East Midlands Learning Technologists

East Midlands Learning Technologists' Group, supported by ALT

EMLT on tour – September 2016 – ALT C at University of Warwick

It’s the annual “EMLT on tour” event, where we have a session organised at the ALT annual conference, otherwise known as ALT C. As this session is part of the wider conference, there is no set agenda, and this is an opportunity for anyone from our region who is attending the conference to come along to meet friends and colleagues old and new, and find out a bit about EMLT, and what your peers are up to, what’s on their collective radar, and any issues or challenges that they may be facing.


ALT C 2015, CC BY, Chris Bull

If you have anything that you would like to present at the session, please come prepared to share something with your fellow learning technology/educational technology professionals. We have had a few suggestions in already from the community, and there will be at least one (short) presentation from an East Midlands university, telling the story of their lecture capture experience over the last seven years.

You can find out the latest information about the session here:-


For those attending the conference, the meeting will be held on Tuesday September 6th 2016 from 3:15pm – 4:15pm in room SS 0.18 – see you there!

If you have any questions, please feel free to tweet me @Bulgenen


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EMLT December 2015 meeting round-up

Harbourview parkThe Winter EMLT event took place on the Wednesday the 9th December at De Montfort University Leicester with sponsorship for the event from Wyver Solutions Ltd for catering. At the beginning of the session we also asked participants to contribute to a Padlet wall with a review of EMLT activities in 2015 and suggestions for EMLT activities in 2016. This is still open to contributions and can be found at http://padlet.com/laurahollinshea/emlt2015.

Introduction to ‘art of assessment’ – Rob Weale, De Montfort University

We started our series of presentations off with Rob Weale discussing the theme of the day ‘the art of assessment’. A link to the recording of the presentation is available here.

Using Micro Assessment to Scaffold a Flipped Learning Programme in Midwifery – Kirstie Coolin, Liz Hilton, University of Nottingham

Our second presentation looked at the work the University of Nottingham have been doing on flipping midwife training. The opportunity to incorporate the flipped learning model into the delivery of this BSc came about as a result of the introduction of a new curriculum where delivery was scheduled for September 2015. The nursing courses are already 50% blended and academic staff wanted to make the most of face-to-face lecturers and it felt this approach might help them to do this. This approach provided a big change to staff and students challenging them to work in new ways.

The design of the course started with focusing on the outcomes from face-to-face sessions and worked backwards to establish what students would need to bring to these session and then design a series of online activities for students to complete prior to attendance. The activities included videos, short-answer questions and reflective activities delivered using the Moodle lessons tool and the analytics to see student engagement. They are looking to see if there is a way of pulling information from this tool to see where the analytics show students who haven’t engaged. Focus groups were run with students to talk about the use of Moodle and the flipped learning experience. Students provided good feedback about their experience and as a result the academic has not had to repeat content in face-to-face sessions. One of the refinements being made as a result of student feedback is to provide guidance on the amount of time each activity will take at the start of the activity so students can better plan their workload

Transforming GCSE Maths with digital assessment – Jay Ashcroft, LearnMaker

Our third presentation looked at the use of the assessment workload within GCSE Maths teaching. Utilising an iPad app to record assessments and provide feedback to students about their assessments. A number of benefits were identified including reduced marking time and increased student interactions.  Here is a link to the slides for the presentation and a write up of the case study discussed within the presentation can be found at http://learnmaker.co.uk/broadgreen-international-school

Jisc Assessment Resources – Keith Jenkins, Jisc

Our fourth presentation before the break was from Keith Jenkins, Account Manager at Jisc, talking about the different resources and projects related to assessment. A recording of the presentation is available here.

Presentations delivered as part of the Online ALT Winter Conference

Two of the presentations delivered during the event were live streamed to the ALT Winter Conference.

