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Chief Executive’s Report
by Seb Schmoller


Opportunities for involvement in ALT

If you are interested in getting more involved in ALT, please consider standing for election as Vice-Chair of ALT or as a Trustee of ALT. The calling notice is on our website at www.alt.ac.uk and the closing date for receipt of nominations is 31 May.

For those of a more cautious disposition, during May or early June we will also be issuing a call for expressions of interest in membership of each of our four operational committees (Further Education, Membership Services, Publications, and Research).

Staff changes

Adam Marriott and Victoria Watson have moved on. Hayley Willis is now Head of Operations and Events. Naomi Courtenay has been appointed as Administration Officer (Events and Membership). Louise Ryan, Publications Manager, has returned from maternity leave. Lucy Saxton who was covering Louise’s role, has stayed on temporarily to manage the development of our new website, but will be leaving in June. I am placing on record ALT’s thanks to Lucy for her work for us over the last 15 months.

Intellectual Property Office 'Gowers' consultation on proposals on copyright and educational exceptions

Last month ALT responded to round two of the IPO consultation. Our response is available at www.alt.ac.uk/documents.html.

ALT-C 2010: "Into something rich and strange" - making sense of the sea-change

Preparation for the conference is now well in hand, with the face-to-face programme committee meeting held on 21/22 April, and over 260 proposals (our second largest ever) reviewed for inclusion in the programme. Thanks on behalf of ALT to the whole of the committee and to those in editorial roles for their work (in some case very extensive) on the development of the conference programme.

ALT Journal – changes

From 2011, the Association's journal, ALT-J - Research in Learning Technology, will change its name to Research in Learning Technology, the journal of the Association for Learning Technology. Alongside this we have considerably expanded and broadened the membership of the journal’s Editorial Board, as listed below. Later this year we will be issuing a request for proposals from publishers to publish the journal. This does not signify a decision by ALT to part company with our current publisher, rather it represents our determination to ensure that we get best value for our members from our relationship with our publisher.

The Editorial Board
  

Name

Organisation if any

Country

Editors

 

 

Frances Bell

University of Salford

UK

Rhona Sharpe

Oxford Brookes University

UK

Editorial Board

 

 

Tom Abeles

Sagacity Inc

USA

Chris Alexander

The University of Nicosia

Cyprus

Jo Axe

Royal Roads University

Canada

Jason Baker

Regent University

USA

Philip Barker

University of Teesside

UK

Hans-Peter Baumeister

Reutlingen University

Germany

Stephen Brown

De Montfort University,

UK

Mark Brown

Massey University

New Zealand

Phil Candy

University of Southern Queensland

Australia

John Cook

London Metropolitan University

UK

Sarah Cornelius

University of Aberdeen

UK

Linda Creanor

Glasgow Caledonian University

UK

Laura Czerniewicz

University of Cape Town

South Africa

Martin Ebner

Graz University of Technology

Austria

Vincent Farrell

Dublin Institute of Technology

Eire

Bob Fox  

University of Hong Kong 

Hong Kong

Peter Goodyear

University of Sydney

Australia

Laurence Habib

Oslo University College

Norway

Richard Hall

De Montfort University

UK

David Hawkridge

 

UK

John G Hedberg

Macquarie University

Australia

Ann Jones

Open University

UK

Chris Jones

Open University

UK

Mike Keppell

Charles Sturt University

Australia

Mark J.W. Lee

Charles Sturt University

Australia

Terry Mayes

 

UK

Robbie Melton

Tennessee Board of Regents

USA

David Morris

Coventry University

UK

Holly McCracken

University of Illinois Springfield

USA

Carmel McNaught

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Som Naidu

University of Melbourne

Australia

Martin Oliver

Institute of Education

UK

Ron Oliver

Edith Cowan University

Australia

Santosh Panda

Indira Gandhi National Open University

India

Marina Papastergiou

University of Thessaly

Greece

Rob Phillips

Murdoch University

Australia

Judith Schoonenboom

VU University Amsterdam

Netherlands

Peter Sloep

Open University of the Netherlands

The Netherlands

Michael Thomas

University of Central Lancashire

UK

John Traxler

University of Wolverhampton

UK

George Veletsianos

University of Texas - Austin

USA

Steve Wheeler

University of Plymouth

UK

Gail Wilson

Southern Cross University

Australia


Associate Membership of ALT – a new membership category

Finally ALT is pleased and proud to announce the launch today of the new Associate Member individual membership category. Associate membership is free for any employee of an organisational or sponsoring member of ALT, and costs £10 per year for all others. There are full details of the new category along with a clear summary of the rights and entitlements of all our membership categories on the ALT website.  The overview presentation about the changes at http://repository.alt.ac.uk/763 may also be of interest.

Seb Schmoller, 13 April 2010

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