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Weekly News Digest - Issue 521, 09 September 2019

Welcome to this week's news digest. In this edition:

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

1. Updates for Members

FEATURED - ALT Annual Conference 2019

The ALT Annual Conference 2019 was a huge success last week, with some fantastic keynotes from Ollie Bray, Sue Beckingham, and Jesse Stommel. Everyone here at ALT had a wonderful time, and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended, as well as all of our wonderful keynotes and speakers. A special thank you to our Conference Committee for all of their hard work before and during the Conference and our Sponsors and Exhibitors for their support which makes the conference possible.  If you missed anything which you would like to see, visit our website, where you can find the recordings of many of the sessions: You can also have a look at #altc on Twitter, where a lot of experiences and photos are still being shared.

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Frances Bell awarded Honorary Life Membership of the Association for Learning Technology

ALT awards Honorary Life Membership to individuals nominated by Members who have made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the advancement of ALT’s aims for the development of learning technology in a regional, national or international context through research, practice, policy-development, leadership, or a combination of these.

During this year’s Annual General Meeting on 4 September 2019, Frances Bell was recognised for her outstanding contribution by being awarded an Honorary Life Membership of ALT. Frances has been active in promoting research and Open Education in ALT, acting as an Editor of Research in Learning Technology and a tireless peer reviewer for both research publications and conferences. Through these roles Frances contributed strongly to shaping ALT’s values including engagement with community and lifelong learning. See the full story here: 

Winners of the Learning Technologist of the Year Awards 2019

Established in 2007, the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Awards celebrate and reward excellent practice and outstanding achievement in the learning technology field, and aim to promote intelligent use of Learning Technology on a national scale. The Awards are open to individuals and teams based anywhere in the world. ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Awards 2019 are proudly sponsored by Edina.

This year the Community Choice Award was won by the online learning team, Edinburgh Business School (Heriot-Watt University). See our website for the full list of winners: 

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2. News, events, courses and calls for proposals

TELFest North West 2019

TELFest North West is an alternative conference for Teachers and Educational Technologists in Higher Education. Join us for a single fun packed day of events that YOU get to choose before the event! Take part in one of our immersive workshops, feel the heat of our fast paced lightning talks or network during our Toolbox sessions.
TELFest North West 2019 celebrates the rapid changes and diversity in technology for education by bringing together a truly inclusive event hosted in partnership between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. We crave for a more diverse landscape in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), one in which people of different backgrounds can showcase their awesomeness.
Tue, 17 December 2019 - 09:30 – 17:00 - 502, Flex 2, University of Liverpool @TELFestNW
Proposal submissions here: 
For more information: 

Supporting inclusive learning with technology: addressing attainment gaps (8 Nov, UoB, Luton Campus)

The theme of ALT East England's next symposium is “Supporting inclusive learning with technology: addressing attainment gaps” on Friday 8 Nov 2019, 11-3pm at the University of Bedfordshire, Luton Campus. If you're a practitioner or researcher who's doing work in this area we'd love to hear what you have to say, whether it's classroom technology, online assessments, accessibility tools, personalised learning or other technology which you're showing helps inclusivity in the classroom or online. The call for is open till 4 Oct 2019. Please fill out the form below where you have a choice of time slots: 

bulb Digital Portfolio Gives Premium Accounts to All Teachers Game-changing digital portfolios advance teaching and learning goals and outcomes

bulb Digital Portfolios, a modern learning tool, is giving all teachers bulb+, the company’s premium account, absolutely free. Already used in more than 120 countries, now teachers everywhere can use bulb to fuel their professional growth and teaching.

With a free bulb+ account, teachers can: create personal collections, curriculum and resources, track professional development and display badges and credentials earned, establish professional learning plans to meet goals and standards.

A bulb+ account (valued at $30/year) helps teachers incorporate best practices and demonstrate 21st Century skills for students. Teachers now have the opportunity to use digital portfolios as a way to transform and impact their current district or school’s digital portfolio program. Leading school districts across the country are using bulbEd, an enterprise solution for schools and districts, to prepare and meet the demands of the digital era. More information here: 

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3. Jobs

NEW - LTE Group - Learning Technologist

Learning Technology
Ref: REQ003272
£26,682 - £31,400 (subject to job evaluation)
Full time, Permanent
Closing date: 23 September 2019
Informal enquiries to Julie O'Regan via email at [log in to unmask]

NEW - University of Warwick - Teaching and Learning Consultant

Warwick Business School
Ref: 75978-099
£41,526 - £49,555
Full time, Permanent
Closing date: 29 September 2019
Informal enquiries to [log in to unmask] 

NEW - Nord Anglia Education - Learning Technologist

Education Team
Ref: 07073
Full time
Closing date: 26 September 2019
Informal enquiries to Joanna Lay, [log in to unmask] 

NEW - Auckland University of Technology - Director of Professional Learning/Head of altLAB

PVC Learning and Teaching
Ref: 67529
To be negotiated
Full time, Permanent
Closing date: 29 September 2019
Informal enquiries to Mike Wood 

NEW - University of Leeds - E-Learning Developer/Learning Technologist

Digital Education Service
Ref: CSDLS1057
£27,025 - £32,236p.a.
Full time
Closing date: 17 September 2019
Informal enquiries to Gareth Walker ([log in to unmask])

University of Sussex - TEL Co-ordinator

Technology Enhanced Learning
Ref: 1840
Full time, Temporary, Full-time, fixed term for 2 years. Requests for flexible working options will be considered, in line with the University's flexible working procedure.
Closing date: 17 September 2019
Informal enquiries to Dr David Walker, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning: [log in to unmask] 

University of Dundee - Learning technologist

Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science
Ref:  SSEN0195
£26,715 - £32,817
Full time, Temporary, 2 year
Closing date: 10 September 2019 

City, University of London - Educational Technologist

Learning Enhancement and Development
Ref: 60022554
£38,017 to £44,045
Full time, Permanent
Closing date: 15 September 2019
Informal enquiries to Julie Voce, [log in to unmask] 

Swansea University - Senior Academic Developer - CPD

Swansea Academy of Learning and Teaching
Ref: SD01877
£34,804 to £40,322
Full time, Permanent
Closing date: 22 September 2019
Informal enquiries to [log in to unmask] 

University of Warwick - Academic Technology Officer

IT Services
Ref: 81241-089
£26,715 - £30,046
Full time, Temporary
Closing date: 12 September 2019
Informal enquiries to Kerry Pinny [log in to unmask] 

Plumpton College - Learning technologist (junior/graduate)

Teaching & Learning
£20,601 - £24,829
Full time
Closing date: 16 September 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

  • NEW - Affordances of music composing software for learning mathematics at primary schools
    Samuli Laato, Teemu Laine, Erkki Sutinen - 
  • Digital divide: addressing Internet skills. Educational implications in the validation of a scale
    Alessio Surian, Andrea Sciandra - 
  • The impact of innovative learning environments on social competences of youth
    Andrej Flogie, Boris Aberšek, Igor Pesek - 
  • Supporting seamless learners: exploring patterns of multiple device use in an open and distance learning context
    Greig Krull, Josep M. Duart - 
  • The Community of Inquiry framework as learning design model: a case study in postgraduate online education
    Candace R. Nolan-Grant - 

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