Open course from Open Educational Practices in Scotland aimed at anyone who is curious about how free and open might change our approach to teaching and learning and has been designed for administrators, educators and facilitators in all sectors.

Except for third party materials and where otherwise stated, when individual resources included in this course have other licences, this course content is made available under a CC BY 4.0 licence.

Course is available here.

Agylia and the University of the West of England (UWE) have launched this year's biggest community research project into the use of mobile learning - Learning Technology Research Project 2016.

Research participants will undergo a two-week training programme on the subject of modern learning technologies, including social learning, gamification, and augmented and virtual reality. This will be delivered as a mix of short mobile learning modules, plus quizzes and surveys, direct to phones or tablets.

All research participants will receive a certificate and a free copy of the summary research report.

The Learning Technology Research Project 2016 is guided and supported researchers from UWE, and will use the Agylia Learning Management System and mobile learning Apps to deliver the digital learning resources and track research outcomes.  

Sign up for the project at

The title for this years eLearning Network annual conference is Learning in a Digital World.

The conference, newly named 'eLN CONNECT', is being held on November the 10th 2016 at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in central London.

The event takes a three 'stream' format, focussing on:

  • Design
  • Tools & Technology and
  • the important concept of 'Making a Difference'.

Across the day there will be sessions from thought leaders, members and experts sharing their experience.

You can book your ticket via the eLN Connect website.


Blue Eskimo has launched its ninth annual work and salary survey.

Nick Bate, director at Blue Eskimo, says that the survey provides a valuable and unique insight into work and pay within the UK’s learning sector. “There’s no other survey like it in the sector – offering both detailed and up-to-date information. This information just isn’t available anywhere else.”

As an incentive for people to take part, the company is offering the winner a choice of high-street vouchers, worth £300. The only qualification for taking part in the survey is that the person must work in a training, e-learning or learning & development organisation or learning department.

The survey is open now and can be taken online until mid-December and takes less than five minutes to complete. The results of the survey will be available early in 2017 – and the winner of the high-street vouchers should receive them in time for this Christmas.

Complete the Blue Eskimo salary survey

ALT have announced that the #OER17: The Politics of Open call for proposals has now been published.

The 8th Open Educational Resources Conference, OER17: The Politics of Open, will be held from 5 to 6 April 2017 at Resource for London, UK.

The deadline for proposals is on midday GMT Wednesday, 16 November 2016.  

The conference themes for submission this year are:

Local, national, and international policy and practice

  • Cape Town Declaration 10th anniversary & 5th anniversary of the UNESCO Paris declaration
  • Privacy, surveillance, and open politics
  • Governance and power
  • School-level policies

Institutional/organisational politics

  • Changing cultures
  • Open in the classroom
  • Open organisations and organising
  • From OER to OEP

Participation & social equality

  • Open as inclusive
  • Human rights and OER
  • Digital literacy & open
  • Children, young people and open education

Open Party

  • Celebrating heroes, wins and progress
  • Hacking, making, gaming, sharing
  • Open innovation
  • Wildcard contributions

There are four submission formats: lightning talks, presentations, workshops and panels, and posters.

Keep an eye on for more details.

A rare and interesting opportunity has arisen at eCom Scotland HQ in Dunfermline, Fife to learn the craft of Instructional Design.

Instructional design teams have evolved as we have discovered more about the way people learn. We know that there are a few different ways in which people learn now and a successful instructional design team includes a diverse set of people to reflect this.

All we ask is that the suitable candidate must be keen to learn, be highly productive and ultimately have a passion for the way in which people learn.

To find out more, visit the eCom Scotland website.

The Learning Technologies Awards has published its shortlists for its upcoming 2016 awards programme with 200 individual organisations from across the world represented in eighteen awards categories.  Outstanding projects and products from over 15 different countries are among those who made the 2016 shortlist.  

Entries were received from a huge range of sectors, including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, finance, transport, utilities, retail, leisure, and communications, as well as national and international government, major public and membership bodies and leading international education brands.

The Awards are split across 18 categories:

  • Best learning technologies project - commercial sector
  • Best learning technologies project - public and non-profit sector
  • Excellence in the design of learning content - commercial sector
  • Excellence in the design of learning content - public and non-profit sector
  • Best use of mobile learning
  • Best use of social and collaborative learning technologies
  • Best use of learning technologies to ensure compliance
  • Most innovative new learning technologies product - UK
  • Most innovative new learning technologies product - international
  • Best learning game
  • Best use of simulations or virtual environments for learning
  • Best online distance learning programme
  • Best blended learning project - commercial sector
  • Best blended learning project - public and non-profit sector
  • Best enterprise learning platform implementation
  • Learning technologies designer of the year
  • Learning technologies team of the year
  • Learning technologies supplier of the year

Shortlisted nominees now face the judging panel again in a series of presentations, taking place in London and online, during September and early October.  The winners will be unveiled at the gala evening on 30 November.

The nominees for each category is available from the Learning Technologies Award website.