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Categories of submissions for ALT-C 2008

We welcomed submissions of:

  • Full research papers for publication in the peer-reviewed Proceedings of ALT-C 2008;
  • Abstracts for demonstrations, posters, short papers, symposia and workshops.

Information for submitters

The digital divide tends to be seen as a problem of access whose 'solution' will bring a myriad of benefits. The reality may be quite different: technology, once supplied, may fall into disuse; connectivity may be in short supply, or too costly; lack of uptake may be a conscious and rational decision. The digital divide is multidimensional, rather than being mainly or only about access.

The conference seeked to explore how under-served groups can make more effective use of learning technology. We asked you to select up to three of the dimensions listed below, each of which is followed by suggestions as to the kinds of issues that might be touched upon in a proposal. The suggestions give a glimpse of some current issues, but proposers were also invited to interpret the dimension flexibly, and to explore it in original ways when writing proposals.


Global or local - for example: What are the dichotomies between global and local interests in, applications of and resources for learning technology? How can experience in the developing world inform the developed world, and vice-versa? Will content and services be provided by country-based organisations or by global players?

Institutional or individual - for example: How can the tensions between personal and institutional networks, and between formal and informal content, be resolved?

Pedagogy or technology - for example: How do we prevent technology and the enthusiasms of developers from skewing things away from the needs of learners? Are pedagogic problems prompting new ways of using technology? Are learners’ holistic experiences of learning technologies shifting the emphasis away from ‘pedagogy’ and into learner-centred technology?

Access or exclusion - for example: How can learning technology enable access rather than cause exclusion? If digital access is improving quickly for those with least, do widening gaps between rich and poor matter, and if yes, what needs to be done?

Open or proprietary - for example: Can a balance be struck, or will the future be open source (and/or open access)?

Private or public - for example: What are the respective roles of the private and public sectors in the provision of content and services for learning? Is the privacy of electronic data still under threat? Are there ongoing problems with identity, surveillance and etiquette regarding private/public personae in social software?

For the learner or by the learner - for example: How can technology empower learners and help them take ownership of their learning? How can it help to negotiate between conflicting demands and respond to multiple voices?

Other aspects of the digital divide - if you select this option, please make clear in your introduction which other divide your proposal is addressing.

Key dates

  • Submissions opend on 14 December 2007;
  • Submissions closde on 29 February 2008 - with an extended deadline of 9 March 2008;
  • Presenters' registration deadline was 6 June 2008;
  • Earlybird registration deadline was 30 June 2008;
  • Registrations closed on 15 August 2008.

All primary contacts were informed of their proposal status by mid May 2008.