As part of ALT’s strategic aim to strengthen recognition and representation for Learning Technology professionals from all sectors, one of the priorities Members identified for this year is to develop an ethical framework for Learning Technology.
Building on ALT’s professional accreditation framework, CMALT, which was expanded to include ethical considerations for professional practice and research last year, our initial aim is for ALT to establish a framework that can be used as a starting point for informing the ethical use of Learning Technology by professionals, institutions and industry. We have received a lot of of input from the working group, including many links to resources and organisations that can help inform the framework and we have worked to define a set of ethical principles which will form the core of the new framework alongside tools including for example a checklist or reflective questionnaire, to help individuals, institutions and industry to see how these principles are put into action.
The need for such a framework has become increasingly urgent as Learning Technology has been adopted on a larger scale than ever before and as the leading professional body for Learning Technology in the UK, representing 3,500 Members, ALT is well placed to lead this effort.
Members of the initial working group led by ALT Trustees Bella Abrams, Sharon Flynn and Natalie Lafferty, now include 60 individuals including leaners and representatives from industry.
Stay informed and get involved
This is an important development for our community and we are looking for your input to develop ALT's new framework.
If you'd like to stay informed or get involved, please sign up here. We are looking for:
- input from staff, students and providers to inform the framework overall;
- individuals and organisations to help road-test the framework;
- existing research and frameworks to draw on.
Check here for regular updates:
- Update, February 2021
- Draft principles and checklist, January 2021
- Update and plenary, December 2020
- Update, November 2020
- Launch update, 21 October 2020