getting hands-on with the technology! This is a free workshops sponsored by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training funded project Transforming Exams (Grant ID 15-4747).

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If Mobile virtual reality is more your thing, spend the day with Thomas Cochrane and David Sinfield. Their workshop will explore user generated mobile 360 video production and integration into interactive virtual reality environments for education. You'll experience using a low-cost, BYOD, rapid prototyping framework to create and share their own immersive mobile VR scenarios. The workshop will explore the unique affordances of mobile devices for enabling participant-generated content and experiences using mobile VR.

Find out more about all three workshops.

Please note: separate registration is required for the workshops. They are not included in your conference registration. Registration information is available on the Workshops page.


Announcing our third keynote: Amber Case

We are extremely excited to announce our third keynote speaker for the conference, Amber Case.

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Amber is a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a visiting researcher at the MIT Center for Civic Media. She studies the interaction between humans and computers and how our relationship with information is changing the way cultures think, act, and understand their worlds. She is the author of Calm Technology: Designing for the Next Generation of Devices, An Illustrated Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology and the recently published book Designing Products with Sound: Principles and Patterns for Mixed Environments.

Amber is a sought after speaker and her TED Talk We are all cyborgs now has been viewed almost 1.5 million times.

Amber will speak on the Internet of Things, technology and our future:

Our world is made of information that competes for our attention. How does it affect us as individuals? Does it help us learn or does it get in the way? What are the implications for the way we learn and teach in tertiary education? How does technology help us engage with community? The world is no longer dominated by desktop computers. We are mobile and more organic. We need an equivalent computing and design framework to ensure that technology fits into our lives and empowers us. We need to live alongside it instead of being controlled by it.  To find some direction, we can look to concepts of Calm Technology. The terms calm computing and calm technology were coined in 1995 by PARC Researchers Mark Weiser and John Seely Brown in reaction to the increasing complexities that information technologies were creating. Calm technology describes a state of technological maturity where a user’s primary task is not computing, but being human. The idea behind Calm Technology is to have smarter people, not things. Technology shouldn’t require all of our attention, just some of it, and only when necessary. How can our devices take advantage of location, proximity and haptics to help improve our lives instead of getting in the way? How can designers can make apps “ambient” while respecting privacy and security? This talk will cover how to use principles of Calm Technology to design the next generation of connected devices. We’ll look at notification styles, compressing information into other senses, and designing for the least amount of cognitive overhead. We'll also look at the rise of Artificial Intelligence, and at future considerations of ethics and automation. 

Find out more about Amber on her website and follow her on Twitter (@case0rganic).

Read more about all of our fabulous keynotes.


Come star gazing with us at ASCILITE!

We've been working hard to create a social program that introduces you to the very best of Toowoomba and USQ.

We are excited to announce the first of our social events - an evening of star gazing with the USQ Astronomy Team!

We invite you and your family to join us on Monday 4 December, following the welcome reception, and become amateur astronomers for the evening.

Internationally-renowned astrobiologist and astronomer Associate Professor Jonti Horner and the Astronomy Outreach Team from the University of Southern Queensland will take you on a cosmic journey of our Solar system and beyond.

Jonti will share his knowledge of the birth of the solar system to modern day astronomical events, a tale of violence and destruction, featuring craters, comets, and even the death of the dinosaurs!

The USQ Astronomy Team will then help you to find some of the famous constellations in the night sky using both naked eye observation and telescopes, and answer any questions you might have about astronomy and our place in the Universe.

The event is open to all ASCILITE delegates and their families.

Registration is free but places are limited to 50 people, so get in quick!

Register now!


Attend ASCILITE for free!

Now that we've got your attention, we'd like to take a minute to encourage you to volunteer for ASCILITE 2017.

We're looking for current students enrolled in tertiary education to express interest in being a student volunteer at ASCILITE 2017 in Toowoomba this December.

We've extended the call for student volunteers and you have just under one week to submit your application.

Volunteers will support the organising committee with the running of the conference. This may include working on the registration desk, aiding speakers and session chairs, directing and helping delegates, documenting the event using multimedia, recording short interviews, liaising with venue staff, and other activities as required.  Volunteers will also have the opportunity to attend some conference sessions.

There are many different benefits in being a student volunteer at ASCILITE 2017. Volunteers will:

  • have the opportunity to become involved in the conference operations and gain insights and experience in running a large event
  • contribute to the positive conference experience and generate a encouraging energy
  • have the opportunity to meet key thinkers and scholars in the field of higher education and to build your professional network
  • receive a complimentary three day registration to ASCILITE 2017 ($575 total value)
  • gain professional recognition including a certificate of participation
  • receive a conference T-shirt (to be worn at the conference).

Applications close Monday 18 September.

