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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 https://www.uclan.ac.uk

1.2 Department for Education publishes new EdTech Strategy

ALT is pleased to have contributed to the Strategy on behalf of the membership: https://go.alt.ac.uk/2UvTwNx

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 https://oer19.oerconf.org/participate/remote-participation/

1.4 Findings from the 2018 ALT Annual Survey and supplemental gender analysis

The report and data from the fifth ALT Annual Survey have now been published: https://go.alt.ac.uk/Survey2018. A supplemental look at the data based on gender has also been published https://go.alt.ac.uk/2Cpq5CG

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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: https://go.alt.ac.uk/2OwrOeg

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: https://go.alt.ac.uk/2OB4tZ6

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: https://go.alt.ac.uk/2UBfhvm

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": https://go.alt.ac.uk/2TEa5Hv

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: https://go.alt.ac.uk/2TDn9gd

2.6 ALT Northern Ireland Annual Event 2019 - Abstracts accepted until 12 April

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 http://www.altni.com/event2019/

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: https://go.alt.ac.uk/2OycYnA

2.9 Call for Proposals - Measuring Excellence in Higher Education: Approaches and their Impact, University of Wolverhampton, 11-13 September 2019

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. https://go.alt.ac.uk/2EtYFvO

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 https://oeb.global/programme

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: https://go.alt.ac.uk/2FkJnLp

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 33rd 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: http://conference.itte.org.uk/2019-conference/

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: https://go.alt.ac.uk/2Uw3LBv 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 available

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: https://www.can2019.co.uk/

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: https://go.alt.ac.uk/2UvSvVJ

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 information:  https://immersivelrn.org/ilrn2019/

2.17 Mahoodle 2019, University of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls Campus, 1 July 2019

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. https://bit.ly/2TY0x9z

2.18 Call for Proposals - UEL Learning and Teaching Symposium 2019

Proposals 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: https://go.alt.ac.uk/2FAqYKD

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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], 02083925798


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 https://go.alt.ac.uk/2FrhwYG

Learning about Hospital Ward Rounds with 360-Degree Video https://go.alt.ac.uk/2XcEcnL

What we have been up to… a strategic update from the Chair and Chief Executive of ALT https://go.alt.ac.uk/2S7UJdF

What we have been up to… a strategic update from the Chair and Chief Executive of ALT https://go.alt.ac.uk/2TFvhMs

The PressED conference https://go.alt.ac.uk/2TrWrmD


DigiReady: Equipping our students for the modern workplace https://go.alt.ac.uk/2RPDxJ5


Using a handwriting app leads to improvement in manual dexterity in kindergarten children https://go.alt.ac.uk/2UyinAv


Animating student engagement: The impacts of cartoon instructional videos on learning experience https://go.alt.ac.uk/2UrpoDa


Construction and evaluation of a web application for the educational process on Normal Distribution considering the science of data and machine learning https://go.alt.ac.uk/2Uw5dDX


A comparative study on the traditional and intensive delivery of an online course: design and facilitation recommendations https://go.alt.ac.uk/2J2VUqD


Smart learning environment: Teacher’s role in assessing classroom attention https://go.alt.ac.uk/2RlaTzR


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