Association for Learning Technology Online Newsletter
Issue 3, January 2006   Monday, January 30, 2006

ISSN 1748-3603

Cover Page
Case studies
An electronic learning curve: implementing ePortfolios
Literacy through technology: The Sheffield College experience
Hip hop - beats, rhymes and life
Viewed from the other side
Zalatwic - Using MOODLE to accomplish things
Project updates
JORUM Contributor Service launched
JISC infoNet: Freedom of Information survey
Staff ICT and e-learning skills in Scottish higher education
Conference reviews
Designs on e-learning
A clear view and strong signal for m-learning
ALT news
Director's report
Executive Secretary's report
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Privacy policy

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Issue 2
October 24, 2005
Issue 1
August 5, 2005
Director's report
News from Rhonda Riachi

ALT-C 2006: submission deadlines approaching
Submissions to ALT-C 2006: the next generation opened on 9 December and will close on 21 February for research papers and 28 February for all other session types. Please help us to spread the word by circulating a brief email message to colleagues contact Hayley Willis for the text ( Presentation guidelines, conference themes and the research paper template can be found at
Registration for presenters will close on 9 June, earlybird registrations close on 30 June, and final registrations close on 11 August. For more information go to

ALT-C 2005 archive
If youd like some ideas of what previous ALT-C presenters have covered, you can read abstracts and download presentations from the ALT-C 2005 timetable at You can click on the themes at the beginning of each day to see a full list of presentations in that theme, run your mouse slowly over ID numbers to see the full title, or search by name, title or keyword in the search box at the top of the page.

Limited copies of the ALT-C 2005 Abstracts and the Research Proceedings are available from the ALT office. Order from our publications page at

Spring Conference 2006: New connections, new challenges
Bookings have opened for this popular event, this year taking place at Leiden University, the Netherlands, on 6 and 7 April. Confirmed speakers include Prof Angela McFarlane, Prof Robert-Jan Simons, Scott Wilson and Leo Waaijers. The conference themes for 2006 are: Tools for lifelong learning: identity, movement and standards; Emerging technologies and the 'Net generation'; and Digital games: play and simulation. Once again we are running a research seminar on the second day in association with SURF ( and ILTA (, but you must book early as places are limited.

Leiden is a beautiful city and the home of the oldest university in the Netherlands. The conference venue is within walking distance of the hotel accommodation (special rates have been agreed), along picturesque streets and canals. Leiden is just 15 minutes by train from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Spring is also the tulip season in the Netherlands, so book early to secure a hotel room.

ASCILITE: our partners in Australasia
In 2002 ALT and ASCILITE signed a five-year memorandum of understanding to encourage closer working between our associations, prompted by our exchange visit to Australia that year, jointly with SURF. Since then members of ASCILITE and ALT have enjoyed reciprocal discounts on our annual conference fees, and information about ASCILITE activities is circulated via the ALT email digest (see below). In November Prof John Slater, ALT Hon Treasurer, and Robin Mason, chair elect of the new ALT Research Committee, met Cathy Gunn, President of ASCILITE, to discuss further collaboration to benefit our members. The ALT trustees are now exploring collaboration on research, exchange visits for individual academics (along the lines of the visit to Australia by Prof Allison Littlejohn, University of Dundee, in December 2005 - see the article in the ASCILITE newsletter at and more collaboration over events. ALT Vice-Chair, Linda Creanor, will also be looking at our partnerships with other associations to date and how they might develop in future. Contact me for more information.

News digest: 100 issues and still going strong!
With well over 1,100 subscribers on the alt-announce list, the ALT fortnightly email news digest reaches more learning technologists than ever, and our international membership is growing. This is the best place to advertise learning technology vacancies and events, and its free! Tell your colleagues to email relevant job adverts, conference announcements, calls for papers, etc, to in text format only (no attachments, please, and no pdf files) and contact us if you are not receiving the fortnightly message.

Rhonda Riachi

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