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News digest 79, 31 January 2005


Rhonda Riachi <[log in to unmask]>


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Association for Learning Technology
Fortnightly news digest 79, 31 January 2005

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Another bumper digest, with lots of news and jobs.

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Deadline for next issue: Tuesday 15 February 2005

In this issue:
1. Association news
2. Association events
3. Calls for papers
4. Other events
5. News
6. Invitations to tender
7. Vacancies

1. Association news

1.1 Welcome to new members

A warm welcome to the following organisations which have just joined
  Bournville College of FE  http://www.bournville.ac.uk/
  CDSM Interactive Solutions Ltd   http://www.cdsm.co.uk/
  Nottingham Trent University  http://www.ntu.ac.uk/
  The Scottish Funding Councils  http://www.sfc.ac.uk/
- and to all the individual members who have joined in the last

1.2 ALT has recently submitted reponses to two national consultations
- the UfI and the Higher Education Academy.
ALT responses to consultations are listed at

1.3 ALT's definition of learning technology and learning
technologists (recently revised):

2. Association events

2.1 Moodle II: Groups, Wikis and Quizzes - a few places left!
Exploring the advanced tools within Moodle
16 February 2005, 0930-1530, King's College, London
Presenters: Sonja Grussendorf and Dr Mira Vogel, Goldsmiths, London
Cost: £85 ALT members, £150 non-members
This workshop will explore many of the unique and advanced features
of the Moodle environment and give participants the opportunity to
‘Moodle’ from a student and teaching perspective.

2.2 IT won't work here!
An ALT / JISCinfoNET / JISC Development workshop
24 February 2005, 0930-1600, Orange Studio, Birmingham
Cost: £70
A workshop to explore the cultural issues involved in connecting
learners and institutions, and how to overcome traditional barriers
to progress with e-learning. Thinktank sessions will discuss
practical solutions to problems. There will be a lively debate on the
theme of joining up learning across organisations.
Presenters include: Paul Bailey (JISC), Chris Cobb (LSE), Sal Cooke
(TechDis), Gill Ferrell (JISCinfoNet), Doug Gowan (Open Learning
Partnership), Bob Sharpe (University of Plymouth),  Mark Stiles
(University of Staffordshire), Tony Toole (Coleg Sir Gar).
Booking deadline: 10 February 2005

2.3 Web Cams and Educational Web-Based Video-Conferencing
One workshop, two sessions: 9 and 23 March 2005
Middlesex University (Hendon campus) on 9 March, 1130-1430
and remotely on 23 March, 1200-1400.
Cost: £125 ALT members, £180 non-members
Presenters: Anthony ‘Skip’ Basiel and Ralph Commins, Middlesex
The cost to attend covers both sessions and includes the use of the
webcams and headsets which are yours to take away. This innovative
workshop will use a flexible, personalised approach to adapt the
curriculum to meet the learners’ needs. Features a face-to-face
learning event and then followed by a web-based video-conference
session using the tools themselves.

2.3 Reflective learning, future thinking: ALT Spring conference and
research seminar
Conference: 31 March 2005, Dublin Institute of Technology
Research seminar: 1 April 2005, Trinity College Dublin
Speakers include: Lorraine Stefani (Auckland University, New
Zealand), Sarah Porter (JISC), John Cook (LTRI, London Metropolitan
University), Allison Littlejohn and Lou McGill (University of
Strathclyde), Alex Kemps and Marcel Kemper (INHOLLAND University),
Vinnie Wade (Trinity College Dublin).
The conference will cover:
* e-portfolios and lifelong learning records
* personal development planning and diploma supplements
* digital repositories and archives
* ubiquitous computing and informal learning
There will be plenary sessions and discussion workshops to allow
plenty of time for reflection on the key issues.
Places will be limited. Booking form and full details available from
1 February.

