Ascilite was formed in 1985 although its first three conferences from 1983 – 1985 were held under the CALITE (Computer Assisted Learning in Tertiary Education) banner. Since that time ascilite has grown into a vibrant professional community of innovators, leaders and scholars engaged with the application of technology to enhance teaching and learning in higher education.
Ascilite’s dynamic membership includes practitioners in and speakers in elearning research and development, instructional design, web applications, web services and interactive multimedia. Membership also includes senior management responsible for institutional elearning strategies and budgets.
The strategic aim of ascilite is to be a sustainable and vibrant society that encourages and supports quality research into, and exemplary use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education throughout Australasia. This strategic aim is realised through ascilite initiatives including.
Annual conference. Delegates attend workshops, peer reviewed paper presentations and poster sessions. The conference is also a time for members to network and socialise.
Community Mentoring Programme. Individuals seeking to develop an area of expertise are matched with an experienced mentor. Over the course of a year the mentor and mentee work together to realise mutually agreed goals.
ascilite awards. ascilite recognises the outstanding contributions of members to the exemplary use of technologies for teaching and learning in tertiary education.
Community of Practice. ascilite provides a community hub for members. The community hub is the portal for community engagement.
ascilite Representatives. ascilite Reps are self-appointed ascilite members who actively promote ascilite aims and objectives within and across institutions.
Fortnightly Bulletin. The fortnightly bulletin provides information and updates about the activities and initiatives of the society. It is also a forum for members to share information and opinions and find out about technology related positions vacant in tertiary institutions globally.
Professional Development. Services to members include webinars and regional events focused on topical elearning issues.
Professional Accreditation. CMALT Australasia is a professional accreditation scheme offered in partnership with the Association for Learning Technology (ALT). It enables people whose work involves learning technology to have their experience and capabilities certified by peers, and demonstrate that they are taking a committed approach to their professional development.
Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET). AJET is published by ascilite. AJET is a refereed academic journal publishing research and review articles in educational technology, information and communications technologies for education, online and e-learning, educational design, multimedia, computer assisted learning, and related areas.
You can join ascilite online or contact the ascilite Secretariat if you would like more information.