ALT news digest #42, 10 July 2003
In this issue:
1. Welcome to new members
2. ALT-C 2003 - book now!
3. ALT news
4. ALT events
5. Other events
6. Other news
1. Welcome to new members
A warm welcome to the following organisations which have joined ALT:
Colleges, universities & similar organisations:
Manchester College of Arts & Technology http://www.mancat.ac.uk/
Futurate Ltd http://www.futurate.com/
Immersive Education htpp:///www.immersiveeducation.com/
Institute for Learning & Teaching in HE http://www.ilt.ac.uk/
Question Mark Computing http://www.questionmark.com/uk/home.htm
All new members are invited to the New Members' Lunch to be held at
ALT-C 2003 on Tuesday 9 September (details will be sent to you
2. ALT-C 2003 - book now!
ALT-C 2003: Communities of Practice
8-10 September, Sheffield
Over 400 have now registered - book now to be sure of getting a place!
Please tell colleagues.
Hosted jointly by Sheffield Hallam University and the University of
Sheffield, ALT-C 2003 will attract delegates from Europe, Australia,
Canada and the US, as well as drawing from the large constituency of
educationalists and learning technologists in the UK.
Professor Bob Fryer, Chief Executive of the NHS University
Professor Shirley Alexander, Director of the Institute
for Interactive Media & Learning, University of Technology, Sydney.
Baroness Cathy Ashton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at
Plus many social events and plenty of time for networking. Book now!
3. ALT news
3.1 ALT Policy Meeting & launch of DFES eLearning Strategy
The Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Charles Clarke MP,
launched the DfES consultation document "Towards a Unified e-
Learning Strategy" at the ALT Policy Meeting on Tuesday in London.
An interim report on the day is accessible from the ALT home page,
including links to the document and the
The DfES web site comments that:
‘Embedding e-learning will not happen fast. This is a long-term strategy
that looks ahead to years when the technology will probably have
evolved further. That is all part of the strategy - how we prepare
ourselves, through our education system, to cope with an ever-changing
‘The consultation process runs for several months, until 30 January
2004, to allow all members of the education and training professions,
learners, and suppliers to engage in the debate to the full.’
Please alert colleagues to this and watch this space for more
discussions on this topic (note the CETIS Pedgaogy forum in events
3.2 Annual General Meeting - nominations please!
The full notice of the AGM and the nomination form for the 3 trustees
vacancies on Monday 8 September can be found at:
Deadline for nominations is MONDAY 18 AUGUST.
Nominations must be submitted to me (Rhonda Riachi) at the ALT office
by post or fax.
4. ALT events
All ALT events are listed at
4.1 ADVANCE NOTIFICATION
Scenarios for strategic planning
Using scenario planning techniques to guide the adoption of learning
technologies in education
An ALT Workshop
26 November 2003
HEFCE Boardroom, Centrepoint, London
The aim of this workshop is to introduce the field of scenario planning
and to show how different techniques and approached can be applied to
help shape institutional strategy. The workshop will explore different
models of technology and change in higher education with the aim of
turning research into guidelines for practice.
The presenters are closely associated with SURF, the higher education
and research partnership organisation in the Netherlands for network
services and information and communications technology (ICT). The
Mission of SURF is to exploit and improve a common advanced ICT
infrastructure that will enable higher education institutes better realise
their own ambitions and improve the quality of learning, teaching and
· Henk Frenken, University of Leiden
· Wim de Boer, University of Twente
This workshop is intended for
· Senior learning technologists and learning technologists working at an
institutional level to introduce VLEs and related technologies
· Academics with responsibility for championing the introduction of
learning technologies to the curriculum in their discipline
· Strategic planning managers and staff in institutional strategy and
· Education policy planners working at a national level (DfES, HEFCE,
LSC, JISC, UUK, NHSU, Office of e-Envoy)
· Researchers in the field of learning technology theory, policy and
· Researchers in the discipline of scenario planning
· to become familiar with different categories of scenario planning and to
understand how they might be used in education planning
· to recognise the different approaches to building scenarios
(quantitative/qualitative) and the different time horizons (near 1-5 years
& distant 5-10 years) to which they are appropriate.
· to introduce specific scenarios for education in 10 years time
· to apply guidelines on model building in order to construct appropriate
scenarios and to use scenarios in education planning
· to use simple instrument to analyse these scenarios
· to compare descriptions of future scenarios with current expectations
and goals for the future
· to understand how different constituencies (managers, support staff,
academics, students, institutions, nations) have different levels of
acceptance with respect to scenarios for change.
