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Research

ascilite have been involved in activities and initiatives that actively encourage and support quality pure and applied research in the use of ICTs in teaching and learning for tertiary education. Some of these major projects are outlined below.

National Networking Initiative (NNI) and the Network of Australasian Tertiary Associations (NATA)

ascilite and The Australasian Council on Open, Distance and Elearning (ACODE) have been successful in a joint bid to establish a National Networking Initiative (NNI).This project will continue and further the key goals and objectives of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) following its disestablishment. The proposal has arisen from a concern that these two partner organisations shared with other Australian organisations that the networking capability, together with the support and promotion of University Learning and Teaching, that ALTC offers will be lost or at the very least significantly diminished with the disestablishment of the ALTC.

ascilite and ACODE are strongly positioned to advance a 'National Networking Initiative' that will continue ALTC's critical roles of; facilitating the sharing of best practice; promoting collaboration and collegiality; and continuing to engage academic staff in the wider sphere of the scholarship of learning and teaching. A key goal of the NNI will be to work collaboratively with the kindred organisations of ACODE and ascilite, such as HERDSA, CADAD, and ODLAA, to enable a coordinated, collaborative, and integrated approach to enhancing and promoting the vision and goals established by ALTC. A second goal is the dissemination of the outcomes of ALTC projects, fellowships and other initiatives through the NNI. A further NNI goal will be the establishment of collaborative relationships with the State-based Promoting Excellence Networks (PEN's) being funded by the ALTC in order to support, enhance and disseminate teaching and learning initiatives and good practice within States, and share outcomes and synergies nationally where appropriate. Additional goals will be developed to support and contribute to the dissemination, sharing and collaboration of the outcomes of other ALTC initiatives, where appropriate and relevant, arising from the Innovation and Development grants, Special Initiative grants and Strategic Priority grants.

NNI has now evolved in to The Network of Australasian Tertiary Associations (NATA) and you can obtain up to date information on this initiative by visiting the NATA Blog.

2006-2008 ascilite Special Project for the Carrick Exchange

A priority of the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Now Australian Learning and Teaching Council ALTC) is to develop effective mechanisms for the identification, dissemination and embedding of good individual and institutional practice into the higher education sector and to support networking and the formation of effective communities of practice. The Resource Identification & Networking (RIN) Portfolio was created to develop these mechanisms and the Carrick Exchange (now the ALTC Exchange) is the principal development within this Portfolio.

The ALTC Exchange provides learning and teaching resources and facilities to support professional communication and collaboration across the higher education sector.

This document provides an overview of the ascilite contribution to the project: ascilite-Carrick overview [PDF 77 KB].

Five reports were published on the research conducted by ascilite:

Report 1: The Literature Review [PDF 183 KB] (Philip, R., Lefoe. G., O'Reilly, M., & Parrish, D., (2007). ascilite Report 1 The Literature Review. Wollongong, NSW. The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education)

Report 2: Themes, Issues and Concerns Emerging from Key Practitioner Interviews [PDF 321 KB] (Philip, R., Parrish, D., Lefoe. G., & O'Reilly, M. (2007). ascilite Report 2 for the Carrick Exchange Project: Themes, Issues and Concerns Emerging Through Key Practitioner Interviews. Wollongong, NSW. The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education)

Report 3: Themes, Issues and Concerns Emerging from Focus Groups [PDF 214 KB] (Philip, R., Parrish, D., Lefoe. G., & O'Reilly, M. (2007). ascilite Report 3 for the Carrick Exchange Project: Themes, Issues and Concerns Emerging Through Focus Groups. Wollongong, NSW. The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education)

Report 4: Final Report [PDF 654 KB] (Philip, R., Parrish, D., Lefoe. G., & O'Reilly, M. (2007d). ascilite Report 4 for the Carrick Exchange Project: Final Report. Wollongong, NSW. The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education)

Report 5: Symposium Report [PDF 175 KB] (Philip, R., Parrish, D., Lefoe. G., & O'Reilly, M. (2008). ascilite Report 5 for the Carrick Exchange Project: International Perspective. Wollongong, NSW. The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education)

1999 Staff Development Project

ascilite was involved in a staff development project in the Evaluation of Technology-based Teaching Development Projects funded by CUTSD. Part of this project involved the development of an Evaluation Handbook.

1999 EIP Programme

ascilite carried out a comprehensive study of the extent of adoption of Computer-facilitated Learning in Australian Universities as part of the Australian Government's EIP programme. The resulting publication from this research was Developing a Framework for a Useable and Useful Inventory of Computer-facilitated Learning and Support Materials in Australian Universities.


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