2011 ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Award

Up to 6 prizes to be won by teams and individuals - closing date Thursday 26 May

FAQs about the award, published on 26 April 2011.

Are you or do you know someone or a team who is outstanding in using technology to support learning? If so why not enter (or encourage them to enter) for the 2011 Learning Technologist of the Year Award?

About the award

The Award's overall purpose is to celebrate and reward excellent practice and outstanding achievement in the learning technology field. This year the award is open to individuals and teams based anywhere in the UK, and to individual ordinary and certified members of ALT anywhere in the world.

The award will be judged by a panel chaired by Carol Higgison, President of ALT. The panel is:

  • Dave White - representing last year's team winner (the TALL team from the Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford);
  • Kevin McLaughlin - one of last year's individual winners (St Peter’s Church of England Primary School, Whetstone, Leicestershire);
  • Jane Hart - Founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies;
  • Peter Twining - Head of the Department of Education at the Open University;
  • Christine Lewis - UK&EU Justice ICT Advisor, Ministry of Justice.

Awards will be presented in Leeds at the 2011 ALT Conference on the evening of 7 September 2011, during the Conference Gala Event.

First, second and third prizes will be available in each of two categories: individual, and team, as follows: 1st prize £1000; 2nd prize £600; 3rd prize £300 .

The closing date for entries is Thursday 26 May 2011.

Face-to-face or telephone or virtual interviews of short-listed entrants will take place on 15 June (in either London or Birmingham if face-to-face). Applicants will be informed, if invited for interview, by email on 10 June. Entries will be judged (from the completed entry form, and, if short-listed, at interview) on the basis of evidence summarised in the following 4 areas:

A. A clear description of the actions taken to develop and support the achievement. Individual entrants should indicate any substantial involvement of others in the achievement. Team entries should indicate the nature of the team, including who actually did what.

B. Clear, credible, statement of individual or team approach to the technological, and/or methodological, and/or managerial, and/or teaching and learning choices made by the applicant (individual or team), during the period covered by the application .

C. Major and beneficial impact on practices within the applicant's or team's organisation, or community, or sphere of influence.

D. Outstanding overall contribution in managing, researching, supporting or enabling learning with the use of learning technology.

Entrants will also have 200 words in which to summarise why they should win the award, and a maximum of 400 words per area (including URLs - a URL will count as one word, and must be preceded by http://) in which to provide evidence against the 4 areas listed above.

For details of the 2009 and 2010 competitions go to http://repository.alt.ac.uk/817 and http://repository.alt.ac.uk/666, where you will find summaries of each year’s winning and highly commended entries.

How to enter

The entry template is a simple “.doc” file that you can download from the ALT Open Access Repository at http://repository.alt.ac.uk/885.

Complete all sections of the template, taking careful account of the stated word limits and any other requirements. Save the template locally, including your full name (or the name of your team) in the file name. We have provided this template to help you write your entry.

Once completed you will then need to copy and paste your entry into a Web-based form which we are using this year to collect entries for subsequent assessment. To submit your entry go to http://goo.gl/nYzkK and carefully copy and paste each section of your entry into the fields provided.

Be ready, in the Web-based form, to tell us the unique file name of your entry. [We ask for this as a back-up, in case for any reason some aspect of the form submission process fails.]

The closing deadline for entries is 17.00 UK time on Thursday 26 May 2011.

All entries will be acknowledged, and if you have not received an acknowledgement within 2 working days, please follow things up by email to lt2011@alt.ac.uk.

Answers to all questions about the award that are sent to lt2011@alt.ac.uk by 9.00 on 22 April 2011 were posted as FAQs about the award on 26 April 2011.

In case of difficulty, email lt2011@alt.ac.uk and we will do our best to help.