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Fortnightly news Digest 336 - 13 November 2015


Anna Davidge <[log in to unmask]>


Anna Davidge <[log in to unmask]>


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Association for Learning Technology

Fortnightly news Digest 336 issued on 13 November 2015

Please submit items for the ALT Fortnightly Digest, including job vacancies, via the form at http://go.alt.ac.uk/ALT-Digest.

The deadline for the next issue of the Digest is 12.00 on Wednesday 25 November 2015 for the Digest to be issued on Friday 27 November 2015.

Key links: http://www.alt.ac.uk/key-links

Table of Contents
1. ALT news
2. ALT and ALT Member events
3. News
4. Other events
5. Calls for proposals
6. Job vacancies
7. #altc blog - links to the latest articles
8. Current articles in the ALT Journal - Research in Learning Technology

1. ALT News

1.1 ALT responds to Digital Economy inquiry
Visit the inquiry webpage: http://go.alt.ac.uk/1ND7roY
ALT’s response in full: http://go.alt.ac.uk/1LZNyWy
Executive summary: http://go.alt.ac.uk/1RCPdot

1.2 ALT responds to inquiry into assessing quality in Higher Education
Inquiry webpage: http://go.alt.ac.uk/1PSOli4
ALT’s response in full: http://go.alt.ac.uk/1LZOCtm
Executive summary: http://go.alt.ac.uk/1He3F0q

1.3 Support the ALT Online Winter Conference
This year’s conference, 9-10 December, will feature two days of online activities led by ALT Members showcasing practice, research and innovation across the community. The conference is free to attend and open to all and has already attracted 150 sign ups.
For the first time this year we are also giving you the opportunity to support the conference financially to help us keep this and other events free and active. 

Everyone who makes a financial contribution will be added to the list of supporters on the conference platform, for organisations who contribute £100+ we'll also include a logo and for anyone contributing £500+ we'll include a full listing and text.  You can also choose to contribute any other amount from £1.

Contribute now at http://go.alt.ac.uk/ALT-Online-2015-Contrib
Join us online #altc from 9-10 December and thank you for your support.

1.4 Submissions deadline extended for OER16, 19-20 April 2015, Edinburgh
The 7th Open Educational Resources Conference, OER16: Open Culture, will be held on the 19th-20th April 2015 at the University of Edinburgh. The call for submissions is open until midday on Monday 30 November.
See the full call for proposals at http://go.alt.ac.uk/1MmY7m2

1.5 ALT is contributing to the Blended Learning Essentials course on Futurelearn with CMALT accreditation. See more at: http://go.alt.ac.uk/1JbB8Iq

2. ALT and ALT Member Events

2.1 ALT Scotland Policy Board, 16 November 2015, 10.00 AM - 1.00PM
The Policy Board will bring together representatives of Scottish ALT Member Organisations and individual members to discuss key policy issues for Learning Technology and the wider education and training landscape in Scotland.
See http://go.alt.ac.uk/ScotPolicy

2.2 Meeting of the Central Executive Committee, 20 November 2015, London, 10.30 AM - 3.00 PM

2.3 Meet up for Digital Champions, 19 November 2015, 12.30 PM - 1.30 PM
This is a meet up for the Digital Champions for the Blended Learning Essentials course. The session will be run by Richard Nelson and will provide an opportunity for Champions to discuss their role and how best they can support the course.

2.4 East Midlands Learning Technologists’ Group Winter Meeting, 09 December 2015, 1.00 PM - 4.00 PM, De Montfort University, Leicester
This event explores how technology can be used to support assessment in all its forms. It will look at the impact of some of the newer approaches to assessment such as the use of Open Badges, as well as more familiar approaches like online quizzes and electronic submission. In addition it will explore assessment approaches which consider inclusive practices, and assessments designed to look at developing learners’ digital skills and practices. The organisers are still soliciting Pecha Kucha sessions – 6 min presentations with images – from members of the community to talk about their approaches to using technology in assessment. Closing date 5 PM 27 November 2015.
For further information, to register and to submit a presentation visit: http://go.alt.ac.uk/1MUK5Ne

2.5 ALT Online Winter Conference 2015, 11.00 AM 09 Dec 2015 - 4.30 PM 10 Dec 2015
With a focus on the work of Special Interest and Members' Groups from across the community and run over two days the conference will include live online sessions and other online activities. To find out more about the different groups and how to join, see https://www.alt.ac.uk/get-involved. If you are a Member and interested in contributing please contact ALT at [log in to unmask]
To register for the Conference go to: http://go.alt.ac.uk/ALT-Online-2015-Reg
Call for proposals: http://go.alt.ac.uk/ALT-Online-2015-Call
To make a financial contribution: http://go.alt.ac.uk/1K425y5

2.6 Playful Learning Conference, Manchester, 13-15 July 2016
ALT Games and Learning SIG (GLSIG) Officers Alex Moseley and Nicola Whitton are co-chairing this conference pitched at the intersection of learning and play for adults. Playful in approach and outlook, yet underpinned by robust research and working practices, it aims to provide a space where teachers, researchers and students can play, learn and think together. A space to meet other playful people and be inspired by talks, workshops, activities and events.

