|LTRI news - January to April 2002
hosted Java Conference on 21 January
The 6th Java and the Internet in the Computing Curriculum conference (JICC6)
was held at UNL on 21 January. The conference consisted of presented papers,
tutorial workshops and technical presentations. The coverage included:
- pedagogical issues concerning Java and the Internet in the curriculum
- experience of teaching with and about Java and other Internet technologies
- educational implications of technical developments in Java and the Internet.
Previously known as the Java In the Computing Curriculum Conference, the
coverage has now extended to other ways in which the Internet has impacted
upon the computing curriculum and led to new degree programmes in Internet
Computing and eCommerce. For more information and the full programme go
Proposals invited for
HCI 2002 at South Bank University
Proposals can still be submitted for HCI 2002, The 16th British HCI Group
Annual Conference, which also incorporates The European Usability Professionals'
Association Conference 2002 (EUPA). Deadlines for full papers and tutorials
is 16 January, and for all other submissions 1 May. Our very own Peter
Chalk is a member of the conference programme committee, for posters.
For full details of the conference, themes and submission details go to:
New TLTC workshop programme
A new programme of staff development workshops has been drawn up for
January to March 2002. A range of sessions in applying learning technologies
are on offer to UNL staff, including using packages such as WebCT,
Dreamweaver, Flash and Fireworks. For the full programme go to the
Peter Oriogun has been invited to give presentations
Peter has been invited to give 3 presentations on his work at UNL on problem
based learning in Finland in April. As well as giving presentations at
Jyvaskyla Polytechnic and Turku Polytechnic, he will also give a presentation
at the research group for PBL in Finnish higher education (Pro-Bell),
which has its national meeting on 12-13 April at the University of Tampere.
Unfortunately the organisations in Finland were unable to fund these visits,
and the trip was cancelled.
member of staff
Welcome to Andrew Ravenscroft who has joined us as Principal Research
Fellow. Andrew previously worked in the Institute of Educational Technology
at the Open University. He was Director of the 'Dialogue and Design for
New Media Research Group' that he established there, and will continue
to develop this line of research at LTRI. Before joining the OU he worked
at the Computer Based Learning Unit (CBLU) at the University of Leeds.
For more information about Andrew's background go to: http://homepages.unl.ac.uk/~ravensca
Peter Oriogun is appointed as a Specialist
Peter has been officially appointed as a Co-opted Specialist
Advisor (New Technology and Higher Education) to the Board of Directors
of Hackney Chamber of Commerce.
Ravenscroft is appointed to the Editorial Board of a prestigious journal
Andrew has recently joined the International Editorial Board of the
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning (JCAL) and the Computers and Learning
2003 (CAL2003) Conference Committee. More details of the journal and the
conference can be found in the 'Links' section of our website.
We are recruiting for the following posts:
Principal/Senior Research Fellow to contribute to the
further development of the Institute's research. Three year post initially.
Closing date: 8 February. Ref: LTR604
Research Assistant for the EU-funded PDCD Science project.
The post is available for 2 years, on either a full-time or job share
basis. Closing date: 8 February. Ref: CD632. For more info about the PDCD
Science project see our research
LTSN-ICS conference on the Teaching of Programming, University of Wolverhampton,
Peter Chalk was invited to give a talk at this one day conference organised
by the LTSN subject centre for the Information and Computer Sciences (LTSN-ICS).
Peter's talk was entitled 'Community of practice: learning the craft of
programming'. For the abstract of Peter's talk and full details of the
event go to:
SQM 2002 , Limerick, March 25-27
Peter Oriogun presented two papers at the 10th annual international
Software Quality Management Conference, organised by the British Computer
- Romas Mikusauskas and Peter Oriogun, 'Module evaluation, redesign
and delivery using the teaching and learning quality chart'.
- PK Oriogun, NS Tilooh, JP Hansen, P Assawaniwest, KN Ranasinghe, A
Russell and R Anandasangaree, ' Towards software negotiation process
involvement: Experiences of professional students using the Win-Win
For more details of the conference go to: http://www.lit.ie/bcs2002/index1.html
interested in learning technologies visited LTRI on an exchange visit
26th April we hosted a visit of about 25 Dutch academics on an exchange
tour to the UK, organised by SURF, the Dutch association for learning
technology. The event was also attended by representatives from the UK
Association of Learning Technology (ALT), who gave a presentation about
developments within the UK. A number of presentations by LTRI and TLTC
staff were given about the current research, staff development and multimedia
developments taking place within the university. The event provided a
valuable platform for the exchange of practice and experiences between
the two countries, and will provide an opportunity for LTRI staff to visit
The Netherlands next year. A number of photos were taken during the event,
and will be added to this news item soon.
Online conference on
The Visionary project has facilitated an online conference on cyber bullying.
A small number of experts in violence in schools were invited to take
part in an online conference over a period of 2 weeks in April. The use
of mobile phones and the Internet for bullying is becoming an increasing
problem, and this forms the basis of discussion. Linked to this is how
we can ensure the safety of users in online environments when sensitive
issues are being discussed. This is the first conference which will be
hosted by the project over the next few months. The Visionary project
is creating web sites to support violence prevention in schools in a number
of European countries. For more information about the Visionary project
go to research.
Welcome to the three Senior Lecturers from London Guildhall University
who have just joined the LTRI: Fiona French, Nigel Medhurst and Sarah
Wilson-Medhurst. This marks the beginning of collaboration between the
Institute and multimedia lecturers at LGU, in advance of the merger of
LGU and UNL later this year. Fiona previously worked at UNL as a multimedia
developer, helping academics develop courseware.
Society for Experimental Biology Annual Education
Vivien Sieber was invited to talk at the Society for Experimental Biology
annual education meeting, on 'Using learning technologies as tools to
promote active learning in biology'. For details go to: http://www.sebiology.org/education/Annual_educ_event.htm
is appointed as LTRI Deputy Director
Andrew, who has recently joined us as Principal Research Fellow, has become
the Deputy Director of the LTRI. For more information about Andrew's background
New research project
LTRI has funding from BECTa (the British Educational Communications and
Technology Agency) to carry out a 'Study of UK online centres'. The study
will look at how networked community learning centres function and support
informal learning within their community.
of Distance Teaching Universities Conference, Glamorgan, April 4-6
Andrew Ravenscroft was invited to give a talk entitled 'Pedagogies for
e-learning: a review' at the European Association of Distance Teaching
Universities Conference, Glamorgan, Wales. The theme of the conference
was 'Changing curricula, changing competences'.
BEST 2002 , Edinburgh, April 8-10
Debbie Holley and Richard Haynes gave a presentation at the annual BEST
2002 conference. The presentation was entitled "The INCOTERMS
: Using multi-media to challenge learners'. BEST is the Business Education
Support Team, the national subject centre which supports lecturers in
business, management and accountancy. The theme of this year's conference
is 'Supporting the Teacher: Challenging the Learner'. For more details
go to their website: http://www.business.ltsn.ac.uk/
Leeds, April 10-12
Peter Oriogun presented a paper at the 7th Annual Conference of UKAIS,
the UK Academy for Information Systems. The paper is co-authored with
Professor Bob Gilchrist from UNL, and is entitled 'A longitudinal study
on the impact of information systems analysis and design prerequisite
on a software engineering module'. For details of the conference go to:
Higher Education Research Seminar (HERS)
Debbie Holley and Richard Haynes gave a seminar in the HERS series on
April 16th. The title of the seminar was 'Problem based learning and multi-media'.
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