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Our winter meeting of the East Midlands Learning Technologists group is due to take place on Thursday 14th December 2017, 12:00-16:00, University of Northampton.

Learning Analytics: Using data to improve the learner experience
The data we collect from learners can be really powerful in helping us to shape and improve learning and educational institutions and organisations are pushing to use learner data more effectively. But, how can we use this data most effectively? How much can this really tell us about the learner experience? What are its limitations? What are the ethical implications of collecting and using this data? How should the introduction of the GDPR on 25th May 2018 influence how we store and manage this data?

During the event we hope to explore these questions and more, discussing how learner data, big and small, can be used to help us improve learning and teaching.

We will also have a special workshop from Niall Sclater from Jisc exploring ethics and how this links to GDPR.

Whether it is data from a single activity which helps us to focus teaching resources and respond to the student voice or on a larger scale, where data across platforms comes together to aid retention and achievement, data becomes a valuable asset for both the tutor and learner.

Call for presentations
We'd still like some short presentations from our community – 5 minutes - where you tell us about the approaches you have taken using learner data, this can be from the perspective of the tutor or learner, so please complete the form if you're happy to present.
https://goo.gl/forms/EhGBDfKxlZCX2MmI2
Closing date for submitting ideas is 5pm on Friday 1st December 2017.

Event Details
The booking form is at https://emltdec17.eventbrite.co.uk
Food and drink will be available on arrival at 12:00 - details to follow.
Further details for parking and a map of the campus will be provided nearer the time.
If you'd like any more detail, please drop me an email to Laura Hollinshead at laurahollinshead@gmail.com


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Hello Everyone,

We need you! Call for members of the EMLT Steering Group

We are currently looking for members of the EMLT community to join the EMLT Steering Group. We are keen to have representation from all sectors, higher education, further education, local authorities and the private sector and from all types of learning technology role. Preference will be given to areas which are not currently represented by steering group members, particularly further education and local education authorities. There are currently two positions available and we have detailed below some of the responsibilities.

Responsibilities
* Attend and contribute to Steering Group Meetings - usually before each event
* Co-run 1 webinar with another member of the steering group (supported by ALT via BB Collaborate)
* Write 2 blog posts (these can include EMLT event summaries)
* Promote EMLT through your interaction on social media by using #EMLT on all appropriate posts
* Promote the work of ALT and the CMALT certification

This will take an estimated 2.5 days (depending on attendance at events and complexity of blog post)

So, if you are passionate about the East Midlands, learning technology and want to help develop the EMLT community, then please complete the form below with a short explanation of why you would like to join the EMLT Steering Group and how this role relates to your interest in learning technology. The deadline for submissions is 10th November 2017.

We would also like to know whether you are working towards CMALT or have achieved CMALT and this will be asked on the form.

https://goo.gl/forms/YEqFLBwH43VjryoM2

Thanks

EMLT Steering Group

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Our summer meeting of the East Midlands Learning Technologists group is due to take place on Wednesday 23rd August 2017, 12:00-16:00, Loughborough University.

Learning Analytics: Using data to improve the learner experience
The data we collect from learners can be really powerful in helping us to shape and improve learning and educational institutions and organisations are pushing to use learner data more effectively. But, how can we use this data most effectively? How much can this really tell us about the learner experience? What are its limitations? What are the ethical implications of collecting and using this data? How should the introduction of the GDPR on 25th May 2018 influence how we store and manage this data?

During the event we hope to explore these questions and more, discussing how learner data, big and small, can be used to help us improve learning and teaching. Whether it is data from a single activity which helps us to focus teaching resources and respond to the student voice or on a larger scale, where data across platforms comes together to aid retention and achievement, data becomes a valuable asset for both the tutor and learner.

Call for presentations
We'd still like some short presentations from our community – 5 minute - where you tell us about the approaches you have taken using learner data, this can be from the perspective of the tutor or learner, so please complete the form if you're happy to present.
https://goo.gl/forms/EhGBDfKxlZCX2MmI2
Closing date for submitting ideas is 5pm on Friday 11th August 2017.

Event Details
If you have not yet booked a place, please complete the form on Eventbrite, you will need to enter the password to get in. This is: em1t (emlt with the L replaced by a number 1). The booking form is at https://emltsummer17.eventbrite.co.uk
Food and drink will be available on arrival at 12:00 - details to follow.
Further details for parking and a map of the campus will be provided nearer the time.
If you'd like any more detail, please drop me an email to Laura Hollinshead at laurahollinshead@gmail.com

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Hi all,

I've just read this recent post from Donald Clark. As someone on the outside of HE, but with some knowledge of it, a lot of what he writes rings true.

What do those in this group think? Although I guess many may wish to be circumspect as this is a public forum... ;-)

Cheers,

Mark

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Our spring meeting of the East Midlands Learning Technologists group is due to take place on Wednesday 5th April 2017, 12:00-16:00, University of Derby.

Universal Design: How learning technology can support inclusive learning and teaching
Ensuring equal access to learning opportunities is a priority for all educators. This is a key area for all learning technologists to be aware of, as technology can provide many benefits but if used incorrectly can also create barriers to learning.
During the event we would like to explore how simple approaches as well as strategic initiatives can be taken to improve access to learning opportunities through the use of learning technology. This theme is relevant to all sectors but is currently particularly relevant for the Higher Education sector as reductions in government funding for the Disabled Student Allowance require institutions to take more responsibility in ensuring inclusive learning and teaching practices are embedded in the curriculum.

Call for presentations
We'd still like some short presentations from our community – 5 minute - where you tell us about the approaches you have taken using technologies to support equal access to education, so please complete the form if you're happy to present.
https://goo.gl/forms/Ck4vWK214Z7duf9R2
Closing date for submitting ideas is 5pm on Friday 24th March 2017.

Event Details
If you have not yet booked a place, please complete the form on Eventbrite, you will need to enter the password to get in. This is: em1t (emlt with the L replaced by a number 1). The booking form is at https://emltspring17.eventbrite.co.uk
Food and drink will be available on arrival at 12:00 - details to follow.
Further details for parking and a map of the campus will be provided nearer the time.
If you'd like any more detail, please drop me an email to Laura Hollinshead at laurahollinshead@gmail.com

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We have had an offer from ALT to move the EMLT WordPress blog to an alt.ac.uk domain. We would like to know from the community if you would like to do this or keep it as it is. The blog would be the same but just a different address.
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Annual Conference 2017: Call for Proposals now open

The 24th ALT Annual Conference takes place from 5 to 7 September 2017 in Liverpool. The theme this year is ‘Beyond islands of innovation – how Learning Technology became the new norm(al)’. The Conference is chaired by Peter Alston and Professor Helen O’Sullivan, both at the University of Liverpool.

The Call for Proposals is now open: http://go.alt.ac.uk/altcall. You can view it as a Google Doc or download a PDF.

Conference themes:

- Empowerment in Learning Technology: supporting students through staff/student partnerships, students as influencers, developing skills and supporting staff at all levels;
- Learning Spaces: impact of Learning Technology on the physical and the virtual, strategies for enabling innovation, effectively managing change;
- Moving from the practical to the ‘publishable’: reporting from the forefront of innovation and research, policy and strategy fit (or not) for what’s ahead, sharing practice and scaling up Learning Technology through large scale institutional projects;
- At the forefront of innovation: ethical implications of ‘data’ for learning and teaching, making use of data in assessment, the hype around AI, machine learning and learning analytics and what’s beyond;
- Wildcard: you are free to contribute any aspect of your research, practice or policy work.

Key dates
Call for Proposals announced in early February 2017
Submission system opens in late February 2017
Webinars for potential authors: March 2017
Deadline for submissions is Midnight GMT, Monday 20 March 2017
Notification of acceptance: May 2017
Register to attend: May 2017
Webinar for accepted authors: August 2017

Proposals for different session formats:
You can submit proposals for one of the following:
- Posters (displayed in print and online)
- 5 minutes: Lightning talk, usually a presentation
- 20 minutes: presentation with time for questions or a brief discussion
- 40 minutes: research presentation, technical demonstration or discussion, all with an interactive element for participants
- 1 hour: workshop or panel discussion, fully interactive format.

Please see the full call for further information and guidance on how to submit your proposal. http://go.alt.ac.uk/altcall

Thank you,

and best wishes,

We are going to skip the Winter meeting - time is against us in terms of oragnising something in short order. So we are turning our attention towards the Spring meeting.

With this in mind - we are looking for somewhere to host the Spring meeting, in April?

Please get in touch with Rob Weale (rweale@dmu.ac.uk) ASAP if you might be able to host.?

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE

Just in case there are some of you out there who were planning on coming to the winter meeting, but hadn't booked via eventbrite. . .

The number of bookings for the EMLT session scheduled for Monday 19th December at Loughborough College is quite low. Such that it is not enough to run the planned Enigma event.

Given this, and the lack of time available to plan an alternative session - the decision has been made to postpone the session until the new year.

Apologies and Season's Greetings.

Rob Weale
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