ALT-C Review Part 3: Fragments

The rest of ALT-C 2011, a collection of fragmentary notes.

3 days of conference and 2 nights of insufficient sleep = hazy recollections.

The ALT Games & Learning Special Interest Group had cake, and are going to recommend a game of the month to go with a monthly reading group.The group is open to all alt members, and we welcomed a few new members who are very new to this research area – all aboard!

Flexible service delivery uses words like ‘enterprise’ a lot. This stuff is really really important. Unfortunately I think few people in the audience were likely in any position to have any impact on their institution at the level presented here. Sorry Alex and other JISC folk – this was just too removed from my role.

Day 2 lunch had some really good food. I liked the lamb, but perhaps some more thought could have gone into provision of some kind of eating implement?

Karen Cator presented an optimistic and hopeful view of technology helping to drive change and improvement in American education. But with a fragmented system over 50 largely independant states, with public, charter and home schooling, with anti-union actions dominating the education debate in the US more say than anything that is actually to do with education, etc. the challenges are certainly substantial.

If John Cook wore glasses would he get mistaken for Vic Reeves?

Sponsor sessions are very worthwhile. They are to be greatly thanked for supporting the event, and provide a good opportunity to catch up with email.

In Yorkshire, they smoke salmon somewhere inland, miles from the coast.

If you think you have trouble getting staff and students to use technology effectively, try Bhutan.

Sometimes when giving a demo, you really just have to ‘present’ the demo – hands-on is nice, but not always practical.

John Naughton showed that you *can* deliver an engaging keynote, even if you are just reading your speech from your iPad. I suspect that this relies on having the right speech style and especially on preparing a good speech. A good closing keynote is a good time for reflection on what has been happening – and to let the audience try to identify the patterns of change likely to emerge moving forward.

Final view of alt-c 2011Sugata Mitra makes some closing remarks. Apologies to Chris Wilson (whoever he is).

Quiet carriage on the way back – at least as noisy as the non-quiet coaches. Other than no phones. Don’t really see the point.

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