The life cycle of an ALTC theme (Symposium 0023)


10:30 - 11:30 on Thursday, 9 September 2010 in Room B62


23 Out of something rich and strange: the appearance and subsequent fate of issues and themes in the ALT-C Proceedings 2000-2009
David Morris, Nigel Ecclesfield


23 Out of something rich and strange: the appearance and subsequent fate of issues and themes in the ALT-C Proceedings 2000-2009
David Morris, Nigel Ecclesfield
This symposium, supported by the authors’ analysis of the content of ALT-C Proceedings in the period from 2000 to 2009, seeks to explore the themes that have emerged over the last ten years and how these have evolved. While semantic analysis has been used extensively to explore meaning and the development of ideas in individual texts or disciplines, its use to explore themes in multi-disciplinary conference proceedings is not reported in the current literature. Through the use of a new semantic analysis tool, the authors have reviewed the published Proceedings to identify the fate of themes in terms of the attention given to them by individual authors and the volume of work referencing these themes across the decade. While providing a short introduction to the tools and methodology employed in this review, the symposium will focus on the influence of technology, policy and pedagogy in the emergence and subsequent fates of themes identified in the proceedings and how the themes reflect the wider concerns of those contributing to the current ALT-C. The authors will present a visual mapping of key themes and seek to engage participants in a historical review of recent ALT-C Proceedings and to identify issues to be carried forward into the current and future dialogues initiated by the conference theme. By considering the recent trajectory of the themes reflected in the Proceedings it is hoped to identify how this history influences current thinking and helps create the resources to support future work. Working in the symposium to bring together different strands of thought, it is intended to explore the wider issue of the extent to which developments in technology, policy and learning and teaching are mutually influential and developments in each area are reflected in the documentation as second order themes and indicators. Participants in the symposium will be given access to the detailed analyses used to support the introduction to the symposium and the research paper describing and reviewing both the methodology and findings of the project.