Taking the leap – helping Historians to start marking online – Catherine Leyland, University of Leicester

The first presentation was from Catherine Leyland from the University of Leicester looking at getting historians to take the leap and start marking online. Unfortunately the sound quality on the first presentation was not great but Catherine has re-recorded this for us and the recording is available at https://youtu.be/FVRUt5ewz3U

E-assessment & Feedback @DMU – Richard Vallance, De Montfort University

The second presentation came from Richard Vallance, DMU who talks about the process he is taking of developing and implementing an e-assessment and e-feedback policy.

This presentation was recorded in Blackboard Collaborate and can be found at 13:30 within the session (ignore the first part as this was the first recording where the audio was bad).

Four years on from institution wide eSubmission and feedback – Laura Hollinshead, University of Derby

The final presentation on assessment delivered during the event was from Laura Hollinshead who talked about the rollout of electronic submission and marking across the institution and how this has become established within practices. She also covered the further development of assessment and feedback processes now being promoted. A recording of the presentation is available here.

ELESIG Presentation – Rob Howe, University of Northampton

The final presentation of the event was from Rob Howe the chair of the ELESIG Regional Group for the Midlands. Rob talked about the work of the group and how members of EMLT can get involved in joining this community of practice via the Ning site. Slides for Rob’s presentation are available here.

A big thank you to all attendees and we look forward to seeing you at our next event in 2016.

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Call for presentations! EMLT Winter 2015 Meeting

Cold Cold Mountain

Image from: Wasfi Akab shared under CC.

Our Winter meeting of the East Midlands Learning Technologists’ group is due to take place on Wednesday 9th December 2015, De Montfort University.

The art of assessment.

Assessment is at the heart of any learning professionals life. Whether formative or summative it plays a significant role in allowing us to judge a learner’s progress, as well as the knowledge, skills, practices and behaviours they have developed during their learning journey.

During this event, we would like to explore how technology can be used to support assessment in all its forms. We hope to look at the impact of some of the newer approaches to assessment such as the use of Open Badges as well as more familiar approaches like online quizzes and electronic submission. In addition we would like to explore assessment approaches which consider inclusive practices and assessments designed to look at developing learners’ digital skills and practices.

Call for presentations

We’d still like some Pecha Kucha sessions, presentations from our community – 6 minute presentations with images – where you tell us about the approaches you have taken technologies to support assessment, so please complete the form if you’re happy to present.

Pecha Kucha sign up: http://goo.gl/forms/Vt6hP1ImrE

Closing date for submitting ideas is 5pm on Friday 27th November 2015.

Event Details

If you have not yet booked a place, please complete the form on Eventbrite, you will need to enter the password to get in. This is: em1t (emlt with the L replaced by a number 1). The booking form is at http://emltwinter1516.eventbrite.co.uk

Food and drink will be available on arrival at 12:00 – details to follow.

Further details for parking and a map of the campus will be provided nearer the time.

A big thank you to Wyver Solutions Ltd for sponsoring this event! http://www.wyversolutions.co.uk/

If you’d like any more detail, please drop me an email to Laura Hollinshead at laurahollinshead@gmail.com


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Spring EMLT Meeting – Round-Up

Evernote Camera Roll 20150408 084223-2I hope you have all had a good Easter. Before all the egg eating began over the weekend, we had the Spring EMLT meeting at the University of Derby. We had a good turn out and started the event off with some Easter treats and floppy crisps.

We then took part in some speed networking, where everyone sat in rows and had 3 minutes to talk to someone they had not met before. It was a little hard to hear with all the noise, but hopefully everyone got to meet some new people and form some useful connections.

A brief introduction on digital literacy was given at the beginning fo the sessions to help set the scene, providing a definition, the seven elements of digital literacy and a useful development framework from Jisc.

We then had three presentations from people within the room focusing on the development of digital literacies.

Evernote Camera Roll 20150408 084103Martin Cooke (Freelance Learning Technologist) – FOMO are you missing out? Technology for well being

Martin talked about how important it is to reflect upon the way in which we are using technology and to sometimes step back, turn the technology off and take a break from all the noise.

