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ALT webinar _ Living and learning in the open: Supporting and developing open courses 13:00 - 13:40 12/03/2015

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In this session we talk to Martin Hawksey, Chief Innovation, Community and Technology Officer at the Association for Learning Technology (ALT), about the development of the Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning (ocTEL). As part of this we explore how ALT Members supported the design, development and running of the course as well as the technical challenges of facilitating a distributed learning experience and in particularly helping learners make connections to knowledge and people in an open learning space.

You can access the webinar here (please note the session will not be live until one hour before the start time).

Please note that the sessions will take place in Blackboard Collaborate. Even if you are familiar with Blackboard, it is important that in advance you check that your system and connection are capable of handling a session, and that you have the (small) Blackboard Collaborate client successfully installed. Do this from the support page at


Enhancing student learning outcomes with simulation-based pedagogies​ - Transforming Assessment Webinar - 04/03/2015 07.00-08.00

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Presenter: A/Prof. Pierre Benckendorff (University of Queensland, Australia).

This seminar will explore the techniques used to assess the learning outcomes of online business simulations. Online business simulations are complex learning tools designed to teach strategy, competitive analysis, finance, marketing, HRM, cross-functional alignment, and the selection of tactics to build a successful business. Simulations can develop a range of skills and capabilities that are challenging to develop using traditional teaching and learning approaches. Simulations are one of many tools in the educator's tool kit and their effectiveness depends on the use of appropriate pedagogy and assessment to support student learning. 
Audience interaction is encouraged to make it a lively session.

Hosted by: Professor Geoffrey Crisp (RMIT University, Australia) and
Dr Mathew Hillier (The Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation, The University of Queensland, Australia).

The start time will be 07:00 UST/GMT (duration 1 hour approx). See your equivalent local time

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Sessions are hosted by Professor Geoffrey Crisp, Dean Learning and Teaching, RMIT University and Dr Mathew Hillier, Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation, University of Queensland, Australia.

Please note all sessions are recorded and made public after the event.​


Pebblepad Webinar - Designs for student-centered learning in MOOCs 10.00 03/03/2015

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Designs for student-centered learning in MOOCs

  "Designs for student-centered learning in MOOCs will take place on Tuesday March 3 at 10am GMT.

Webinar Details

Location: Online

Facilitator: Dr John Couperthwaite

Themes: MOOCs, Student-centered learning; Short online courses.​

Presenters: David Eddy (Sheffield Hallam University)

Massive, Open, Online……Personal & Collaborative?:

Delivering the Enhancing Prostate Cancer Care MOOC via PebblePad.

Sharing the key features of learning design, mechanisms for reward/recognition and the generation of a collaborative outcome.

Utilising digital workbooks (task portfolio's) within the PebblePad personal learning space for personalised engagement, with a social and collaborative dimension – the nature and extent of which, the learner determined.


Fiona Harvey (University of Southampton)

MOOCs after the hype has gone

Fiona will talk about life after the Tsunami that was the MOOCs. There was much hype about how MOOCs would cause a revolution in Higher Education and that would be changed forever. But what was the impact? Has anything changed and what has been the effect of that. What does the future hold for MOOCs?

How to join the Webinar

Click the link to the join the webinar at the specified time and date:

What you need

Getting involved couldn't be easier. All you need is access to a browser a microphone, speakers and/or headphones (we recommend a headset for the best experience). To test your browsers compatibility click here.

This the second in our spring webinar series, to find out details of the rest of the series click here

Please send any queries to:

Beth Motherwell, Social Media and Online Community Coordinator UK

01952 288 284 |


Recording of ALT Webinar - How Open is Open Education? Removing barriers for all staff, students and other learners 29/01/2015

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The desire to develop open education frontiers has often focussed on improving access geographically to distant students, or to those unable to gain a place in Higher Education, through digital provision. However, these resources often fail to understand the accessibility challenges they raise and what needs to be done to avoid them. The Inclusive Learning Special Interest Group (ILSIG) sought to raise the profile of accessible practice with resources and applications with the ALT and TechDis communities, but this was often limited to those with special interest in this. With the loss of JISC TechDis we have taken the opportunity to progress a more accessible and inclusive approach through the OpenEd SIG, where we hope it fits more comfortably with its broader agenda to reach a wider audience.

We will have a number of speakers who will share their experiences in improving access to Open Educational Resources and a discussion.

