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35th International Conference on Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education.

Deakin University, Waterfront Campus, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.


Open oceans: Learning without borders



The theme of ASCILITE 2018 is ‘Open oceans: Learning without borders’. Picture sitting on a beach and looking at the ocean, stretching before you towards the horizon, and dreaming about the possibilities, reflecting on the past, or being mindfully present in the moment. The sea is vast. This vision captures the infinite possibilities when considering innovation, practice and research in the use of educational technologies in tertiary education.

Welcome to ASCILITE 2018 by the ocean in beautiful Geelong city, Victoria Australia.

The horizon may look flat and calm, but it belies a vast array of possibilities and opportunities. These are identified and structured around the eight ASCILITE 2018 conference streams. Each stream is outlined below along with a short description of each.

New ways of moving: Pedagogies and practices
The advance of technology provides new ways of conceptualising the delivery of content, creating effective learning activities, and capturing achievement as assessment. New teaching and learning practice may focus on key trends such as personalization, authentic professional practice or inter-disciplinary learning.
Sink or swim: Improving digital literacy
Digital literacy is a complex topic including strategies to build capabilities that develop and use educational technologies, and also digital equity for learners and teachers from diverse backgrounds. It refers to the knowledge and skills to use technology for educational purposes, be this from a staff or student perspective.
Deep Diving: Approaches that Foster Deep Learning
This stream looks at technology-enhanced learning on graduate attributes, WIL and employability, including fostering deep learning for 21st century skills. Our graduates are entering a world that is increasingly global, increasingly mobile and focussed on jobs that are yet to be created. Graduates will need a deeper understanding of these new skill sets, experience in their application and how they can demonstrate and evidence success.
The waters in which we swim: Redesigning Learning Spaces
Learning spaces are the physical and virtual spaces in which we work, teach and learn. They can range from innovative uses of existing spaces through to newly designed learning spaces where cross-disciplinary co-creation or sharing is evident. They can also include the virtual learning space or hybrid spaces.
Exploring foreign shores: Advancing Cultures of Innovation
Creating cultures of innovative practice in the tertiary learning and teaching landscape is a way of fostering dynamic and progressive change. It is a means by which sustainability of innovative educational practices can be conceptualised and established. It also encompasses new educational technologies as well as global reach of our offerings. Effective innovation builds staff capability, resilience and agility in an era of rapid change.
Checking the gauges: Measuring Learning and Advancing Impact
Evidence-based practice is key in a globally competitive environment. Measuring learning with digital tools can contribute to monitoring progress for our students and ourselves, as much as the data from other formal and informal mechanisms helps steer our way. Learning analytics, including understanding of student perceptions, behaviour and outcomes, offers new ways to navigate a sea of data. Through such measures, we can help advance impact.
New treasures: Alternative and out-of-the-box thinking
The sea throws up many unexpected treasures. This stream invites disruptive thinking, emerging ideas and lateral connections with other disciplines. Bring along your alternative practices on the margins of the landscape of teaching and learning in higher education to spark a new revolution
Avoiding the rocks: Lessons learnt from failures
There is not often a safe space or opportunity for colleagues to discuss situations that did not go as well as planned: what went wrong and the lessons learnt along the way. This final stream provides an opportunity to survey the terrain as good reflective practice and helps shine a light on things for those who follow.