Association for Learning Technology Online Newsletter
Issue 17 July 2009   Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ISSN 1748-3603

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Feature article
A systems approach to e-learning
Case studies
Learning on the go with an iPod Touch
Conference reviews
Second ILT Champions informal conference
Project updates
EduApps: it's the environment, stupid
In my opinion
Open opportunities, open threats?
Digital Britain sees digital inclusion emerging from the chrysalis
Digital Britain: Carter's charter for luvvies & lawyers
Advocacy for scholarly communication
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Chief Executive's report
Professor Robin Mason: 1945 - 2009
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Chief Executive's report
by Seb Schmoller

Changes to ALT News
ALT News started life in 1993 as a quarterly printed newsletter, growing eventually into a 16 page publication. During 2005 we began to issue ALT News as a the web based ALT Online Newsletter alongside a four-page printed edition containing short abstracts of the longer pieces in the online newsletter.

Earlier this year we decided to break the direct link between the print and online versions. From now on we will issue a simple two-sided printed ALT Update to coincide roughly with the publication of the online newsletter. Editorial arrangements for the online newsletter will remain unchanged, whilst the quarterly update will be edited by our Publications Manager.  
Previously, representatives of organisational and sponsoring members were sent set (and for many, excessive!) quantities of the printed ALT News whether they wanted them or not. Now you can tell us the quantity of the update that you require by email or using a simple fax-back form.
We’ll not necessarily get the change right first time, and if you have suggestions for improvements, write to the Publications Manager –

Changes within ALT
New members of ALT committees

We welcome the following people as new members of ALT committees, in nearly all cases for three year terms.

Further Education Committee
Claire Donlan – Head of Learning Resources, Middlesbrough College
Ann Hill – Director of Learning and Information Services, Doncaster College
Membership Services Committee Ian Smith – Multimedia & Interactive Systems Design, Edinburgh Napier University
Haydn Blackey – University of Glamorgan
Gill Chester – JANET(UK)
Fawei Geng – Learning Technologies group, Oxford University

Publications Committee
Sarah Cornelius – School of Education, University of Aberdeen
Paul Coyne – Emerald Group Publishing
Harry Greiner – City College Norwich
Matt Lingard – Centre for Learning Technology, LSE
Catherine McCloughlin – School of Education, ACU National Canberra
Ulrich Tiedau – University College London
Dominic Watts – Microsoft

Research Committee
Alexandre Borovik – Department of Mathematics, University of Manchester
Patrick Carmichael – Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies (CARET) at Cambridge University
Laura Czerniewicz – Centre for Educational Technology, University of Cape Town
Barbara Newland – Educational Development Services, Bournemouth University
Norbert Pachler – Centre for Excellence in Work-based Learning for Education Professionals at the Institute of Education
Jane Seale – School of Education, University of Southampton
Su White – Learning Societies Lab at the University of Southampton

Structure and staffing changes

We have made some changes to staff roles and responsibilities. Here for reference is an alphabetical list of names and current job roles. Where posts are fractional, this is indicated.
  • Emma Carr-Jones – Finance Manager – 0.5
  • Maren Deepwell – Membership Services Manager – 0.5
  • Mel Fox – Administration Officer (Publications) – 0.5
  • Lucy Saxton (covering for Louise Ryan whilst she is on maternity leave) – Publications Manager –  0.5
  • Seb Schmoller – Chief Executive – 0.5
  • John Slater – Director of Development (acting) – 0.5
  • Victoria Watson – Administration Officer (Events and Membership)
  • Hayley Willis – Conferences and Events Manager
We are in the process of filling the new post of Operations and Contracts Manager.

100th CMALT holder

We are proud to announce that over 100 members have now achieved certified membership (CMALT). This represents an important milestone for ALT.

Robin Mason
Robin Mason, founding chair of the ALT Research Committee died on 15 June, and her funeral and a celebration of her life were held on 23 June, attended by many from the ALT community. A large number of members have also contributed online to a remembrance wiki at, and there is a full obituary of Robin, edited by Josie Taylor in this edtion of ALT Online Newsletter. Later this year we will be announcing how we will remember Robin on a longer term basis. 
Seb Schmoller, 21 July 2009

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