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.

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.

Today, 1st June, sees the launch of our Annual Alliance Survey.

The survey is an opportunity for us to step back from our daily work, and look at things from a slightly wider angle. 

We're interested in knowing what you're doing at the moment in elearning, and also what you see as the big issues coming down the track in the next 12 months or so.

By pulling data from a wide population, the survey can point to areas which are important across our elearning community, helping us to look ahead and start to make plans.

The survey is open for the month of June, and we will publish the results in July.

It should only take a couple of minutes to complete, so we'd be grateful if you take a wee time out and fill in the form.



eCom Scotland are holding their next Breakfast Briefing on 1st September in the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow from 8.30 to 10.30 a.m.

The eCom staff will discuss the benefits and challenges of developing a digital learning environment, and you will have the opportunity to learn how other organisations have implemented learning technologies to grow and strengthen their business.

Topics will include the latest trends in eLearning, creating learning communities and digital recognition and reward.

This event is for anyone who is responsible for learning in their organisation and wants to get started with learning technologies or take the next step in development. 

Further details and to register are available at the eCom Scotland website here.


Our next event is a half day workshop that takes place on 22nd June, in Edinburgh.

The workshop, aimed at e-learning practitioners, will look at how we can embed ‘impact thinking’ in the work we do developing e-learning solutions.

By ‘impact thinking’ we mean what questions we need to consider (and discuss with stakeholders) to ensure the solution we're developing will help to achieve the impact our client needs.

To help us get the most from the afternoon, Karen Adams from Twig Associates will facilitate the session.

We have booked the Park Room at the Quality Scotland office in Edinburgh for the workshop, and it will run from 1:30 to 4:30. Registration for the workshop will open at 1pm, where we will also have teas & coffees available.

The cost of the workshop is £105 per person, though we are offering a discounted price of £75 for eLearning Alliance Members.

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The City & Guilds Group has announced the creation of a new digital credentialing services business, following the acquisition of Makewaves. Digitalme – a not-for-profit organisation – will also become part of the City & Guilds Group. The new business will be known solely as Digitalme.

The use of digital credentials has grown significantly over the past few years. They provide an innovative way to recognise and validate individuals' competencies, while helping employers find the talented individuals their businesses need. Digitalme will offer a range of design, consultancy and platform services to enable education providers, employers and professional bodies to issue their own trusted credentials.

The City & Guilds Group has been expanding its capability in digital credentialing over the past year. In March 2016, it announced an investment into Credly, a US-based digital credentialing provider, as part of its New Venture Fund. Together, the investments in Digitalme and Credly will place the Group at the centre of the digital credentialing movement.

Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group said:
'We have always been at the forefront of skills development, ever since we were first established in 1878, so our new digital credentialing business is a natural next step for us. And we’re delighted to bring Digitalme and Makewaves into the Group. By adopting the Open Badge standard and combining it with our expertise in accreditation and assessment, we can help even more people validate their skills and competencies. Our strong brands and complementary values – as well as our commitment to shaping the future of skills development – will position us to lead this emerging global movement.’

Tim Riches, Founder & Executive Director, Digitalme said:
‘Over the past five years at Digitalme, we've seen how the web can transform how we validate learning wherever it happens, through using the Open Badge standard developed by Mozilla Foundation. We’re proud to have been at the forefront of this movement, supporting educators and employers to create and issue their digital credentials. By joining the City & Guilds Group and aligning our expertise we are looking forward to working towards the creation of a global skills currency which enables individuals to achieve their career aspirations and businesses to find and develop the talent they need.’

Mark Riches, Founder & Executive Director, Makewaves said:
‘For over a decade Makewaves has built award winning communities and ground breaking technology that open up new opportunities for learners. With and any organisation can now create their own Open Badge programmes. Learners of all ages can discover and earn 1000’s of badges created by educators and organisations from around the world. By joining the City & Guilds Group, we gain a huge breadth of knowledge and experience and the resource to provide new opportunities to people internationally.’

Mark Surman, Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation said: 
‘At Mozilla, we’re devoted to empowering individuals on the web. This means creating tools and networks that teach important digital-age skills. However, in order for this value proposition to be fully realised, Open Badges need to be underpinned by an active network of committed players who support the evolution of the technical infrastructure, compelling educational content and advocacy work. We’re excited to see that the City & Guilds Group is investing in Digitalme and Makewaves and working with employers to unlock real opportunities for individuals.’

Geoff Chapman will head up the Business Development and Account Management team, responsible for growing the client base in new and existing sectors, and managing client relationships.