Posts Tagged ‘altc2011’

Social Media at ALT-Cs

September 9, 2013 1 comment

A look back at social media use at the ALT-C conference over the years. Very much personal recollections, certainly not a definitive history. Later today I’ll be heading to Nottingham for the ALT-C conference #altc2013 It’s ALT’s 20th conference which makes me feel like a relative newbie to the field of learning technology. My first ALT-C was in Sunderland in 2002, about which I remember very little – David Puttnam and the Stadium of Light. My first Social Media ALT-C My first social media fueled ALT-C was 2008 in Leeds and I think that’s the conference where social media first featured heavily. There was stuff going on before that (e.g. see #altc2006 photos on Flickr, #altc2007 RSS Yahoo Pipe) but a minority sport I think (I didn’t attend between 2003 & 2008, so can’t be sure). By 2008 I’d been messing quite a lot with blogs, wikis, Facebook, RSS and the like – I’d run my first social media workshop in 2006 “Social Software: Blog it, Digg it, Poke it!”.

Edubloggers at Work

Photo by samscam (CC BY-NC)

At the time of #altc2008 one of my tools of choice was Netvibes. Ahead of the conference I created this ALT-C 2008 Netvibes page and compiled an OPML file (collection of RSS) from it for others to subscribe to. I also created a conference wiki with Kris Roger (an LSE colleague) & Athina Chatzigavriil (UCL & future LSE colleague) to collate comments from delegates to help us write the 2008 Conference Review for the ALT Newsletter. The conference also featured Crowdvine which continued to be used as the conference site until last year. Crowdvine made a a lot of use of RSS and enabled delegates to add their various social media channels to their profiles e.g. my 2008 profile. The 2008 conference also saw the development of a conference Fringe with the introduction of F-ALT. I particularly remember the Edubloggers meet-up where I first met many people who have since featured heavily in my social media network. Talking of which, Twitter also arrived on the ALT-C scene at the 2008 conference with 310 hash-tagged tweets. See Twitter at ALT-C below. While ALT’s Youtube channel now features recordings from 2008, they weren’t actually added until 2011. I helped Seb Schmoller set-up the ALT YouTube channel in 2009 and the first uploaded video was Making Group-Work Work from the 2009 conference. Working as a WPC at ALT-C For the 2010 & 2011 ALT-Cs I was one of the four Web Participation Co-ordinators. This was a new role on the conference programme committee tasked with helping make the most of the online aspects of the conference including social media, crowdvine and the live streaming. I didn’t attend the 2010 conference in Nottingham in person but was very active from afar and did a lot of tweeting from the official @A_L_T Twitter account which I’d helped get off the ground in 2009. Twitter Usage at ALT-C Although Twitter featured earlier, as the chart shows it was 2009 that it really took off as the backchannel tool of choice.

Tweets at ALT-C

Tweets at ALT-C

These numbers have been taken from and for each year I’ve counted the number of tweets tagged within the same calendar year that included #altc20xx, altc20xx, or #altcxx. Despite a slight dip last year there has already been much more pre-conference tweeting in 2013. At the time of writing – lunchtime, the day before the conference, there are 1186 tweets for ALT-C 2013. I suspect the number of tweets will increase again this year despite the growth of other networks such as Google+. Top of the Tweeters

  • 2007 – @mmetcalfe (1 tweet)
  • 2008 – @andypowe11 (51)
  • 2009 – @jamesclay (252)
  • 2010 – @dajbconf (333)
  • 2011 – @digitalfprint (423)
  • 2012 – @digitalfprint (403)


Updated 08/10/2014 with the following tweet from @mhawksey:

What is Pecha Kucha?

August 30, 2011 10 comments

Pecha Kucha is a presentation format.  It’s increasingly common at conferences and for #altc2011 a variation is being used for poster presentations.

