The 18th international conference of the Association for Learning Technology will be held at the University of Leeds, UK, 6-8 September 2011 and is sub-titled ‘Thriving in a colder and more challenging climate’. Registration closes on 12 August 2011.
The Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, SunGuard HE, OSSWatch and the Sakai Foundation are running an hour long symposium to talk about the benefits of Sakai and running open source software at an institutional level. The increased flexibility that this approach offers allows technology to support the way that teaching and learning happens rather than asking academics to change their working practices in order to fit an off-the-shelf system.
Those involved in making a choice or purchase of an institutional (enterprise wide) VLE. Those interested in calculating the full cost of ownership or cost of running a VLE service. Those using technology to support face-to-face teaching. Those who want teaching to shape technology rather than the other way round.
This symposium aims to attract and persuade. If you are reviewing your choice of institutional VLE anytime soon and your university offers mixed models of traditional and blended teaching or has a remit for the creation and dissemination of knowledge, you may be interested in hearing what we have to say.
Your institution’s choice of VLE can limit your ability to be responsive, flexible and open. Before attending this symposium please consider: How sustainable is your current position? How much does it really cost? Is your voice heard? As part of this community are you contributing new thinking and rigour to the development of tools? Does it make a difference to your students and staff which technologies you choose?
Speakers from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge and will describe and debate the benefits that Sakai and Moodle have brought to the institution. Drawing on institutional strategies for OER, open source software and online distance learning we will explore ‘flavours of openness’. With contributions from OSS Watch, Sakai Foundation and Sungard HE we will present the different open community models which support and sustain development (of staff, students,content and software) and encourage participants to consider models of cost, value and giving.
This session will focus on the use of open source software at an institutional level with a focus on what you can do to tailor technology to support the way that teaching and learning happens rather than asking academics to change their working practices in order to fit an off-the-shelf system.