ALT-C, the annual conference of the Association for Learning Technology, takes place in early September in the gap between the lazy, hazy days of the summer vacation and the hurly-burly of the new academic year. It’s an opportunity for cross-institutional networking and sharing to learn about potential innovations to try out back in Oxford, tell the community about our own innovations and discoveries, and compare experiences with researchers and teams who are working in a similar area.
This year’s event, at the University of Manchester, was entitled Shaping the Future of Learning Together. Delegates explored the opportunities for breaking down the barriers between stakeholder groups through diverse initiatives including collaborative learning, crowdsourcing, social media, open education, learners as ‘change agents’ and participatory design methods.
IT Services was proudly represented by four members of the Academic IT group: Kate Lindsay, who presented our online digital collections and crowdsourcing projects to a fascinated audience; Jill Fresen and Fawei Geng, who made the most of informal opportunities to discuss the progress of the WISE (WebLearn Improved Student Experience) project; and Liz Masterman, who with Professor Amanda Jefferies from the University of Hertfordshire, co-chaired the whole conference.