Computers in Education: Not Just a Fad!

Macquarie hosts the 30th Ascilite Conference this year.

asciliteThis 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.

For ascilite’s 30th anniversary, the conference theme is ‘Electric Dreams’ – dreams of the past, dreams of the future. A dream can be a vision, a prediction, an aspiration – but it can also be a reflection, a pastiche of thoughts, or a different form of consciousness. Our aim is to inspire new and creative ways of thinking about the use of computers in education – to dream while we’re awake. Many of the upcoming challenges and opportunities in higher education stem from technological innovations and the ascilite conference is designed as an opportunity to explore those issues.
Our keynote speakers A/Prof Kay O’Halloran, A/Prof Gregor Kennedy and futurist Marc Pesce bring a wealth of experience in education and technology, from project design and implementation to policy and even prediction! We’ve received hundreds of paper proposals from around the world, and are now in the process of assembling the program. Stay tuned!

Though paper submissions have closed, we’d like to invite you to attend as a delegate and participate in the discussion we’re hosting here on our home turf. Registrations are now open through our website, and you can find out the latest news and developments via social media.