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Meeting of the ALT Board of Trustees

ALT Events - 09/07/19

The Board of Trustees of ALT is the Association's overall governing body and meets three times a year face to face and monthly online. 

You can find out more about the Trustees on our governance pages. You can read the minutes from previous meetings on the committee minutes page

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#OER20 - 09/07/19

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Meet the first #altc Annual Conference Exhibitors 2019

#altc 2019 - 08/07/19
A big thank you and warm welcome to all our exhibitors for the 2019 ALT Annual Conference so far!  We are sure you will enjoy meeting them. The exhibition hall will be the hub of the conference. Refreshments and lunch will be enjoyed here, and the Conference Helpdesk will also be located in this hall. […]

ALT Annual Conference 2019 Guest Post Summary

#altc 2019 - 08/07/19
With us entering the final stages of the ALT Annual Conference 2019 which is taking place in Edinburgh on 3-5 September (last days of early bird registration) it seemed like the opportune time to provide a summary of the guest posts we’ve had so far: Posts from Co-Chairs: Welcoming ALT’s Annual Conference back to Edinburgh […]

'Early bird' registration deadline tomorrow, 9 July - 2019 ALT Annual Conference

ALT News - 08/07/19
We look forward to welcoming many of you at this year's ALT Annual Conference in Edinburgh in September and this is the final reminder that 'early bird' registration closes tomorrow. 
Members can benefit from a discounted rate to attend all 3 days including the awards evening and single day tickets and non-member rates are also available.

 

'Early Bird' registration

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Final reminder: 'Early bird' registration deadline tomorrow, 9 July - 2019 ALT Annual Conference

ALT Announce - 08/07/19
*Dear Members,*

We look forward to welcoming many of you at this year's ALT Annual
Conference in Edinburgh in September and this is the final reminder that
'early bird' registration closes tomorrow.
Members can benefit from a discounted rate to attend all 3 days including
the awards evening and single day tickets and non-member rates are also
available. [...]
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ALT Trustee Elections 2019

ALT News - 08/07/19

Dear Members of ALT

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IMPORTANT: ALT Trustee Elections open today, 8 July 2019

ALT Announce - 08/07/19
Dear Members

On behalf of the Board of Trustees I am writing to inform you that voting
to elect two new Trustees will open today, 8 July 2019.

The election will be carried out for ALT by the Electoral Reform Services.
Eligible Members will receive voting instructions via email and any members
eligible to vote twice, as individual members and representatives of member
organisations, will receive two emails. Voting closes at 12:00 noon on 20
August 2019. [...]
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A Report from the HEE North TEL Stakeholder Event

#ALTC Blog - 05/07/19

On the 11th of June I attended the NHS Health Education England special TEL event at Northumbria University. This is a community of practitioners, academics and learning technologists working in the NHS on how to use technology to improve the education of health care professionals. This was a special themed event on the uses of virtual, augmented and mixed reality systems and I was asked to attend to see what technologies and approaches could be beneficial for the University of Sunderland’s new Medical School.

The morning was given over to presentations from universities and NHS services on their current practice, and in the afternoon we got to have hands on experience with many of the systems discussed.

South Wales Fire and Rescue talked about how they are using CenarioVR to create 360 degree images and video which can have hotspot interactions added to them, the results of which can be viewed in modern web browsers or more immersive virtual reality solutions such as Google Cardboard or any simple VR unit which allows you to insert and use your phone to provide the screen and processing power. CenarioVR has the additional benefit of being able to output SCORM compliant content for integration with virtual learning environments.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service demonstrated a 360 degree video of the inside of an ambulance, developed by Richard Grice, which allows paramedic students to virtually explore and interact with the contents of an ambulance, which can be extensive and overwhelming for new students.

Leeds Institute of Medical Education demonstrated an augmented reality application and t-shirt from Curiscope which allows you to see internal organs and structures on top of an actual person.

Using Curiscope on a tablet (Image courtesy of Sonya McChristie | CC-BY-NC)

They also talked about their TiME – Technology in Medical Education programme – which aims to give clinicians and academics the development time needed to get to grips with technological developments.

Finally, there was a demonstration of a new system from Inovus Medical who have developed a rather unique and impressive mixed / augmented reality system to enhance the experience of training surgeons to perform laparoscopic surgery. Their conventional training simulator (a see-through box with the laparoscopic tools going into it) has been enhanced with cameras and a computer which gives students a display of the contents of the box, overlaid with any computer-generated imagery you could want. So, for example, you can simulate what would happen should you accidentally cut a blood vessel and suddenly the area where you are operating is flooded with blood.

Inovus mixed/augmented reality system (Image courtesy of Sonya McChristie | CC-BY-NC)

I was impressed. This is a genuinely innovative use of AR / MR with clear benefits, and one of the things which I will be feeding back to our Medical School for further exploration.

