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NMC Horizon @JISC Project (Workshop, #altc2011, #HNMChz)

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During the last few months the New Media Consortium (NMC,, who have for a number of years produced an annual Horizon Report in association with EDUCAUSE, have been conducting a study from the perspective of UK universities and colleges. This has been undertaken with the support of JISC and the involvement of a panel of thought leaders from our community as the Advisory Board. The Advisory Board has worked through a number of stages culminating in a vote to identify what they see as the most important trends in technology and the likely impact of these trends. This work, which is online at, is being drawn together in a “Short List” to summarise the conclusions reached.

This workshop comprises the final stage of the project. Participants will receive a copy of the pre-release “Short List” by email during the week before the workshop. The workshop will be highly interactive and will be strongly oriented towards gathering perception and analysis from the participants.


The workshop will consider the conclusions of the Advisory Board in draft report form – the “Short List” – and seek answers to the question: “How can we maximise the ability of Higher and Further Education Institutions and their learning technology innovators to take advantage of these emerging technologies and applications?” To achieve this aim, the workshop will map out the key challenges, gaps etc and consider desirable actions – guidance, support or investment by sector bodies, collaboration, etc… – to overcome the obstacles and accelerate our exploitation of new opportunities.

I missed the start of this due to the joys of train travel/the complexities of the Leeds campus… so came in right on the first bit of interactive work. Having read the report on the train, I was about where everyone else was in the room… I collected a series of materials (probably not of the best possible quality – sorry about that)!

Cloud based learning, #altc2011 (mp3)

Game based learning, #altc2011 (mp3)

Mobile devices, #altc2011 (mp3)

Collective intelligence … #altc2011 (mp3)

Further Links

Right, time to set off for a session on Chairing, and then the social buffet… then ?!?

Opening night, curtain call?

He has adopted double-blind reviewing at the Quarterly (where neither party is known to the other), whereas the open peer-review experiment required both authors’ and reviewers’ names to be revealed.

Dr Schalkwyk said the experiment had been prompted primarily by a desire to harness the web’s potential to support greater scholarly discussion. It also reflected a feeling that “if we were going to talk about Shakespeare and new media, we should practise new media ways of doing things”.

However, he was so “pleased and excited” by what transpired – 41 people made more than 350 comments, many provoking responses from the authors – that he decided to repeat the experiment for this year’s special edition on Shakespeare and performance.

“The special editions are the best format for open review because there is a particular focus. You can target groups of experts to be your committed reviewers, and you can assume there will be a general body that will also be interested,” he said.

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Reboot camp

Journalists: need new media knowledge!

Aspiring and seasoned US journalists alike are looking to tech-savvy graduate schools to help them survive and thrive in a new multimedia environment. Jon Marcus reports

Jennifer Hellum’s first semester as a graduate student in journalism school taught her, among other things, how to function with almost no sleep.

That experience came courtesy of the “boot camp” for new students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, covering news reporting, writing, radio and television journalism, online media and other topics, four days a week, beginning at 7.45am, for 16 weeks.

Even for Hellum, who already had an undergraduate degree in journalism, “boot camp was exhausting in a way I had never known”. But by the end of it, she says, she and her fellow students “were competent multimedia journalists”.

The Cronkite School – part of Ari State University, and named after the broadcast journalist – is among 113 US journalism schools working to prepare students for an industry in dramatic upheaval.

More than a quarter of US newspaper jobs have disappeared in the past decade as circulations nosedived by an average of one-third, according to the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism. Some newspaper companies have lost as much as three-quarters of their value. Several are in bankruptcy or have closed. Advertising revenue has dropped by 43 per cent in the past three years.

Yet students continue to come to journalism schools. Overall enrolment fell by half of 1 per cent last year, the first decline since 1993, but the number of first- and second-year students rose slightly, suggesting that the numbers will at least remain level.

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Writing for Multimedia and the Web

Writing for Multimedia and the Web

Full Title: Writing for Multimedia and the Web: A Practical Guide to Content Development for Interactive Media
Author: Timothy Garrand
Publisher: Focal Press
Date: 2006 (3rd edition)

“Learning how to write for just one type of interactive media, such as web sites or games, is not enough – to be truly successful as an interactive writer or designer, you need to understand how to create content for all types of new media.

Writing for Multimedia and the Web is the most comprehensive guide available for interactive writing. It covers web sites, computer games, e-learning courses, training programmes, immersive exhibits, and much more. Earlier editions have garnered rave reviews as a writing handbook for multimedia and web professionals, as well as a classroom text for interactive writing and design.”