If this email does not display correctly you can access it at

Weekly News Digest - Issue 538, 13 January 2020

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 - Help shape ALT’s strategy 2020-25 - update from the Chair and Chief Executive

Since we updated you in October, work on the next strategy for ALT has continued apace. We are now in the final weeks of the consultation process and here, you can read the key points for you to be aware of: 


Next submission deadline
5pm (UK time) Friday

Next publication date
Every Monday

Submit your news
via this form

Social media
Follow #altc for updates

#altc Blog
Read recent posts 

‚Äč Research in Learning Technology
Open Access - recent articles 

Sponsorship packages now available for OER20

With registration now open and a fantastic uptake in bookings to date, we are excited to launch our sponsorship options for OER20. Now in its 11th year, the annual conference for Open Education research, practice and policy, has steadily built its reputation and status to become a key date in the Open Education calendar. We have several sponsorship options available for your organisation to support the OER20 conference and benefit from the associated exposure from and alignment with this fantastic event. If you would like to discuss any options, please email Jane Southgate, ALT Events Manager via [log in to unmask].For more information on packages:

Call for Expressions of Interest to Chair the OER 2021 Conference

We are seeking experienced Co-Chairs for the 2021 Conference Committee of the 12th annual conference for Open Education research, practice and policy. The Co-Chairs will play a major role in planning and delivery of the conference in 2021. For information about previous OER conferences and to express your interest please visit 

Announcing the next #OER20 featured speaker

This year the conference is going to have a number of featured speakers for our plenary sessions. Instead of traditional keynotes this year’s plenary sessions will have different formats and include more than one individual, inviting conversation and collaboration. Last week, we announced ZEMOS98 as our next featured speaker. They are a Spain based non-profit organization that develops mediation processes that activate relationships between activists, artists, academics, foundations and public institutions. One of its main lines of works is Pedagogy of Care: an interdisciplinary research project on care economy, collaborative activism and open source democracy. You can find out more about them here: 

OER20 early bird registration open until 31 January

There are just over two weeks left to register as an Early Bird for the 2020 Open Education Research Conference, which will take place at Resource for London, London between 1-2 April 2020. You can register now on our OER20 website, to take advantage of the discounted prices, available until 31 January. 

Back to top

2. News, events, courses and calls for proposals

Call for Contributions: Becoming Well Read 2020 (BWR20), 1st April 2020, Keele University

The Keele Institute for Innovation and Teaching Excellence invites contributions to Becoming Well Read, our annual academic reading symposium, April 1st 2020.
This practice-focused day brings together a range of communities to explore the challenges of teaching reading for academic purposes, and share interesting and innovative methods.
We welcome proposals for 45-minute workshops on themes such as innovative approaches to teaching or supporting academic reading and the use of digital technologies to support critical reading. Further details can be found at the conference webpage.
Proposals should be submitted by midnight on Monday, 27th January, 2020 via the conference webpage: 

Join our webinar on accessibility and video content in the education sector

This webinar, featuring accessibility expert Alistair McNaught, will cover themes such as:

- The role video can play in making your teaching and learning more accessible

- How you can embed more accessible approaches into your educational practice

- Considerations for making your recorded content as accessible as possible (including captioning)

The webinar will include live captions, provided by Panopto’s UK-based captioning partner Ai-Media.

The details of the webinar are as follows:

Date and time: 21 January 2020 at 1.30pm GMT. Register here: 

EMLT webinar: Microsoft Office365: What have we done about using it with students?

We would like the session to be made up of presentations from the community – 10 minutes (with an additional 5 mins for questions) - where you tell us about the approaches you have taken to using Microsoft Office 365 (or alternatives) with students. This can be from the perspective of the tutor or learner.
We would really like to hear from people across sectors from higher education, further education, schools, adult learning and the corporate sector.
If you are interested then please complete the form. Closing date for submitting ideas is 5pm on Friday 24th January 2020: 

EMLT Microsoft Office365: What have we done about using it with students?

Our winter meeting of the East Midlands Learning Technologists group is due to take place as an online webinar on Wednesday 5th February 2020, 12:00-13:30.
Following on from the successful event we held on this topic in 2018 we wanted to explore where people have taken the use of Office365 and in particular Teams since this point. Although we are focusing on Microsoft tools we would also be keen to hear from people who are utilising alternatives to this as there is a lot of cross-over between this and other systems (e.g. Google). All welcome.
Please complete the booking form - The sessions will be run through Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

Back to top

3. Jobs

Cranfield University - Learning Technologist

Student Experience
Ref: 3255
£33,309 - £37,127
Closing date: 17 January 2020
Informal enquiries to Lorraine Bell [log in to unmask] 

UNIwise - Head of Sales and Marketing

£50,000 - £70,000
Full time
Closing date: 01 February 2020
Informal enquiries to [log in to unmask] 

St George's, University of London - Learning Technologist (Learning Design)

Centre for Technology in Education
Ref: 150-19
Full time
Closing date: 16 January 2020
Informal enquiries to Luke Woodham ([log in to unmask]) 

Coventry University - Learning Designer

Coventry University Online
Ref: CUOL000018
£37,395 - £41,795 per annum
Full time
Closing date: 19 January 2020 

Back to top

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

#ALTC Blog

Research in Learning Technology

  • NEW - Patterns in students’ usage of lecture recordings: a cluster analysis of self-report data
    Daniel Ebbert, Stephan Dutke - 
  • 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 - 

Back to top


The ALT News Digest is published on Mondays. Deadline for submissions 5pm Friday. Submit your items via 


Disclaimer. Reasonable care is taken to ensure that the ALT Digest is accurate. But ALT does not vouch for the accuracy of information provided on websites to which the digest links, and opinions expressed on those sites should not be construed to be those of ALT.

######################################################################## -- An announcements list for members of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT). To switch ALT-ANNOUNCE to receive output from the list in digest form, send an email to [log in to unmask] with the message set ALT-ANNOUNCE digest in the body of the email. To unsubscribe to ALT-ANNOUNCE, send an email to [log in to unmask] with the message leave ALT-ANNOUNCE, in the body of the email. --