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Anti-racism & digital learning

Within the digital learning profession there is interest in ‘race & tech’ generally, topics such as AI and racial bias for example, and in tackling structural racism in our own sector.

Two years ago members of the UK HE digital learning community formed a community of practice around anti-racism which was formalised as a special interest group (SIG) of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) earlier this year: the Anti-racism & Learning Technology SIG. To find out more about the work of the group start with the original introduction to the group on the ALT blog.

The SIG will be running a variety of national events this year including one hosted at LCC in November. The ARLT SIG events are free and open to all.

  • ARLT SIG Meetup – the first SIG Meetup of the year; focused on Black History Month (in relation to Learning Technology). Thursday 20 October 2pm, online.
  • ARLT SIG Webinar – A UAL colleague from CCI will talk about their online course: Anti-Racist Approaches in Technology. Thursday 4 November 4pm, online.
  • Workshop: Anti-racism Content Creation Prompt tool – a practical, discursive half-day, working with an early version of the anti-racism content creation prompt tool developed by members of the SIG. Thursday 10 November, morning + lunch, in-person at LCC
  • ARLT SIG Reading Group – the focus will be allyship and the reading(s) will be shared several weeks in advance. Tuesday 6 December 2.00-3.30pm, online.

The events will be listed for booking on the ALT Events page soon.

Joining the SIG & ALT

Anyone can join the ARLT SIG by signing-up to the group’s new mailing list. Or feel free to contact me for further info:

As UAL is an organisational member of ALT, all LCC staff qualify for associate membership of ALT which provides access to the wider digital learning community, discussion lists, more events etc. If you’re interested in learning more about digital learning it’s a great way to get started.

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