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 Denise Sweeney University of Nottingham
  • Vice-chair Dr Jim Turner Liverpool John Moores University
  • Secretary – Jessica Humphreys University of Warwick
  • Ashwini Datt (University of Auckland), New Zealand lead
  • Hanrahan Highland (University of Bristol), South lead
  • Rob Howe (University of Northampton), Midlands co-lead
  • Laura Hollinshead (University Derby), Midlands co-lead
  • Dr Tünde Varga-Atkins (University of Liverpool), North West co-lead
  • Avril Edmond (University of the West of Scotland), Scotland co-lead
  • Dr Mary McVey (University of Glasgow), Scotland lead
  • Professor Rhona Sharpe (University of Oxford), Honorary member
  • Sarah Knight (JISC), Honorary member
  • Dr Vicki Dale, (University of Glasgow), Honorary member


Get involved with the ELESIG Community

Please visit the ELESIG community site at  https://altc.alt.ac.uk/elesig/  where you will find more information including our webinar programme and how you can engage with other members.

To join the group please follow the instructions at  https://altc.alt.ac.uk/elesig/how-to-join-get-connected/

Continue the conversation on Twitter using #ELESIG #altc