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Latest developments in e-learning. Rhonda Riachi Director Association for Learning Technology Registered Charity number 1063519 www.alt.ac.uk. Association for Learning Technology. ALT aims to promote good practice in the use of learning technology in education and industry

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Latest developments in e learning

Latest developments in e-learning

Rhonda Riachi

Director

Association for Learning Technology

Registered Charity number 1063519

www.alt.ac.uk

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Association for learning technology

Association for Learning Technology

ALT aims to

  • promote good practice in the use of learning technology in education and industry

  • represent the members in areas of policy

  • facilitate collaboration between practitioners, researchers, and policy makers

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What we do

What we do:

Organise conferences, workshops, visits and exchanges

Examples:

  • 12th International Conference: ALT-C 20056-8 September 2005 in Manchester

  • Annual Policy Forum2003: the formal launch by Charles Clarke of the DfES e-learning Strategy consultation; 2004: involved institutional and corporate members in developing our Learning Technology Research Policy

  • Spring conference and research seminar Dublin, 31 March and 1 April 2005

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What we do1

What we do:

Publications for practitioners and researchers

Examples:

  • ALT-J – one of the leading journals with an international focus for the study and application of learning technology

  • ALT-N – keeping your institution up to date on ALT’s activities and how it is influencing key policy decisions

  • ALT-Digest – a fortnightly news digest summarising key developments in the field

  • Books: “Making Connections” – report on the exchange trip to Netherlands, published in 2004

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What we do2

What we do:

Our members influence the outcome of

key consultation documents

Examples:

  • HEFCE 2003-2008 Strategy

  • DfES e-learning Strategy Consultation

  • the 21st Century Skills White Paper

  • RAE 2008 panel configuration and recruitment

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What we do3

What we do:

Our members influence key decisions through representation

Examples:

  • JISC’s Committee for Learning and Teaching

  • Moore Group, which meets the DfES on behalf of “commercially-focused” e-learning associations

  • Steering group for the European Academic Software Awards

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Membership summary

Membership summary

  • 500 individuals

  • 103 Higher Education Institutions

  • 72 Further Education Institutions

  • 40 Corporate members – new corporate members in 2003 and 2004 include DfES, Epic Group plc, HEFCE, HP, Higher Education Academy, LSC, LSDA, NHSU, Question Mark Computing, Plato Learning, RM plc, Scottish Enterprise, Sentient Learning, Toshiba

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Future developments

Future developments

Accreditation of Learning Technologists

  • With a £30k grant from the JISC we appointed consultants to assist us in developing a “simple, economical, voluntary, peer-based, UK-wide structure to accredit individuals as Learning Technologists, in collaboration with HE, FE, and industry bodies”.

  • This work is now complete and we intend to launch the accreditation scheme in Spring 2005.

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Getting involved

Getting involved

  • Join as an individual (£47 per annum)

    or

  • Join through your institution or organisation

    www.alt.ac.uk

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E learning key trends

E-learning: key trends

  • E-portfolios

  • Online assessment

  • Digital repositories

  • Reusable learning objects

  • Ubiquitous computing

  • Blended learning

  • Professionalisation of learning technologists

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E learning key trends1

E-learning: key trends

Useful web sites on the general UK scene

  • http://www.jisc.ac.uk/index.cfm?name=elearning_framework

  • http://www.becta.org.uk

  • http://ferl.becta.org.uk/

  • http://www.e-learningcentre.co.uk/

  • http://www.dfes.gov.uk/elearningstrategy/

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E learning key trends2

E-learning: key trends

E-portfolios

“tools for personal development planning in the context of lifelong learning” (ALT/SURF definition); mostly web-based

  • http://www.alt.ac.uk/docs/ALT-SURFseminar_April_2004.pdf

    Other useful sites

  • http://www.europortfolio.org/

  • http://electronicportfolios.org/

  • http://www.careerswales.com/

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Latest developments in e learning

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E learning key trends3

E-learning: key trends

Online assessment/CAA

“allows the assessment of learning outcomes to be more flexible and can be used as a motivator” (FERL)

http://ferl.becta.org.uk/display.cfm?page=189

Other useful sites

  • http://www.toia.ac.uk

  • http://www.caaconference.com/

  • http://www.scaan.ac.uk/

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E learning key trends4

E-learning: key trends

Digital repositories

“a content store of digital objects with metadata” (ALT/SURF definition)

http://www.alt.ac.uk/docs/ALT-SURFseminar_April_2004.pdf

Other useful sites

  • http://www.jorum.ac.uk

  • http://www.hlsi.org.uk

  • http://www.cetis.ac.uk

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The higher level skills for industry project

The Higher Level Skills for Industry Project

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E learning key trends5

E-learning: key trends

Reusable learning objects

“a digital piece of learning material that addresses a clearly identifiable topic or learning outcome and has the potential to be reused in different contexts.” (H806 "Learning in the Connected Economy" The Open University course team, Robin Mason, Martin Weller, Chris Pegler, IET, Open University, Oct. 2003)

  • http://library.open.ac.uk/services/ver_obje.html

  • http://www.rdn.ac.uk

  • http://ocw.mit.edu/index.html

  • http://www.learningcircuits.org/design.html

    “A field guide to learning objects” (ASTD/Smartforce)

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E learning key trends6

E-learning: key trends

Ubiquitous computing

“In education ubiquitous computing defines a situation where all students and all academic staff have access to a networked computer at any time to undertake their work.”(Ted Smith, Ted Smith Consulting)

http://www.alt.ac.uk/altc2004/timetable/abstract.php?abstract_id=32

Another useful site:

  • http://www.dsg.cs.tcd.ie/index.php?category_id=228

    Supporting informal learning

  • http://www.communityprogrammes.org.uk/metadata/informal

  • http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/ltri/index.htm

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E learning key trends7

E-learning: key trends

Blended learning

“a learning solution that incorporates a mix of online and face-to-face elements”(e-Learning Centre: Guide to e-Learning)

  • http://www.e-learningcentre.co.uk/guide2elearning/

    Example of a blended learning course

  • http://www.cant-col.ac.uk/courses/blended/

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E learning key trends8

E-learning: key trends

Professionalisation of learning technologists

  • Certified Member of ALT (CMALT) scheme to be launched in spring 2005

    http://www.alt.ac.uk/docs/NLN_handout_20041128.pdf

  • The PETAL project

    http://www.jisc.ac.uk/index.cfm?name=deletpetal

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E learning conflicting pressures

E-learning: conflicting pressures

Bespoke vs off-the-shelf

Open source vs licensed

Obsolescence vs reusability

Costs vs time

Off campus vs on campus

Students with handhelds vs teachers with old desktop PCs

Government targets vs institutional policy

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Any questions

Any questions?

Contact ALT

www.alt.ac.uk

[email protected]

Thank you for listening!

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