ALT 2012 Learning Technologist of the Year Award

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 2012 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. The award is open to individuals and teams based anywhere in the UK.

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

  • Eddie Erasmus - representing last year's team winner (In-Folio Implementation Team based on JISC Techdis, The Rix Centre, St Piers College, Young Epilepsy, Portland College and National Star College, UK.);
  • John McLaughlin - Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, where responsible for policy on Learning Technologies and other uses of ICT in further and higher education;
  • Oliver Quinlan - one of last year's individual winners (from Robin Hood Primary School, South Birmingham, UK, but now Lecturer in Education at Plymouth University.);
  • Clive Shepherd – Since 1997 he has operated as an independent consultant for UK and international public, private and third sector organisations. He was recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to the Training Industry at the World of Learning Conference in 2004 and for four years was Chairman of the eLearning Network.

Awards will be presented in Manchester at the 2012 ALT Conference on the evening of 12 September 2012, during the Conference Gala Dinner.

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.

Extended deadline for entries: 12pm (midday, BST) on Wednesday, 30 May 2012. Face-to-face, telephone or virtual interviews of short-listed entrants will take place on Monday 11 June 2012 (in London if face-to-face). Applicants will be informed, if invited for interview, by email, on 6 June 2012.

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.

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, community, or sphere of influence.

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

Entrants will have 200 words in which to summarise why they should win the award, and a maximum of 400 words per area in which to provide evidence against the 4 areas listed above.

For details of the 2011 winners go to  where you will find summaries of the winning and highly commended entries.

How to enter

We have provided a template to help you write your entry which you can download from the ALT website at

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.

Once you have completed the template you will need to copy and paste each section of your entry into the fields provided on the online form at You will also be asked to enter the filename of your completed entry template. [We ask for this as a back-up, in case for any reason some aspect of the form submission process fails.]

Extended deadline for entries: 12pm (midday, BST) on Wednesday, 30 May 2012. All entries will be acknowledged, and if you have not received an acknowledgement within 2 working days, please follow things up by email to

Answers to some frequently asked questions about the award can be found at

In case of difficulty, email and we will do our best to help.

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