Thank you to everyone who came along on 29th May and contributed to an enjoyable day of sharing practice. Speakers were from a wide range of sectors and showcased a variety of creative and engaging projects. Attendees had the opportunity to see the results of the projects in action in the demonstration area.
The ALT values of openness, participation and collaboration were much in evidence throughout the day as over 80 delegates discussed and shared their own practice in learning technology.
We all had great fun creating our own badges – using environmentally friendly card, string and wooden pegs. Providing stickers gave attendees an easy starting point without feeling pressurised into being creative.
Clare Thomson provided an update from ALT with slides by Dr Maren Deepwell, and interestingly when the audience of approximately 75 were asked if they had ‘learning technologist’ in their title, not one hand went up. This brought home the importance of Maren’s final slide to our community and the need to be as inclusive as we possibly can.
Next up, Dr Ian MacLaren energised the room with his keynote: A Voyage Through Space(s) – navigating the digital landscape, spaces for teaching and learning, and the ‘inner space’ of the imagination. We were challenged to rethink how we use both physical and digital spaces. Watch the recording by clicking on the image below.
Melanie Mulligan and Treasa Farrell then gave us a tour of their work: ‘STEM in Minecraft’ – A presentation about an award-winning CCEA resource for primary school children, offering immersive learning about the Viking world, and connecting aspects of History with Science & Technology.
Martin Melarkey (Nerve Centre), Emma McAleer (National Museums NI) and Clodagh Lavelle (NI Museums Council) talked about their exciting regional project, Reimagine, Remake, Replay, allowing young people to connect with and enhance museum collections using a mix of creative media and the latest digital technologies.
Members across the island shared their work in two sets of parallel sessions taking us up to lunch. The ones below have been recorded.
- 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)
Following the ethos of the day we shared an open Google Doc asking for feedback. For those of you who I know love a word cloud (nothing divides a room like it), these are the words attendees used about the event. We will build on all the feedback over the coming year and look forward to seeing you all for next year’s event and at the virtual conference in September.
All that remains is to say a huge “thank you” to everyone who made the day so special – Queen’s University for hosting us; the committee for all the behind the scenes plotting and planning; the invited guests who were all amazing; the speakers from the community who shared their work so openly; the catering staff who kept us fuelled throughout; the ALT staff who supported us and of course all the fantastic attendees who are the lifeblood to the group.