September 3, 2014 10:20 am
Day 3 is all about Research and this, the third and final day of our annual conference, is jointly supported by sponsors IBM and Techtrade.
You can openly access and download all of the research papers, published as a Special Issue of Research in Learning Technology.
Opening the day is Audrey Watters, writer at Hack Education, with her keynote “Ed-Tech, Frankenstein’s Monster, and Teacher Machines”. On a romp through literature and the cultural history of ed-tech to talk about teaching machines and monsters, participants will be questioning what it means to create intelligent machines? What does it mean to create intelligent teaching machines? What does this mean in turn when we talk about using these technologies to create intelligent humans?
Featured also in the day’s programme together with researchers presenting findings from current research are talks from invited speakers Andrew Law, Director of Open Media at the Open University, UK, and James Fanning, Director of Emerging Technologies at Education Scotland. Andrew will explore lessons learnt from the open education provision at the Open University and James will engage participants in thinking about the phenomenal growth in the ownership and use of personal mobile technologies and what it means to get it right for every learner.
Other highlights of day 3 include a session about ocTEL, the Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning, led by Martin Hawksey, Chief Innovation, Technology and Community Officer at ALT, a researcher-focused workshop on how to get published as well as a number of practical showcases by exhibitors.
Maren Deepwell, chief executive of ALT, says “research informs practice and policy. It is the cornerstone of what we do and fundamental to innovation in Learning Technology. Our community is at the forefront of implementing new ways of learning and teaching at scale and collaboration and knowledge exchange across sectors and with industry is key to its success.”
ALT’s annual conference is the UK’s leading event focusing on learning technology and typically attracts over 450 participants from across the UK and all over the world, including experienced practitioners, suppliers, funders, policy makers, researchers, writers, presenters from other fields with many more engaging with the conference online.
The conference will feature a variety of sessions, keynote and invited speakers, an exhibition including technology providers, discussions of policy and development, and an active social programme with plenty of opportunities for networking.