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"In dreams begins responsibility" - choice, evidence, and change

Manchester, UK, 8-10 September 2009

Welcome to the web site for ALT-C 2009, the 16th International Conference of the Association for Learning Technology, which was held at the University of Manchester, England.

Photo of Manchester copyright Ian Lawson Flyer for the conference [330 kB PDF].

Conference Co-chairs

Gilly Salmon, Professor of eLearning and Learning Technologies at the University of Leicester, UK;

Professor Tom Boyle, Director of the Learning Technology Research Institute at London Metropolitan University, UK.


A full interactive conference timetable is available to view via the ALT-C 2009 CrowdVine site.

Keynote speeches and invited speaker sessions. Review the keynote and invited speaker sessions captured at the Conference.


ALT had a full exhibition this year: exhibition floorplan and list of exhibitors [PDF ~ 105 kB].

Keynote speakers

Martin Bean, Vice Chancellor Designate at the Open University, UK;

Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University, USA;

Terry Anderson, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Distance Education at Athabasca University, Canada.

Invited speakers

Jonathan Drori, Heather Fry, Diana Laurillard, Matthew McFall, David Kennedy, Richard Noss, Vanessa Pittard, Aaron Porter and David Price.

About the conference

Learning technologies and learning technologists are now at the heart of modern learning, and yet our community still faces many challenges, for example:

  • learning from history to build on past gains and avoid previous mistakes;
  • spreading innovations that are of true value, rather than mere fads;
  • redesigning pedagogy, the curriculum, and assessment methods to secure a substantial positive impact on learning;
  • ensuring cost effectiveness by various means, from working effectively at a large scale, to supporting peer-assisted learning cultures;
  • developing a research culture that informs practice, and a culture of practice that uses research evidence.

To rise to these challenges, we must dream and act on our dreams, but evidence must justify the choices we make. ALT-C 2009 provided a broad forum for practitioners, researchers and policy-makers from all sectors to explore, reflect, and learn.

Key dates

  • The call for proposals was issued on 1 December 2008.
  • Proposals for inclusion in the programme were accepted between mid December 2008 and 2 March 2009. The online submission system is closed.
  • Bookings opened in May.
  • Presenters' booking deadline was: 29 June 2009.
  • Earlybird booking deadline was: 6 July 2009.
  • Bookings closed: 14 August 2009.

Sponsoring or exhibiting at ALT-C 2009

Major sponsors. For reference you may wish to review our sponsorship and exhibition prospectus [450 kB PDF].

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