Newsletter - Issue 22 en-us 01 Feb 2011 12:00:00 GMT 01 Feb 2011 12:00:00 GMT Newsweaver (Association for Learning Technology) (Newsweaver) 60 Editorial 01 Feb 2011 12:00:00 GMT 5e87cda1d09e91d0ab0ffc1fc1e91cd2 Editorial Chief Executive’s Report This report covers ALT's response to the October 2010 spending cuts; a significant development in the publishing strategy for the ALT journal, Research in Learning Technology; recent staff changes at ALT; and details of our responses to several major consulations. 04 Feb 2011 12:00:00 GMT f036189ffeeb62b7657da67f12a35938 ALT news Why some 'successful' projects 'fail' Many projects which deliver everything that was asked of them leave little trace of their results a year after they have been completed. This article looks at some of the reasons why this may happen and suggests ways in which the likelihood of significant impact from projects can be enhanced. 27 Jan 2011 12:00:00 GMT 7d9fa5a38e1c85a688d0bb4c4652cdab In my opinion Smartphone studying: the technology universities try to ignore? Smartphones are intrinsic to the lives of students. After 48 hours of abandoning his computer to rely on only a BlackBerry, Zack Whittaker, a student at the University of Kent, Canterbury found that combining these powerful mobile devices with university-provided resources has significant potential to aid the learning process. 01 Feb 2011 12:00:00 GMT 0986481ade19fc755e898bd523d02e1b In my opinion Glow: the world’s first national intranet and online community for education Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS) is embracing the challenges and opportunities technology presents education by pioneering the world’s first national intranet and online community for education, Glow. 01 Feb 2011 12:00:00 GMT 89426651d16950bd47be4925788529cb Project updates The role of embodiment in student success in virtual worlds This article examines the experience of presence in the effectiveness of learning in virtual worlds. Presence and embodiment were both found to relate to students valuing the learning experience in virtual worlds, and it is suggested that this may be due to the potential they provide for embodied cognition while online. 31 Jan 2011 12:00:00 GMT d81574d0718c5c8036cfe69474164f00 Case studies Going Mobile: our approach Kayvon Beykpour leads Blackboard Mobile – a fast growing team that develops mobile applications for education. This article describes how Kayvon’s team got started and details their approach to mobile development and strategy which centers on two key principles: mobile as a platform and creating an unmatched user experience. 01 Feb 2011 12:00:00 GMT 00d0f5df77e79cd366755dd7cab5598e Case studies The National College’s online network Stuart Sutherland tells the story of the development, launch and uptake of the National College’s online network, and outlines lessons learned about the development and the management of this professional networking and learning environment. 27 Jan 2011 12:00:00 GMT 96a5902eb28764eee0d295e4c9ee76a7 Case studies Mahara 1.2 ePortfolios: Beginner's Guide Eamon Costello reviews ePortfolios: Beginner's Guide by Derrin Michael Kent, Glenys Gillian Bradbury, Margaret Anne Kent, and Richard William Hand. 27 Jan 2011 12:00:00 GMT e055126dee696d3a0eb8bfc18d6ba4f4 Book reviews Events ALT has an extensive programme of events planned for 2011 including: 10 free lunch time webinars, run jointly with the E-Learning Network; the ALT conference, ALT-C 2011, in September “Thriving in a colder and more challenging climate"; as well as exhibiting at the JISC conference in March. Other events include a 'Free and Open Educational Resources' NIACE workshop, in partnership with ALT in February and the OER conference in May. 04 Feb 2011 12:00:00 GMT b98a781cd88f81af157f18cfe4ce76ad Events A week in the life of... In this edition we have a week in the life of Professor John Traxler, Professor of Mobile Learning and Director of the Learning Lab at The University of Wolverhampton. 07 Feb 2011 12:00:00 GMT efe0eb5945b01656b70accbefe0d3e21 A week in the life of What to do when you get Google Apps for your school Kevin McLaughlin outlines 10 steps to take after you have applied for your Google Apps for Education domain and you want to set it up as a learning platform. 27 Jan 2011 12:00:00 GMT 1df15107aa63484c6c20dc86261c96fe Epigeum 'University and College Teaching' Epigeum's 'University and College Teaching' is designed to to equip all levels of lecturers (including new staff, graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) and part-time lecturers) with the skills needed to effectively plan and deliver compelling courses to ensure student success. 01 Feb 2011 12:00:00 GMT fd9739e29a6b6ff7aaf25961daa50fc4