2017 Learning Technologist of the Year Awards

Celebrating excellent practice and outstanding achievement in Learning Technology

Learning Technologist of the Year awards 2017

The Awards are open to individuals and teams based anywhere in the world and celebrate and reward excellent practice and outstanding achievement in the Learning Technology field and to promote intelligent use of Learning Technology on a national scale. 

The 2017 Awards were sponsored by Bloom – CoSector, University of London.

First, second and third prizes were available in each of two categories: individual, and team, as follows: 1st prize £1000; 2nd prize £500; 3rd prize £250. A Community Choice Award, voted for openly, was also be awarded. Find out more about the finalists. The Awards were presented at the ALT Annual Conference in September 2017 at the University of Liverpool, UK. 

Find out who won the 2017 Learning Technoligst of the Year Awards. 

Find out more about previous winners:

Judging panel

The panel was chaired by Fiona Harvey, President of ALT. The panel members include:

  • Darren Moon, Senior Learning Technologist, London School of Economics and Political Science, representing the Team Winner 2016
  • Daniel Scott, Digital Learning Specialist and Individual Winner 2016
  • Lorna Campbell, Trustee of ALT and OER Liaison - Open Scotland, LTW, University of Edinburgh
  • Lynne Downey, Dean, Online Education, University College of Estate Management
  • Josie Fraser, OER17 Co-Chair and Trustee of Wikimedia UK.


Selection process and criteria

Entries were judged (from the completed entry form, and, if short-listed, at interview) on the basis of evidence summarised in the following four areas:

  1. A clear description of the actions taken to develop and support the achievement
  2. Clear, credible, statement of individual or team approach to the technological, and/or methodological, and/or managerial, and/or teaching and learning choices made by the applicant (individual or team), during the period covered by the application
  3. Major and beneficial impact on practices within the applicant's or team's organisation, community, or sphere of influence
  4. Outstanding overall contribution in managing, researching, supporting or enabling learning, teaching or assessment with the use of learning technology.

Entrants will have 200 words in which to summarise why they should win and a maximum of 400 words per area in which to provide evidence against the four areas listed above.

How to enter

The closing date for entries was Sunday, 4 June 2017.

  • Short-listed entries were notified in mid-June.
  • Interviews took place in early July.
  • Videos & supporting information required in July.
  • Public voting will be open in August.
  • Awards winners will be announced on 6 September.

The awards are free to enter and finalists (up to two free places for teams) were invited to attend the ALT Conference Gala Dinner to receive their Awards.

Face-to-face, telephone or virtual interviews of short-listed entrants took place in early July (in London if face-to-face).

If you are interested in entering for 2018's awards, check back on this page for more information in spring 2018.

NEW 2017: announcing the inaugural Award to recognise research in Learning Technology

Now in their 11th year, the Learning Technologist of the Year Awards have established national recognition of individual and team achievements. As part of the 2017 - 2020 Strategy consultation, Members expressed strong support for establishing a new Award to recognise research in Learning Technology. At the Annual Conference 2017 we launched the inaugural Award, which will celebrate outstanding research achievement and in particular early career researchers. 


Community Choice award

We were also giving everyone the opportunity to vote on the shortlisted finalists to select this year’s Community Choice award. To help the community decide who to vote for, shortlisted finalist had the opportunity to provide information about their application, including a short video. 

Supporting the 2018 Learning Technologist of the Year Awards: if you are interested in supporting or sponsoring next year’s awards, please email maren.deepwell@alt.ac.uk.

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