Contents
Editorial
In this edition...
ALT news
Chief Executive’s Report
The CMALT Development Group begins operations
New issue of ALT-J (to be ‘Research in Learning Technology’ from January 2011)
In my opinion
The HTML5 and Flash Debate
IT in university level mathematics teaching and learning: a mathematician's point of view
Technology reviews
Echo360 Personal Capture
Project updates
Learning Landscapes in Higher Education
W3C's Widget standards set to shake up the world of mobile applications – and bring more features to VLEs
Gaining business intelligence from user activity data
Case studies
E-Learning in the Women's Institutes
Events
ALT Events
A week in the life of
A week in the life of
A week in the life of
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In this edition...
by Morag Munro


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Chief Executive’s Report
by Seb Schmoller


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Learning Landscapes in Higher Education
by Les Watson

The Learning Landscapes project based at the University of Lincoln has developed a range of tools to support universities and colleges in estate development. These tools aim to produce a shared vocabulary for stakeholders that can enable greater depth of conversation that ensures new learning and teaching space developments are fit for purpose.


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W3C's Widget standards set to shake up the world of mobile applications – and bring more features to VLEs
by Scott Wilson

anatomy of ab html widgetThe World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has developed technical specifications for creating and sharing small applications, known as widgets, based on common web technologies, Widgets provide a standard format for applications on mobile devices, PC desktops, and websites, including VLEs.


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The HTML5 and Flash Debate
by Barry Sampson

Recent actions by Apple and Adobe have brought The HTML5 vs. Flash debate to much more public arena, having previously been largely confined to developers and advocates of either platform.  Barry Sampson navigates the hype to get to the root of what HTML5 is about and discusses its possible impact on the use of Flash in e‑learning.


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E-Learning in the Women's Institutes
by Lynne Stubbings

WI logoThe WI is moving away from its traditional image and embracing the world of e-learning. The WI Moodle, launched in the Autumn of 2008, now has 6,000 users and is at the forefront of the organisation’s quest to provide a range of blended learning opportunities for its 206,000 members.


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A week in the life of
Philip Wane, Nottingham Trent University
by Philip Wane

This issue of the Newsletter sees the launch of a new regular feature: “A Week In The Life Of….” As a way of illustrating and celebrating the very diverse work that our members do, a number of you have volunteered to give us a breakdown of your typical working week.


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Echo360 Personal Capture
by Mimi Weiss Johnson and Justin Gagen

Sample recording made using Echo Personal Capture
Mimi Weiss Johnson and Justin Gagen review the Echo360 Personal Capture software which allows users to make screen recordings from their own computers.


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A week in the life of
Dee Vyas
by Dee Vyas

In the second article of our new fseries, Dee vyas from Manchester Metropolitan University teels us about a week in his life
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IT in university level mathematics teaching and learning: a mathematician's point of view
by Alexandre Borovik

University mathematicians are often selective in their approaches to the use of IT in teaching. Although mathematicians systematically use specialist software in direct teaching of mathematics, as means of delivery e-learning technologies have so far been less widely used. This article is an attempt to explain the rationale for this selectivity, and proposes a ‘wish list’ of future developments for e-learning technologies.


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The CMALT Development Group begins operations
by Dean Sheetz

The CMALT Development Group (CDG) has been formed to oversee development of the CMALT scheme. CDG members are all active CMALT portfolio assessors and represent the CMALT Community within ALT. The group has held two meetings and is scheduled to lead several sessions at ALT-C.


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Gaining business intelligence from user activity data
A Report from the JISC Workshop, London, 14 July 2010
by David Kay

Although activity data has many potential uses, it is shrouded technical mystery, legal concerns, learning and library system shortcomings and an overall fuzziness of definition.  Should we leave it to Google and the likes or are there reasons why the HE community should develop its own intelligence driven services? David Kay reports on JISC's recent Gaining business intelligence from user activity data workshop.
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ALT Events
by Hayley Willis

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

The 17th International conference of the Association for Learning Technology will be held at the University of Nottingham, UK, 7-9 September 2010.

Booking deadline: Friday, 13 August

ALT/eLN lunch time webinars – dates for your diary, with further details to follow:

14 October 2010 - Shooting Video for eLearning;

6 December 2010 - Learning in 2020.


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New issue of ALT-J (to be ‘Research in Learning Technology’ from January 2011)
Links to the articles in the current issue of the Journal, Volume 18, Issue 2

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