What to expect from the ALT Conference’s social media channels and how to get involved.
By Lorna M. Campbell, @lornamcampbell, University of Edinburgh
The ALT Conference is almost upon as and we’re looking forward to welcoming delegates to the city and University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh is a wonderful city to visit at any time of the year, but we appreciate that traveling to attend conferences is not always practical or possible, so in order to ensure that the conference is as accessible and inclusive as possible, ALT provides a range of online channels to enable you to participate in the conference remotely. Frances Bell has already written a really helpful post on how to participate in the conference online.
In addition to watching the ALT conference livestream, and signing up for VConnecting sessions, you can engage with the conference through ALT’s social media channels and the #altc hashtag, which is already hotting up as delegates prepare for the conference.
The ALT Conference has always had a really lively and engaging social media presence, which draws in participants from all over the world. I’m delighted to help facilitate this as part of ALT’s social media team, along with partners in crime Rich Goodman (@bulgenen), from the University of Loughborough, and photographer Chris Bull (@chrisbull1980). My role is to livetweet the conference keynotes from ALT’s official twitter account @A_L_T, while Rich will be tweeting Chris’ photographs, which really capture the buzz and energy of the conference. You can see Chris’ pictures from last year’s ALT Conference on ALT’s flickr channel, and in keeping with ALT’s strategic commitment to openness, they’re all Creative Commons licensed.
CC BY NC 2.0, Chris Bull for the Association for Learning Technology on flickr
I’ve written several blog posts over the years about my experience of live tweeting the ALT conference, and in my CMALT portfolio I reflected on the difference between tweeting for ALT in an official capacity, and tweeting from my own personal account:
Live tweeting in an official capacity for events such as the ALT Conference requires a different approach to live tweeting from my own personal account. When I live tweet on behalf of an event organiser I try to keep my tweets as factual, neutral and representative as possible. It’s important not to misrepresent the speaker or inadvertently tweet anything that might bring the organisation into disrepute. If I’m tweeting personally, I tend to tweet the points that interest me, adding my own thoughts and comments along the way.
The ALT Conference has a justifiable reputation for the quality of its keynotes, and this year is no exception. Although it can be a little daunting, it’s a real privilege to livetweet such inspirational speakers.
It’s hard to overestimate the influence Sue Beckingham (@suebecks) has had on the learning technology community in the UK, through her blog Social Media for Learning, the weekly #LTHEchat twitter chat, and the open online course Bring Your Own Device for Learning. Sue brings a nuanced and critical approach to the use of social media in teaching and learning and is generous in sharing her practice and experience with the community.
I heard Ollie Bray (@olliebray) speaking many years ago when he was Head Teacher at Kingussie High School and I remember being really intrigued by his inspirational approaches to teaching and learning and innovative use of technology and social media, so I’m really looking forward to hearing about and livetweeting his recent work connecting play and education at the LEGO Foundation.
I’m particularly thrilled to hear Jesse Stommel (@Jessifer), as I’ve followed him on twitter for some time and I’m a huge admirer of his work. Just a few weeks ago I was following the Digital Pedagogy Lab, co-founded by Jesse, on twitter and though I only dipped my toe into the incredibly rich stream of tweets it was a really rewarding and thought provoking experience.
Whether you’ll be with us in Edinburgh or joining us remotely, we’d encourage you to get involved with the ALT Conference online. You can do this by:
- Following the official ALT twitter account @A_L_T / https://twitter.com/A_L_T
- Following the conference hashtag #altc
- Tweeting your own comments, reflections and pictures on the #altc conference hashtag.
- Sharing your photographs online, remember to use the #altc hashtag and add an open licence!
You don’t need a twitter account to read @A_L_T’s tweets and to follow the #altc tag, but you do need an account if you want to retweet and comment.
And of course no ALT event would be complete without the occasional #shoetweet!
#altc #shoetweet, CC BY, Lorna M. Campbell
So put our best foot forward and join us in Edinburgh and online for #altc