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*Weekly News Digest - Issue 500, 8 April 2019*

*Welcome to the 500th edition of the weekly news digest. In this edition:*

   1. *Updates for Members
   2. *News, events and Calls for Proposals
   3. *Jobs
   4. *New publications from #altc blog and Research in Learning Technology

1. Updates for Members
1.1 Welcome to new Organisational Members

A warm welcome to the University of Central Lancashire
1.2 Department for Education publishes new EdTech Strategy

ALT is pleased to have contributed to the Strategy on behalf of the
1.3 Participate online in OER19 Conference next week

We invite all Members of ALT to participate in the OER19 Conference next
week. With over 220 participants, an international keynote line up and
already a host of resources and posts being shared OER19 promises to be a
wonderful event and there are a range of options for virtual participation,
see full details at
1.4 Findings from the 2018 ALT Annual Survey and supplemental gender
analysisThe report and data from the fifth ALT Annual Survey have now been
published: A supplemental look at the data
based on gender has also been published

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2. News, events and calls for proposals
2.1 Student response system Meetoo has changed name to Vevox

You may have already heard the news that the Student Response System Meetoo
became 'Vevox' as of 21 March 2019. For some of you this might be fresh
news, but if you are an existing customer then you should have already
received communication from Vevox about the change. Please read the blog to
find out the background to the name change and to read all the FAQs:
2.2 Participate in research study on Using Thematic Analysis in HCI

In recent years, the 6-phase Thematic Analysis approach outlined in Braun
and Clarke (2006) gained in popularity amongst the HCI community, as a
method useful for analysis of data and informing of design. This research
investigates how HCI researchers are using this particular approach to
analyse data and map findings to design of technologies. If you have used
Thematic Analysis to analyse data, and this led to design of technology, we
would like to invite you to participate in our research study, which
consists of completion of an online questionnaire:
2.3 Free webinar - Is it time for the university lecture to evolve? A live
panel discussion, 9 April 2019, 14:00

Join a panel of academics from University College London who will be asking
whether the time has come for higher education institutions to explore new
ways of engaging students in their studies: Andrea Townsend-Nicholson,
Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, John Mitchell, Professor of
Communications Systems Engineering; and Dr Parama Chaudhury, Principal
Teaching Fellow, Economics and founding director at Centre for Teaching and
Learning Economics. Register:
2.4 ALT East Midlands Learning Technologists Group Spring meeting,
Loughborough University, 11 April 2019

The theme for the Spring meeting of the ALT EMLT group is "Designing
assessments for anonymous marking":
2.5 ALT North East Members Group meeting, University of Sunderland, 12
April, 10.00 - 16.00

Come along to connect with colleagues and share amazing work happening at
institutions in the North East of England:
2.6 ALT Northern Ireland Annual Event 2019 - Abstracts accepted until 12

The ALT NI Committee is pleased to announce the date for this year’s Annual
Event, 29 May 2019, Queen's University Belfast This year the format will
include shared experiences from our members, and abstracts are being
accepted until 12 April. For full details see
2.7 Event - Use of Video in Higher Education: Theory and Practice, Said
Business School, University of Oxford, 16 April 2019, 9.30 - 16.30

Collaborative symposium (unconference) bringing together researchers and
practitioners who are interested in use of video in higher education.
Submissions of discussion topics welcome.
2.8 FHEDAWG webinar: Inclusivity by design in Virtual Learning
Environments. 26 April, 12:00 - 13:00

In this open webinar, organised by ALT as part of our work with the Further
Higher Education Digital AccessibilityWorking Group (FHEDAWG), Ben Watson
and Daniel Clark of the University of Kent present a discussion
accessibility and inclusivity in relation to the Web Content Accessibility
Guidelines (WCAG) and Virtual Learning Environments:
2.9 Call for Proposals - Measuring Excellence in Higher Education:
Approaches and their Impact, University of Wolverhampton, 11-13 September

The HEIR conference is an international event attracting delegates from
across the HE sector including: students, teachers, researchers, managers,
data practitioners and institutional experts, quality professionals,
educational developers, policy makers, digital service specialists,
consultants, and all who share an interest in the future of education.
Proposals are invited for presentation under one of three broad themes: 1.
Defining and ‘measuring excellence’; 2. Critical learning and teaching
environments; 3. Accountability, inclusivity & sustainability. Deadline for
proposals: 26 April 2019.
2.10 Call for Proposals, OEB Global, Berlin, 27-29 November 2019

