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Call for expressions of interest: STEM Masterclass for Advance HE

I am currently seeking  expressions of interest for an associate to co-deliver a 5 day STEM masterclass in Bahrain in November for Advance-HE.

Interested candidates should:

  • Have a background in STEM disciplines;
  • Be confident in modelling a  range of digital technologies that can be used for teaching, learning, assessment and professional development;
  • Have experience of staff support and development;
  • Be able to commit to five continuous days of delivery in November;
  • Be able to commit to five days for preparation work, this will be flexible but required from late September through October;
  • Be familiar with the HEA Professional Standards Framework (PSF).

The programme will be delivered in parallel by the two trainers, to two cohorts of ~ 30 STEM academics with a range of teaching experience, and will be aligned to Fellowship of the PSF. The programme will be developed by Advance-HE, however input from the selected associate will be welcome.

Interested parties should send a brief statement outlining how they meet the above criteria, and what they feel they can bring to the role. Max 1 page. Please contact me if you would like to discuss the role

Many thanks,

Catherine (Kay) Hack
Academic Lead STEM

email.catherine.hack@advance-he.ac.uk

@HEASTEM

www.advance-he.ac.uk
Innovation Way, York Science Park
Heslington, York YO10 5BR

Invitation to virtually attend ALT-C 2018 in Belfast

ALT is celebrating 25 years this year and the annual conference is in Manchester. There is still time to register to attend, but for those of us who are unable to attend in person, we are hosting virtual sessions in Belfast in a similar vein to last year; one day at Ulster University and one day at Queen’s University.

11-13 September 2018, Manchester, UK
For ALT’s 25th Annual Conference we will bring together different critical perspectives in Learning Technology from across our community that will examine the challenges ahead and question the shape of things to come.

We will be meeting around 8.30/9.00am each day to register, make introductions and get some ideas of what people would like to gain from the day. Then we will link in with the conference live stream from Manchester (note all live streamed talks have the YouTube icon on the programme). Based on last year’s feedback we will be finishing up just after lunch to allow people to get back to their desks for the afternoon.

Day 1: Tuesday 11th September – University of Ulster – BA-03-028 (City Centre Campus) – register here for free

KEYNOTE: Tressie MacMillan Cottom (at 10.00am)

Day 2: Wednesday 12th September – Queen’s University Belfast, Computer Science Building/02/043 First Derivatives Project Space – register here for free

KEYNOTE: Amber Thomas (at 10.00am)

Each day will have the keynotes live streamed and in between sessions will be all about sharing practice, watching other live streamed sessions and networking over coffee and cake and maybe even some bacon rolls. In addition, it is the perfect opportunity to learn about the new learning spaces hosting the event each day; the new Computer Sciences building at Queen’s and the new purpose built Ulster University Belfast facilities.

Lunch will NOT be provided so this is a great chance to get out and explore the city and if you would like to pitch any ideas to the committee (we will ensure we stand out) for upcoming events or workshops then please let us know, preferably, in advance of the event so we can discuss as a wider group.

The event is very informal and everyone is welcome to stay or come and go over the two days but please do apply for the Eventbrite ticket(s) to give us an idea of numbers and to ensure you get access to the venues.

Looking forward to some lively edtech discussions before term kicks off. In the meantime check out the conference programme and keynote speaker information and don’t forget to join the conversation with the #altc hashtag throughout the conference.

Queries: Clare Thomson (Queen’s) at c.thomson@qub.ac.uk

Launch Day Speaker Videos

Our official launch in March this year was a day full of sharing both knowledge and experience. We all left having met new colleagues in the world of edtech in Northern Ireland and heads buzzing with new ideas to take back to our own work place. Each speaker video is embedded below and here is a Wakelet of the day’s Tweets. A huge thank you to all involved and for the wonderful Ulster University hospitality and hope to see you all again at our virtual ALT-C 2018 event in September. We are also reviewing your feedback and will shape future events around what you told us you need most from a community.

Maren Deepwell,Chief Executive, Association for Learning Technology

Richard Beggs, Centre for Higher Education Research and Practice, Ulster University

Claire Dewhirst, Head of the Centre for Educational Development, Queen’s University Belfast

Catherine Bruen, Head of eLearning at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, ILTA Director, Deputy-Chair

Stephen McClean, Professor of Bioscience Education, Ulster University

Paul McElvaney, Chief Executive Officer, Learning Pool

Panel session – Challenges and Opportunities

ALT Northern Ireland Members Group Launch

Date: 8th March 2018, 9.30am to 2.00pm

Venue: Ulster University, Belfast Campus

Please join us at this launch in Belfast for networking, inspiration and refreshments.