Chaired by Paul Richardson

Presented by Shirley Evans and Terry McAndrew 

You can access a recording of the webinar here.​


Digital Badges to Curate, Credential and carry forward digital learning evidence - Transforming Assessment Webinar - 04/02/2015 07.00-08.00 Transforming Assessment Webinar - 04/02/2015 07.00-08.00

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David Gibson (Curtin University, Australia) and Kate Coleman (Deakin University, Australia)

This seminar will explore the following questions: What is badging, and how can I use it to warrant learning and motivate higher education students? How do I implement a whole of program approach to badging - in a degree program or an extra-curricular program? How do I implement a whole of institution approach to badging- how to approach policy, change leadership, and professional bodies? 
Mozilla's Open Badges project has opened up a new way of recognising skills and learning through an open, stackable framework and provided an opportunity to identify more detailed aspects of learning. Badging skills, experiences and knowledge can supplement or possibly replace traditional assessment signals such as marks and grades in the future. We have also seen through our networks and ongoing research how open badges can enable a more social approach to assessment: where badges can be issued or endorsed by designated stakeholders - peers, mentors, industry, associations – both within and outside of an institution and build the learner’s ability to judge their own and others’ performance. 
In 2014, Deakin University, Melbourne Australia with project partner Curtin University, Perth Western Australia were awarded an Australian Office for Learning and Teaching strategic commissioned project to research, educate and advise Australian higher education providers - through networks, resources, courses and forums - to (1) design courses where students, including those without broadband connectivity, curate rich digital evidence and carry it forward; (2) micro-credential outcomes using digital badging; and (3) explore educational pathways and business models to enable lifelong learning for students. The project is supported by non-commercial international network enabling partners: two based in the USA - Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-based Learning (AAEEBL) and the UK-based The Centre for Recording Achievement (CRA). This networking, support and collaborative partnership includes commercial digital enablers, Badge Alliance, Telstra, Cisco and a government cross-sector education agency: Education Services Australia. The project site can be found here:​


Pebblepad 'Experience Better' webinar events list for 2015

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These webinars will run every first Tuesday of the month and form part of our wider community of practice. We will also be welcoming all our colleagues from around the world  hence the earlier start time of 10am for some; all other sessions will begin at 1pm.

Don't worry if you are unable to make all of these sessions as they will all be recorded and made available online shortly afterwards.

The Spring Schedule:
Tuesday, 3rd February, 1-2pm

Putting feed-forward at the centre of eAssessment strategies


Liz Mossop (University of Nottingham)

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, utilises PebblePad as a reflective portfolio for students to record their activities and experiences during their training to become a veterinary surgeon.

Christine Hirsch (University of Birmingham)

The MPharm programme at the University of Birmingham is a new pharmacy programme which uses PebblePad to support the ePortfolio required component of the four year programme. This is to assist in developing the student's reflective skills and encourage an integrative approach to learning. 

Themes: eAssessment; Continuous assessment; ipsative feedback; feed-forward;

Tuesday, 3rd March, 10am

Designs for student-centered learning in MOOCs

Presenters: David Eddy (Sheffield Hallam University); Fiona Harvey (University of Southampton)
Themes: MOOCs; Student-centred learning; Short online courses;

Tuesday, 14th April, 1-2pm

Creating an effective environment for personal tutoring and research supervision

Presenters: Ian Palmer and Ian Douglas (University of Sheffield)
Themes: Personal tutoring; Supervision; Mentoring; Feedback;

Tuesday, 5th May, 1-2pm

Understanding student perspectives of using ePortfolios

Presenters: Student representatives from three universities.
Themes: Reflective practice; Managing skills; Student-centered learning;

Tuesday, 2nd June, 10am

Lessons on recording student completion of competencies

Presenters: Paul Duvall (University of Liverpool)
Themes: Micro-learning; Workbooks; Learning activities;

Register for the Webinars here:​


OER 15 Conference in Wales 14-15/04/2015

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book your place by the 2nd February to take advantage of Early Bird Registration Fee​.

Conference Themes

The main conference focus will be ‘Mainstreaming Open Education’ along with six sub themes :

Impact Research

Open Education across Languages and Cultures

Learners and Other Communities

Open Educational Practice (OEP) and Policy

Open Courses

Open Education in Colleges and Schools                          ​

 For more information please visit our abstracts page​         

Keynote Speakers                           ​

Josie Fraser, Dr Cable Green, Sheila MacNeill and Professor Martin Weller