OEB Global, Europe’s largest international conference & exhibition on
digitally enhanced learning and training, appeals to all practitioners,
experts and innovators to lead the discussion on how we should reshape and
rediscover learning and training in an era of rapid change, in which
learning will be at the heart of life and work. The overall theme is
 ‘Discovering Learning’, with sub-themes including Frictionless digital
learning: engaging learners for action; New roles and competencies of
educators, L&D teams and partners; Evolving learning technologies: EdTech
and digital transformation; Content, knowledge and the mind; Collecting,
protecting and measuring key data; Closing the skills gap with learning and
training; The new home of learning: operational excellence, spaces,
ecosystem. Submission deadline: 30 April 2019. See
2.11 Call for Proposals - Academic Practice and Technology (APT2019)
conference, University College London, 1 July 2019

The 17th APT conference, ‘The Changing Roles of Educators in Higher
Education’, is co-hosted by the London School of Economics, University
College London and the University of Greenwich. APT 2019 will explore how
higher and further educators in 2019 are meeting the challenges of student
expectations and how their education should prepare them for their future
careers. Educators are asking critical questions as their roles change –
How can we help our students to thrive in the face of a buffeting digital
maelstrom? Where can technology create distinctive possibilities? Where
might it actually hinder learning? Call for Proposals is now open, deadline
13 May 2019. See:
2.12 Call for Proposals - 2019 Technology, Pedagogy and Education
Association Conference, Winchester, 11-12 July 2019

The TPEA (a partnership between the Association of Teachers in Information
Technology, ITTE, and the MirandaNet Fellowship) seeks proposals for its 33
rd international conference, on the theme of ‘A richer curriculum? Creating
a culture of opportunity in a digital world’. Proposals for posters, short,
and long presentations, both research- and practice-oriented, are invited
to address the main conference theme and the following sub-themes:
Innovative Research; Bridging Pedagogic and Subject Knowledge; Facilitating
Professional Dialogue; Influencing Policy and Practice. The conference
draws together on the experience, knowledge and expertise of delegates in
order to influence edtech policy and practice nationally and
internationally. Deadline for submissions: 13 May 2019. See:
2.13 #ALTNWESIG 2019, University of Lancaster, 22 May 2019, 12.30 - 16:30

The next ALTNWESIG meeting will take place at the University of Lancaster.
Big thanks to Steve Powell and his team for agreeing to feed, water and
accommodate us once again. This is a community-led event, created by you
and for you. So, if you'd like to suggest a topic, present a case study,
lead a discussion, or ask the group to help solve your problem, please
contact Alex Spiers ([log in to unmask]).  Places are limited, so please
book early via Eventbrite: If you have any
dietary requirements please contact [log in to unmask]
2.14 2019 Change Agents' Network Conference, The Open University, Milton
Keynes, 29-30 May 2019 - Keynote speakers announced and programme now

Hosted by The Open University, supported by Jisc, CAN brings together HE
and FE staff and students in a community of experience and best practice.
Our conference theme this year is ‘The Evolving Landscape of Staff-Student
Partnership’.  Keynote speakers will be student vlogger and ‘studytuber’
Ruby Granger, writer and consultant Julian Stodd, Basingstoke College of
Technology lecturer and innovator Scott Hayden, and OU interim Pro-Vice
Chancellor for Students Dr Liz Marr. Draft programme, ticket info, and
details can be found at:
2.15 Echo360 European Community Conference, University of Edinburgh, 4 - 5
June 2019

Registration is now open for the 2019 European Community Conference. Get a
front row seat to hear from fellow academic and technology leaders about
best practices, innovations in the classroom and new ways to use video,
active learning and student learning data to drive change. We will also be
offering a sneak peek into the Echo360 roadmap, with plenty of time to talk
to Echo360 leadership and influence future features and functionality:
2.16 Immersive Learning Research Network Conference 2019, London, 24 - 27
June 2019

iLRN invites the ALT community to attend its annual conference. The event,
hosted at the University of Westminster (Cavendish Campus), aims to develop
the scientific, technical, and applied potential of immersive learning.
This year's theme is "Immersive Learning in Urban Environments". There will
be special tracks on augmented reality, digital heritage, serious games,
wearable technology, medical education, creative learning, gerontology,
data visualisation, among other topics. This year keynote is Prof. Mel
Slater from University of Barcelona, with invited speakers from Ordnance
Survey, BT, Promethean and the University of the West of England. Further
2.17 Mahoodle 2019, University of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls Campus, 1 July

