Association for Learning Technology Online Newsletter
Issue 1   Friday, August 5, 2005

ISSN 1748-3603

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More than just e-Learning: Sakai so far …
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Executive Secretary's Report
Director's Report
News from members
Your views on implementing accessibility regulations
Project updates
Skills for access: Putting the world to rights for accessibility and multimedia
Conference reviews
EdTech 2005, the sixth annual Irish educational technology users' conference
Legal issues of online learning environments: a JISC legal conference
Software reviews
Macromedia Breeze v5
Learning Activity Management Sequences (LAMS)
Hints and tips
Scenario-based learning using PowerPoint
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News from Seb Schmoller
by Seb Schmoller

Research Assessment Exercise 2008
I reported in ALT-N 49 that Robin Mason, from the Open University Institute for Educational Technology, whom ALT had nominated, had been appointed as a member of the RAE 2008 Education sub-panel. During May and June we have been working with the DfES to ensure that a response is made to the July 2005 “Consultation on RAE Panel Draft Criteria and Working Methods” that takes account of the needs of the learning technology research discipline. Two meetings are being hosted by DfES in July and August, from which we intend to circulate a document during early September, in time for it to be drawn upon by colleagues wishing to respond directly to the RAE consultation. The URL of this document will be circulated to members and member organisations using ALT-Announce.

By the time you read this, the first 15 people to achieve CMALT will have received their certificates. The formal launch of the ALT Certified Membership scheme (CMALT) will be at ALT-C 2005. Discussions are taking place between ALT and a range of HE- and FE-related organisations concerning how to dovetail CMALT into existing and emerging accreditation systems, including the Higher Education Academy’s. From the ALT home page you can join a low volume e-mail list through which we will keep subscribers informed of progress. Please do so if you are potentially interested in applying for Certified Membership of ALT.

Earlier this year JISCinfoNet, in partnership with ALT, JISC Development, and the Higher Education Academy, secured funding under the HEFCE “Leadership, Governance, and Management Programme” to fund a project – “Collaborative Approaches to the Management of Lifelong Learning” (CAMEL) – which will identify and develop good practice in the management of ICT to support lifelong learning. We invited institutions to bid to be involved in CAMEL and have selected Leeds College of Technology, Loughborough College, Staffordshire University, and the University of Greenwich to take part in the project, with a start-up meeting held in July. A more detailed report on CAMEL will appear in ALT-N 51.

ALT/LSDA conference for practitioners
With the Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA) we are organising a one-day conference in London on 13 October 2005 for FE, Work-Based Learning, and Adult and Community Education practitioners. The aim of the conference is to bring together a diverse and interesting range of over 20 presentations about successful e-learning implementation in UK post-16 education and training. We will start taking bookings for the event in early September. In the meantime from the you can express an interest in attending the event by joining a low volume e-mail list dedicated to the event.

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