Previous Annual Conferences

Previous conference websites are retained for 18 months following the event. Important details about the events are archived here.


Date: 6-8 September 2022
Location: University of Manchester, UK and online
Co-Chairs: Trustees of ALT

PDF Programme: 2022 Online pre-conference, 2022 in-person and 2022 online.

2022 YouTube playlist

Conference themes

  • Digital transformation beyond the crisis: what is your vision for learning, teaching and assessment? This theme is focused on how we are transforming education and training through digital practices in a post-pandemic world.

  • Co-creation with learners: this theme explores how to use digital technology in partnership with learners to design sustainable approaches that work for everyone. How can we co-create student engagement and enjoyment and make the learning experience more open, inclusive and equitable? 
  • Emerging leadership for a new strategic vision: we are seeing a growth in more strategic responsibilities in roles with a focus on digital education and training. This theme is dedicated to the work and vision of both emerging and established leaders in both institutional and community roles seeking to share their expertise and learn from like-minded colleagues in a dedicated leadership strand of this year’s event. 
  • Developing Digital Fluency: there has been a big shift in the digital skills and capabilities that we need to develop and recognise in both students and staff: from digital citizenship to critical data literacy and ethical considerations, what does it mean to develop digital fluency? 
  • AmplifyFE: this conference strand is dedicated to proposals from the FE and Vocational Education sector, and we encourage submissions that share expertise around digital tools and technologies, skills development and collaboration (not competition). 
  • Creativity wildcard: if your work doesn’t fit into the traditional research or practice themes, then this theme enables you to submit research, practice or policy proposals from any sector including Further Education, schools, vocational learning and training, lifelong learning and work-based learning.


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Date: 7-9 September 2021
Location: Online
Co-Chairs: Roger Emery, Farzana Latif and Matt Lingard

2021 PDF Programme

2021 YouTube playlist

Themes: Shared Experience, Different Perspectives

  • Leadership in learning technology
  • Inclusive practice
  • Digital well-being
  • Digital and physical spaces


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Due to the global pandemic, ALT held an Online Summer Summit instead of an annual conference.

Date: 26-27 August 2020
Location: Online
Co-Chairs: N/A

PDF Programme: 26 August 2020, 27 August 2020 and Asynchronous 2020.

2020 YouTube playlist

Theme: Learning Technology in a time of crisis, care and complexity

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Date: 3–5 September 2019
Location: University of Edinburgh
Co-Chairs: Melissa Highton, Louise Jones and Keith Smyth

2019 YouTube playlist

PDF Programme: 2019 day 1, 2019 day 2, 2019 day 3

Theme: Data, Dialogue, Doing

  • Student data and learning analytics
  • Creativity across the curriculum
  • Critical frames of reference
  • Learning Technology for wider impact

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Date: 11-13 September 2018
Location: University of Manchester, UK
Co-Chairs: N/A

2018 PDF Programme

2018 YouTube playlist


  • Participation through Learning Technology: including how to use technology to work in partnership with learners, how to create engagement and built informed consent, critical digital literacy, accessibility and equity;
  • Collaboration for Learning Technology: such as working together on projects, scaling up innovation, the role of staff empowerment and leadership, collaboration or across institutions and countries, how learning technology can enhance (a)synchronous collaboration;
  • Critical perspectives in Learning Technology: critical, historical and political perspectives, research and analysis that question the purpose or impact of technology used for learning, teaching or assessment; learner driven education;
  • Openness and Learning Technology: for example open education practice, resources, policy for openness in education, open data and open governance;


View the 2018 conference archive.


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Beyond islands of innovation – how Learning Technology became the new norm(al). 5 – 7 September 2017, University of Liverpool, UK.

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Connect, Collaborate, Create. 6 - 8 September 2016 at the University of Warwick, UK.

View the 2016 conference archive.

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Shaping the Future of Learning Together. 8–10 September 2015, University of Manchester, UK.

View the 2015 conference archive.

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Riding Giants: How to innovate and educate ahead of the wave. 1–3 September 2014, in Warwick, UK.

View the 2014 conference archive.

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Building new cultures of learning. 10–12 September 2013, Nottingham, UK.

View the 2013 conference archive.

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A confrontation with reality. 11-13 September 2012, university of Manchester, UK.

View the 2012 conference archive.

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Thriving in a colder and more challenging climate. 6-8 September 2011, University of Leeds, UK.

View the 2011 conference archive.

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"Into something rich and strange" - making sense of the sea-change. 7-9 September 2010, University of Nottingham, UK.

View the 2010 conference archive.

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"In dreams begins responsibility" - choice, evidence, and change. 8-10 September 2009, University of Manchester, UK.

View the 2009 conference archive.