Tokyo TowerPecha Kucha presentations are 6-minutes 40-seconds.  The speaker must use 20 slides that auto-advance every 20-seconds & you are not allowed to run-over! Strictly speaking each slide should only contain an image. The format was developed in Tokyo (hence the Japanese name) by two foreign architects: Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein. Pecha-Kucha roughly translates to chit-chat.

It’s a great format as it really makes you focus on what you need to say and keeps it short for the audience ;). It has been used to effectively at the LSE for students’ seminar presentations on a Geography course, with positive feedback from staff and students.

Pecha Kucha at ALT-C 2011

This year the traditional poster exhibition has been replaced by ePosters with accompanying short presentations spread over 6 sessions.  The presenters will be delivering Pecha Kucha style, but with different timings: a maximum of 9 slides for 45-seconds each & without the image-only restriction.  I’m really looking forward to these sessions and will be attending at least 3  (as I’m chairing them!).

How do you pronounce Pecha Kucha?

I’m not usually pedantic but as an ex-Tokyoite English teacher I have a duty to answer!  There are two basic options: traditional japanese (ie the correct way) or incorrectly (with limitless variations it seems).

  1. In Japanese it is pronounced pe-cha-ku-cha (ie as written) with equal stress on each of the 4 syllables
  2. The most common mis-pronunciations are pe-chak-cha or pe-chach-ka usually with emphasis on second syllable.

How many ways can you pronounce Pecha Kucha?

I’ve only tried it once, it’s hard.  This is a recording of my live PK on Cloudworks in 2009.

Full details: Less is more


Getting Ready for ALT-C 2011

August 23, 2011 1 comment

An overview of online participation at the upcoming ALT-C 2011 Conference

Leeds University CampusIt’s just under two weeks until ALT-C 2011, the 18th international conference of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT). I’m on the conference committee as one of the “Web Participation Co-ordinators” (WPCs!) and our role is to help ALT make best use of the internet for both delegates and non-delegates.

Participating online at #altc2011

Firstly some stuff that is new for 2011:

  • ALT Live Beta – fellow WPC @jamesclay and my LSE colleague Darren Moon will be broadcasting live from the conference exhibition space everyday. As the name implies this is experimental.  James & Darren will be interviewing speakers and delegates throughout the day.  James has likened it to Glastonbury Backstage 🙂
  • e-Posters – we have replaced the traditional conference posters, relocating them from the Exhibition space to the internet.  In addition, poster contributors will be giving short, Pecha Kucha style presentations, on their posters in 6 scheduled sessions.
  • Streaming Keynotes & Invited Speakers via Adobe Connect – this is a new tool rather than a new feature.  Adobe Connect is replacing Elluminate as the tool of choice.  The live sessions will be open to all offering non delegates access to live audio & video of the main conference presentations.
  • Slideshow – In the main lecture theatre as delegates enter & depart we will be showing a Twitterfountain.  It’s a combination of a photo slideshow and tweets.  The photos are fed from Flickr, Picasa, TwitPic, mobypic & yFrog.  So please upload your photos with the altc2011 tag.  Example TwitterFountain using altc2011 Twitter + altc2010 slideshow.
  • Conference Feeds – in addition to last year’s feed of blog feeds, this year there will be a feed of bookmark feeds and a feed of everything out there tagged altc2011: blog posts, flickr photos, diigo bookmarks, Slideshares etc etc etc.  The feeds (not much in them yet) are available on the conference website.They are created using Google Bundles.

More of the same (stuff from last year):

  • Conference website – again the main website for the conference is the ALT-C 2011 Crowdvine site, a social network pulling together all the online aspects of the conference, including the full programme & discussions. The website is public although participation is restricted to delegates.
  • Twitter & Facebook – both will undoubtedly be busy via the Twitter hashtag #altc2011 & the Facebook page.
  • Recordings of Keynotes & Invited Speakers – these will be available on the ALT Youtube channel soon after the conference.
  • Voting for Best Poster – viewing and voting for the best poster will be done via the conference site and open to all.

I think that’s your lot.  Hope to see you in Leeds!