Bookings are now open for the second Opening Educational Practices in Scotland Advisory forum on Thursday 19th March 2015 at the Stirling Court Hotel, University of Stirling, FK9 4LA.

Highlights of this free one day face to face event include a keynote by Laura Czerniewicz, an update on OEPS project progress and a series of interactive workshops during the afternoon. The forum will enable you to explore the latest developments in open educational practice and pedagogy, discover how the OEPS project can help your organisation and how you can get involved. It will also help you build your network of open educational practitioners.

Professor Laura Czerniwicz is the founder and Director of the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town and has worked in the field of educational technology at UCT for over a decade. She will be joining us via Video Conference.

Please book your place on Eventbrite.

9:30 am     Registration, networking with coffee/tea
10:00 am     Welcome and update from the OEPS project team
11:00 am     Keynote address and questions: An international perspective on opening educational practices by Professor Laura Czerniewicz
12:15 pm     Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm     Parallel workshops 1:
    1a. Exploring Openness
    1b. Open, collaborative and sharing practices in Scottish Further Education Colleges
    1c. The Scottish Open Education Declaration
    1d. Open Education – does it work in practice?
2:00 -2:15 pm     Coffee/Tea/changeover between workshops
2:15 – 3:15 pm     Parallel workshops 2
    2a. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
    b, c and d repeated
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm     Interactive plenary session

Further details about the sessions from OEPS website.

The first report from the ALT Annual Survey, launched in December 2014, has been published.

The survey was primarily for ALT members but open for anyone to respond. The purpose of this survey was to:

  • Help map the ALT strategy to practice within our community in order to better meet and represent our members’ needs;
  • Show how Learning Technology is used across sectors;
  • Understand current and future practice.

Analysis of the survey responses indicates a number of areas ALT should continue to support and develop.

Priorities for the membership are ‘Intelligent use of learning technology’ and ‘Research and practice’, while ‘Online/blended delivery’ and ‘Course design’ remain to be key areas of work.

The survey also reveals a number of emerging areas including ‘Data and Analytics’ and ‘Open Education’ and as such our community may benefit from development opportunities ALT can provide.

The survey is also a reminder that ALT has an essential role in enabling members to develop research and practice in areas which might be considered as less of a priority by the majority of respondents.

Maren Deepwell, Chief Executive of ALT said:
"The findings highlight the breadth of Learning Technology across sectors and amongst ALT’s membership. As use of technology for learning, teaching and assessment grows, so do the needs of senior managers, teachers, researchers and learners. Areas of practice that may have been niche interests in the past have become more commonplace as learner expectations and employers requirements are shaped by the rapid evolution of digital technologies."

"As learning technology and its effective implementation at scale become a greater strategic priority in Higher and Further Education but also in other learning landscapes, the role of the Association bringing together the expertise and experience of its 1400+ members, becomes more important also."

The findings of this new Annual Survey will have a direct impact on the work of the Association representing and serving its members in the coming year.

Both this report and the anonymised survey data have been released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Licence and are available to download from

Tuesday 14th April 2015
'Learning and Teaching in a Changing Environment'
Registration for the 8th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching conference is now open.
The Conference will be of interest to all members of the higher education community with an interest in teaching, learning and assessment, and once again, will be open to a limited number of external delegates.
The programme, together with abstracts and the web booking form can be found at:
Please note that registration will close on Friday 20th March 2015.
The delegate rate for the Conference is £60.00 (this does not apply to University of Glasgow staff or colleagues from Validated Institutions or the Glasgow International College).

Following the addition of new projects, digital learning specialists, Aurion Learning has announced the appointment of Ciarán Friel as Instructional Designer.

Ciarán joins the Aurion learning services team from NHS, Liverpool Community Health Trust, where he held the position of eLearning Systems Developer. Ciarán has also held a number of positions within the educational and training sector over the past 12 years.

In his role as Instructional Designer, Ciarán will be responsible for working closely with Aurion client Subject Matter Experts and the in-house e-learning development team in the design and production of online and work-based learning materials for a range of programmes.

Aurion Learning’s Director, Ciaran O’Hare said, “Ciarán brings a wealth of technical and educational experience to our team and we are really pleased and excited to have him on board to strengthen and enhance our service offering to our growing client base.”


10th March will see eCom Scotland host an exclusive User Conference in the magnificent Signet Library, Edinburgh.

The Signet Library, in the centre of Edinburgh's old town, is synonymous with prestige and provides the perfect setting to present high calibre learning solutions that are creating an impact here and in the US.

What to Expect: The eCom User Conference will be a chance to hear a discussion on Open Badges and the policy of badging within workforce development. This will be supported by a focus on competency management learning solutions in practice and a special talk on Accessibility within Learning Solutions from the RNIB.   

"We have been running our eCom User Conference for a number of years, this year we are delighted to include International speakers to provide insight into competency and badging within the United States Education arena." Wendy Edie, Managing Director

The event presents a fantastic opportunity for you to ask key questions about learning solutions that will be answered by industry leaders and guests.

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14th & 15th April 2015

This year’s Open Education Conference (OER15) will take place at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.

OER15 is one of a series of annual International conferences which discuss research and practice in the adoption of Open Education in all sectors of Education and Training.

Registration is still open so don’t forget to book your place.

Provisional Programme Timetable

The main conference focus will be ‘Mainstreaming Open Education’ along with six sub themes:

  • Impact Research
  • Open Education across Languages and Cultures
  • Learners and Other Communities
  • Open Educational Practice (OEP) and Policy
  • Open Courses
  • Open Education in Colleges and Schools

Share - Do - Develop

All educators in Scotland are invited to take part in the national Digital Learning Week. This is your chance to find out what is happening in Scottish schools in relation to digital learning. Explore how you can integrate digital learning into your classroom.

Digital Learning Week will include Glow TV events and TeachMeets. Events and activities will be publicised on the National Digital Learning Forum blog.

For more information about Digital Learning Week and the ways you can share what you are doing, contact:

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