ALT's ethical framework for Learning Technology

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 nearly 100 individuals including leaners and representatives from industry.

Consultation - open until 9 June 2021

We are looking for your feedback and input via this questionnaire which is part of our process to help finalise the framework ahead of the launch in September.

Deadline: 9th June 2021. 

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.

Progress to date and key dates

Work to establish ALT’s new ethical framework has progressed well since October 2020. Following the initial period of establishing the working group and holding regular meetings, we have collected input and feedback which will inform the next phase of work. From March to September 2021, we will draft, consult on and the finalise the framework and tools for launch at the Annual Conference in September.

Progress to date

Look back at what progress we have made to date: