It’s my first ALTC experience. A busy day but still feel I should jot down my thoughts and things I’ve learnt at a quiet night.

A few things are different from my previous conference experiences:

  • So many interesting presentations are at the same time. Like Liz Bennett @lizbennett1 talked in her session about Web 2.0, you just need to identify ONE thing that drives your adoption of the technology. I need to pick the most interesting session and believe I can still catch up those second or third interesting ones soon.
  • The Conference package is simple, most are available online.
  • The technology is handy and easy to use, such as wifi, social networking through the ALT website.
  • Most people have an ipad or a laptop for taking notes instead of pen and paper.
  • Known and unknown people – you see people who you know on twitter or blogs maybe, seems you know them, but actually now you have a chance to talk to them and start to know them.
  • Writing blogs and tweets after/during sessions on my smart phone.

Jeff Haywood’s wonderful talk opens Open education visions and practice. The Top 3 motivators for integrating technology in the classroom are:

  • Clear indication/evidence that students would benefit
  • Release time to design/redesign courses
  • Confidence that the technology would work as planned.

I think the last motivator is the one that we fail the most. No single technology meets all needs and also technology is designed/created by human beings. So it has errors. We just need to accept it’s an element of technoloy, neither good nor bad. But often users forget it and when they have some bad experience, they concern and de-motivate their confidence about THE technology.

I’m glad to hear that Jeff also said the university needs to invest on learning designs, online assessment and learning analyses. Hopefully the universities realise the importance of these roles.

The QR Code session by Dan Jagger made me think about how subject-related requirements drive the adoption of the technology, whereas the ipad session by Damian Keil made me think how learners personalised requirements drive the use of the technology.

Learned the SAMR Model that enhances the technology integration.

Autotweet app helps to add tweets into presentations from Stefano De Paoli’s talk.  so many apps have the same name, I guess the URL for it is correct here.

“intellectual engagement = serious emotional and cognitive learning” from Dianne Yee’s talk about leadership practice.

Steve Williams’ presentations on enabling learning shows a picture of barriers and enablers at the institutional level and the personal level. Knowledge, experience, attitudes, culture, policy, resources, confidence, cost, time, personal interest, digital influence, and scalability, reliability & robust of technology are all on the list. Timely research. I’m looking forward to reading their published research paper shortly.

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