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

ISSN 1748-3603

Contents
Feature article
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
PebblePad
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
Engaging with users and learners
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April 27, 2006
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January 30, 2006
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Finding common ground
Reflections on a recent British Council sponsored visit to East Jerusalem and the West Bank
by John Cook and Seb Schmoller

Video conferencing between Birzeit University in Ramallah, the Islamic University in Gaza, and An-Najah National University in Nablus So much has been reported about the Palestinian Territories recently. Even so, when the British Council invited us to visit Palestinian universities we did not know what to expect.
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Virtual Instruments
Visualising and Logging Science and Engineering experiments
by Dermot Brabazon, Eilish McLoughlin and Philip Smyth

Virtual instruments screenshotA virtual instrument (VI) is a multimedia tool that can be used to present information on an experiment prior to students performing it in the laboratory. What makes a VI unique is its capability to automatically log experimental data as the experiment progresses.
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EdTech 2006
The seventh annual conference for educational technology users in Ireland
by Claire McAvinia

Barry McIntyre and Brian Mulligan at EdTech 2006The landscape that inspired W.B. Yeats provided the backdrop to the seventh annual conference for educational technology users in Ireland. Organised by the Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA), EdTech 2006 was held at the Institute of Technology, Sligo, on 25 and 26 May.
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ALT Spring conference and research seminar 2006
by Jen Harvey

Leiden University in the Netherlands was the beautiful setting for the ALT Spring Conference and Research Seminar 'New connections, new challenges' organised in association with the Irish Learning Technology Association (ILTA) and SURF and held from 6-7 April 2006.
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PebblePad
by Neal Sumner

PebblePad is an eportfolio system developed by Pebble Learning in collaboration with the University of Wolverhampton. This review sets out the main functions of the Pebblepad eportfolio system and describes our experience of setting up and running a year-long pilot project using this tool at City University. The scheme has been running for eight months and the review aims to report on our experiences in advance of the more formal evaluation that we will complete at the end of the year’s trial.
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Sound opportunities with Horizon Wimba Voice Tools
The Horizon Wimba Voice Tools (as PowerLinks within a VLE)
by Marina Orsini-Jones

The Horizon Wimba Voice Tools consist of a suite of tools that can be easily integrated as PowerLinks within a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) like WebCT or Blackboard and/or used as stand-alone web tools. This review looks at the four voice tools available (Voice Board, Voice Email, Voice Direct and Voice Recorder) and focuses on how they can be integrated into WebCT.
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CAMEL train heads for oasis
by Jacquie Kelly and Rhonda Riachi

Lively group discussions at the Greenwich CAMEL exchange meeting The final exchange meeting of the CAMEL partners took place in June, concluding on a happy note with more collaboration in store.
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Engaging with users and learners
by Lawrie Phipps and Lisa Gray

£81 million of funding is available to the academic community in the United Kingdom over the next three years to support higher and further education research into Information Communication Technologies (ICT) through the JISC Capital Programme. Two of the six recently launched programmes are described here.
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Publications from the SURF e-learning website
by Marja Verstelle, Peter B Sloep, Gayle Calverley

From time to time, ALT-N will provide summaries of articles which have been published in English on the SURF E-learning Theme Site (http://elearning.surf.nl/e-learning/english).
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