Association for Learning Technology Online Newsletter
Issue 1   Friday, August 5, 2005

ISSN 1748-3603

Contents
Feature article
More than just e-Learning: Sakai so far …
ALT news
Executive Secretary's Report
Director's Report
News from members
Your views on implementing accessibility regulations
Project updates
Skills for access: Putting the world to rights for accessibility and multimedia
Conference reviews
EdTech 2005, the sixth annual Irish educational technology users' conference
Legal issues of online learning environments: a JISC legal conference
Software reviews
Macromedia Breeze v5
Learning Activity Management Sequences (LAMS)
Hints and tips
Scenario-based learning using PowerPoint
Privacy policy

Editorial Team

ALT Website


More than just e-Learning: Sakai so far …
by Ian Dolphin

Sakai home page The Sakai project aims to develop a flexible, collaborative learning environment which goes beyond that of a traditional virtual learning environment (VLE). Version 2 has more than many of the tools typically available in a VLE, with more available to add-on, including OSPI, the open-source e-portfolio system.
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Skills for access: Putting the world to rights for accessibility and multimedia
by John Stratford & David Sloan

Skills for Access website Skills for Access is a comprehensive web-based guide to creating accessible multimedia for e-learning, aimed at anyone involved in commissioning or developing digital learning materials. The site sets out to dispel the myth that there is such a thing as a fully accessible resource, and that to develop one, all you need to do is to run down a checklist and follow the instructions. Instead, the site encourages a holistic approach to accessibility that considers all of its dimensions.
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Your views on implementing accessibility regulations

Accessibility is probably one of the biggest concerns facing educators today. Learning Technologists across many institutions often have direct responsibility for both advising on and implementing policy to ensure e-learning provision is accessible. Three years after the UK SENDA legislation was introduced we decided to ask you as professionals working “in the field” to share your experiences and opinions…
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Macromedia Breeze v5
by Kevan Williams

Macromedia Breeze Macromedia Breeze enables the combination of video, audio, software simulations, and other multimedia content to produce e-learning and training packages that are engaging and effective, while providing tracking and reporting capabilities. Breeze can be used both as a tool to record high quality PowerPoint presentations for on-demand access and also to engage with students online in a highly interactive environment. This review describes the four modules that Breeze provides (Presenter, Training, Meeting and Event), using Breeze (including feedback from academics currently using Breeze at the University of Central Lancashire) and the pricing options available.
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Learning Activity Management Sequences (LAMS)
by Vivien Sieber

Learning Activity Management Sequences (LAMS) Learning Activity Management Sequences (LAMS) is one of a range of open-source, web-based tools that are becoming freely available to the community. Based on learning design, where groups of people use resources to carry out activities within an environment, LAMS presents a contrast to conventional Virtual Learning Environments as it is activity-centred rather than content-centred. This review describes the use of LAMS as an Author, a Monitor and a Learner and discusses the types of activities that can be set up using the system. It also provides feedback from students at the University of Oxford who used LAMS as part of a JISC funded Tools Integration Project (TIP).
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EdTech 2005, the sixth annual Irish educational technology users' conference
by Dermot Brabazon

EdTech 2005 Dún Laoghaire, a charming coastal town about 11km south of Dublin, was the setting for EdTech 2005, The Sixth Annual Irish Educational Technology Users' Conference. With over 40 presentations, the event showcased a number of innovative e-learning initiatives, covering topics such as: online and multimedia pedagogy; learning objects; mobile learning; and computer-aided assessment.
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