The Mahoodle 2019 conference day. "Portfolios, Assessment and beyond - How
openness can support learning and teaching",  is open to anyone who uses
Moodle and/or Mahara, at whatever educational level - from schools, through
FE/HE to workplace, adult and 3rd Sector training. Register your interest
to attend, or to speak at the event, on the website below and follow on
twitter at #Mahoodle19.
2.18 Call for Proposals - UEL Learning and Teaching Symposium 2019Proposals
are now being accepted for the 2019 Learning & Teaching Symposium, taking
place at University Square, Stratford, on Thursday 19th September. This
year's theme is ‘Connected Students’. Proposals may address a wide range of
related topics related, including, but not limited to: Connecting by
Innovative Pedagogies; Connecting with Partners (Students and Industry);
Connecting to Live Applied Projects; Connecting with the Community;
Connecting Research to Student Experience. Sessions can range from
workshops to panel discussions. Deadline for proposals: 15 July 2019. See:

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3. Jobs
3.1 Cass Business School

Digital Learning

Multimedia Manager


£37,345 - £43,267

Full time, 2 years Fixed Term

Closing date: 14 April 2019

Informal enquiries to Jo Richardson: [log in to unmask]
3.2 FutureLearn

Courses and Learning

Project Manager (x2 vacancies)


£40 - £50k

Full time, Permanent

Closing date: 15 April 2019

Informal enquiries to Richard Banks - [log in to unmask]
3.3 Loughborough University

Centre for Academic Practice

Technology-Enhanced Learning Officer


£30,395 - £39,609

Full time

Closing date: 15 April 2019

Informal enquiries to Lee Barnett, [log in to unmask] or by telephone on
01509 227468
3.4 University of Roehampton

Digital Learning

eLearning Adviser


£35,838 to £38,812

Full time, Permanent

Closing date: 16 April 2019

Informal enquiries to Nicola Betts, [log in to unmask],
3.5 University of Edinburgh

School of GeoSciences

e-Learning Systems Developer


£33,199 - £39,609

Full time, Open-ended

Closing date: 17 April 2019 at 5pm (GMT)

Informal enquiries to Charnelle Sullivan [log in to unmask]
3.6 University of Strathclyde

Education Enhancement

Learning Technologist



Full time

Closing date: 22 April 2019

Informal enquiries to Howard Ramsay: [log in to unmask]
3.7 University of London


Learning Solutions Production Manager


from £44,363

Full time, Permanent

Closing date: 23 April 2019
3.8 University of London




from £35,807

Full time, Permanent

Closing date: 23 April 2019
3.9 University of London


Video Production Assistant


from £31,401

Full time, Permanent

Closing date: 23 April 2019
3.10 University of London


Learning Technologist (x2)


from £35,807

Full time, Permanent

Closing date: 23 April 2019
3.11 University of London


Graphic/Motion Graphics Designer


from £35,807

Full time, Permanent

Closing date: 23 April 2019
3.12 University of London


Learning Designer


from £44,363

Full time, Permanent

Closing date: 23 April 2019
3.13 University of Reading

Centre for Quality Support and Development

TEL Support Officer


£24,771 - £29,517

Full time, Permanent

Closing date: 26 April 2019

Informal enquiries to [log in to unmask]

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4. New publications from #altc blog and Research in Learning Technology

Launching a new generation of Wikipedia editors

Learning about Hospital Ward Rounds with 360-Degree Video

What we have been up to… a strategic update from the Chair and Chief
Executive of ALT

What we have been up to… a strategic update from the Chair and Chief
Executive of ALT

The PressED conference

DigiReady: Equipping our students for the modern workplace

Using a handwriting app leads to improvement in manual dexterity in
kindergarten children

Animating student engagement: The impacts of cartoon instructional videos
on learning experience

Construction and evaluation of a web application for the educational
process on Normal Distribution considering the science of data and machine

A comparative study on the traditional and intensive delivery of an online
course: design and facilitation recommendations

Smart learning environment: Teacher’s role in assessing classroom attention

The ALT News Digest is now published on Mondays. Deadline for submissions
5pm Friday.

Please note that ALT’s postal address has changed to:

Association for Learning Technology (ALT)

PO Box 460


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