The shortlist of nominees for the 2017 Learning Technologies Awards has been published, with projects and products from across the globe being among those included within the 24 categories.

A quick count reveals there are 182 projects / suppliers making the cut in this years list which was whittled down by a panel of over 40 independent judges organised by the eLearning Network.

Blackboard have released "Future Forward: The Next Twenty Years of Higher Education", which pulls together a series of interviews with American higher education leaders.

Established in 2007, the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Awards celebrate and reward excellent practice and outstanding achievement in the Learning Technology field, and aim to promote intelligent use of Learning Technology on a national scale.

HEFCE, Jisc, the Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK (RCUK) are working in partnership to enhance their understanding of how the higher education sector is meeting funders' open access policies.

The survey is intended to complement, and not duplicate or replace, existing open access reporting processes, and will seek to understand:

  • to what extent HEIs are meeting the funder requirements
  • tools used by the sector
  • repository use
  • staff costs associated with open access
  • repository metadata and licences.

The analysis of this survey will be published in winter 2017.

Further details from HEFCE.

With the increasing use of open standards like HTML5, WebGL and WebAssembly, Adobe have recognised that many of the capabilities and functionalities that was provided by the Flash plugin are now being overtakenby these alternatives.  As a result, they have announced the "end of life" for the Flash plugin.

Titled as a guide to sharing your knowledge and creativity with the world, and sustaining your operation while you do, the authors, Paul Stacey and Sarah Hinchliff have written a book showing the world how sharing can be good for business — but with a twist.

Learning Design Live is specifically intended for anyone involved in learning tech design, and is running in conjunction with the World of Learning Conference & Exhibition which is taking place at the NEC in Birmingham on the 17th & 18th October.