Association for Learning Technology Online Newsletter
Issue 5, July 2006   Tuesday, July 11, 2006

ISSN 1748-3603

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Finding common ground
Case studies
Virtual Instruments
Project updates
CAMEL train heads for oasis
Conference reviews
EdTech 2006
ALT Spring conference and research seminar 2006
Software reviews
Sound opportunities with Horizon Wimba Voice Tools
ALT news
Executive Secretary's report
Director's report
News from the Netherlands
Publications from the SURF e-learning website
JISC Updates
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News from Rhonda Riachi

ALT-C 2006: registration information
Bookings are coming in faster than ever for ALT-C 2006; we may have to close bookings earlier than our current 11 August deadline. The draft programme and list of session titles are now online at Avoid disappointment by registering now at

En suite accommodation with dial-up Internet access and telephones is available on campus next to the conference venue; book well before the deadline to secure this. Hotels in the city centre (a 30min bus ride away – see are also offering discounts for ALT-C delegates, which can be booked online via Travelocity Business until 4 August.

Call for ALT-C 2007 Programme Committee
ALT-C 2007 will be chaired by Prof Mike Sharples (Nottingham University) and Dr Sharon Waller (Anglia Ruskin University), and the venue will be Nottingham University. We are now seeking Programme Committee (PC) members to take an active part in planning the programme, reviewing papers and chairing sessions at the conference. PC members must be able to commit to reviewing at least 15 abstracts for sessions, and/or refereeing at least 2 research papers during March and April 2007. The full call will go out on alt-announce shortly; for informal queries please contact me on Deadline for expressions of interest: Friday 16 September.

AGM 2006
Our thirteenth Annual General Meeting will take place at Heriot-Watt University on Wednesday 6 September, 1200-1230. All members are warmly invited to attend. All candidates were elected unopposed to the three vacancies on the Central Executive Committee, so there will be no ballot this year. The following people will take up their places after the AGM in September:
Trustees: Liz Bennett (Huddersfield University) and Gayle Calverley (Manchester University);
Vice-Chair: Cathy Ellis (Brooklands College).
These important roles are on three-year terms and will commence from the Annual General Meeting in Edinburgh on 6 September.

Staff news
Teresa Prochazka will start with ALT as Projects Manager on Monday 7 August. Teresa has worked for the past three years supporting the large accountancy certification programme (ACCA) in the Oxford Brookes School of Business, and recently completed a Diploma in Management Studies. She will be managing the application process for CMALT and a range of internal and external projects with ALT’s partners.

Spring Conference 2006 report
A paper will be published jointly with SURF and ILTA later in July to capture the key points raised at the research seminar. Slides from the presentations and a link to the research seminar discussions on the wiki can be found at

Prizes and promotions…
Congratulations to the following ALT members who were awarded National Teaching Fellowships in July:
Dr John Phelps (Co-Chair, ALT Membership Services Committee); Prof Gilly Salmon (Member of ALT Research Committee); Simon Walker (Member of CAMEL project team). For the full list go to Congratulations also to former ALT Trustee and President John O’Donoghue, who will be moving to the University of Central Lancashire to take up the post of Professor in Learning Technology in September, and also to Prof Allison Littlejohn who joined Glasgow Caledonian University in June as Director of the Caledonian Academy.

Send your news for the digest
Email your learning technology vacancies, events, calls for papers, etc, as brief text to with the subject line “For the digest”, and include a URL where more information can be found. The digest goes out fortnightly to everyone on the alt-announce list (nearly 1,100 UK and international subscribers).

Rhonda Riachi

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