#ALTc Annual Conference 2016: Connect, Collaborate, Create

6 – 8 September 2016, University of Warwick, UK

I was thrilled to be able to attend ALTc last week.

Fun and Games Right from the Start !

It was a fabulous three days with lovely weather on a beautiful campus and it was great to catch up with loads of lovely people and make some new friends !  The fun and games started on the way there with the valiant efforts of the ALT Games and Learning SIG to get us all spotting green stuff. It proved quite a hit with people joining in and spotting loads of things on their travels.  There were plenty of opportunities to take part and connect with each other but the fact that we started doing this on the way there was a really nice touch.

 


Conference Themes

 The conference themes this year really ticked all the boxes for me in terms of my love of collaboration and the way that the ALT Games Special Interest Group encouraged everyone to get involved with all the fun and games added that extra sense of excitement
  • Connecting data and analytics to enhance learning and teaching: exploring possibilities and making links.
  • Collaboration and innovation in the open: taking risks, sharing lessons and the importance of open practice.
  • Creating new learning, teaching and assessment opportunities: play, experiment, discover, embed to enhance learner experience
  • Wildcard: Learning Technology is everywhere… any aspect of research, practice or policy work.

Key Notes

There was a real treat in store in terms of the keynotes and something for everyone.
I really enjoyed all the key notes.  It is such a privilege to be able to be present at ALT-c although of course you can also take part online.  There were quite a few things that made an impression on me and I have to say all of the presenters were equally engaging, entertaining and thought provoking. If you didn’t get the chance to go to ALT-c they were all recorded and are available on You Tube.  
There have also been some brilliant summaries of the key notes already ….  ( As usually happens loads of people have already been far quicker of the mark than me and written really fab posts of their take on the conference including a really interesting one by Susan Greig outlining her virtual attendance experience, and an excellent post by Sheila MacNeills who wins the prize for the most entertaining blog post title 🙂
You can read more brilliant posts in a very helpful compliation from the lovely folks at ALT …)
 I have to say however it was a first for me being reduced to an emotional blubbering wreck in a keynote by the fabulous Ian Livingstone CBE ! Please note that this was in a good way !   I had many an enjoyable hour or two reading Ian’s books when I was in school so this was a real trip down memory lane for me ….Ian’s talk made me laugh , was incredibly interesting and also managed to reduce me to tears at one point – it was simply brilliant …honestly  … if you want to find out just how brilliant check out the You Tube recorded version below.
The rest of the conference proved as great as the keynotes, great sessions, games, lovely people, good food, pretty campus ( with bunnies !) beautiful weather and a fab atmosphere all wrapped in the general warmth and loveliness of the folks at ALT ….what’s not to love ?
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