· to gain insight into what factors might be crucial in influencing change
in institutions and policy and to plan actions guided by insights
For preliminary booking enquiries please contact:
Development Director, Off-campus
Oxford Brookes University
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Tel: 01865 484871
or email: [log in to unmask]
Full details will appear on the ALT web site shortly.
5. Other events
5.1 CETIS Second Pedagogy Forum Meeting
Friday 25th July 2003, 10:00-16:00
University of Huddersfield
A few places are still available - register at
The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) have just launched an
e-learning strategy which is now available for consultation until 30
January 2004. We would like to generate discussion about this strategy
and have included time in the second meeting to discuss this.
The Agenda for the day will also include:
The Learning Design 'inspired' tool, 'LAMS' (Learning Activity
Management System) demonstration
James Dalziel, Macquarie University, Australia, WebMCQ, IMS Australia
Online Learning Scenarios and Learning Design
Gerry Graham, Learning & Teaching Scotland
Learning Creativity Profile Generator
Glenn Hardaker, University of Huddersfield.
Discussion re the Future of eLearning, The Forum etc
(Ambitious maybe, but we can give it a try!)
5.2 eLearning Network Conference
25 July 2003
SCI, Belgrave Square, London
Where e-HR meets e-learning
Following the trend to put an "e" before most words, HR systems have
now been given the electronic makeover. This would appear to be great
news for those organisations implementing online learning since a
learning management systems can push and pull from its counterpart in
the HR division. But getting the two to "talk" to each other is notoriously
difficult and is the effort worth it? What more can be achieved that non
"e" systems already achieve?
The object of the day will be to find out how the meeting of these two
areas opens up new opportunities to organisations. The synergy
between learning and human resources may be the next major tool in
Attendance for non-members: £75.00 plus VAT.
ELN Members without conference credits pay only £60.00 plus VAT.
5.3 EVA LONDON 2003
E-learning and the Visual Arts Conference
MONDAY 28th JULY 2003
Full details can be found at
Topics to be covered:
Generating digital content for education - some perspectives of UK
public sector activities;
David Dawson, Senior ICT Advisor, Re:source
Re-inventing the Wheel; the British Pathe Film Archive in the 21st
Peter Fydler, Director of Marketing, ITN Archive
IPR - bridge or barrier?
Peter Wienand, Head of Intellectual Property team, Farrer & Co.
Driving learning outcomes - the contribution of Virtual & Managed
Peter O'Sullivan, Market Development Executive, IBM Learning
Curriculum Online and the cultural sector;
Patrick Towell, Chief Executive, Simulacra Media (on behalf of the DfES)
Learning about e-learning: technology and the disturbance of academics'
cultures at UCL;
Dr. Martin Oliver, Department of Education & Professional Development
University College London
Delivering and supporting a global Web-based e-Learning service - a
perspective from UK eUniversities;
Dr. Paul Bacsich, Director of Special Projects, UK eUniversities
Out of the lab - e-learning and theatre history;
Martin Blazeby and Drew Baker, e-Lab 3D Visualisation Group,
University of Warwick
The European Commission 6th Framework Programme; Research
infrastructure for cultural heritage and education;
Wim Jansen, Research Infrastructure, Directorate General Information
5.4 LTSN-ICS Summer Events
Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Databases
Coventry University, TechnoCentre
14th July 2003
The Use of CAA in ICS Education
University of Brighton
16th July 2003
EARLY BOOKING DEADLINE: Friday 4th July
4th Annual LTSN-ICS Conference
26-28th August 2003
EARLY BOOKING DEADLINE: Friday 1st August
More information (including programmes, abstracts and booking forms)
is available on the LTSN-ICS website:
If you have any queries regarding any of the above events please do
not hesitate to contact:
LTSN-ICS, Faculty of Informatics
University of Ulster at Jordanstown
Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, BT37 0QB
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5.5 Workshop for Event Organisers in the Education & Research
Scarman House, The University of Warwick
12 and 13 August 2003
Cost: £200 / £260 + VAT including accommodation
This Event Organisers Workshop will consist of plenary and breakout
sessions with speakers from the event industry who will be covering the
major aspects of running conferences and exhibitions.
The workshop will give event organisers the opportunity to participate
in sessions to learn about marketing and promotion, and exhibition
management from an expert trainer who has a wealth of experience in
this area. The workshop will also provide participants with useful
information about how to comply with current legislation and will
explore best methods of working with external suppliers. There will be
plenty of opportunities for informal networking with like-minded
professionals during the event.
This event is aimed at staff working within the education and research
community who organise events such as conferences, workshops or
training either on a full or part time basis.
For further information and to make your booking please visit the
UKERNA web site at:
This workshop is being jointly organised by JISC and UKERNA.
