Who are we? 

ALT ELESIG is a community of researchers and practitioners involved in investigations of learners’ experiences and uses of technology in learning across all education sectors. ELESIG, formerly the Evaluating Learners Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group, was established in 2008 to advocate for the theory and practice of researching learners’ experience in the context of technology enhanced learning/e-learning. ELESIG became a special interest group of ALT in 2019.


As ALT ELESIG members, we work together to share knowledge, practices and develop a shared repertoire of resources. 

We aim to build our capacity by:

  • sharing good practice and developments in learner experience research methodology and methods.
  • sharing the outcomes of specific learner experience research studies, including successes, issues and challenges.
  • identifying areas of shared interest for cross-institutional collaborations.
  • raising the profile of learner experience research within the sectors.
  • collaborating with other stakeholder groups involved with learner experience research,including students as partners.


  • Chair – Dr Tünde Varga-Atkins, University of Liverpool
  • Secretary – Dr Vicki Dale, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Rhona Sharpe (University of Surrey), Honorary member
  • Dr Denise Sweeney (University of Nottingham), Honorary member
  • Rob Howe (University of Northampton), Midlands co-lead
  • Laura Hollinshead (University Derby), Midlands co-lead
  • Jessica Humphreys (University of Warwick), Midlands co-lead
  • Claire Moscrop (BPP University), North-West co-lead
  • Dr Jim Turner (Liverpool John Moores University), North-West co-lead
  • Dr Mary McVey (University of Glasgow), Scotland co-lead
  • Shona Robertson (University of Dundee), Scotland co-lead
  • Dr Sarah Fielding (University of Southampton), South co-lead
  • Hanrahan Highland (University of Bristol), South co-lead
  • Sarah Knight (Jisc), Honorary member

Get involved

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