This year’s ALT conference—Association for Learning Technology—was held at Nottingham University, with the theme: ‘Building new cultures of learning’. It was the 20th annual conference so this year’s event was quite a celebration of ALT’s achievements over the years.
The Humanities eLearning Team were well represented at the conference and had four submitted papers accepted with three being delivered over the 3-day event.
Jonny Crook delivered a paper entitled, ‘Using Technology to Support New Ideas in Language Learning: a ’TESS Experience’ exemplar covering written and audio assessment in Spanish’. He explained the process behind a recent, successful TESS project working with Susana Lorenzo (Spanish Language, SALC) on using technology, assessment and audiobooks. Tablets and stylus’ were used to provide feedback via digital annotation on written work. Digital recording devices were available for students to record their audiobooks. The presentation also discussed the working relationship between academic and Learning Technologist.
Cath Booth’s paper, ‘Reconstructing the Past through Visual Assessment (TESS Experience exemplar)’, was another example of an innovative project set up by academic and the eLearning Team. Melanie Giles (Archaeology, SALC) created a Blackboard-based formative assessment featuring visualisations. These image-based assessments were supplemented and enriched by primary data and research articles, and audio interviews with the visualisation artists that explained how (and why) the images were created.
Anna Verges’ session focussed on eAssessment. A number of HE institutions in the UK have reported on the effects of the use of Turnitin/Grademark on a number of fronts. Her presentation reviewed JISC available evidence as well as local data from 2010 to 2013 on the implementation of the Faculty Plan to transition into online submission and eFeedback. The presentation aimed to evaluate and consolidate the existing evidence and to identify possible new lines of enquiry.