Contents
Editorial
In this edition...
ALT news
Chief Executive’s Report
Forthcoming ALT Events
Research in Learning Technology, the Journal of the Association for Learning Technology - News update
Feature article
ALT-C 2010
Identifying learning technologists
In my opinion
'Technology revolution' is the way for education to deliver through the cuts
Deep thoughts or deep prejudices?
When using technology makes a difference
GPS - What is the learning value of knowing where you are?
Case studies
CancerNursing.org
Make them struggle but keep them smiling
iStanford
A Twitter experiment
I don’t want any help!! - A survey of attitudes to help packages
News
Top three announced in the Jorum learning and teaching competition
A week in the life of
A week in the life of
A week in the life of
Reports
Key Findings from 2010 technology enhanced learning survey
Instinct or reason
Sections
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In this edition...
by Morag Munro


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ALT-C 2010
by Sarah Cornelius, Anna Campbell, Shirley Evans, Devampika Getkahn, Mary Jacob, Suki Kaur, Matt Lingard, Colin Loughlin and Mat Tinker

Panorama photo of keynote sessionNearly 600 delegates attended this year’s ALT-C in Nottingham. This year’s conference report is a collaboration that draws upon the experiences of 11 delegates.
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Identifying learning technologists
The key roles, activities and values of an emerging group
by Sirin Soyoz

Sirin Soyoz provides an overview of the role of learning technologists as a professional group. Professionals who are active in learning technology research and development were interviewed to develop the current discussions and different approaches of learning technologists.


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CancerNursing.org
A case study in international open educational resources
by Ray Irving and Stuart Sutherland

Screenshot from CancerNursing.orgThis case study tells the story of CancerNursing.org and identifies lessons learned from the different phases of its development.


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'Technology revolution' is the way for education to deliver through the cuts
by John Stone

LSN’s Chief Executive John Stone argues that only a revolution in technology will allow education to deliver quality provision through the cuts.


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Make them struggle but keep them smiling
A set of design principles for interactive learning tools
by Sean Duffy

Excel Everest homepage Excel Everest is an interactive Microsoft Excel tutorial written entirely in Excel. The design of Excel Everest was informed by a set of design principles for interactive learning: struggle, immediacy, delight, progress, beauty and navigational ease.


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Deep thoughts or deep prejudices?
by Marion Walton

Do the potentially distracting non-linear structures of new media pose a threat to ‘deep’ thought, contemplation and even empathy?
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When using technology makes a difference
by Kevin McLaughlin

Image of Kevin McLaughlin with Sugra MitraKevin McLaughlin, one of this year’s ALT Learning Technologist of the Year awardees reflects what being a recipient of this award has meant to him.


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Key Findings from 2010 technology enhanced learning survey
by Tom Browne, Roger Hewitt, Martin Jenkins, Julie Voce, Richard Walker and Hennie Yip

This article presents the key findings from the 2010 Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) survey carried out by the UCISA Academic Support Group.
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Instinct or reason
How education policy is made and how we might make it better
by Adrian Perry

Adrian Perry summarizes the finding of a recent
Learning and Skills Network (LSN) and CfBT Educational Trust report investigating the factors that lie behind the formation of educational policy.

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iStanford
Bob Harrison interviews Thomas Black, Associate Vice Provost for Student affairs at Stanford University and one of the founders of 'iStanford'.
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A Twitter experiment
by Bryony Taylor

Twitter wordcloudWhat happens when you use Twitter to organise an event?


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GPS - What is the learning value of knowing where you are?
by Adam Blackwood

The value of GPS solutions for education is increasing. Adam Blackwood suggests potential ways to develop your own provision.


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I don’t want any help!! - A survey of attitudes to help packages
by Meic Watkins and Liz Bennett

Teachers and software manufacturers often invest much time and energy into creating 'Getting Started' guides for software. Yet users report that they prefer a trial and error approach. This article outlines the findings of a study that set out to explore the extent to which this experimental approach to learning software was in evidence amongst staff and students at University Campus Oldham.


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A week in the life of
Claire Donlan
by Claire Donlan

Claire Donlan, Head of Learning Resources, Middlesborough College (including the Learning Resources Centre/Library and e-Learning Department)


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A week in the life of
Shirley Evans
by Shirley Evans

Shirley Evans, a freelance learning technologist with a wide range of experience including working for TechDis, and the Open University, tells us about a week in her life.

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Top three announced in the Jorum learning and teaching competition
by Louise Egan

This year's recent ALT-C saw the final six winners in the Jorum Learning and Teaching Competition present their resources, and receive their prizes, with those taking the top three places announced at the gala dinner.
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Chief Executive’s Report
by Seb Schmoller

Seb Schmoller reports on ALT's activities in the last quarter and highlights forthcoming issues of interest to the membership.
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Forthcoming ALT Events
by Hayley Maisey

ALT-C 2011: "Thriving in a colder and more challenging climate"
ALT’s 18th international conference of the Association for Learning Technology, University of Leeds, UK, 6-8 September 2011.

ALT/eLN lunch time webinars - Learning in 2020, with Gilly Salmon (now Chair of ALT) 6 December 2010

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Research in Learning Technology, the Journal of the Association for Learning Technology - News update
by Frances Bell

Frances Bell provides an overview of Journal developments in 2010 and outlines plans for 2011.

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