ALT-C 2012 is fast approaching

We’re getting really excited about ALT-C 2012 which officially begins tomorrow. The three day conference which is titled a confrontation with reality is the 19th annual conference held by the Association for Learning Technology. The conference will be at the University of Manchester on 11th - 13th September 2012.

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Microsoft will be exhibiting at the conference, with one of our partners, Collabco. We’ll be on stand number 12 and we’ll have some great stuff to show you covering topics such as Office 365 for education, SharePoint and blended learning.  Microsoft and Collabco have recently worked with Blackpool and Fylde College on a great solution which blends Office 365 for education, SharePoint and Moodle to provide a learning platform.

We’ll also be able to answer any questions you have about Windows 8. If you are interested in existing and new Microsoft Platform and Developer technologies and want to be informed of where our languages, platforms and tools are heading, or simply to try out Windows 8, then please head on over to our stand. Also if you want your technical staff to build on their existing skills and code fast, fluid, immersive and beautiful Windows 8 applications in HTML5/JavaScript, XAML/C# and C/C++, come by the Microsoft stand for a discussion.

We can’t wait for our sponsor session too, which is on Wednesday 12th starting at 15:55 room 2.220. Mauli Arora from the University of West London will be talking about what they have achieved with Office 365 for education at the university so far.  In well under a year, UWL have now rolled out Office 365 for education to all of their students and this will shortly be followed by staff. UWL have implemented the suite of applications to enhance their teaching and learning experience (rather than purely e-mail which has been the norm to date).  The solution also includes tight integration with the Student Records System and Library System plus Blackboard. 

Collabco, who are joining us at ALT-C, are also kindly hosting a pub night in association with Microsoft on the evening of Tuesday 11th September for ALT conference delegates. The drinks will be on them! So please pop down to say hi and join us all for a drink or two from 7pm onwards. It’s at a local pub called The Old Wellington at 4 Cathedral Gates, Manchester, M3 1SW. We will be in the upstairs area. Bring your ALT-C pass for free beer. See you there!

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