Association for Learning Technology Online Newsletter
Issue 8 April 2007   Friday, April 20, 2007

ISSN 1748-3603

Feature article
BBC suspends free interactive learning service
Better networked learning
Case studies
A mass collaboration approach to e-learning
Project updates
Conference reviews
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) 2007
24 Hours to secure collaboration on interoperability
CAL07 Review
ALT news
Same role, new job title
Chief Executive's report
Director's report
Forthcoming events from ALT
News from the Netherlands
Publications from the SURF e-learning website
JISC Updates
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BBC suspends free interactive learning service
by Stephen Heppell

BBC jam logoThe suspension of BBC's interactive learning service, BBC JAM, has been described by David Puttnam as a "betrayal of a generation". Stephen Heppell argues that suspending JAM has taken away a valuable free service used by children, parents and schools, and encourages members to join him in urging the BBC to bring back the service.
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A mass collaboration approach to e-learning
Multiple Venue Production
by Tim Neumann and Allan Carrington

In March 2006 Diana Laurillard interacted with more than 450 learners at 41 university campus locations in Australia and New Zealand via a multinational live webinar. This case study discusses the organisational and pedagogical opportunities and challenges experienced in planning and implementing this 'mass collaboration' event.
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Higher Education Assistive Technologies Scheme
by Simon Ball, TechDis

Simon Ball reports on the first phase of the HEAT (Higher Education Assistive Technologies) scheme. This scheme enabled the development of 19 projects, each of which explored the use of different assistive technologies within learning and teaching across a broad range of subjects. The article also announces a second phase of the scheme, which calls for further bids.
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Better networked learning
From theory to praxis to software design
by Michael Feldstein

There is relatively little cross-fertilization between learning theory research and networked learning praxis. This article advocates a programme for using the linguistic forms of pattern language and use case, and for bridging the two linguistic forms, as a way of forming a common language allowing experts in theory, praxis, and software design to work more closely together.
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EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) 2007
Creating a Successful Learning Culture: Connecting Learners, Communities, and Information
by Jacquie Kelly and Steven Warburton

A conference report by Jacquie Kelly (JISC infoNet) and Steven Warburton (King’s College London), whose attendance at ELI 2007 was part-funded by ALT after an open call for members to express an interest.
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24 Hours to secure collaboration on interoperability
Global Governance of Standards for E-Learning
by Kevin Donovan

Kevin Donovan reports on the the start of the process by which the stewardship of SCORM is transferred from the US Department of Defence to a new body, Learning-Education-Training Systems Interoperability.
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CAL07 Review
Development, Disruption and Debate
by Claire McAvinia

CAL '07 was held in Trinity College Dublin, from 26-28 March. The conference provided participants with a forum to discuss the alleged disruptive nature of technological development in the area of learning at the individual, institutional and national level.
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