Association for Learning Technology Online Newsletter
Issue 16 May 2009   Monday, May 11, 2009

ISSN 1748-3603

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Feature article
The man behind the hole in the wall
Technology reviews
Screencasting using Articulate Presenter and Adobe Captivate
Letting learners get closer with real time screen capture
Lecture Capture using the EchoSystem from Echo360
Project updates
Stairway to online collaboration: The APT STAIRS project
The UK Access Grid
College strategies relating to learner-owned mobile devices
LEAP2A: A specification for e-portfolio portability and interoperability
NGfL Cymru supporting sharing
ALT news
Chief Executive's report
New publication on learning technology from the Institute of Education
ICT Skills Briefing
ALT-C 2009
Lunchtime Webinars
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Chief Executive's report
by Seb Schmoller

Staffing changes
Louise Ryan, Publications Officer (Web and Print), went on maternity leave at the beginning of March following the birth of Ethan. We wish her well. Louise’s post is being covered by Lucy Saxton. Marion Samler, Director of Operations, who joined ALT in early 2004, left for a new post at Abingdon and Witney College at the beginning of April. Marion has done a brilliant job for ALT and she will be missed by staff and members alike.

Consultation responses During February we responded to the Intellectual Property Office’s “The Future” consultation paper [150kB PDF] and to the Learning and Skills Improvement Service’s consultation on its National Improvement Strategy [250kB PDF]. All our consultation responses are on our web site at

ALT Open Access Repository
The repository is now open and you can access it at The repository has been developed with support from JISC as part of a project led by Cranfield University, and is currently managed by Maren Deepwell, ALT Membership Services Manager. Currently the repository’s contents are limited to a complete set of post-prints from the ALT Journal, but we intend to use it eventually for all of the digital assets that are produced within ALT including conference abstracts and papers, and that members of the learning technology community generally will be able to put content into the repository. Questions about the repository should be sent to, and there will be at least one session about the repository at the 2009 ALT conference.

The 2009 ALT Conference: "In dreams begins responsibility" - choice, evidence, and change
The conference will be held in Manchester between 8 and 10 September. Over three hundred abstracts and research papers were submitted for inclusion in the ALT-C 2009 conference programme. During March and April our programme committee members completed the hard work of refereeing and reviewing, and during May we intend to issue the first cut of the conference programme. We are delighted to announce that Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor Designate of the Open University, has agreed to join Michael Wesch and Terry Anderson as the third conference keynote speaker. We will open for bookings in early May. For more information about the conference go to

Election of ALT Trustees and the ALT Annual General Meeting
We will shortly be issuing a call for nominations for election to a three year term as a Trustee of ALT, which is open to individual members of at least 12 months' standing and aged 18 years or over on 9 September 2009. The closing date for nominations will be in early June. Election will be by ballot vote. The ALT AGM will be at 15.00 on 9 September, in Manchester. Go to for more details.

Membership survey
We would like to thank all of our members for their participation in the ALT Survey 2008/9, which closed 16 January 2009. We received a total of 312 responses, well exceeding the target of 200 and providing us with a wealth of feedback, suggestions and comments. The dissemination of the data has shown not only how ALT members feel about the work ALT does but also provided a lot of inspiration for future developments. In general the feedback was very positive and particular highlights were our annual conference ALT-C, the ALT journal and the value of the member community. Constructive suggestions for improvement were mainly focused on the need for better online facilities, more regional opportunities for members, and overwhelming enthusiasm for the ALT Open Access Repository. We have posted a brief summary of the results of the survey which will be formally launched at [40kB PDF].

ALT awards 
Details of all our awards, including the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Award, and the new Epigeum Award for the Most Effective Use of Video, are available on the ALT web site at

Seb Schmoller

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