The third day in ALTC.

In the keynote speaker Audrey Watter’s talk, I learned a new term ‘Luddite‘. Her blog also provides the detail. This talk required a good understanding of English literature. I was a bit lost until she talked about psychologist B.F. Skinner and behaviourism.  Interesting points (1) we should concern our design of technology from the behavioursim and control perspective. (2) Technology actually does not change human that much apart from allowing us do things more efficient and quicker, for instance, we read from holding a hard copy of  a book to reading books from Kindle.

From Kulari Lokuge Dona‘s presentation, I learned the Carpe Diem method to design MOOC and the use of Open Badges.

Electronic management of assessment (EMA) – HelF Survey report 2011-2013. Not surprise that in the findings, 57% people said that Blackborad and Turnitin do not integrated well. In the session, we discussed what are the top 5 important elements in the Assessment process and what are the challenge and solution in the Assessment of your institution.

(image from JISC website)

It found that using collaborative tools can support the development of transferable employability skills – in the Simon Davis‘ talk. This session presents a study from the University of York  based on the Collaboration in Business Planning module and the CBI Education and Skills Survey 2011. is a 5 year project develop technologies that support informal learning, details see Debbie Holley’s talk.

Another interesting presentation is from Peter Reed talking about the different results between students and staff satisfactions based on Herzberg’s 2-factor theory and a SIEME model of student satisfaction (I haven’t found the resource of this model).

After the fantastic conference, I started to do things below:

  • Follow more people from the conference on Twitter and start to do more networking.
  • Thinking of how to spread the ideas and research findings, debates and resources into Cardiff University such as make a presentation in the VLEG meeting.
  • Take a close look at the resources such as survey, case studies, and projects that have been done by other institutions and organisations.
  • Take a close look at work that has been done by the Learning Technologist winners.

It’s impossible to talk to everyone and/or remember everyone that you have talked to in big conferences like ALTC.  I feel Google glasses will be very useful. It will help people to recognise other attendants, their names, job, twitter account, expertise, presentations, etc.

It’s been a good experience for me to meet so many people who work in the similar area and start to have a feeling of belonging to a “Learning Technologists” community. Many people have the title such as Learning Technology Adviser, E-learning Designer, E-learning Developer, E-learning Coordinator, E-learning Consultant, E-learning Trainer, E-learning Support Officer, Learning Analyst and similar. The area becomes increasingly recognised. Here is David Hopkins’ introduction and his e-book published in 2013 “What is a Learning Technologist?