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ALT-C 2010: "Into something rich and strange" - making sense of the sea-change

University of Nottingham
7 September 2010 08:30 - 9 September 2010 13:45

17th International Conference of ALT - the Association for Learning Technology.

About the conference

Learning technology is part of the fabric of formal and informal learning. Meanwhile, a sea-change is taking place. The sea-change involves a structural and pervasive shift in the nature of the Internet. Specifically: we and our learners are always connected; the devices we use are growing in capability and diversity; the information environment and the tools and services that we use to navigate and to interact with it and with each other are in great flux.

The challenge posed for education is great. It is to increase effectiveness, productivity, and quality, whilst institutional and agency budgets are reducing, rather than just to promise improvements. At the same time we need to ensure the spread of innovations that are scalable and of long-term value, both educationally and financially, whilst keeping learners and learning at the heart of our thinking.

The ALT-C 2010 themes will be:

  • the changing paradigms and structures for learning;
  • increasing productivity and effectiveness, whilst mitigating risks;
  • responding to and shaping the organisational landscape;
  • meeting the changing expectations and needs of learners, employers, and society;
  • the changing design skills and knowledge needed to support learning and teaching with technology.


ALT-C 2010 will provide a broad forum for practitioners, researchers and policy-makers from all sectors to explore, reflect, and learn.


There will be a welcoming keynote from Saul Tendler, the University of Nottingham's Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, and Professor of Biophysical Chemistry.

The keynote speakers will be:

  • Barbara Wasson, Professor of Pedagogical Information Science at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen, Norway;
  • Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University;
  • Donald Clark, Board Member of Ufi, and former CEO of Epic Group plc.

The invited speakers will be:

  • Hans-Peter Baumeister, Co-Director of the European School of Business's Research Institute at Reutlingen University, Germany;
  • Heather Fry, Director of Education and Participation, HEFCE;
  • Sudhir Giri, Head of Learning Technologies for Google;
  • Martin Hall, Vice-Chancellor, University of Salford;
  • Frank McLoughlin, Principal, City and Islington College;
  • Aaron Porter, President, National Union of Students;
  • Josie Taylor, Director, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University;
  • David White, Senior Manager: Development, Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning, University of Oxford.


Bookings close: 13 August 2010


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