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.
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:
the changing paradigms and structures for learning;
increasing productivity and effectiveness, whilst mitigating risks;
responding to and shaping the organisational landscape;
meeting the changing expectations and needs of learners, employers, and
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.
Proposals for inclusion in the programme were accepted between
mid December 2009 and 1 March 2010.
Bookings opened in May.
Presenters' booking deadline: 28 June 2010.
Earlybird booking deadline: 5 July 2010.
Bookings closed: 19 August 2010, extended from 13 August 2010..
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