Maren Deepwell, Chief Executive of ALT, will be cutting the virtual ribbon on the Northern Ireland Members Group in this half day event. The morning will showcase educational technology across Ireland and across sectors. As this is also International Women’s Day we will celebrate women’s role in the field.

Confirmed speakers include Claire Dewhirst (Queen’s University Belfast), Catherine Bruen (Irish Learning Technology Association), Diane Hazlett (Ulster University), Stephen McClean (Ulster University) and Paul McElvaney (Learning Pool).

Please register here and contact Clare Thomson or Craig Dooley with any queries. The full programme will be posted on this site during February.

Event Programme (PDF, 106KB)

We really look forward to meeting you in March.

Dates for your diary: CMALT Workshops

Professional Development for staff working with technology in learning

Announcing the first two CMALT workshop dates:

Wednesday 29th November 2017 – 12.00-14.00

Monday 18th December 2017 – 12.00-14.00

These CMALT workshops will provide information about the portfolio-based scheme together with practical support and guidance from those who have successfully been through the process. Each session will be a blend of guest speaker and practical hands-on work for your portfolio. The sessions will not only focus on your professional development but will afford the opportunity to get together as a Community of Practice with colleagues across Northern Ireland and importantly across disciplines and categories. Who knows what exciting projects will emerge in the coming year.

We warmly invite people whose work involves learning technology – learning technologists, academics, librarians – to join us and explore how to have their experience and capabilities certified by peers. You can read more about CMALT on the ALT website.

The first two sessions will take place in the Flexible Teaching Space in Queen’s University which will allow us to explore technology and learning in a collaborative, informal space.

Apply for a place

In order to book a place please submit a short paragraph outlining your reasons for wanting to work towards CMALT to c.thomson@qub.ac.uk by Wednesday 22nd November 2017.

We look forward to seeing you soon

Craig Dooley and Clare Thomson

CMALT Holders and Assessors

CMALT Digital Badge

Queen’s University Joins ALT

QUB Lanyon building with ALT sticker

Queen’s University Belfast has just announced that it has joined ALT as an organisational member.  This means that Queen’s staff can join ALT for free as associated members and gain access to all the benefits of the ALT community. Associate members also receive a discount when applying for CMALT accreditation.  So if any new Queen’s ALT members are interested in going for CMALT accreditation, keep an eye out for our ALT NI CMALT-writing workshops later this Autumn.

Find out more about the CMALT accreditation. 

Register as an ALT Associate Member
*use your QUB email address for registration

Virtually attending ALT-C 2017 in Belfast

This semi-formal event was one of the first the Northern Ireland Members Group organised for a wider audience. As a nascent group it was wonderful to see the turn out for the virtual attendance of the annual conference on the Tuesday and Wednesday.

Each day had many contrasting elements, the different keynotes and the different locations being the most prominent. Tuesday took place in the Moot Court in the new Law Building at Queen’s University, and we all got an inside view of the technology available within the space. The streaming of the sessions was of superb quality and there was barely a break in transmission throughout.

Wednesday in contrast took place in a creative space in the new Ulster University Belfast campus. This room was overflowing with various furniture – desk chairs to sofas – tools and technology woven seamlessly in, highlighting its flexible, collaborative potential.

Across the two days we had a mix of learning technologists, academics and librarians which was one of the elements that we were most keen to promote – a connection across all areas of staff. Discussions after live sessions were rich and stories and experiences swapped.

It is something that we would definitely consider doing again because whilst we could have watched the sessions in private at our desks there were definite benefits to be had as a group, such as:

  • new connections were made
  • new projects were proposed
  • different viewpoints were shared
  • stories and experiences were shared
  • making the effort to specifically be away from the desk in a different location afforded greater focus on the talks

Having learned from the experience, however, we would potentially change the length of the days and perhaps focus on having a breakfast meet up specifically for the keynotes as people found it difficult to attend for the whole day. Also the live streaming programme was liable to change and unlike live attendees we couldn’t change session if a live talk was removed from the session.

