What do you call a group of Learning Designers, System Analysts, System Administrator and a Developer? I’m not sure either but we are a group of five at MoodleMoot 2016 conference. What’s Moodle, you ask? Moodle is our online learning system, what we know as iLearn. Continue reading MoodleMooters – all about networks and sharing
Calling all undergraduates, 2015 Honours students, and MRes students! Submit an abstract or paper to present your research at two exciting events in 2016.
Connect with international and national researchers, fellow academic teachers, practitioners and the educational technology industry at ascilite 2016, Adelaide, 28-30 November.
Next year’s STARS Conference (29 June-2 July, Perth) will bring together current research, new initiatives and leading edge ideas from our sector that are aimed at enhancing students’ learning experience.
It was all about ‘Work Integrated Learning: Building Capacity’ at ACEN, Australia’s recent national conference, held on the Gold Coast from 29 September -3 October 2014. Macquarie University fielded a team of PACE researchers and practitioners across a range of disciplines. Our Faculty of Business and Economics (FOBE) representatives for PACE included Dr Leanne Carter (Director), Diana Caruso (Manager), Ashleigh Cassilles (Senior Administrator) and Chris Bilsland (adjunct unit convenor and PhD research candidate).
Ever thought of presenting your research in Parliament? What if you had the chance to tell the leaders of our country about your research?
On Monday 22nd September 2014, in Parliament House Canberra, 38 students from 16 different universities across Australia did that. They casually chatted to The Hon. Robert French AC (Chief Justice, Federal Court of Australia), Mr John Alexander OAM MP (Member for Bennelong, NSW) and the likes about their research. Luckily, the threatening lockdown of Parliament House that Monday morning did not stop us. Just three hours before the exhibition began we received an invitation by the ABC 666 Canberra Drive radio programme to interview some of our presenters.
Following on from Macquarie’s successful hosting last year, Ascilite (that’s the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education) will hold its 2014 conference in Dunedin, New Zealand from 23-26 November.
The theme for this year is Rhetoric or Reality, and contributions relating to critical perspectives on educational technology are now invited under the following sub-themes:
- Emerging technology practices (e.g., MOOCs, OERs, virtual reality, mobile learning, games or gamification)
- Institution-wide technology integration (e.g., implementation of digital strategies)
- Focus on research evidence (e.g., impact-focused methods such as educational design research, inquiry and action research, and experimental studies)
- Technology-enhanced learning design
- Learning analytics
- Educational technology and society
- Role of learning theories
For full details, visit the ascilite2014 website
Macquarie University recently hosted the 30th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning (ascilite).
Matt Bower a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education and colleagues were awarded best full paper for Bower, M., Kenney, J., Dalgarno, B., Lee, M.J.W. & Kennedy, G.E. (2013). Blended synchronous learning: Patterns and principles for simultaneously engaging co-located and distributed learners. In H. Carter, M. Gosper and J. Hedberg (Eds.), Electric Dreams. Proceedings ascilite 2013 Sydney. (pp.92-102)
Panos Vlachopoulos a Senior Lecturer in the Learning and Teaching Centre and colleagues were awarded best short paper in the category ‘imagining the future’ for Smyth, K., Vlachopoulos, P., Walker, D., Wheeler, A. (2013). Cross-Institutional development of an online open course for educators: confronting current challenges and imagining future possibilities. In H. Carter, M. Gosper and J. Hedberg (Eds.), Electric Dreams. Proceedings ascilite 2013 Sydney. (pp.826-829)
A new feature at this conference was the introduction of digital poster sessions, which made full use of the active learning space in the newly refurbished Macquarie Theatre. Elaine Huber, Alex Thackray and Rebecca Ritchie from the Learning and Teaching Centre were given the award for the best poster “Practices and perceptions of online assignment submission, marking and feedback: what’s changed?”.
To access these papers and more, go to:
The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERSDA) in collaboration with the Hong Kong Baptist University are hosting the HERSDA 2014 Annual Conference from 7 to 10 of July 2014 in Hong Kong. The conference theme is ‘Higher Education in a Globalized World’ and the call for contributions is now open.The call for proposals closes on 7 February 2014. More information about the conference can be found on the HERSDA 2014 website.
Macquarie hosts the 30th Ascilite Conference this year.
This year the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite) embarks on its fourth decade of exploring the pedagogical potential of new technologies in the classroom (wherever or whatever that may be), and not in any way being smug about having ‘called it’.Here at Macquarie a group of academic and professional staff from across the university have come together to organise the 30th Annual ascilite Conference, hosted by Macquarie this December 1-4.