Some new things I got to experience for the first time Google Glass, which didn’t impress. The quality of the projected screen was okay for video, but it’s very small, and any highlights or annotations you add, take up a lot of the available viewing area; text is barely legible. A much more impressive AR system was Microsoft’s Hololens, but I was surprised and disappointed by how narrow the field of view was. Step out of the margins of what you need to focus on and the augmented image is gone. I also found the user interface to be very unintuitive – you have to wave your finger to simulate a mouse click. It was the first generation system I used, and I believe the second generation unit offers an improved field of view. Finally there was the Oculus Go, which is very similar to Google Cardboard and other systems which use your phone, except it has the screen and processor built in. That was good, very polished interface and comfortable hardware – a good mid-range virtual reality system.

‘Key learning points’ (Image courtesy of Sonya McChristie | CC-BY-NC)

The full event agenda and copies of presentations, where available, have been published on the Health Education England website.

Sonya McChristie, University of Sunderland, Sonya.McChristie@sunderland.ac.uk. Mastodon: @sonya@scholar.social

If you enjoyed reading this article we invite you to join the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) as an individual member, and to encourage your own organisation to join ALT as an organisational or sponsoring member

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2019 ALT Annual Conference - Registration now open!

ALT Announce - 05/07/19
*Dear Members of ALT*

'Early Bird' registration for the 2019 ALT Annual Conference 2019 – Data,
Dialogue, Doing, taking place 3–5 September 2019, University of Edinburgh
ALT Annual Conference is closing on 9 July. Register now
https://altc.alt.ac.uk/2019/registration/ .

Led by our Conference Co-Chairs the conference is seeking to confront and
challenge established assumptions, approaches and accepted truths in
relation to key dimensions of digital education, and to advancing our
practice and thinking through critical dialogue and reflection, closer
scrutiny of evidence and theory, and a stronger commitment to values
including creativity, community, social good, openness and porosity, and
more democratic [...]
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2019 Annual Conference Programme announced

ALT News - 04/07/19
Subheading: 

The title for this year’s conference is Data, Dialogue, Doing and the programme has now been published! View it here. (The programme is still subject to minor changes.)

We are excited to have another packed programme, featuring over 100 sessions covering all aspects of learning technology, it is sure to provide an inspiring and engaging three days. Conference Themes

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#altc 2019 Annual Conference Programme announced

#altc 2019 - 04/07/19
The title for this year’s conference is Data, Dialogue, Doing and the programme has now been published! View it here. (The programme is still subject to minor changes.) We are excited to have another packed programme, featuring over 100 sessions covering all aspects of learning technology, it is sure to provide an inspiring and engaging […]

Meeting of the ALT Board of Trustees

ALT Events - 04/07/19

The Board of Trustees of ALT is the Association's overall governing body and meets three times a year face to face and monthly online. 

You can find out more about the Trustees on our governance pages. You can read the minutes from previous meetings on the committee minutes page

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#altc Earlybird registration closes Tuesday 9 July at midnight

#altc 2019 - 04/07/19
Don't miss out and register to get the best rate until midnight (in all time zones) on 9 July 2019.

Meet the first #altc Annual Conference Sponsors 2019

#altc 2019 - 04/07/19
We are proudly supported by our sponsors and there are some more opportunities available.

OER20: The Care In Openness

ALT Events - 04/07/19

Covering issues of privilege, equity, precarity, power relations and public interest, OER20 will put the spotlight on both the value and limitations of care in open education. 
 
Care is a means for social transformation when it is rooted in actual practices and mechanisms that guarantee its redistribution towards a lasting social reorganisation (ZEMOS98, 2019). But in the age of data surveillance and significant risk on the open web, how can we map out and give visibility to the critical component of care practices? How can we build sustainable communities, participatory practices, and civic engagement for the public good and a healthier democracy?  

OER20 Conference Committee: This year we are offering all volunteers an opportunity to sign up for what you are particularly interested in helping with in the run-up to and during OER20. We would like the conference to reflect the diverse and growing OER20 community across the UK and beyond. The work of the Committee will start in late September 2019 as the Call for Proposals is issued and continues up to the conference in April 2019. If you would like to apply to join the OER20 Committee please complete this form.
 
We are particularly keen to hear from people who have an interest in the following indicative areas of practice:

  • Openness in the age of surveillance
  • Sustainable open education communities
  • Open education for civic engagement and democracy 
  • Criticality and care in open education 

The Call for Proposals will open in September 2019. 
 

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Early Bird Registration 2 weeks to go

#altc 2019 - 25/06/19
Early Bird Registration closes on Tuesday 9th July 2019! With just two weeks left to secure your early bird rate, register today at https://go.alt.ac.uk/2IOKpQ8. 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. Alternatively, you can join ALT as […]

Guest Post: Things To Do In Edinburgh by Lesley Diack

#altc 2019 - 25/06/19
  Places to visit Edinburgh Castle – Expensive to go into unless an English/Scottish Heritage Member but worth a walk up to the esplanade.  At the top of the Royal Mile. On the way up you pass the Camera Obscura on the right which is fun to visit. And on the other side is the […]

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