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Weekly News Digest - Issue 533, 2 December 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 - Online Winter Conference 2019 - programme published

The 2019 Online Winter Conference programme has now been published! Packed full of sessions including webinars, edit-a-thons, and tweetchats, there is plenty to choose from. You can use the online schedule to build your own programme. For the full programme and registration visit :

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OER20: Call for Proposals extended to 8 December in support of Members on strike

The OER20 Conference Call for Proposals has been extended to 8 December 2019. We have taken this action to support ALT Members and conference participants who are taking part in strike action in the UK. 

Call for Participation - Femedtech Quilt of Care and Justice in Open Education

This is a warm and inclusive invitation to participate in the process of creating a Quilt of Care and Justice, that will be developed with the help of the Femedtech community and others over the next few months. The quilt will be completed and displayed at the OER20 Conference in April 2020. For full information: 

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2. News, events, courses and calls for proposals

"Technology-enhanced active, collaborative learning: Challenges & solutions”, 21 February 10-4 at ARU Cambridge.

The next ALT East England event is on the theme of using technological tools for collaboration, which includes but not limited to synchronous & asynchronous co-editing, peer feedback, group and portfolio assessments. We'd love to hear how you've been working in this area so please submit your proposals using the form. Submissions close 17 January at 3pm. Any questions please contact [log in to unmask] 

Got a new course to design? Join the Learning Design Bootcamp!

Following the successful Learning Design Bootcamp 2019 organised by Dr Maria Toro-Tronconis (Head of Academic Research and Quality at CEG Digital), we are pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for 2020 are now open until Friday 31st January 2020 17:00. The Bootcamp will be hosted by last year's winners, Manchester Metropolitan University. Get thinking which module you’ll be applying the CoDesigns framework to! Good luck! The Learning Design Bootcamp Team. Visit: 

MedBiquitous Virtual Patient Standards Webinar - 9th December, 13.00 - 14.00

Technology standards play a valuable role in education, and enable us to use technology to deliver resources, assess performance, and measure improvements. Within the health professions, MedBiquitous is a consortium that develops and promotes technology standards that advance lifelong learning, continuous improvement, and better patient outcomes. They have recently become part of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), under the leadership of Dr Johmarx Patton as the AAMC’s Director of Educational Technologies and Standards. 

This webinar will briefly introduce the role MedBiquitous technology standards have played in the use of virtual scenarios at St George’s, University of London and in the WAVES project: in projects, in supporting day-to-day operations, and in research. Dr Patton will then discuss the work of MedBiquitous, the plans for the future, and his vision for the role of technology standards in health professions education. For more information, visit: 

eLmL 2020 Special Track - Decentralised Qualifications on the Blockchain

In conjunction with: eLmL 2020, The Twelfth International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning. March 22-26, 2020 - Valencia, Spain

This special track will investigate the creation, piloting and evaluation of decentralised solutions for storing, sharing and verifying education and employment qualifications and will focus on the assessment of the potential of blockchain technology, algorithmic techniques and computational intelligence for disrupting the domain of public education, as well as its interfaces with private education, the labour market, public sector administrative procedures and the wider socio-economic developments.

Important dates: Submission: January 27, 2020, Notification: February 16, 2020, Registration: February 26, 2020, Camera ready: February 26, 2020

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3. Jobs

NEW - Birkbeck, University of London - Senior Digital Education Consultant

IT Services
Ref: 561
£38,594 - £44,113
Closing date: 16 December 2019
Informal enquiries to Brett Lucas ([log in to unmask]) 

The University of Lincoln - Digital Education Developer (Online Programmes)

Digital Education
Ref: LALT032
From £28,331 per annum
Full time
Closing date: 11 December 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 - Riddles on YouTube: Investigating the potential to engage viewers in reflective thinking
    Petr Lebedev, Manjula Devi Sharma - 
  • Non-institutional learning technologies, risks and responsibilities: a critical discourse analysis of university artefacts
    Sam Berry - 
  • Open educational resources for research training: quality assurance through a collaborative evaluation
    Victoria I. Marín, Martha Lucía Orellana, Nancy Peré - 
  • Exploring children experience with educational mobile technology
    Zuheir N. Khlaif, Jamil Itmazi, Shahid Farid, Ali Zuhdi Shaqour, Bochra Kouraïchi - 
  • Social media and professional development: a systematic review
    Carles Bruguera, Montse Guitert, Teresa Romeu -  

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