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Weekly News Digest - Issue 504, 13 May 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

NEW - Early Bird Registration open for the ALT Annual Conference 2019 - Data, Dialog, Doing, 3–5 September 2019, Edinburgh

Early bird registration is open for the ALT Annual Conference 2019 which will seek to confront and challenge established assumptions, approaches and accepted truths in relation to key dimensions of digital education. ALT Members receive a minimum of 20% discount on ALT Conference fees. If you are not already a member you can join as an Associate Member and receive the discounts if your organisation holds an Organisational Membership or join ALT as an individual member at the time of booking for only £55 and receive the membership discount. More information about the conference and registration fees is available on the ALT Annual Conference 2019 website.

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NEW - ALT participation in the Creative Commons Global Summit 2019

This year ALT is represented at the Creative Commons Global Summit for the first time as part of a partnership between ALT and Creative Commons for the OER19 Conference, which took place in April. ALT’s senior staff team, Maren Deepwell and Martin Hawksey attend the Summit as speakers ‘Reporting the critical and global perspectives from OER19’. See here for further details of the event including slides.  

Webinar: Equality in Learning Technology: New insights from ALT's Annual Survey, 15 May, 12:30 - 13:30, Online

Equality is for everyone and we all have a role to ensure that we promote equality within the field of Learning Technology. As part of this webinar Dr Maren Deepwell and Martin Hawksey will explore equality as a challenge for Learning Technology professionals and discuss the new findings from ALT’s Annual Survey. Find out more about this event and register.

ALT Scotland Annual Gathering, 19 June 2019, City of Glasgow College, City Campus

This ALT Scotland event will bring practitioners together from across sectors to share their experiences of strategy, practice and policy in learning technology. The day will be hosted by City of Glasgow College (City Campus). This event is free to attend. Visit the event page for a draft agenda and to register.

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

EMBED Intensive Training Seminar in Blended Teaching and Learning, Glasnevin Campus Dublin City University 9, Dublin, Ireland, 4-7 June 2019

The training seminar will be an opportunity to learn about state of the art of blended teaching and education and to apply new concepts on the current context of your university. Participants will further generate feedback on the multidimension maturity model for course design as developed by the consortium (micro) and on the institutional strategies needed in order to implement it (meso). You will also learn about the monitor to assess the maturity of blended and online educational practices at universities. The monitor is conceived as a multi-layered instrument with dimensions and indicators that were newly developed or adapted from previously validated instruments. Its goal is to grasp in detail practices and conditions for blended learning. All instruments are piloted across different institutions, programmes and courses. Participants may think of using Erasmus+ staff training budget for the travel costs. 

SHEILA (Supporting Higher Education to Integrate Learning Analytics) Framework

The SHEILA (Supporting Higher Education to Integrate Learning Analytics) project ( recently launched a web tool to assist institutional policy and decision makers to develop learning analytics specific policy and strategy. This tool is a repository of the collective experience of learning analytics deployment in 89 institutions across 26 European countries. It incorporates the perspectives of managers, teachers, students, and learning analytics experts. This interactive tool allows users to download their framework in a PDF file or share the web link with others for collaborative editing or viewing only. 

Educational Technology & Education Conferences, #41, June to December 2019, Clayton R. Wright

“The 41st edition of the conference list covers selected professional development opportunities that primarily focus on the use of technology in educational settings and on teaching, learning, and educational administration” compiled by Clayton Wright (via Stephen Downes) 

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: 

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3. Jobs

NEW - University of the West of Scotland - Online Learning Specialist

Education Futures
Ref: REQ000742
£36,261 - £43,266
Full time
Closing date: 27/05/2019
Informal enquiries to [log in to unmask] 

NEW - University of Edinburgh - Deputy Disability Information Officer

Information Services
Ref: 047703
Full time
Closing date: 15 May 2019
Informal enquiries to Viki Galt, [log in to unmask] 

NEW - Manchester Metropolitan University - E-Learning Developer

Apprenticeship Unit
Ref: 1795
£30,395 - £34,189
Full time, Permanent
Closing date: 29 May 2019
Informal enquiries to Osman Javaid, [log in to unmask], 01612472286 

NEW - SOAS - Learning Designer

Widening Participation
£350 per day
Closing date: 31st May 2019
Informal enquiries to Renata Albuquerque [log in to unmask]

University of Reading - Senior TEL Advisor

Centre for Quality Support and Development
Ref: SRF28505
£40,792 - £50,132
Full time, Part time, Temporary
Closing date: 24 May 2019
Informal enquiries to Vicki Holmes, [log in to unmask] 

Swansea University - Senior Academic Developer

£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] 

Swansea University - Academic Developer x7

£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] 

PebblePad - Product Manager & Team Leader

Product Design Team
Full time, Permanent
Closing date: 15 May 2019
Informal enquiries to Toni Lavender [log in to unmask] 01952 288300 

Royal Veterinary College - Learning Technologist

Directorate of Learning and Wellbeing
£34,650 - £44,315
Full time
Closing date: 14 May 2019
Informal enquiries to Mr Craig Daraz, Digital Learning Manager ([log in to unmask]) 

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

Business School
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] 

University of Sydney - Senior Lecturer Educational Development

Business School
£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] 

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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 - 
  • Using a handwriting app leads to improvement in manual dexterity in kindergarten children
    Christi Butler, Ricardo Pimenta, Jodi Tommerdahl, Chadwick T. Fuchs, Priscila Caçola - 
  • Animating student engagement: The impacts of cartoon instructional videos on learning experience
    Chelsea Liu, Philip Elms - 
  • 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 - 

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