The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) represents individual and organisational Members from all sectors and parts of the UK. Our Membership includes practitioners, researchers and policy makers with an interest in Learning Technology. Our community grows more diverse as Learning Technology has become recognised as a fundamental part of learning, teaching and assessment.
Our charitable objective is "to advance education through increasing, exploring and disseminating knowledge in the field of Learning Technology for the benefit of the general public". We have led professionalisation in Learning Technology since 1993.
What we value and what we do
Our current strategy sets out our aims for 2017-2020:
Increasing the impact of Learning Technology for the wider community, strengthening recognition and representation for the Membership at a national level and leading professionalisation for individual Learning Technology professionals in a broad range of roles.
Each year we issue an open call for Members to become more involved in the work of ALT. Taking an active part in the work of the Association ensures that all activities are shaped by Members’ priorities and also offers valuable opportunities for professional development and recognition.
ALT awards Honorary Life Membership to individuals nominated by Members who have made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the advancement of ALT’s aims for the development of learning technology in a regional, national or international context through research, practice, policy-development, leadership, or a combination of these.
Enhancing the way in which ALT champions professional recognition in Learning Technology, this inaugural Award has been made by the Chair of ALT to honour an individual who has been nominated by ALT Members for having made an exceptional contribution to the work of ALT and specifically to its community of members as Learning Technology professionals on an international scale.
Established in 2007, the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Awards celebrate and reward excellent practice and outstanding achievement in the learning technology field, and aim to promote intelligent use of Learning Technology on a national scale. The Awards are open to individuals and teams based anywhere in the world.
The Association of Colleges (AoC), in conjunction with the Department for Education, is currently exploring the potential for EdTech and digital to improve the learning offer students receive in the Further Education sector, and the extent to which greater adoption might drive better outcomes for Colleges.
New for this year - at this year’s ALT Annual Conference we will hold the first CMALT Award Ceremony to congratulate Certified Members of ALT (CMALT holders) attending the conference who have achieved or renewed their CMALT accreditation in the last year.
At a recent Inside Government event, FELTAG 2017: Embracing Digital Technology in Further Education, I followed speakers including Bob Harrison, one of the original FELTAG members like me, and William Cutler, Head of EdTech and Digital Skills Co-ordination, Department for Education, giving a keynote, and mine was on workforce development to maximise Learning Technology impact. I approached my topic in in three ways: first, I set out what questions we need to ask about skills and capabilities, second, I explored how and open online course can support workforce development and third I showcased how ALT’s accreditation scheme, CMALT, can help increase intelligent use of Learning Technology.
As chief executive of ALT one of the questions I think about most is how we work in learning, teaching and assessment, what skills we need to do our jobs well and how we develop and recognise those skills. ALT’s work is usually focused on a specific group of professionals, those with Learning Technology as part of their role. But as Learning Technology becomes a bigger part of what institutions do, more and more roles develop a Learning Technology component and more expertise is needed. The results of ALT’s Annual Survey, for example, highlights a trend for more senior roles with a focus on Learning Technology as well as an overall increase.