You can find Martin’s slides at:


Evernote Camera Roll 20150408 084102Stathis Konstantinidis (Assistant Professor of eLearning and Health Informatics, University of Nottingham) – Fostering IT Skills Competences of the healthcare workforce of EU and USA

Stathis talked about the work he has been doing, helping four of the European partners of the University of Nottingham to carry out a SWOT analysis of programmes for their provision of IT skills. Some of the key conclusions from the work, looked towards MOOC’s and Open Education Resources as possible tools to help provide a sustainable , cost-effective and efficient lifelong learning model.

Evernote Camera Roll 20150408 084101Elaine Swift (Digital Practice Manager, Nottingham Trent University) – Scoping Digital Literacy Support at an institutional level

Elaine talked about the work she has been doing at Nottingham Trent looking at how to embed digital literacy as a core competency across a variety of different roles within the institution. Having put together a framework and set of principles for supporting digital practices Elaine and her team are now working in partnership with academic schools to scope a set of specialist competencies for different subject areas.

The next activity saw us getting creative in groups, drawing our idea of a digitally literate person. There were a number of different interpretations, which I hope you can see in the below images (sorry about the reflections!). We had a prize for the winner. Can you guess which one won?

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Evernote Camera Roll 20150408 084059Our final activity was to work in groups to plan a workshop  to develop a digital capability. The groups were asked to choose a technology or practice which fitted into one of the seven elements of digital literacy from Jisc. We had some great ideas which can be seen in the Google Documents used to during the session.

Thank you all for coming, I hope you enjoyed the day and that we shall see you next time in June/July at Loughborough University.

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Autumn 2014 meeting announced!

Mind the gap image

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Not long until our next meeting!!

Our autumn meeting of the East Midlands Learning Technologists’ group for 2014 is due to take place on the 22nd of October at Loughborough College and the theme is ‘Mind the Gap! Mainstreaming and supporting innovation‘ – and we’d like to hear your stories of how you discovered innovation, how you shared it, how you helped to change practice… or how you took a small innovative idea and made it big. As ever… we need you!!

Call for presentations

We’d love to have some PechaKucha presentations from our community – 6 minute presentations with images – where you tell us about how you got over that awkward gap between a great idea and the reality of getting it into the mainstream. Small scale, large scale, online, offline, formal or informal learning… give us a taste of your experience and some food for thought. We’re interested in presentations from across the learning spectrum – whether that’s Higher Education, Further Education, Schools, local government or the private sector, we’d like to hear from you.

Closing date for submitting presentation ideas is 5pm on Friday 26th September 2014 and we’ll confirm presenters during the first week of October. So, to submit your ideas, head to the submission form (http://goo.gl/ccVuye) and fill out the details.

Event details

Date: 22nd October 2014

Time: 1pm to 4pm with a buffet lunch from 12pm

Venue: Loughborough College, Radmoor Rd, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3BT

Cost: Free (hooray for free!)

Booking here: http://emltautumn14.eventbrite.co.uk – it’s password protected – just head to our JiscMail list to get the password (and prove you’re not a robot!)

Food and drink will be available on arrival. There will be chance for networking over a buffet lunch, interesting presentations from our community and the chance for discussion with the meeting ending no later than 4pm. The cost, as ever, is free… so if you can get yourself to Loughborough on the afternoon of the 22nd of October, then it would be great to see you there!

A map for the campus can be found on the Loughborough College website but can also be downloaded from this link too:

Roll on October!


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20-ish ways to use video in teaching…

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Photo Credit: ** RCB ** via Compfight cc

Firstly… very many thanks to Dr Stuart Jolly, BSc Coaching and Sports Science Course Leader, Nottingham Trent University for all of these fabulous ideas which he shared with us at our Spring 2014 EMLT meeting.  He provided us with a video as part of his talk and while I could see everyone frantically scribbling to capture all of his great ideas, I thought I’d write them up to make sharing them just that little bit easier.

So, on to the main part of this blog post… the 20-ish ways!

