The report and data from the sixth ALT Annual Survey have now been published and shared openly in the ALT Repository. The ALT Annual Survey reports are designed to:
We invite nominations for a Trustee to serve an initial three year term as President of ALT to be elected by Members.
We will be holding weekly online Members' Assembly Drop-In’s to help members share expertise, ask questions and come together to support each other. These Drop In’s will take place in Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and are open to all. To join these no registration is needed. To join follow the weekly drop-in link .
We support our community during this crisis. Our members are under exceptional pressure as institutions plan and implement social distancing measures within learning and teaching. We are regularly updating this page and linked resources. Find out more.
I am writing to you to update you that after a competitive selection process, the Board of Trustees has appointed Professor Helen O’Sullivan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), Keele University, as the next Chair of ALT.
We are looking forward to working with Helen, who will take up the post at this year’s AGM.
This study seeks to identify potential advantages of using holographic videoconferencing to deliver seminars within higher education as compared to the use of alternative non-holographic videoconferencing. Holographic videoconferencing offers opportunities to enhance attendees’ experience of remotely delivered seminars but has not been widely researched. Data were collected from 127 attendees attending one of three seminars, each of which featured a combination of physically present presenters and remote presenters participating via holographic videoconferencing. In this study, the holographic representations were three-dimensional and life-size. Monitors and holographic images were calibrated in a manner such that the remote presenters were able to point to and achieve eye-contact with members of the audience. Results indicate that the use of holographic videoconferencing can enhance the teaching presence of remote presenters, the engagement between participants and attendees’ enjoyment of a seminar. Almost all participants reported this to be their first experience of a holographic event and the positive results are partly explained by a sense of novelty. This suggests that the benefits of holographic videoconferencing may reduce over time. However, we argue that some benefit, resulting from an enhanced degree of teaching presence, will be sustained. The relative impact on learning gain is not explored in the current study. We believe that this would likely require a more controlled experiment in future research.
ALT East England, one of ALT's Members Groups, is hosting a virtual event alongside East Midlands Learning Technologists' group (EMLT). 'Managing Change - Challenging Existing Practice' will run on Thursday 11 June 2020.
We award Honorary Life Membership to individuals whom we believe 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.
Worldwide we have all been more than busy adjusting to changes in how we live and work all brought by the COVID-19 crisis. For educators, “pivoting” sounds a bit quaint for the mammoth efforts done in altering course delivery, adjusting schedules, adapting to working and learning away from our usual locales, and most importantly. addressing student needs.
It’s been as often said, an unprecedented time. In the rush of these longer days of work and worry, leaving a wake of remote meeting fatigue, there are extraordinary efforts by educators worth openly sharing widely, as both a source of inspiration and also for ideas worth exploring.
I’ve put to use a SPLOT to collect such stories at https://splot.ca/extraordinary/
While the adjective “extraordinary” might suggest superhuman feats, the site is actually aimed at the smaller scale stories of individual efforts. No story of this time period is too small to be worth sharing.
I hope a world wide collection of these can help being a sense of connection beyond the virus and the worries. There is room for your story here. Please share one and pass the link on https://splot.ca/extraordinary/collect
ALT has been working hard to support all of our Members during this crisis. Our members are under exceptional pressure as institutions implement social distancing measures within learning and teaching. Over the past month, we have set up a number of additional support features for our Members.
Here is an easy guide for Members: