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ALT-C 2011 - Thriving in a colder and more challenging climate

Date posted: 19/01/2011

The 18th international conference of the Association for Learning Technology will be held at the University of Leeds, UK, 6-8 September 2011.

Call for proposals, deadline: 21 February 2011

In 2011, education systems throughout the world are attempting to do more, better, and often with less. As the political, economic, social, agency and technological landscapes change, it is tempting for people in the learning technology community simply to "go on with vigour, hoping for the best"*. But this would be to miss a major opportunity.

*"We have nothing for it but to go on with vigour and to hope for the best" - Pitt the Younger, 1791, speaking about the disruptive effects of the French Revolution on trade and on the British position generally.

Innovation is strongly stimulated by crises and pressures of all kinds. The challenges are to:

  • analyse and plan, and create and marshal evidence;
  • demonstrate the benefits of astute deployment of technology to support learning;
  • listen to and involve learners, teachers, and institutional leaders;
  • draw on know-how and practice internationally, from across and outside our individual fields;
  • take an institutional approach, whilst focusing on openness and frugality.

Time, the social tide, the expectations of learners, and economic pressure at organisational level will themselves be a driving force for innovation. The scope for people in our community to make a difference is great.

The ALT-C 2011 themes will be:

  • Research and rigour - creating, marshalling and making effective use of evidence
  • Making things happen - systematic design, planning, and implementation
  • Broad tents and strange bedfellows - collaborating, scavenging and sharing to increase value
  • At the sharp end - enabling organisations and their managers to solve business, pedagogic and technical challenges
  • Teachers of the future - understanding and influencing the future role and practices of teachers
  • Preparing for a thaw - looking ahead to a time beyond the disruptive discontinuities of the next few years

ALT-C 2011 will provide a valuable and practical forum for practitioners, researchers, managers and policy-makers from education and industry to explore, reflect, influence and learn.

Whether you've been involved in ALT for years, are new to the learning technology domain, or are an experienced researcher or presenter from other fields with innovation to report, they would welcome your submission. They welcome submissions of two broad types:

  • An abstract of up to 350 words describing either a Demonstration (30 minutes), Short Presentation (ePoster + 6 mins), Short Paper (20 minutes), Symposium (60 minutes or occasionally 80 minutes), or a Workshop (60 minutes). All abstracts will appear in the Conference Introduction and Abstracts.
  • A full Proceedings Paper of up to 5000 words, for publication in the peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings of ALT-C 2011, together with a 350 word abstract (taken from the paper), and a 200 word presentation overview which will appear in the Conference Introduction and Abstracts and online.


Key dates:
Calls and Guidelines issued 10 December 2010
Proposals accepted from mid December 2010
Submissions close on 21 February 2011
Presenters' registration deadline 27 June 2011
Earlybird registration deadline 4 July 2011
Registrations close on 12 August 2011

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