  1. ‘I’m sorry I can’t be with you’ messages – for those moments when you just can’t be there but can send a video message along anyway, for example, providing a message for an Open Day you can’t attend
  2. Pre-induction welcome videos – sending out a video to students, welcoming them to the course and helping new students navigate through the first weeks of their studies
  3. Induction videos – allowing students to introduce themselves and capture that to share with others
  4. Creating post-induction video walls – combining all of the induction videos, a visual reminder about who’s who in your student community
  5. Recording in-class activities – for later review, for example, group role plays where everyone is involved in the activity and they don’t actually get to see the ‘whole’
  6. Student sports projects – particularly useful for slow motion recordings of particular techniques so aid further analysis and understanding
  7. Student assessment video projects – get students to make videos for assessment purposes, for example a video which captures what’s involved in particular coaching projects
  8. Recording peer coaching for assessed portfolio – again, creating a record for later review of what was involved in a particular type of coaching
  9. Recording external coaching for assessed portfolio – expanding the boundaries of the classroom and making videos on location
  10. Developing students’ digital literacies with equipment – for example, creating video tutorials on how to use particular bits of technology such as scanning with copiers etc
  11. Developing students’ digital literacies with tools – for example, creating short video tutorials on how to use services such a Mendeley for referencing
  12. Developing peer staff digital literacies – supporting colleagues with simple tips and ideas to make their lives easier with technology, for example using macros in Word to create one-click entry of module details etc
  13. Recording delivered sessions – for example, capturing a session delivered by colleagues from the Careers service to make available for students
  14. Fostering course identity – sometimes it’s just good to record what happened during the life of the course to help students understand how far they’ve come (and how much fun they’ve had!)
  15. Adding video to recordings – taking an audio recording and finding video to play underneath it can really help create a rich learning resource
  16. Recording student presentations – for things that are delivered synchronously, video can easily capture them and provide an additional opportunity for critique and reflection
  17. Reminding students what they’ve done – using a digital storytelling approach where photographs from across the course are put together with music / words
  18. Putting it all together – videos don’t have to live in isolation from one another… get students to edit together their videos to create a video portfolio

So… 18… which is almost 20.  Hence ’20-ish’ ways Stuart’s used video in teaching!

If you have any other ways in which you’ve used video in your teaching, do drop off a comment and let us know!

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EMLT Meeting – Summer 2014 – BOOK NOW!

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Photo Credit: Kevin Conor Keller via Compfight cc

Summer is (almost!) here and it’s time for another East Midlands Learning Technologists’ meeting!  The venue, date and time is set… so… we’ll hopefully see plenty of you at the University of Nottingham on July 8th from 12pm for lunch with the meeting starting at 1pm.

The theme for the meeting is…

‘Open All Hours’

… all about openness, flexible delivery and shifting boundaries in education… and we need you!

Call for presentations

We’d like to have some PechaKucha presentations from our community – 6 minute presentations with images – where you tell us about ‘open’.  Whether that’s involvement in production of Open Educational Resource, working on MOOCs, how you’re exploring informal / formal learning in your work, research or legal / policy in the area of openness as stories of the difference an open mindset is making in the curriculum across disciplines / institutions – we’d love to hear about them and help disseminate your work across our region / nationally.

Closing date for submitting ideas is 5pm on Friday 13th June 2014… submit your ideas using this form: http://goo.gl/B0LQod


Sounds like you want to come along?  Excellent!

Date:                     8th July 2014

Time:                    1pm to 4pm with a buffet lunch from 12pm

Venue:                 B46, The Dearing Building, University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road, Nottingham, NG8 1BB

Cost:                      Free (we love things that are free!)

To book head to http://emltsummer14.eventbrite.co.uk where you’ll need to enter the password to get in… this is: em1t  (emlt with the L replaced by a number 1) and then click on Register.

A map for the campus can be found on their website but can be downloaded from this link too:

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/sharedresources/documents/mapjubileecampus.pdf.  There is parking available, you just need to use the visitor parking where 4 hours parking will cost £4:00.

We’re really looking forward to seeing as many of you there as can make it… so sign up… encourage others to attend… tweet about it… and help make it a really useful event for us all!  Our hashtag is #emlt so help us spread the word!!

