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Weekly News Digest - Issue 502 , 29 April 2019

Welcome to this week's 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

Inclusivity by design in Virtual Learning Environments Webinar Recording

ALT recently hosted a webinar as part of  our work with the Further Higher Education Digital Accessibility Working Group (FHEDAWG). In this webinar Ben Watson and Daniel Clark of the University of Kent discussion accessibility and inclusivity in relation to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and Virtual Learning Environments. The webinar was facilitated by Elizabeth Charles, Trustee of ALT, and Maren Deepwell, chief executive. A recording of this session is available from the event page.

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OER19 Conference - Recentering Open

A huge thank you to the Co-Chairs, conference Committee, and all the speakers and delegates for creating a wonderful conference in Galway, Ireland, last week. If you missed this event of would like to explore we have the voices from OER19 in posts, resources and videos written by the community and you can also watch videos of the live streamed sessions on the OER19 site or in this YouTube playlist.

Next ALT Assembly online meeting, 7 May 2019, 12:30 - 13:30

The Assembly is the overarching Member committee advising the ALT Board of Trustees. The Assembly is chaired by the President of ALT, Martin Weller, and provides greater representation for Members and in particular Member groups, in the governance of the Association. The next online  meeting of the ALT Assembly is 07 May 2019 at 12:30 BST. The event page has more information about the next meeting and instructions on how to participate.

ALT East of England Members Group meeting: Gamification - practice and pedagogy, 15 May 2019, 11:00 -  16:00

Come and learn about gamification and discuss best practice at the next ALT East England meeting. UEA will be sharing their work, and we’re also looking for members to share ideas, debates or what you’ve been doing along related themes (whether issues in gamification or game-based learning such as simulations, virtual and augmented reality, role play, scenarios etc.). A call for speakers is open until 29 April 2019. More information on submitting a session and/or registering for this meeting can be found on this event page.

ALT North West England Members Group meeting - #ALTNWESIG 2019, 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] 

ALT Northern Ireland Members Group Annual Event 2019, 29 May 2019, 10:00 - 14:00

The ALT NI Committee is pleased to announce the date for this year’s Annual Event, 29 May 2019. This year the format will include shared experiences from our members, and abstracts are being accepted until 12 April. Full details are available via the event page.

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2. News, events and calls for proposals

Mobile and Social Media Technologies professional development cMOOC starts 29 April

Mosomelt is a connectivist massive open online course  in which communities of practice work together, share experiences and engage internationally as they integrate and explore mobile social media and learning technologies. The cMOOC framework works to support the creation of personal ePortfolios and development of pedagogical practice.The 2019 version of the #mosomelt cMOOC will relaunch on 29th April – signup to join us for 6 weeks of exploring mobile social media learning technologies and establishing your online professional portfolio/profiles: http://mosomelt.org/signup/. Join other #sotelnz research clusters or establish new ones https://sotel.nz/groups to explore #mosomelt together. #mosomelt is a professional development activity facilitated by the AUT CfLAT team: https://cflat.aut.ac.nz/cmalt_cmoocs/. Contact Thomas Cochrane or Vickel Narayan for more info [log in to unmask] or [log in to unmask] 

Funding of up to £1,000 for education technology women available

Women & Leadership International is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across the UK’s education technology sector. The campaign is providing women with grants of up to £1,000 to enable participation in a leadership development program. The scholarship funding is provided with the specific intent of providing a powerful and effective development opportunity for education technology sector women; however the funding is strictly limited and has to be allocated prior to the end of May. Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here before Friday, 10 May 2019: https://go.alt.ac.uk/2VDt7eb

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 

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 

Digital Innovation Roundtable - Students taking responsibility for innovation, City and Islington College, London, 1 May 2019

The Digital Innovation Roundtable is a critical, reflective space for FE practitioners in the Greater London area to come together to discuss digital technology and education. Further information: https://go.alt.ac.uk/2D4EGDJ 

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

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/ 

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 

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/ 

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 

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

Dublin City University - Post-Doctoral Researcher / Research Assistant in STEM Education Research

