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CMALT Development Group

A new grouping of Certified Members of ALT, the CMALT Development Group (CDG) was formed in 2010. The CDG takes an active part in the development of CMALT and in directing activities for the CMALT community.


The remit of the CDG is centred around the following activities:

  • Playing an active role in the CMALT Community on CrowdVine
  • Contributing to webinars (for candidates, assessors and the community)
  • Playing a part in CMALT-related activities at the ALT Conference
  • Resolving occasional differences of view between assessors relating to individual CMALT portfolios
  • Contributing to the long term development of CMALT

CDG documents

The agenda and minutes of the meetings of the CDG as well as documents related to the work of the group are available via the ALT Open Access Repository. Browse CDG documents in the repository.

Ms Sarah Horrigan


Associate Lecturer

Sarah leads the e-Learning and Digital Media team at the
University of Sheffield as well as working for the Open University as an Associate Lecturer and consultant for the Maths, Computing and Technology Faculty. Her background is in education and technology, and focuses on the use of learning technologies to enrich learning and teaching within Higher Education. Wanting to gain a professional certification which would balance her academic study of education (holding both an MEd and MA in Online and Distance Education), Sarah achieved CMALT in 2010. Having experienced the value of the portfolio process, she would like to support colleagues across the sector in establishing and developing their professional identities through CMALT.

Dr Shirley Evans

Special Projects Officer and Associate Lecturer

Shirley has worked in the field of education and inclusion for the last 12 years on a local, regional, national and international basis and as a student, practitioner, manager and policy shaper. This work has cut across HE, FE, ACL and schools and a range of national organisations such as The OU, Becta, JISC, LSIS, and of course, ALT. Shirley is currently working as a consultant and has her own company, Inclusive Learning Advisory Services Ltd. She is also employed by the Open University as an Associate Lecturer.
Shirley joined the CDG in March 2011 and has over the past year also worked with ALT on the JISC TechDis Independent Specialist Colleges initiative. Shirley is a CMALT Lead Assessor.

Mr Tom Franklin

Learning technology consultant - Franklin Consulting

Tom achieved CMALT in 2006 and has since been a lead assessor. He has experience of the development of the scheme over the past 5 years and the way it has evolved in relation to ALT’s broader activities. Tom’s professional background is in Higher Education, the commercial and governmental sector. He currently works as a learning technology consultant.
Tom believes that CMALT has an important role to play in developing the profession of learning technologist and raising its profile within the educational community.

Mrs Devampika Getkahn

Learning Consultant, Thomson Reuters

My work is primarily in e-learning design and development for financial services markets. I joined ALT and became a certifiied member because I wanted to make sure my work was professionally recognised. I join the CMALT-DG because I thoroughly enjoyed preparing my CMALT portfolio and recognise the importance of reflecting on what I learned and I wish to give something back to a very professional and welcoming community

Mrs Laura Hollinshead

Learning Technology Advisor

Laura currently works as a Learning Technology Advisor at the University of Derby supporting academic staff in using learning technology as part of their teaching practice. She designs and runs staff development events as well as advising staff on a one-to-one basis on how to effectively use a variety of learning technologies. She also helps to support the development of new programmes within one of the faculties in the university, consulting with them on how learning technology can best support the delivery of the curriculum. Laura completed her own CMALT portfolio in 2011, and has taken an active role as a CMALT assessor ever since. Laura joined the CMALT Development Group in November 2013.

Mr David Hopkins

Learning Technology Assistant, College of Social Science & Academic Practice Service University of Leicester

David works at the University of Leicester as a Learning Technology Assistant where he supports both academic and administrative teams in the College of Social Science. David joined Leicester in May 2012 and brings experience of Blackboard and the application and implication of the tools it offers the learning environment and changing student profile. David develops and runs workshops, seminars, and training sessions for students and staff (for groups or individuals, face-to-face or online) on aspects of Blackboard, online marking and assessment, mobile learning, course (re)configuration, etc. David has active research interests in the use of social media and social tools for enhanced learning as well as investigating the role Learning Technology can, and should, take in aiding Institutional strategy on aspects of learning technology. He is a regular contributor to discussions and development within Leicester and wider Technology Enhanced Learning network, and with the Association for Learning Technology: David completed his own CMALT portfolio in November 2013 and is proud to be associated with ALT and CMALT as both an assessor and on the Development Group.

Ms Ellen Lessner

Vice-Chair of Further Education Committee and e-Learning Coordinator at Abingdon and Witney College

I have worked at Abingdon and Witney College since 1984, first as a lecturer and in the last 10 years in the development of e-learning across the college. Association with JISC Learner Experience Projects from 2005-2010 means that we have a mandatory Digital Literacy Induction for new full time students in place and yearly Learner Voice conferences. I have a special interest in using technology to support learners with a range of special needs and I am a TechDis Accredited Trainer.

Ms Hennie Yip

Start Date: 01/02/14
End Date: 01/02/17

Educational Development Officer

Hennie is currently working as an Educational Development Officer at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her main responsibility is to design and support professional development activities for academic staff in the use of technology-enhanced learning. She has over 10 years experience in developing and supporting the use of technologies for learning and teaching in the UK Higher Education sector, and has held elearning positions at the University of Salford, University of Cumbria and Lancaster University. Hennie completed her CMALT portfolio in 2013.