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Our Spring 2014 EMLT meeting – Video killed the radio star

So, another meeting has come and gone.  There was cake, there were cups of tea, there was chatting and there were ideas.  Lots of lovely ideas!  All held at the University of Derby on the 2nd of April 2014.

Video killed the radio star

If in doubt, draw your own illustration!

The theme for the meeting was ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ (which obviously meant that *that* song got stuck in my head for the whole time I was organising the meeting!).  We wanted to explore what digital video creativity looked like in all of its forms.  From the small scale of designing learning activities with video to institutional systems and new ways of ‘doing’.  We had several terrific presentations on the theme and a healthy discussion about what value video might have in education as well as coming up with a list of tips for good practice which everyone had the chance to contribute to.

Following a lovely buffet, the first presentation of the day came from Simon Birkett, Technology Enhanced Learning Manager at the University of Derby.

He spoke on ‘Learning Space Design – Digital Innovation and Creativity’ and talked us through the changes which have been happening to learning spaces at Derby.  Transforming the way people think about even things like furniture – moving from the ‘furniture on wheels is a health and safety issue’ mindset to the ‘where are the wheels, how can we make the space flexible’ has been a challenging one, but the images Simon shared clearly showed how it could impact on the way in which students could work together.  The joined up thinking and investment seemed to be strong messages which came across from his presentation and provided plenty of food for thought!

Following Simon’s presentation, we moved on to the PechaKucha sessions.  We were very fortunate to have colleagues from across our region presenting on a range of topics – and all of whom did a fabulous job of keeping to time!  No easy feat when it comes to PechaKucha-style presenting.

First up for the PechaKucha’s was Rob Higson from the University of Derby – presenting on ‘Engaging our fashion programme through video’.

He shared some of the work he and a colleague at the university have been doing in working with an academic to integrate video into her teaching practice with fashion students.  From instructional videos to video feedback to students as creators of their own videos for critique – it was great to see.  They were using iPads with the Panopto app to capture the video and it showed just how one good idea could flow into another and another… and ultimately change practice.

Next up, the brilliantly titled ‘Putting Lipstick on a Pig’ from Charles Shields, University of Loughborough.

Charles shared the reality of lecture capture at scale – points of resistance that he’d experienced and, more importantly, how they were handled.  Apart from needing a prize for his presentation title, he gave everyone lots of food for thought and the opportunity to reflect on their own experience of supporting lecture capture.

Following on from Charles was Matt Howcroft, University of Derby who shared ‘Creating a great video learning resource’.

With his beautifully visual presentation took everyone through the value that video could add and what approaches might work in learning and teaching.  Great stuff from Matt!!

Nikodem Miranowicz from the University of Nottingham followed with ‘Video synced interactive web visualisations’.

He shared an approach whereby video could be synced with data visualisations using javascript libraries.  Seeing examples of the visualisations in action was inspiring stuff – and while the code might have gone over my head, it definitely didn’t go over everyone’s and I know his presentation will have got people’s brains whirring with possibility!

Our penultimate presentation was from Hannah Davies, University of Derby, who shared her presentation ‘Multiple perspectives through video’.

Another beautifully constructed presentation and it was excellent to see some video examples of the work that Hannah and the media team at the University of Derby have been putting together.  Working to support careers and employability is a hot topic across institutions – from FE to HE, private to public sector – and Hannah showed that getting out there and making real connections for learners with video is a powerful tool.

Last up was Dr Stuart Jolly from Nottingham Trent University.  Stuart’s presentation was on ’20-ish ideas for using video in learning and teaching’ and he’d put together a video of all of his examples which was superb.  We’ll write them up with Stuart and post them on the blog later – his work showed how video can play such an active part in students’ learning.  From supporting the creation of learning communities, to building in opportunities for review and reflection to helping with critical analysis and personalising feedback.  Stuart’s video is well worth a watch!

Phew!  Lots and lots of ideas – and inspiring stuff from our brilliant community.  What a fantastic region this is for great ideas!