For further information, including selection criteria, nomination form, and all the details on how to apply, check out the call for student volunteers.


Reminder: Call for student volunteers closes 11 September

Are you a current student enrolled in tertiary education? Are you interested in being a student volunteer at ASCILITE 2017?

We're looking for current students enrolled in tertiary education to take on the role of student volunteer at the ASCILITE 2017 Conference in Toowoomba this December.

And you only have a few days left to get your application in!

Volunteers will support the organising committee with the running of the conference. This may include working on the registration desk, aiding speakers and session chairs, directing and helping delegates, documenting the event using multimedia, recording short interviews, liaising with venue staff, and other activities as required.  Volunteers will also have the opportunity to attend some conference sessions.

There are many different benefits in being a student volunteer at ASCILITE 2017. Volunteers will:

  • have the opportunity to become involved in the conference operations and gain insights and experience in running a large event
  • contribute to the positive conference experience and generate a encouraging energy
  • have the opportunity to meet key thinkers and scholars in the field of higher education and to build your professional network
  • receive a complimentary three day registration to ASCILITE 2017 ($575 total value)
  • gain professional recognition including a certificate of participation
  • receive a conference T-shirt (to be worn at the conference).

We are looking for volunteers who

  • are outgoing and willing to learn
  • have excellent communication and organisation skills
  • are willing to meet new people and work collaboratively with the conference organising committee
  • are interested in having fun! 

Applications close Monday 11 September.

For further information, including selection criteria, nomination form, and all the details on how to apply, check out the call for student volunteers.


Student bursary applications closing 4 September

This year, ASCILITE is offering two student bursaries of $1,000 each to full-time PhD/EdD or equivalent students.

Applications are due on Monday 4 September.

Students do not have to be members of ASCILITE to apply for the bursaries but they are expected to join at the student rate of $75 per annum. The winners will have this fee reimbursed. If you are a student or know of any students that may benefit from this award, please forward these details on.

Benefits of the award

  • Each of two winners receives 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.
  • Winning submissions will be made available on the ASCILITE and/or conference website.
  • Winners will be included in the ASCILITE conference awards ceremony and if there is a sponsor for the award, they will be invited to present the award.
  • Winners may wish to participant in the ASCILITE community mentoring program.

Use of funds

Awardees will receive a $1,000 bursary in the form of a complimentary ASCILITE conference registration (student rate) and reimbursement of a one year ASCILITE membership. The remaining funds may be used for up to 3 nights accommodation at the conference or to assist with conference travel. Conference registration and accommodation arrangements will be made by ASCILITE on behalf of the award winners. If you are already a member of ASCILITE, your membership will be extended by 12 months.

How to apply

To apply for a bursary, PhD/EdD or equivalent students must complete the online Nomination Form which requires applicants to:

  • Attach proof of full-time student status, i.e. letter of offer into candidature.
  • Submit a link to a 3 – 5 minute video that demonstrates how well the applicant makes use of educational technologies, is able to communicate effectively through this technology and explains why the applicant should receive the bursary. Applicants may use any acceptable approach and format to create the video, e.g. talking head, animation, story, etc. Applicants must upload their video submission to an accessible video server for adjudication.
  • Winning submissions will be made available on the ASCILITE website and you will need to provide permission for this.
  • Applicants must become a member of ASCILITE to qualify for a bursary ($75 per annum) and this fee will be reimbursed to the winning applicant. If you are already a member, your membership will be extended by 12 months.

Associate Professor Sue Gregory is available for applicants who would like to ask questions about their application by way of a phone call or email beforehand. Sue can be emailed at sue.gregory@une.edu.au or contacted by phone on +61 2 6773 5054.

Please forward submissions to the ASCILITE Secretariat by 4 September 2017.


Call for student volunteers now open!

Are you a current student enrolled in tertiary education? Are you interested in being a student volunteer at ASCILITE 2017?

We're looking for current students enrolled in tertiary education to take on the role of student volunteer at the ASCILITE 2017 Conference in Toowoomba this December.

Volunteers will support the organising committee with the running of the conference. This may include working on the registration desk, aiding speakers and session chairs, directing and helping delegates, documenting the event using multimedia, recording short interviews, liaising with venue staff, and other activities as required.  Volunteers will also have the opportunity to attend some conference sessions.

There are many different benefits in being a student volunteer at ASCILITE 2017. Volunteers will:

  • have the opportunity to become involved in the conference operations and gain insights and experience in running a large event
  • contribute to the positive conference experience and generate a encouraging energy
  • have the opportunity to meet key thinkers and scholars in the field of higher education and to build your professional network
  • receive a complimentary three day registration to ASCILITE 2017 ($575 total value)
  • gain professional recognition including a certificate of participation
  • receive a conference T-shirt (to be worn at the conference).

