Now That’s What I Call Learning Technology. Reflecting on the #alt21 Radio Show.

The Association for Learning Technologists annual conference took place in September 2021. In addition to the main academic events, the conference also offers other activities including an opportunity to use the Discord server, to participate in a quiz, to enjoy the CMALT ceremony and the #altc21 Radio Show broadcast live on the Thursday Night Show on Monday 6th September. The Thursday Night Show is an internet radio live show coming up to its 10 year anniversary. Throughout the pandemic, the station played an important role in bringing people together in a remote capacity for example socially distancing dance parties (SDDP). Check out Dom Pates’ blog post The Party at the Pandemic.

Last year, I took part in the radio show for the online Summer Summit and also for the Winter Conference radio show. I blogged about these two experiences here and here respectively. A call for new DJs is shared and it is possible for participants to sign up through a simple Google doc. Dominic Pates, Senior Learning Educational Technologist at City, University of London one of the creators of the Thursday Night Show, supported new DJs in terms of using software such as Mixxx microphones, using the Discord server, and live broadcast preparations with a live onboarding Teams meeting to avoid any Panic at the (Digital) Disco.

The line up for #altc21 Radio Show

The first set was by Darren Gash (@gashnois) from University of Arts who played tracks with only one chord including a great song by Bo Diddley. Bring on the #onechordwonders. Next up was Dom Pates (@dompates and D1 Radio) with a series of tracks relating to the ‘learning’ side of ‘learning technology’ such as Pink Floyd’s We Don’t Need No Education and Hey! Student by The Fall. Dom’s set will be made available on Mixcloud.

D1 Radio Mixcloud

The third set was by Coco Nijhoff (@cocolibrarian) from Imperial College London with the theme of handclaps including My Boyfriend’s Back by The Angels. Her set list can be accessed below:

@cocolibrarian, September 2021

The final slot was my set.Techspotting was both a remix and reimagination of Choose Life by PF Project and Ewan MacGregor from the film Trainspotting. Drawing on the iconic film poster, I adapted “McGregor’s famous choose life monologue” to make the content to Learning Technologists, particularly over the last two years (Suskind, 2017).

‘Choose Learning Technology’.
(Suskind, 2017)

Audio stings were created specifically for the #altc21 radio show or “short musical phrases (or stings) are used in film and TV production as a form of short-hand or punctuation” (Audio Network Limited, 2021). I recently saw Tubular Bells. Live in Concert at the Southbank Centre in London. Drawing on Tubular Bells Pt 1 as a “template for innovation” and the ‘repeated motif”, Technology Bells is a remix and reimagination of Mike Oldfield’s epic piece (Bennett, 2021). What if Mike Oldfield was a Learning Technologist?

‘Two dlightly distorted Windows sounds’
(Wikipedia, 2019)

In future, perhaps Association for Learning Technologists (ALT) could have a regular radio show exploring a range of different ideas. In the same way the ALT have a blog and guest posts for their conferences, guest speakers and interviews could work well in a live show format. One suggestion in the Thursday Night Show Discord chat was the have an ALT record label! With the challenges of the pandemic and pivot to online learning, internet radio is a positive way to engage others in a virtual capacity. Pedagogically, students could create their own radio show as a creative, collaborative and interdisciplinary assessment method. In addition, a student led record label could have a range of pedagogic benefits.

To the ALT community, shine on you crazy (digital) diamonds.

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