3. News

3.1 Three PhD Scholarships in Learning Analytics are being offered at University of Technology, Sydney, Connected Intelligence Centre, to begin research at start of 2016.

3.2 MOOC Survey. 
Taken, run or produced a MOOC? Complete the www.moocsurvey.org
Whatever your role is within Higher Education your views and opinions are valuable, and appreciated. This survey aims to understand the effects of MOOCs on institutions in the following areas: 
* Impacts that production of MOOCs are having within Institutions 
* The process of how MOOCs are being implemented 
* Drivers and rationale for producing MOOCs 
Interviews about MOOCs are also being conducted. Contact James Little if you would like to take part - [log in to unmask] ; @jimjamyahauk

4. Events

4.1 Association of Colleges Annual Conference & Exhibition, 17-19 November 2015, Birmingham
Bringing together the further education sector under one roof to learn, develop, influence, exchange information and network. Keynote speakers include Lord Ian Blair and Nick Boles, MP. Over 90 exhibitors. 

4.2 Political Affairs in Higher Education Forum, 19 November 2015, 9.30 AM - 4.30 PM, Woburn House, London
Speakers include Katie Razzall; David Willets; Katharine Peacock; Bill Rammell

4.3 SHRE network event: the digital university and its contribution to a sustainable future, 19 November 2015, 10.30 AM - 4.00 PM, Nottingham Trent University
Explores the different ways online teaching and learning could contribute to frame and solve sustainability challenges such as climate change or food security. Participants will gain an overview about sustainability as conceptualised for the digital university. Will also explore ‘crowdsourcing’ in its own right but also as a tool to gain various ideas from several minds in order to design sustainable solutions. Two keynote speakers addressing and reflecting these two topics in turn and some input from the organizers as well.

4.4 Leading the Learning Landscape Network Event, 25 November 2015, 9.30 AM - 4 PM, Central London
This event offers a range of new topics and speakers to support the innovation and experimentation of Technology Enhanced Learning across the sector. Speakers include Linda Evans, Professor of Leadership and Professional Learning, and Prof. Neil Morris, Chair of Education Technology, both at the University of Leeds.

4.5 The 12 Apps of Christmas 2015, 1-16 December 2015
This 12 day online award-winning project is aimed at students & their educators, & showcases 12 apps that students can use to help personalise their learning. Personalisation is explained on the website for students & they are given some guidance on how to start the process of personalising their learning. Each day the daily app will be reviewed against those guidelines so that they can see very quickly whether the app will work for them or not. There's also information for educators provided about how they can create the type of learning environment that encourages personalisation. Register at http://go.alt.ac.uk/1LbUf6a 

4.6 Future Ready Symposium, 02 December 2015, The Studio, Birmingham
A one day event exploring the role of technology in developing future ready learners.  Perspectives and practice are shared by our cast of expert practitioners and thinkers each of whom professionally navigates the employability, graduateness and technology nexus.

4.7 Online Educa Berlin 2015 - ALT Member discount - 2-4 December 2015, Hotel InterContinental Berlin, Budapester Str. 2, 10787 Berlin, Germany
OEB will have 70+ sessions in various formats: hands-on workshops, interactive breakout sessions, discussions and debates, labs, demos and keynote interventions by amongst others author, blogger and co-editor of the blog Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow and Hillary Leevers, Head of Education and Learning at the Wellcome Trust. ALT Members are entitled to benefit from a reduced conference fee of €600 (instead of €790 ).

4.8 Innovative Learning Conference: Driving Educational Change, 8 December 2015, Manchester
At Innovative Learning: Driving Educational Change the education and training sector will have the opportunity to learn how digital can enhance the quality of education and learning from experienced practitioners from across the public sector with invaluable knowledge and experience of innovative learning initiatives at both national and international scale. Speakers include Bob Harrison, Charlie Leyland and Peter Kilcoyne.

4.9 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE), Zhuhai, China, 10-12 December 2015

4.10 Social Media for Learning in HE Conference, 18 December 2015, Sheffield
Booking is now open for this inaugural conference exploring social media's impact on the higher education learning landscape. This one day conference will take place at Sheffield Hallam University on 18 December (with optional pre-conference events on the afternoon and evening of the 17th). Take advantage of early bird rates up until 15 November.

4.11 Durham Blackboard Users’ Conference, 06-08 January 2016
Registration is now open for the 16th Durham Blackboard Users’ Conference. This year’s theme is ‘Learning from Failure’. Early bird rates are available for a limited period only. 

4.12 Oxford Brookes University MOOC: First Steps into Learning and Teaching in HE, 26 January - 25 February 2016
This five-week introduction to teaching in higher education runs as a MOOC, free and open to all for participation (assessment incurs a fee). The course relies on sharing knowledge with your peers, and will leave you better informed about teaching and learning in higher education and confident that you could try out new things. Through the course you may also form and strengthen your professional support network of teachers in higher education.
Accredited: 10 M-level credits.

