The 36th international conference on innovation, practice and research in the use of educational technologies in tertiary education, ASCILITE 2019, was held at Singapore University of Social Sciences from 2nd December to 5th December 2019. The theme of this year’s conference was

“Personalised Learning. Diverse Goals, One Heart”

which aimed to bring together the focus on the learner’s needs in the use of technology and sound pedagogical practices. The theme also recognized the diverse motivation behind each learner in the design of curriculum but the common goal of contributing towards the betterment of the global society. The Guest of Honour was Mr Heng Chee who encouraged the audience to focus on learning, employability, social mobility and social cohesion.

There were three keynote speakers for the conference:

  • Emeritus Professor Mike Sharples (Emeritus Professor of Educational Technology, Institute of Educational Technology, the Open University, UK) who talked about Pedagogy-informed Design of New Educational Technologies.
  • Professor Sandy Cook (Senior Associate Dean, Duke-NUS Medical School) who addressed  Technology Enhanced Team-based Learning
  • Professor Koh Hian Chye (Professor and Director, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Singapore University of Social Sciences) who shared how SUSS uses analytics and data mining to enhance learning and create a positive learning experience for students.

Staff from Learning Innovations also presented at the conference:

  • Nona Press, Puvaneswari P. Arumugam and Kevin Ashford-Rowe presented their exploration of institutional conceptions of digital literacy based on document analysis of university published information online.
  • Simone Tyrell, Leanne Ngo and Michael Volkov presented ‘Professional Literacy Suite – Embedding Digital Literacy across a Business Degree’ as part of the Innovation Award Presentations.  
  • Harsh Suri along with Andrea Warner (University of Auckland) and Danielle Logan (Griffith University) had their first meeting on Business Education Special Interest Group (BE-SIG) which generated a deep interest from the audience leading to thought-provoking conversations. The ASCILITE Executive accepted their proposal to start a new BE-SIG in 2020, which will aim to encourage, empower and enable business educators in pushing boundaries with Technology Enhanced Learning and Scholarship. With membership open to both ASCILITE members and non-members, further details and sign-up form can be found here (link).

We are also delighted to share that colleagues from Deakin Learning Futures, Darci Taylor and Jo Elliot, won the ASCILITE 2019 Best Concise Paper award. The ASCILITE 2020 conference will be in held in University of New England from 30th November to 2nd December 2020.


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