Discussions were so good it was difficult to be in multiple spaces at once so we still have a lot to catch up on such as the #LTHEchat Storify and Virtually Connections sessions.

Many thanks to all who helped organise the days, who attended and of course a very special thanks to both institutions for coffee, scones and bacon rolls.

Finally a huge congratulations to our committee member Richard Beggs, who gained third place in the Learning Technologist of the Year Awards. What an achievement and an inspiration for us all!

Virtual Sessions for ALT-NI Meet

For those of you who are joining us to virtually attend the ALT conference this year, this post pulls together the sessions that are going to be live streamed on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th.

The full conference programme can be found on the ALT website in textual format and of course don’t forget the hashtag #altc to share your experiences.

If you haven’t yet registered for this FREE event please do, as it gives us an accurate number for coffee/tea: Tuesday at Queen’s register here and Wednesday at Ulster register here.

Tuesday

Tuesday session 1: 9.45am

 

Tuesday Session 2: 1.30pm

 

Tuesday Session 3: 3.30pm

Wednesday

Wednesday Session 1: 9.30am

 

Wednesday Session 2: 1.00pm

 

Wednesday Session 3: 2.20pm

Looking forward to seeing you there

ALT NI Steering Group

Join us in Belfast to virtually attend ALT-C 2017

ALT sticker
Greater than the sum of our parts

The countdown is well and truly underway for the upcoming annual ALT Conference in Liverpool, from 5 – 7 September 2017. However, if you are unable to get to Liverpool from sunny Ireland we have organised a free virtual get together for the 5 and the 6 September. We will be meeting at 9.00am each day to register, make introductions and get some ideas of what people would like to gain from the day. Then we will link in with the conference live stream from Mountford Hall.

Day 1: 5th September – venue Queen’s University Belfast – Moot Court, School of Law (Main Campus) – register here for free

KEYNOTE: Bonnie Stewart (at 9.45am)

Day 2: 6th September – University of Ulster, BA-03-028 (City Centre Campus) – register here for free

KEYNOTE: Sian Bayne (at 9.30am)

Each day will have the keynotes live streamed and in between sessions will be all about sharing practice, watching other live streamed sessions and networking over coffee and cake. In addition, it is the perfect opportunity to learn about the new learning spaces hosting the event each day; the Moot Court at Queen’s and the new purpose built Ulster University Belfast facilities.

Lunch will NOT be provided so this is a great chance to get out and explore the city and if you would like to pitch any ideas to the committee (we will ensure we stand out) for upcoming events or workshops then please let us know, preferably, in advance of the event so we can discuss as a wider group.

The event is very informal and everyone is welcome to stay or come and go over the two days but please do apply for the Eventbrite ticket(s) to give us an idea of numbers and to ensure you get access to the venues.

Looking forward to some lively edtech discussions before term kicks off. In the meantime check out the conference programme and keynote speaker information and don’t forget to join the conversation with the #altc hashtag throughout the conference.

Queries: Clare Thomson (Queen’s) at c.thomson@qub.ac.uk

JISC ConnectMore 17

pack and documents from the JISC Connect More event
JISC Connect More 17 pack

Paul Bartholomew, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Ulster University, kicked off proceedings at the JISC Connect More 17 event in Jordanstown last Thursday.  His keynote address explored some of the ways that the university were helping to prepare students and staff to become digitally ready.  

This focus on embedding digital capabilities through educational institutions continued throughout the day.  Sarah Knight and Lisa Gray ran two sessions in the morning looking at approaches to developing digital skills. I left each session with a pack of practical resources that will help me start conversations with staff and students about what digital skills they think are important. These sessions also reminded me that I’m not having enough conversations with staff and students about this!

Our newest ALT Northern Ireland member, Helen Dixon from Northern Regional College, led a session on microlearning and contributed to the final panel session.  Andy Jaffrey and Aine Macneill from Ulster University explored what digital skills we thought we may need in the future.  

Panel discussion with Helen Dixon, Sarah Knight
Helen Dixon on the panel at ConnectMore17

A massive thank you to the JISC team who provided such an informative and inspiring event – and for squeezing in a last minute presentation from Clare Thomson and myself to publicise the ALT Northern Ireland group.  

There’s a few more JISC Connect More events coming up in England – and if you have the opportunity I’d really recommend going.

Clare Thomson and Emma McAllister presenting at Connect More 17
Clare Thomson and Emma McAllister presenting at Connect More 17