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Pre-conference and Post-conference Workshops

Pre conference workshops were held on Monday, 8 September 2008 and post conference workshops were held on Thursday, 11 September 2008; start time for the majority was 1400. Pre/post conference workshops were open to all, with ALT-C delegates being given priority of attendance.

Pre conference workshops

Two Nations the Small Business & the Digital Divide
Planning and running learning activities with Learning Design
Experiencing Mobile Learning and Assessment

OpenSim A pre-Second Life taster

Post conference workshops

Digital Storytelling: The Story so Far!
Re-thinking Promoting Best Practice in E-Learning and Virtual Campuses

Pre conference workshops

Two Nations the Small Business & the Digital Divide

This two hour workshop was jointly hosted by ALT-C and Digital 2010. It combined creative discussion and short interventions in a fast moving programme focused on the significance of the conference theme for small businesses.

The workshop brought together ALT-C delegates with invited business and skills colleagues from Yorkshire and Humberside, providing opportunity to synthesise perspectives. It was facilitated by Gilly Salmon, Professor of e-Learning & Learning Technology at the University of Leicester, who has a background in organisational change management.

Topics covered and outcomes
The programme explored realities and responses, leading to recommendations which were presented post-conference to stakeholders in Regional Development Agencies, Business Links, the Learning & Skills Council and Sector Skills Councils.

Supported by detailed survey material from Yorkshire and Humberside, which were made available in advance, the agenda covered:

  • Scene: What evidence of a digital divide is there in the business world?
  • Causes: Can the causes be classified? Are they systemic or localised?
  • Significance: Does it really matter to the businesses or in the wider economy?
  • Response: What can be done by those involved in business support, training or wider education?

Location: University of Leeds, Great Woodhouse room at University House.

Latest flyer for the event [~120 kB PDF] - last updated 25-6-2008.

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Planning and running learning activities with Learning Design

A hands-on introduction to a suite of Learning Design tools which make it dramatically easier for non-experts to create and run learning activities with IMS Learning Design. The tools were developed by the IEC as part of the TENCompetence project.

Topics covered and outcomes:
Using the ReCourse editor participants learnt how to work with Units of Learning:

  • browsing the repository;
  • adapting and creating a Unit of Learning;
  • providing online services for learners;
  • publishing;
  • running learning activities.

About the presenter(s)
Dai Griffiths, Phillip Beauvoir, Paul Sharples
- Institute for Educational Cybernetics (IEC), The University of Bolton .
Dai Griffiths - Reader in eLearning, and leads IEC participation TENCompetence. He was Coordinator of the UNFOLD project, and has published extensively on LD.
Phillip Beauvoir - Researcher at the IEC, and lead developer of Reload and the ReCourse Learning Design Editor.
Paul Sharples - Researcher at the IEC, and lead developer of the TENCompetence Learning Design runtime system and Widget server.

Location: University of Leeds, Bragg Cluster A.

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Experiencing Mobile Learning and Assessment

A series of sessions covering aspects of using and deploying mobile technology for work based technology assisted learning and assessment. The session focused on real practical experience of the ALPS CETL partners and staff and included hands on experience of the technology.

Topics covered and outcomes:
The topics covered included:

  • the use of Digital Story telling;
  • development of skills maps; use of video objects in mobile learning;
  • embedding mobile technology in curricula;
  • developing mobile learning resources; use of e-portfolios;
  • the management of accessibility for mobile learning.

Attendees went away with a good understanding of the successes and challenges of mobile learning.

NB. 11.30 - 16.30

About the presenter(s)
Sally Brown
- Pro-Vice Chancellor, Leeds Met University
Catherine Coates - Leeds Met University
Chris Dearnley
- Bradford University
Gareth Frith - ALPS Mobile Technologies Project Manager, University of Leeds
Tom Holland - Director, MyKnowledgeMap Ltd.
Maria Parks - York St John University
John Sandars
- Senior Lecturer in Community Based Education, School of Medicine, University of Leeds
Jill Taylor - Leeds Met University
Stuart Walker - Disability Officer, University of Bradford

Location: Leeds Metropolitan University, Old Broadcasting House

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OpenSim A pre-Second Life taster

This workshop provided a simplified introduction to virtual worlds. Using OpenSim, participants were able to engage in a Second Life type experience without having to sign up or worry about the complications of identity, money or encountering virtual strangers.

Topics covered and outcomes

The workshop covered basic navigation, the Second Life client interface and basic building. By the end of the session, participants had a better understanding of the Second Life environment and were able to make informed decisions about engaging with Second Life.

About the presenter(s)
Ian Truelove
, Principal Lecturer - Leeds Metropolitan University, Member of the JISC U&I Habitat project.
Ian Truelove is a Principal Lecturer with responsibility for Technology Enhanced Learning in the School of Contemporary Art & Graphic Design at Leeds Met. He has gained extensive experience with virtual worlds over the last few years, engaging art & design students in Second Life and contributing to the JISC Emerge and Habitat projects. He is also an established artist in Second Life, with work in various galleries, including the prestigious New Media Consortium's Aho Gallery.

Location: Leeds Metropolitan University, H701, H-Building, Civic Quarter

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Post conference workshops

Digital Storytelling: The Story so Far!

This workshop highlighted the different approaches being taken towards digital storytelling with traditional and non-traditional students. It also touched on the learning and affective impact of the process of story construction as well as the methods and technologies available to build digital stories.

Topics covered and outcomes:

  • Digital Storytelling as a stimulus for transformative learning;
  • The range of uses of digital storytelling and issues raised based on project experiences;
  • Exploring issues that may hinder students developing digital stories.

By the end of the workshop, participants:

  • had a greater knowledge of the digital story telling process both technically and pedagogically;
  • possessed an increased awareness of the different contexts in which digital storytelling is being utilised;
  • investigated the usefulness of digital storytelling to their own learning and teaching contexts.

About the presenter(s)
Phil Gravestock - Head of Learning Enhancement and Technology Support, University of Gloucestershire
Martin Jenkins - Academic Manager for the Centre for Active Learning, Univeristy of Gloucestershire
Christopher Murray - Project Manager of the JISC Reflect 2.0 project, University of Leeds
Natasha Pyne - Project Officer for Reflect 2.0, a JISC funded project exploring some of the problems encountered by students creating DS, University of Leeds

Location: University of Leeds, Rooms X and Y, Floor 8, Worsley Building.

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Re-thinking Promoting Best Practice in E-Learning and Virtual Campuses

This 90 minute practical interactive workshop explored a practical framework aimed at promoting best practice in e-learning and virtual campuses that has been developed through a 2 year European-wide project entitled: Promoting Best Practice in Virtual Campuses.

Topics covered and outcomes:
The workshop explored key issues relating to re-thinking the digital divide through interactive discussion and re-examining e-learning and virtual campus best practice, success factors and benchmarking activities relating to a wide range of organisational, pedagogical, technological, and financial issues.

About the presenter(s)
Dr Antonio Cartelli - University of Cassino, Italy
Dr Thanassis Jimoyiannis - University of Peloponesse , Greece
Dr Hugo Magalhães - Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação, Portugal
Dr Katherine Maillet - Institut National des Telecommunications, France
Dr Mark Stansfield - University of the West of Scotland, UK

Location: University of Leeds, Beechgrove room at University House.

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ALT took no responsibility in the planning or outcome of externally organised pre and post workshops.

 
   
 

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