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Sponsored Presentations at ALT-C 2010

Becta

From Shakespeare, to Hemingway, to Beck, and beyond - a raft of sea changes explored in the world of learning and technology.

Becta has been researching a range of issues relating to efficiency and the use of technology in the FE and Skills sector for the past two and a half years. This work is culminating in a benefits realisation plan to achieve the previously elusive technology premium for learners, learning providers, employers and the nation.
This session will describe some of the findings and will outline the areas where recommendations are being made.
The "sea changes" considered will include those which are both contextual to and consequential on the recommendations. Contextual changes include those relating to technological developments, the learning and skills landscape, the national economic situation, and the expectations of learners and employers. Consequential changes include those relating to individual and organisational roles, the application of technology, national structures (including funding), and learning.
The session addresses aspects of all five of the Conference themes, most notably "increasing productivity and effectiveness, whilst mitigating risk". Participants will have an opportunity to explore and comment on potential changes designed to increase efficiency and effectiveness of learning and its management; empower learners to control the pace of their progress; and employers to improve the efficiency of their businesses. These discussions may be considered in the final drafting of the benefits realisation plan.

Sponsored session - Tuesday 7 September.

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Blackboard Collaborate

Wimba + Elluminate + Blackboard = Blackboard Collaborate (Q & A session).

On July 7th, 2010, Blackboard announced the acquisition of Wimba and Elluminate and is creating a new independent group, Blackboard Collaborate.TM This session will set-out the vision for collaboration and is an opportunity for existing Wimba and Elluminate customers and other interested parties to find out about the Blackboard Collaborate vision and ask questions about the transition. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sponsored session - Wednesday 8 September.

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Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Mobile Strategies

Today's colleges and universities face multiple challenges as they position themselves for the future. As an organization, they face increasing competition, need to show improving results, keep students engaged, and leverage all IT investments to support new solution demand ; all with tight budgets. At the same time, they face today's student who leads a complex life. This complexity includes rising expectations about the level and quality of interaction they expect from colleges and universities - with a clear shift towards the use of mobile communication.

Join us in this interactive workshop to learn how Blackboard's solutions can help colleges and universities with their student engagement. In this workshop, we will highlight how Blackboard's solutions fit in the student engagement spectrum - from event-driven, on demand, to needs anticipated engagement - offering an integrated set of solutions that focus on the student experience. The specific Blackboard solutions we will be covering are Blackboard Connect™, Blackboard Mobile™ Central, and the new Blackboard Mobile™ Learn.

Sponsored session - Tuesday 7 September.

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Desire2Learn

Breaking Barriers to Effective Online Pedagogy

Desire2Learn has taken virtual learning environments (VLE) to an entirely new level by breaking the barrier to innovation in online pedagogy. By combining Objectives, Learning Activities and Assessment in the new Instructional Design Wizard and Course Builder tools, a VLE, for the first time ever, can assist an instructor in creating a pedagogically sound, effective online course. Join us in experiencing firsthand our new tools that enable organizations to save time and increase the quality of courses by simplifying and streamlining the course development process.

Sponsored session - Wednesday 8 September.

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The Higher Education Academy

Only three things matter: Engagement; engagement; engagement

Enhancement of learning and teaching through the use of technology can be an important catalyst for wider development and positive change. Consequently, supported by a small but very active team, the Higher Education Academy has focused on offering attractive initiative frameworks that engage with institutions, subject departments, or sector communities, and which help them to realise their own key enhancement objectives. In this session Sharon Waller and Derek Morrison will highlight and showcase some of the Academy's engagements at multiple levels across the sector and discuss how these engagements are relevant to the ongoing challenges the sector now faces.

Sponsored session - Wednesday 8 September.

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Intel

Bridging the Worlds of Technology and Education
An overview of Intel's holistic approach to educational technology

The changing role of technology and the Internet in education requires a holistic approach to the development and use of learning technologies, based on both technological and pedagogical expertise. Intel draws on its core expertise as a technology company and the experience from its partnership with governments, education institutions and agencies within educational programmes in more than 60 countries around the globe to provide a broad perspective to technology-enhanced teaching and learning. This includes solutions for deployment of hardware, software, internet access, services, technology professional development for teachers and local support to meet local needs. This session provides an overview of Intel's approach to educational technology, with a focus on the current professional development offerings and resources within the Intel Teach Programme in the UK.

Sponsored session - Tuesday 7 September.

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JISC

How the JISC Advance services can help you and your organisation

This session focuses on the five key themes of JISC Advance: organizational efficiency, enhancing teaching and learning, external engagement, sustainability and research. The aim of the session is to engage, inform and highlight the range of products and services available from JISC Advance. Delegates will be made aware of practical solutions for use in their institution.
JISC Advance brings together and builds on the established delivery of a range of services, comprising JISC Digital Media, JISC infoNet, JISC Legal, JISCMail, JISC Netskills, JISC Procureweb, JISC TechDis and the JISC Regional Support Centres.

Sponsored session - Tuesday 7 September.

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Pearson Learning Platforms

Pearson Learning Platforms

Pearson is the world's leading education company. They provide learning materials, technologies, assessments and services to teachers and students of all ages and in more than 60 countries. Over the past few years, Pearson has acquired multiple companies and integrated its technologies to support its mission: to help adults and children learn, business people to make informed decisions and readers to enjoy a good book.

During their presentation they will feature the benefits of Pearson LearningStudio and the EQUELLA Repository, both proven scalable solutions. Beyond this, they will outline the many types of partnerships that Pearson can offer to educational institutions that are looking to modernise or modularise their offering, explore new markets and streamline their technology solutions. Many institutions are exploring ways to reduce the number of software applications that are in use, reduce the associated licensing fees and support costs and at the same time come up with new, more modular and technology-assisted ways to support their new, non-traditional learners and improve educational outcomes. Pearson and EQUELLA have extensive experience helping customers with advice, technology and content to construct solutions that deliver a real impact to their bottom line and to student's results. During the presentation they will highlight these examples and provide an opportunity to discuss this with them in more detail.

Sponsored session - Tuesday 7 September.

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Talis Education

Learn how Talis Aspire is enabling universities to make a step change in resource list management and hear why course resource lists go beyond the library, to the heart of what a university is about

Talis Aspire is an open and shared HE wide system providing for the direct management of resource lists by academics that ensures the library gets the intelligence it requires to manage stock and e-resources efficiently.
During this session you will learn why an increasing number of universities are positioning Talis Aspire at the heart of strategies to support the student satisfaction of learning resources and to encourage faculty adoption of technology enhanced learning. Hear how Talis Aspire has helped to improve processes and efficient working across faculty and libraries alike.

Importantly, as we seek to raise the bar of resource list management still further, we shall showcase for the first time the work we have been exploring to deliver recommendation driven benefits, for students and lecturers alike, from the collective intelligence derived from the Talis Aspire system.

Sponsored session - Tuesday 7 September.

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