5.6 Strategy & Practice in Blended Learning; Design, Delivery,
Management & Support
10th & 11th September 2003
A two-day conference in association with the eLearning Network.
Blended learning has been around as long as good training practices,
but only recently has it been given a name and methodologies. At this
conference you will get a balanced view of how to approach blended
learning, including crucial factors such as the business case for
supplementing classroom-based learning with other delivery methods
and how to integrate learning into work practices.
WCBF has gathered together an ideal mix of private sector, public sector
and further & higher education representatives to enable you to learn
optimum techniques from the best proponents. Also, rather than being
two days of simply listening to presentations from the leaders in this
area, you will have the opportunity to participate in small focus groups
and interactive sessions.
eLearning Network Members receive a 15% discount off the registration
Please quote 7000E12 as the registration code when registering online.
For full details visit
5.7 SEDA 8th Annual Conference
Values and Change in Higher Education
Tuesday 18th - Wednesday 19th November 2003
Novotel, Birmingham Centre
Call for proposals
The deadline for submissions is 14 July 2003.
for more details go to
6. Other news
6.1 Promoting the Uptake of E-Books
A colleague, Linda Bennett, is undertaking a project on behalf of
the JISC. As part of the project, Promoting the Uptake of E-Books in
Higher Education, she is surveying various potential user groups.
She would be most grateful if any ALT members would be willing to
complete a short questionaire. It really will only take a few minutes of
your time (I have done it myself).
Contact: Linda Bennett <[log in to unmask]>
Bruce Ingraham, University of Teesside
6.2 Introducing OSS Watch - the Open Source Software advisory service
for UK further and higher education
OSS Watch is the pilot Open Source Software (OSS) advisory service
set up by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
OSS Watch informs and advises the UK further and higher education
community about free and open source software. It will facilitate co-
operative OSS activities through the development of best-practice
guidelines, and out-reach activities aimed at institutional managers,
software developers and IT users. It will offer a web-based clearing-
house for up to date information, focussed assistance for institutions and
software projects, and investigative reports. OSS Watch is funded by the
Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
OSS Watch invites you to explore its initial online service at
There you will be able to learn more about OSS Watch and discover how
you may get involved. Please complete our first user survey to aid us in
directing the service to meet your needs.
To stay informed of ongoing developments at OSS Watch, please join
our JISCmail list OSSWATCH-ANNOUNCE. You can join this list at
or by registering to be added to the list on the OSS Watch site:
OSS Watch invites and encourages input from the UK further and higher
education community into its ongoing development. Please contact OSS
Watch by email at [log in to unmask], or by telephone on 01865
283416, with comments or suggestions.
OSS Watch is part of the Research Technologies Service located within
Oxford University Computing Services.
Research Technologies Service
Oxford University, 13 Banbury Road
Oxford, OX2 6NN
Tel: +44(0) 1865 283 416
Fax: +44(0) 1865 273 275
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6.3 JISC Circular 6/03: Digital Curation Centre
Because of changes to the timescales and some additions to the call
requirements for the Digital Curation Centre, JISC Circular 6/03, which
invites calls from institutions wishing to host the Centre, is being
withdrawn. A revised call will be issued as soon as possible in July.
In the light of this, the deadlines for expressions of interest and full
submissions for the Centre will be extended and the Town Meeting,
originally scheduled for 18 June will be rescheduled for 8 September.
The revised circular will include information about the new date for the
Town Meeting along with new deadlines for the expressions of interest
and full submissions.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the revision of JISC
Circular 6/03. In the meantime if you have any further queries please
contact Joe Hutcheon, JISC Executive, Northavon House, Coldharbour
Lane, Bristol BS16 1QD.
Tel: 0117 931 7251
Fax: 0117 931 7255
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6.4 Management of ICT to support learning
An EU funded 'Minerva' research project is seeking to establish and
disseminate good practice in the management and implementation of
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to support learning in
higher education. As part of the project a survey is being conducted
within the Czech Republic, UK, Greece and the Slovak Republic. The
project team would greatly appreciate the contribution of educational
professionals to this work. The questionnaire (which should take around
15 minutes to complete) can be found at:
A summary of the survey results and details of project outcomes will be
made available to all contributors. If you would like to find out more, the
project website address is:
UK contact: Mark Stone - [log in to unmask]
The digest returns on 23 July.
All notices, jobs, news to [log in to unmask] by 22 July, please.
Rhonda Riachi, Director
Association for Learning Technology
Oxford Brookes University, Headington, Oxford OX3 0BP, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)1865 484125 Fax: +44 (0)1865 484165
Email: [log in to unmask] URL: http://www.alt.ac.uk/
Registered Charity Number: 1063519
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