First CFP for CAA 2012 now out

The first Call for Papers for the 2012 International CAA Conference: Research into E-Assessment is now available on the conference website, which also includes links to previous proceedings and a wide range of other important information about the event.

The conference will take place on 10-11 July in Southampton, and is jointly organised by Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton and the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University.

Thanks to @drdjwalker for the heads up :)

eAssessment Scotland 2011 details now available

The website for this year’s eAssessment Scotland event is now up, and has a wealth of information about this popular, free two-day event.

Running on 25 – 26 August at the University of Dundee, this third conference features a packed programme including a range of workshops and seminars, poster dispays and exhibitions, keynotes from Steve Wheeler, Becka Colley and Donald Clark as well as the presentation of this year’s Scottish eAssessment Awards.

Proposals for poster presentations can be submitted until 1 August, while entry for the Scottish eAssessment Awards closes on 16 August.

Registration will open shortly.

ReLIVE11 call for abstracts open

The dates and call for abstracts for Researching Learning in Immersive Virtual Environments 2011: Creative Solutions for New Futures (ReLIVE11) have now been released. Running at the Open University in Milton Keynes on 21 and 22 September, the conference will explore issues around innovation in teaching and learning through immersive virtual worlds, building on the outcomes of and lessons learned since the previous ReLIVE conference in 2008.

The call for abstracts is now open, with submissions due to be submitted by 21 May 2011. Proposals will be considered within three core themes:

  • Concepts: conceptual and explanatory frameworks for research processes and outcomes;
  • Methods: opportunities and challenges around researching learning in immersive environments;
  • Implementations: the technical aspects and challenges in the implementation of VWs in learning, teaching and research.

The Implementations theme is being run in conjunction with us here at JISC CETIS, with Paul Hollins and myself leading our input to it. We’d love to see papers or workshops addressing issues such as the challenges of the integration of VEs with other institutional systems, the interoperability of content and avatars across different VWs, open v proprietary platforms and content, and the use of technical standards within VWs. This isn’t an exhaustive list, and any relevant proposals are welcome!

Registration for the conference opens on 21 June and it’s likely to be a popular and well-attended event. An inworld Virtual Festival on 20 September will similarly feature a range of workshops, symposia, poster sessions and other events. ReLIVE11 is also linked to the Virtual World Conference taking place in Second Life on 14 September.

2010 ALT Awards open for entries

The annual ALT awards recognise good and innovative practice and achievement in learning technology.  Entries for this year’s awards open this month in three categories: learning technology practitioners, learning and teaching resources and effective use of video.

  • Practitioners who feel they are ‘outstanding in the use of technology to support learning’ may enter the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Award by Thursday 10 June.  The award is split in two streams depending on the status of the nominee.
  • The Jorum Learning and Teaching Competition which recognises ‘exciting, innovative learning and teaching resources’ will again be presented at ALT-C.
  • Information on the ALT/Epiguem Award for the Most Effective Use of Video will be available on the site shortly.

Awards will be presented at the ALT-C Gala Dinner in Nottingham.  Good luck to all who enter!

CAA 2010 submission deadline extended

The deadline for submitting proposals for papers and posters to the 2010 International Computer Assisted Assessment Conference has been extended to Friday 14 May 2010.

This year’s conference will be held on 20 and 21 June at the DeVere Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton, and is jointly organised by the School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, and the Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, and as always promises to be a lively and valuable event.

Transforming Assessment webinar series 2010

The Transforming Assessment project funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council and led by Professor Geoffrey Crisp of the University of Adelaide is examining the use of eassessment in online learning, particularly in the context of Web 2.0 and virtual world technologies.

A series of free public webinars has just been announced, starting with a session led by Geoffrey on Wednesday 12 May at 08:00h London time. Sessions will be held in Wimba and run approximately monthly. A number of speakers have already been confirmed, but the team are still interested in hearing from potential presenters.

More information on the seminar series can be found at

eAssessment Scotland 2010 – call for papers now open

Those of you interested in delivering a presentation or workshop to eAssessment Scotland 2010 have until 1 June to get your proposals in.   Themes for this year’s event include reports on successful implementations of eassessment within institutions, staff and student views, and emerging trends, techniques and tensions in eassessment.   This year’s conference, on the theme of Marking the Decade, will take place at the University of Dundee on 3 September and will include keynotes, presentations, seminars and posters as well as the second year of the Scottish eAssessment Awards; the event is free to attend and pre-registration is already open.