5. Calls for proposals

5.1 Durham Blackboard Users’ Conference, 06-08 January 2016
The call for proposals, and registration, is now open for the 16th Durham Blackboard Users’ Conference. This year’s theme is ‘Learning from Failure’.

5.2 Submissions deadline extended for OER16, 19-20 April 2015, Edinburgh
The 7th Open Educational Resources Conference, OER16: Open Culture, will be held on the 19th-20th April 2015 at the University of Edinburgh. The call for submissions is open until midday on Monday 30 November.
See the full call for proposals at http://go.alt.ac.uk/1MmY7m2

5.3 Association for Learning Developers in Higher Education annual conference: call for proposals now open, deadline 30 November 2015
ALDinHE Annual conference to be held at Herriot-WATT University in Edinburgh 21/23 March 2016, call for papers now open. Proposals on all aspects of learning development practice welcomed, please see conference website for key themes:

6. Job vacancies

6.1 Carol Watson Executive Search
Flinders University
Director of Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching
Full time
Closing date: 15 November 2015
Informal enquiries to [log in to unmask]

6.2 Southampton Solent University
Solent Learning & Teaching Institute
Instructional Design Manager
£41,255 - £47,801
Full time, Permanent
Closing date: 18 November 2015
Informal enquiries to [log in to unmask]

6.3 College Development Network
Advisor (Digital Learning)
£39,153 + benefits
Full time
Closing date: 26 November 2015 
Informal enquiries to [log in to unmask]

6.4 Edinburgh Napier University
Information Services
Learning Technologist
£24,775 - £29,552
Closing date: 27 November 2015
Informal enquiries to Catherine Harvey - [log in to unmask]; (0131) 455 4271

6.5 University of Essex
IT Services
Software Developer (Learning Technology)
£31,655 - £37,768
Full time, Permanent
Closing date: 06 December 2015
Informal enquiries to Ben Steeples - [log in to unmask]; 01206 874483

6.6 Coventry University
Disruptive Media Learning Lab
Research Assistant
Full time
Closing date: 11 December 2015
Informal enquiries to Sylvester Arnab - [log in to unmask]

6.7 Coventry University
Disruptive Media Learning Lab
Research Associate
Full time
Closing date: 11 December 2015
Informal enquiries to Sylvester Arnab - [log in to unmask]

7. Current articles from the #altc blog

The new-look blog website is at: https://altc.alt.ac.uk/blog/

Latest articles:

“Padlet - digital walls for sharing, learning and teaching”
Lucy Robinson, Rebecca Webb

“Critical CALL: EuroCALL 2015”
Teresa MacKinnon

“‘With power comes great responsibility’: How librarians can harness the power of social media for the benefit of library users”
Gregory Toth

“How should we measure and show online learning activity?”
Tim O’Riordan

“Slack app at University of Southampton”
Fiona Harvey

“Video for all! An EU project to build on”
Russell Stannard

We welcome articles, comment, reviews, project news and advertising enquiries. For more information on how to submit an article to the Newsletter go to http://go.alt.ac.uk/1EMDSy6

8. Current articles from our peer-reviewed Open Access journal Research in Learning Technology

The journal website is at: http://go.alt.ac.uk/RLT_Journal

“Using LectureTools to enhance student–instructor relations and student engagement in the large class”
Jerie Shaw, Sofiya Kominko and Jenepher Lennox Terrion
DOI: 10.3402/rlt.v23.27197

“Boundary breaking for interdisciplinary learning”
Adi Kidron, Yael Kali
DOI: 10.3402/rlt.v23.26496

“Making connections: technological interventions to support students in using, and tutors in creating, assessment feedback”
Ian Glover, Helen J. Parkin, Stuart Hepplestone, Brian Irwin, Helen Rodger
DOI: 10.3402/rlt.v23.27078

“A blended learning framework for curriculum design and professional development”
Negin Mirriahi, Dennis Alonzo, Bob Fox
DOI: 10.3402/rlt.v23.28451

“First year university student engagement using digital curation and career goal setting”
Amy Antonio, David Tuffley
DOI: 10.3402/rlt.v23.28337

“Orchestration in learning technology research: evaluation of a conceptual framework”
Luis P. Prieto, Yannis Dimitriadis, Juan I. Asensio Pérez, Chee-Kit Looi
DOI: 10.3402/rlt.v23.28019

“Making the most of mobility: virtual mentoring and education practitioner professional development” 
Hazel D. Owen
DOI: 10.3402/rlt.v23.25566

----The digest returns on 27 November 2015. All items for inclusion in the next issue should be submitted using the form at http://go.alt.ac.uk/ALT-Digest by 12.00 noon on Wednesday 25 November 2015. This issue was compiled by those who submitted content for it, and very lightly edited by Tom Palmer.
Disclaimer. Reasonable care is taken to ensure that the ALT Digest is accurate. But ALT does not vouch for the accuracy of information provided on web sites to which the digest links, and opinions expressed on those sites should not be construed to be those of ALT.


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