We always have the opportunity to go round the room to see if there are any other ideas, projects or connections people would like to make… and as ever, there were.  It helps get the conversations going for when we break for a cuppa and more cake… and there’s always a point during the afternoon where I take a moment to listen to the buzz of the room and appreciate what a strong community it is that we’re forming.  Brilliant!

Once we were fortified with more cake, tea and biccies, it was time for a demonstration of Box of Broadcasts from David Hopkins, University of Leicester.  David showed us just how easy Box of Broadcasts is to use and gave us the chance to consider its potential at our own institutions.  Because we have colleagues from several different institutions represented, David’s demo allowed us to talk more broadly about issues connected with overseas students and licensing, with the potential for tagging and retrieval of video, creation of playlists, easy embedding of clips as well as the reality of supporting a service like that.

And finally – in what was a packed programme! – we all worked together on putting together some collaborative documents.  I’ll share them as separate blog posts another day.  Essentially, we had three main areas to contribute to:

  1. What’s the point of video in the curriculum?
  2. What value does it add to learning?
  3. What best practice hints and tips have we got?

There were points that made me go ‘ah, not just me then’, points that made me go ‘hadn’t thought of that’, and points that just made me laugh!  Especially the ones about finger food and porridge!!  That’s the beauty of our group… we get to chat informally with our peers about the reality of our professional experiences.  Highs, lows, warts and all.  The shiny stuff is for conferences… our group is about our shared reality.    Talking of a shared professional experience, we are offering the opportunity for CMALT mentoring across the region, which I briefly mentioned at the end, and if anyone would like to talk to me further about it, please drop me an email to s.horrigan@derby.ac.uk.

Phewie!!!  Excellent to see old friends, meet new colleagues and strengthen our network.  Thanks to all who came and contributed in any way.

Our next meeting will probably be at the University of Nottingham in early July and we’ll be on the look out for presentation ideas around early June… so please keep an eye out for our call for presentations.


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April EMLT meeting – Booking and call for presentations!

Radio Free Strawberry

We have a date and a venue for our next EMLT meeting… and now a booking form to go with that too… so…

*‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ *

… is the theme and we’ll be thinking about all things digital video creativity. Or rather, we’d like you to help us think about all things digital video creativity. If you’d like to submit a proposal for a PechaKucha presentation then you can do at http://goo.gl/ZqIa8R – approx. 6 minutes, 20 slides on whatever you think might be relevant to the rest of the group on your work with digital video… from small scale creativity in the curriculum to doing things BIG! From innovations to issues… we’d love to hear about it. Use the form, submit an idea… share with the rest of us!

Want to come along? I bet you do! So here are the details:

Date: 2nd April 2014
Time: 13:00 – 16:00 with a buffet lunch from 12:00
Venue: University of Derby
Cost: Free (the best kind of price!)

Book here: http://emltspring14.eventbrite.co.uk

There’s a password for the booking form which is as follows: em1t (that’s a one instead of an ‘L’ in the middle)

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Sharing Our Practice and Knowledge

So a while ago we asked who had presented at ALT-C and other conferences so that we could collate all the great work that everyone’s busy doing.
Below are a list of the links that were sent through. If there’s any other presentation that’d you like to flag up to the group, please do let us know. It’s great to see collectively how much knowledge an experience we have between us:
Coffee cup chair

Coffee cup chair

Rachel Challen and Matthew Green: Is LaTTE the perfect blend? (The journey of a teaching room into a learning space):
ALT LaTTE Presentation Final
Sarah Horrigan: TELLUS about it, Collaborative approaches to staff development 
OER Bottle- Martin Weller
Rob Farmer and Kate Littlemore: Using OERs and e-tivites to create acollaboratve, mobile friendly, learner-centered course:
Digital Practice Framework
Elaine Swift: Digital Practice – a framework for engaging staff learners:
Image of Alan Clarke's Moving minds presentationAlan Clarke: Moving Minds – using digital montage and video to construct knowledge
E-Pragamtists in WEA
This was at the national WEA conference where, in the  workshop, we invited participants to self-assess against the 5 ‘Internet cultures’ proposed recentlty  by William Dutton and Grant Blank from the Oxford Internet Survey. 
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