Association for Learning Technology Online Newsletter
Issue 9 July 2007   Friday, July 20, 2007

ISSN 1748-3603

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E-Learning support in Japan
Virtually there?
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Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
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JISC Digital Repositories Conference
IMS Global Learning Impact 2007
Innovating e-Learning 2007
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Selecting an Electronic Voting System (EVS)
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ALT 'Ambassadors'
Earlier this year ALT created the new role of ALT Ambassador. Ambassadors provide informal advice to ALT on matters within their area of interest and act as advocates for ALT. We are delighted that three individuals have agreed to act in the role: John Taylor, who leads the newly formed FE Self Regulation Implementation Team, is a member of the Learning & Skills National Council and was previously Principal and Chief Executive of The Sheffield College, and a past Chair of the Board of BECTa and member of JISC; Terry Mayes, Emeritus Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University, and currently leader of the Evaluation and Dissemination Support Team for the HEA/JISC e-learning Benchmarking and Pathfinder programmes; Wendy Hall, CBE, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, and a member of the Prime Ministers' Council for Science and Technology, and senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Teresa Prochazka, who doubles as our Projects Managers and Certification Manager has been up and down the country in the last few months organising workshops for people considering getting themselves certified under CMALT, our certified membership scheme, with workshops held at the Higher Education Academy in York, in HEFCE's London office, and at Northampton, Leicester, and Anglia Ruskin Universities. Full details of future workshops and of how to arrange for us to run a workshop at your institution, are on our web site. Interest in CMALT is gradually increasing, and in the autumn we will be issuing a call for a consultant to do a small scale evaluation of CMALT and its progress to date.

2007 Learning Technologist of the Year Award
As reported in ALT-N 57, we are running the Learning Technologist of the Year Award for the first time this year. The judging panel is chaired by Professor Gilly Salmon. Applications closed on 20 June 2007 and the judging process will be completed by the end of July. A wide range of applications have been received, from individuals and teams, from HE, the private sector, and from FE, and from England and Scotland. The award will be presented by Peter Norvig, Google's Director of Research, on 5 September 2007 at the ALT conference in Nottingham.

Getting involved in the work of ALT – an important point to note
ALT is a registered charity, and our activities are governed by a board of elected and co-opted Trustees, who form ALT’s Central Executive Committee. You can find out who the trustees are from With the last issue of the ALT Newsletter, individual members of ALT and the representatives of organisational and sponsoring members received nomination papers for 2 vacancies for Trustees, and for 1 vacancy as Vice Chair of ALT. All three roles were filled uncontested - see the Director's Report. Candidates for election are required to have 12 months individual membership of ALT behind them by the AGM on which they take up office. For this year only, Trustees deemed to meet the eligibility requirement "the representative of an organisation that was in good standing as an organisational or sponsoring member on 1/9/2006 and which remains so, and who has joined ALT as an individual member by the date on which their nomination papers are received in the ALT office".  ALT is keen for members to stand for election as Trustees. If, as a representative of an organisational or sponsoring member, you are considering standing next year, it is essential that you have joined ALT as an individual member, by no later than 10 September 2007, for you to satisfy the eligibility requirements. You have been warned!

'E-learning – making it work'
We will be running with the Quality Improvement Agency (QIA) a major national conference for practitioners and leaders in further, workplace, adult, and community learning, with the support of the Learning and Skills Council, JISC, the Learning and Skills Network, Becta, and the Centre for Excellence in Leadership, in Nottingham on 11 October 2007. During August we will announce the programme for the event, and begin to take bookings. You can find out more about the conference at
Seb Schmoller

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