2.4 ALT-C 2005: second call for papers
Exploring the frontiers of e-learning: borders, outposts and
6-8 September 2005, Manchester, UK
Keynote speakers: Alan Gilbert, Carol Twigg, Etienne Wenger
Papers and abstracts
- Last date for research papers: 14 February 2005 (hurry!)
- Last date for other streams: 28 February 2005
Booking by presenters
- Main presenter to book by: 10 June 2005
- All other presenters to book by: 30 June 2005

2.5 M-Learning: Taking education into the community?
14 April 2005, 1000-1530, York University, York
Presenters: David Sugden, Dewsbury College, and John Whalley, Bishop
Burton College
Cost: £95 ALT members, £150 non-members
The workshop will take an introductory look at several Mobile
Technologies and explore/demonstrate the use of these technologies.
Presenters will discuss the use of PDAs in registration and in class
work (e.g. teaching Early Years and Childcare NVQs); the use of
Presentation software; how ‘office’ software can be used and how some
mobile devices can connect to the Internet. The day will also give
time to discuss how text messaging is being used within the sector,
and the use Gyro-Suite keyboards and mice.

2.6 The DialogPlus Toolkit for Learning Activity Designers
14 April 2005, 1000-1600, Southampton University
Presenters: Dr Christopher Bailey and Karen Fill, University of
Cost: £95 ALT members, £150 non-members
This hands-on workshop will introduce the online toolkit developed,
as part of the JISC/NSF funded DialogPlus project, to guide and
support teachers as they create, modify and share learning activities
and resources. It can be used as a step-by-step guide to developing
learning activities and choosing appropriate tools and resources, a
database of learning activities that can then be adapted and reused
for different purposes and a mechanism for abstracting good practice
and metamodels for e-learning.

3. Calls for papers

3.1 EDEN - European Distance and E-Learning Network
Annual Conference 2005, 20-23 June, Helsinki University of Technology

3.2 Announcement and Call for Papers
9th International Computer Assisted Assessment (CAA) Conference
5th and 6th July 2005, Loughborough University, UK
Previous Conference Proceedings are freely available now from the
conference web site (choose ‘Conference Archive’).

3.3 ICCE 2005
Nov 28 to Dec 2, 2005, SINGAPORE
"Towards sustainable and scalable educational innovations informed by
the science of learning"
Paper submission due: 29 April 2005. Contact the Programme Co-Chairs:
David Jonassen ([log in to unmask]) Mitsuru Ikeda
([log in to unmask]) Chee-Kit Looi ([log in to unmask]).

3.4 AusWeb05 Conference
2-6 July, 2005, Gold Coast, Australia
Deadline: 18 March 2005.

3.5 Higher Education Academy Subject Network for Information Computer
Science Conference, University of York, York (30th August - 1st
September 2005).
Deadline for receipt of papers: 31st March 2005.
Deadline for receipt of workshops and posters: 15th April 2005

3.6 HCI 2005,  The 19th British HCI Group Annual Conference,
Napier University, Edinburgh, UK 5-9th September 2005
Workshop submission deadline - 10 February 2005

3.7 Designs on eLearning: covering teaching and learning in art,
design and communication
14-16 September 2005, London

4. Other events

4.1 UNFOLD communities of practice meeting
IMS Learning Design tools: applications to model and run Units of
15-16 February 2005, Open University of the Netherlands

4.2 SALT, the Learning Technologies 2005 conference
Early Registration Deadline is February 2nd

4.3 The eLearning Network presents: Learning Content Management
4 February 2005, 09:30-15:35, SCI, Belgrave Square, London
Association for Learning Technology members' rate: £85 plus VAT.

Friday 25th February, 2005, 1pm - 4.30pm, Reid Kerr College
Staff supporting WebCT in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland are
invited to the second meeting of the Celtic WebCT User Group

4.5 Designs for Learning Workshop
1st February 2005, Oxford University Computing Service, Banbury Road,
Demonstrates freely available tools for creating and evaluating
teaching materials.
Email:  [log in to unmask] Tel: 01865 285823
This project is funded by the JISC and there is no charge for this

4.6 Developing new learning audiences, a practical workshop on
marketing learning
15 February, 2005, Cable and Wireless Training and Conference Centre,
For more information about this event and regional events in the
north and south contact Rebecca Goodbourn, Campaign for Learning
email: [log in to unmask] tel: 020 7766 0018.

4.7 Open Minds - Open Source Conference
30 March - 1 April 2005, 's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

4.8 JISC Conference 2005
International Convention Centre, Birmingham, 12 April 2005

4.9 2005 Illinois Online Conference for Teaching and Learning
"Innovation, Education, Technology and You".
Takes place completely over the internet, February 16-18.

