#ALTc 2016

Reflections from this year's Association for Learning Technology conference, hosted at Warwick University. Not a comprehensive review, but a timeline of the bits I got to see and the people I met.

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  1. Conference participants were invited to 'make twitter green' on their travel to the event, by photographing anything green. The Warwick campus is set amongst a well established backdrop of trees, shrubs, ponds and green in every direction. Myself and a colleague from Falmouth took in the scenry adjacent to the accomodation, before heading into Warwick Arts centre; our conference hub for three days.
  2. Josie Fraser kicked off proceedings 'In the Valley of the Trolls'. Subversion and provocation in online communities can lead to harassment and bullying. Perhaps because we feel at arms length online and we're not critically engaged with our online identity. This behaviour, including trolling of trolls leads to normalising marginalisation.
  3. Keynote: Josie Fraser – In the Valley of the Trolls #altc
  4. Josie talked about the value of Open Educational Practice in this context. We can make an ethical gesture to commit to OEP and co-production. Working in the open means we are open to challenge as well as agreement.

    Closing accounts such as Microsoft's TAY ignores the issue and the Educational sector needs to respond better to this, eg' thinking about online behaviours and link to employability. Wales are making steps to support children in developing confidence and creative application of digital skills essential to life, learning and work.
  5. Recently YikYak removed anonymity from their app and this has been widely criticised by users; a wide student body that want to have a place to comment anonymously. I wonder what the affect of user identification has on trolling.

    Closing accounts such as Microsoft's TAY ignores the issue and the Educational sector needs to respond better to this, eg' thinking about online behaviours and link to employability. Wales are making steps to suppo

  6. The second session I attended presented findings from this year's UCISA survey in areas of Open Education and Learning Analytics
  7. Internal Online Courses are the most popular delivery format and there is still not a big push amongst responding institutions towards MOOCS and Open Badges.
  8. Participants in this session identified that staff and students are asked to use a lot more systems each year and that appropriate development needs to be in place to support this, in addition to consideration about expanding systems portfolio.

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