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"Into something rich and strange" - making sense of the sea-change

Nottingham, UK, 7-9 September 2010

Welcome to the web site for ALT-C 2010, the 17th International Conference of the Association for Learning Technology, which was held at the University of Nottingham.

Photo of Nottingham Flyer for the conference [871 kB PDF]. CrowdVine web site for conference delegates. Detailed conference programme. Conference Introduction and Abstracts [160 pages, 3MB PDF].Conference Proceedings [170 pages, 3MB PDF].

Conference Co-chairs

Vanessa Pittard, Director of e-Strategy, Becta, UK;

Richard Noss, Professor of Mathematics Education at the Institute of Education, Co-director of the London Knowledge Lab, UK, and Director of the Technology Enhanced Learning phase of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme.


There was a welcoming keynote from Saul Tendler, the University of Nottingham's Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, and Professor of Biophysical Chemistry.

Keynote speakers

Barbara Wasson University of Bergen, Norway

Unfortunately, illness prevented Barbara from travelling to ALT-C and giving her keynote. Her session was replaced by this panel session.

Sugata Mitra Newcastle University, UK

Donald Clark Board Member of Ufi, and former CEO of Epic Group plc

Transcript of talk on the ALT Open Access Repository

Invited speakers

Hans-Peter Baumeister Reutlingen University, Germany

Heather Fry Higher Education Council (HEFCE), UK

Sudhir Giri Google, UK;

Martin Hall University of Salford, UK

Frank McLoughlin City and Islington College, London, UK

Aaron Porter National Union of Students, UK

Aaron Porter was substituted for by Alex Bols, NUS Head of Education and Quality, who speech is below.

Josie Taylor Open University, UK

David White University of Oxford, UK

Sponsored presentations

Some of ALT's major sponsors presented at the conference: abstracts and timings.


Confirmed exhibitors and floorplan [~30 kB PDF].

About the conference

Learning technology is part of the fabric of formal and informal learning. Meanwhile, a sea-change is taking place. The sea-change involves a structural and pervasive shift in the nature of the Internet. Specifically: we and our learners are always connected; the devices we use are growing in capability and diversity; the information environment and the tools and services that we use to navigate and to interact with it and with each other are in great flux.

The challenge posed for education is great. It is to increase effectiveness, productivity, and quality, whilst institutional and agency budgets are reducing, rather than just to promise improvements. At the same time we need to ensure the spread of innovations that are scalable and of long-term value, both educationally and financially, whilst keeping learners and learning at the heart of our thinking.

The ALT-C 2010 themes were:

  1. the changing paradigms and structures for learning;
  2. increasing productivity and effectiveness, whilst mitigating risks;
  3. responding to and shaping the organisational landscape;
  4. meeting the changing expectations and needs of learners, employers, and society;
  5. the changing design skills and knowledge needed to support learning and teaching with technology.

ALT-C 2010 provided a broad forum for practitioners, researchers and policy-makers from all sectors to explore, reflect, and learn.

Key dates

  1. Proposals for inclusion in the programme were accepted between mid December 2009 and 1 March 2010.
  2. Bookings opened in May.
  3. Presenters' booking deadline: 28 June 2010.
  4. Earlybird booking deadline: 5 July 2010.
  5. Bookings closed: 19 August 2010, extended from 13 August 2010..

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