4.10 UCISA2005 Annual Management Conference: 21st Century thinking
Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 March 2005, Scottish Exhibition and
Conference Centre
The booking deadline for the UCISA2005 Conference is Friday, 28

4.11 BJEP 2005 Conference
Teaching and Learning in Higher Education:
Contrasting Research Perspectives and Implications for Practice
19-20 May 2005, University of Edinburgh

4.12 Middlesex University Learning & Teaching Mini Conference Series
E-Learning Theory and Practice, incorporating the launch of the
Global Campus Toolkit.
Spaces are limited. Email [log in to unmask]

5. News

5.1 HEFCE announces £300 million programme of national Centres for
Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETLs)

5.1.1 Some CETLs with obvious relevance to e-learning include:

Reusable Learning Objects: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/rlo-cetl/

Blended Learning Unit: http://www.herts.ac.uk/blu

Professional Development Through the Use of Relevant Technologies
(the ExPERT Centre):

Inter-Professional e-Learning (CIPeL) in Health and Social Care:

Open Learning in Mathematics, Science, Computing and Technology:

Active Learning in Computing (ALiC): http://www.dur.ac.uk/alic

Centre for Excellence in Work Based Learning (CEWBL):

5.2 Ted's Smith's 2005 state of e-learning survey
Contribute to this survey and receive a free copy of the report.
Deadline 10 Febuary.

5.3 Universities to get free access to UK's biggest archive of
Physics Research

5.4 Media Lab Europe to close

5.5 EADTU Annual Conference Proceedings Online.

5.6  3T Productions Ltd, Occasional Paper five
‘Mobile Learning’. e-mail: [log in to unmask]

6. Invitations to tender

6.1 JISC ITTs for studies to inform its Moving Pictures and Sound

Moving Pictures and Sound: Future Programme Collecting Requirements
and Priorities to undertake a study into the appropriate future
collecting areas of the JISC Education Media Online (EMOL) Programme.
Funding of up to £30,000 (including VAT and expenses) is available
for this study.

Moving Pictures and Sound: Functional requirements of a future
Education Media OnLine service to undertake a study into the
appropriate future technical and functional requirements of the JISC
Education Media Online (EMOL) service (http://www.emol.ac.uk).Funding
of up to £25,000 (including VAT and expenses) is available for this

The deadline for proposals for both studies is 12 noon on Friday 11th
February 2005.

7. Vacancies

7.1 Vacancies at the Development Group, JISC, Central London

7.1.1 Operations Manager - Reference: E5/QJ/170/04. 3 years FTA.
Salary: ALC Grade 5. Closing date 2 February 2005.
http://www.kcl.ac.uk or email [log in to unmask]

7.1.2 JISC Development Director, User Environments Reference:
JISC Development Director, Systems and Technology Reference:
FTAs for 3 years. Salary: ALC Grade 6. Closing date 8 February 2005.

7.2 The Teaching and Learning Support Services Department, Queensland
University of Technology
Learning Designer: 1 position, 12 month contract. Closing date: 4
February 2005
Salary: AUS$52,233 to AUS$57,138 pa.

7.2 Coventry and Warwickshire New Technology Institute
E-Learning Project Manager. £31,560 - £38,142 fixed term to 31 Dec
Closing date 7 February 2005

7.4 Oxford Brookes University
Web Developer/Learning Technologist
School of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Salary: £20,235, rising annually to £22,111, plus opportunity for
performance awards up to £24,161. Ref: 158/15405/RO
Closing date: 4 February 2005

7.5 Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL), Macquarie University, Sydney
Three vacancies:
Manager, Online Learning Systems, #19450;
Training and Support Officer, Online Learning Systems, #18679;
Web Designer, Media Production Services, #18970.

7.6 Coventry and Warwickshire New Technology Institute
E-Learning Project Manager
£31,560 - £38,142 fixed term to 31 Dec 2006
Closing date 7 February 2005

7.7 E-Learning Development Team, University of York
Three new posts to contribute to the rollout and development of the
Blackboard Academic Suite:
AO0547 Learning Technologist;  AO0548 Multimedia Developer;
AH0549 Application Manager.
Closing date: 15 February

The digest returns on 16 February 2005. All news, jobs, events, etc,
to [log in to unmask] by Tuesday 15 February, 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/
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  ALT-C 2005, 6-8 September, Manchester, UK

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