We are looking for volunteers who

  • are outgoing and willing to learn
  • have excellent communication and organisation skills
  • are willing to meet new people and work collaboratively with the conference organising committee
  • are interested in having fun! 

Applications close Monday 11 September.

For further information, including selection criteria, nomination form, and all the details on how to apply, check out the call for student volunteers.


Registrations now open!

The Organising Committee is pleased to announce that registrations for ASCILITE 2017 are now open!

Find out more about registration options.

Please note that early bird registrations close 1 October 2017, but we encourage you to register early to secure your place.

Registrations are being managed by the Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM). Any questions about the registration process should be directed to Leah Boucher at ATEM (email: leah.boucher@atem.org.au; phone: 02 9351 9456).


Does this submission make you want to spin your chair around like Delta? Tips for peer reviewing

Over the next couple of days, we're allocating submissions to the many ASCILITE reviewers who have stepped up to review for this year's conference. We've prepared Reviewer Guidelines and EasyChair Instructions for Reviewers to help our reviewers work through their allocated submissions. And to inspire our fearless reviewers as they embark on their reviews, Organising Committee member Professor Shelley Kinash is up on the blog today to share some tips for peer reviewing.

Even if you’re not a devoted fan, you have probably watched snippets of The Voice where singing sensations hit big red buttons, sending their chairs whizzing around to face hopeful future stars.

Reviewing conference call submissions is less glamorous, publicised and sensationalised, but there are elements of similarity. The most important question to ask yourself when reviewing a conference submission – whether a paper, poster or panel – is:

Do I feel WOW factor?

Or in other words, does it make me want to ‘spin my chair around’?

Is this a conference session that I would want to attend and/or suggest to my colleagues?

For me, WOW factor in conference submissions happens when:

  • Researchers will be sharing new findings.
  • Educators have tested practical approaches to solving problems for students, graduates or staff.
  • Unexpected or surprise occurrences are ready to be shared.
  • The proposal is creative and imaginative and provokes new ways of thinking about long-standing problems or challenges.
  • The author feels like a leader who can be expected to influence change and impact.

Have you ever noticed that certain types of auditions seldom make the judges spin their chairs around? It may be that the performers are auditioning for the wrong show.

When you are peer-reviewing conference submissions, the next question to ask yourself after feeling your WOW-factor-barometer is:

Is this submission a match with the conference topic and theme?

ASCILITE stands for the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education.

Some examples of the myriad of applicable questions/presentations are:

  • Do students truly learn through ‘mobile learning’?
  • What education technologies have impact on student learning?
  • Are ePortfolios effective approaches to demonstrating graduate attributes?
  • Does BYOD work for regional and/or remote students?

The 2017 theme is Me. Us. IT.

Some examples of questions that this theme compels are:

  • Which educational technologies improve my teaching?
  • How have digital approaches increased interactivity and collaboration?
  • What digital competencies can students learn in tertiary education that will serve as graduate attributes / career skills?

In summary, your key mission as reviewer for ASCILITE 2017 is to ask:

  • Does this submission make me want to turn my chair around?
  • Is this possible-presenter a ‘Voice’ for this particular conference?

Important information about ASCILITE 2017 submission requirements

We've had a few questions about ASCILITE submission requirements and we've received a couple of submissions that are incomplete, so we thought we'd highlight a few key points about the submission requirements for this year's conference. If you intend on making a submission, please read on.

What to submit

This is not an abstract-only submission.

All submission types require an extended submission beyond an abstract. These submission requirements vary, and they are all outlined on the submission guidelines page. We have also updated the submission templates to include details on exactly what you need to submit for every submission type. Unfortunately, this means there is a lot of preamble at the start of the templates, but hopefully it will make it easier for you to pull together the content required for the various types of submissions.

Submission templates

There are two submission templates:

One submission template for double blind peer reviewed submissions, which you should use for

  • Full papers
  • Concise papers
  • Digital posters

One submission template for double peer (not blind) reviewed submissions, which you should use for

  • Debate
  • Lightning Talk
  • Lightning Round
  • Fishbowl
  • Experimental Session
  • Workshop (post conference)

We have developed 'minimalist templates' to make it as easy as possible for you to submit. That means we aren't asking you to do any kind of fancy formatting. All you need to do is make sure you use:

  • Arial 10 point font
  • Single line spacing
  • APA 6th style for referencing

That's it!

How to make your submission

Just fill out the fields on the submission template, add your submission content, and submit via EasyChair. All the details are on the Call for Participation page, and we've developed a guide to using EasyChair to help you use the system.

If you have any questions at all about making your submission, don't hesitate to contact the committee. You can email us at ascilite2017@usq.edu.au.