Association for Learning Technology Online Newsletter
Issue 15 January 2009   Friday, January 30, 2009

ISSN 1748-3603

Contents
Feature article
Building a better future – planning and designing innovative, intelligent educational buildings
Conference reviews
Perspectives on learning design – a report on the 3rd International LAMS and Learning Design Conference
FOTE – Future of Technology in Education 2008
Technology reviews
The eBeam – interactive whiteboard and capture system
eXe – e-learning XML editor
Project updates
Developing open content – the POCKET perspective
Web 2.0-style resource discovery comes to libraries – the TILE Project
Reports
ALT research news – transformed for 21st century learning
Technology and learning – a trade association perspective
Commentary launched: Education 2.0? Designing the web for teaching and learning
The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite) update
ALT news
Events
ALT Journal (ALT-J)
Chief Executive's report
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Editorial
In this edition...
by Julie Voce

Welcome to the first ALT News issue of 2009!
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Building a better future – planning and designing innovative, intelligent educational buildings
by Richard Everett

Former college Director of e-learning, Richard Everett discusses the design of intelligent buildings using Oaklands College in Hertfordshire as an example of a new fully-integrated campus planned for occupation in 2011. Richard worked on the design team before becoming a freelance e-learning and new build consultant. He describes the vision for the building and how it will transform the learner experience. He also examines some of the challenges in the design process, advises on possible solutions and directs readers to some helpful support.

Aerial view of the proposed College buildingView of one elevation of the proposed College building

Views of the new college building
Images courtesy of Bond Bryan Architects


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Perspectives on learning design – a report on the 3rd International LAMS and Learning Design Conference
December 2008, Macquarie University, Sydney
by Diana Laurillard

Diana Laurillard, one of the keynote speakers, reviews the conference and highlights sessions on the use of LAMS in a variety of disciplines, research into the field of learning design and the new features in LAMS 2.2.
 
Participants at the LAMS conference

Lams and Learning Design Conference
© MELCOE, Macquarie University
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FOTE – Future of Technology in Education 2008
by Sarah Sherman and Frank Steiner

Sarah Sherman and Frank Steiner report on the first Future of Technology in Education (FOTE) conference, held in October 2008, in London.
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The eBeam – interactive whiteboard and capture system
by John Conway

John Conway reviews the eBeam system, which can convert any flat surface into an interactive whiteboard or can digitally capture content from a normal whiteboard.
Photo of the eBeam equipment

The eBeam receiver, pen cradles and eraser
© Luidia, Inc
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eXe – e-learning XML editor
by Vivien Sieber

Vivien Sieber provides an overview of the eXe e-learning XML editor, a free, open source tool for creating sequences of interactive learning activities without using HTML or XML.
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Developing open content – the POCKET perspective
by Sarah Malone, Dave O’Hare, Sarah Darley

The Project on Open Content for Knowledge Exposition and Teaching (POCKET) is an 18-month project due to end in March 2009, funded by the JISC Repositories and Preservation Programme. This project aims to investigate the potential of migrating open content approaches in a range of disciplines across a number of different higher education institutions (HEIs). This article describes the project in more detail, looking at the project’s aims, the content development process and the future plans.
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Web 2.0-style resource discovery comes to libraries – the TILE Project
by David Jennings

David Jennings reports on the ALT workshop “Sitting on a gold mine” for the TILE project which looked at improving provision and services for learners by aggregating and using 'learner behaviour data'.
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ALT research news – transformed for 21st century learning
by Kevin Donovan

Kevin Donovan reports on ALT’s first ever Research Committee symposium on how HE and FE can be transformed for 21st Century learning.
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Technology and learning – a trade association perspective
by Dominic Savage OBE

Dominic Savage OBE, Director General of the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) reflects on the development of ICT and education in the 75th year of the trade association.
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Commentary launched: Education 2.0? Designing the web for teaching and learning
by Richard Noss and Neil Selwyn

Richard Noss and Neil Selwyn describe the first commentary launched from the Technology Enhanced Learning phase of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme. The commentary focuses on Web 2.0 and how it can be applied to designing the web for teaching and learning: Education 2.0.
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The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite) update
by Mike Keppell and Dominique Parrish

Mike Keppell and Dominique Parrish provide an update on ascilite’s conferences and activities.
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Events
by Hayley Willis

The latest news on the ALT Conference 2009 "In dreams begins responsibility" - choice, evidence, and change; one-day events and workshops including, 'Supporting and enhancing learning through the effective use of technology', 'eReturn - using ePortfolios to support women returners to employment' and Second Life in real life: education beyond the hype', and finally details of the events ALT will be exhibiting at in 2009.
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ALT Journal (ALT-J)
Special Issue: Learning and Teaching in Immersive Virtual Worlds

A summary of the contents of the latest issue of the ALT Journal, which is a Special Issue on Learning and Teaching in Immersive Virtual Worlds (Volume 16, Issue 3), guest-edited by Maggi Savin-Baden and Robert Ward.
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Chief Executive's report
by Seb Schmoller

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