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ALT NI Annual Event – Full Programme

Not long now till the ALT NI Annual Event begins! We are looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday morning. Please see the full details of our programme below.


9:00 – 10:00 – Registration and Demonstrations

Come join us in the foyer of the Peter Froggatt Centre for coffee and registration.  There will also be demonstrations of many of the technologies and resources that feature in the talks today, including the Virtual Reality sets, 3D printed materials, the STEM in Minecraft resource and much more!

10.00 – Welcome and Keynote Presentation

A Voyage Through Space(s) – navigating the digital landscape, spaces for teaching and learning, and the ‘inner space’ of the imagination.
Dr Iain MacLabhrainn (National University Ireland Galway)

We are pleased to welcome Dr Iain Mac Labhrainn (MacLaren), the Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching in National University of Ireland, Galway.His teaching and research interests are in a wide range of aspects of physics, computing and education. Winner of two Awards for teaching excellence, the D. Reidel Research Prize in Physics, the Ramsey Memorial Prize in Astrophysics and of the European Academic Software Award (team).

His current research interests include: Higher Education policy and practice, The nature of creativity in HE, Learning Technologies and their strategic deployment and Models of Learning.

11.15 – 12.00

STEM in Minecraft
Melanie Mulligan and Treasa Farrell (CCEA)
An award-winning CCEA resource for primary school children, offering immersive learning about the Viking world, and connecting aspects of History with Science & Technology.

Reimagine, Remake, Replay
Martin Melarkey (Nerve Centre), Emma McAleer (National Museums NI) and Clodagh Lavelle (NI Museums Council)
An exciting regional project allowing young people to connect with and enhance museum collections using a mix of creative media and the latest digital technologies.

12.00 – 13.00 – Parallel Sessions

Two parallel sessions exploring participation and collaboration through learning technology

Main Room

  • CMALT Cohort: Accreditation for Learning Technology Professionals – Shannon Boyce (Northern Regional College) and Matt Birch (Queen’s University Belfast)
  • Wordclouds and Twitter – Brian McGowan (University of Ulster)
  • Employing Collaborative Design Thinking To Encourage Midwifery Students To Suspend Their Disbelief During Simulated Clinical Performance – Matt Birch (Queen’s University Belfast)
  • Queen’s Assessment Hub: A Co-created Resource – Aideen Gibson (Queen’s University Belfast)

Breakout Room (PFC 02/011)

  • The Digital Classroom (Mashme platform) – Shelby Hanna (Queen’s University Belfast)
  • Knock-knock! Who’s there? Experience with attendance monitoring in HE – Prof George Kernohan (University of Ulster)
  • Development of digital teaching aids for use in anatomical teaching of undergraduate Human Biology students – Dr Declan McLaughlin (Queen’s University Belfast)
  • Comma chameleons: lessons learned from studying engagement with an online academic writing toolkit – Irene O’Dowd (Hibernia College)

13.00 – 13.30 – Final Session

Linking the Jisc Insights Survey with Digital Capability
Jason Miles-Campbell (Jisc)
This session will review the findings of the 2018 Jisc Digital Insights Survey, completed by 37,000 students across 83 FE and HE institutions, exploring what those results mean for both staff and student digital capability development.

13.30 Lunch and Close

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