Open Education Unit/National Institute for Digital Learning
Ref: #RF1200
€39,529 – €43,029 / €30,393 - €34,612
Full time, Temporary
Closing date: 29 April 2019
Informal enquiries to Eamon Costello [log in to unmask] +353 1 700 8793
https://go.alt.ac.uk/2UMmmts 

UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)-Open University of Catalonia - Online course instructors for the Bachelor in Software Development

Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications
Part time, Civil contract to provide a teaching consulting service provision for a specific teaching period
Closing date: 2 May 2019
Informal enquiries to [log in to unmask] 
https://go.alt.ac.uk/2ZL9jYS 

London Business School - Senior Manager Education Technology

EdTech (Degree Education)
£40,000 - £42,000
Full time, Up to 12 Months Fixed Term Contract (Mat cover)
Closing date: 06 May 2019
Informal enquiries to [log in to unmask] 
https://go.alt.ac.uk/2KDXosg 

The London Institute of Banking & Finance - Learning Technologist (central projects)

Learning Resources & Libraries
£35,500
Full time, 1 year fixed term contract
Closing date: 3 May 2019
Informal enquiries to Hayley Smith, [log in to unmask], 01227 818604
https://go.alt.ac.uk/2jobw8t 

Swansea University - Senior Academic Developer

ISS/SALT
Ref: SD01840
£34189 to £39609
Full time, Permanent
Closing date: 19-May-2019
Informal enquiries to Simon Gibbon, SALT Development Manager, [log in to unmask] or Sean Cahill, Project and Change Manager, [log in to unmask] 
https://go.alt.ac.uk/2ZHhTI1 

Swansea University - Academic Developer x7

ISS
Ref: SD01839
£29515 to £33199
Full time, Temporary
Closing date: 19-May-2019
Informal enquiries to Simon Gibbon, SALT Development Manager, [log in to unmask] or Sean Cahill, Project and Change Manager, [log in to unmask] 
https://go.alt.ac.uk/2ZARRGm 

PebblePad - Product Manager & Team Leader

Product Design Team
Ref: PM1804
£38,000-£52,000
Full time, Permanent
Closing date: 15 May 2019
Informal enquiries to Toni Lavender [log in to unmask] 01952 288300
https://go.alt.ac.uk/2ZL8peW 

Royal Veterinary College - Learning Technologist

Directorate of Learning and Wellbeing
Ref: PSD-0096-19
£34,650 - £44,315
Full time
Closing date: 14 May 2019
Informal enquiries to Mr Craig Daraz, Digital Learning Manager ([log in to unmask])
https://go.alt.ac.uk/2ZyVMDu 

University of Sydney - Researcher - Learning Technology and Innovation (LTI)

Business School
Ref: 821/0419F
approx  £42500 - £50600 plus pension, loadings and relocation
Full time, 3 year contract
Closing date: 30th May 2019
Informal enquiries to [log in to unmask]
https://go.alt.ac.uk/2IMwmgH 

University of Sydney - Senior Lecturer Educational Development

Business School
Ref: 823/0419F
£69000 - £80000 approx plus pension, loadings and relocation
Full time, 3 year contract
Closing date: 2nd June 2019
Informal enquiries to [log in to unmask] 
https://go.alt.ac.uk/2IN1Bbd 

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

#ALTC Blog

Research in Learning Technology

  • Beacons: A tool for 21st Century teaching and learning?
    Charles Atherton - https://go.alt.ac.uk/2VBPTTv 
  • Using a handwriting app leads to improvement in manual dexterity in kindergarten children
    Christi Butler, Ricardo Pimenta, Jodi Tommerdahl, Chadwick T. Fuchs, Priscila Caçola - https://go.alt.ac.uk/2UyinAv 
  • Animating student engagement: The impacts of cartoon instructional videos on learning experience
    Chelsea Liu, Philip Elms - 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
    Ricardo-Adán Salas-Rueda - https://go.alt.ac.uk/2Uw5dDX 

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