The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) is the leading professional body for Learning Technology in the UK. We represent individual and organisational Members from all sectors including Further and Higher Education and industry. We provide recognition and accreditation for all with a professional interest in Learning Technology.
We are proud to launch our new strategy for 2020-25 today. Chair of ALT, Sheila MacNeill, says:
I am delighted that our new strategy extends on our core values of openness, independence, participation and collaboration and sets out clear pathways for the Association to continue to thrive over the next five years, and continue to take a leading role in enhancing and extending professionalisation of learning technology nationally and internationally.
An active consultation period has resulted in a strong vision and shared values as well as helping us identify what matters most to our Members and set our strategic priorities accordingly. This year, we will thus:
Develop an ethical framework for professional practice in Learning Technology across sectors, for practitioners, researchers and leaders;
Continue to provide guidance on accessibility through CPD activities and ALT’s role working as with the Further Higher Education Digital Accessibility Working Group;
Improve dissemination of research and practice from ALT Members via ALT’s activities and communication channels.
Together with our core services including events, publications and accreditation, these annual strategic objectives will ensure that we meet our aims to strengthen recognition and representation for Learning Technology professionals from all sectors, enhance professionalisation of Learning Technology nationally and increase the impact of Learning Technology for public benefit.
ALT’s membership has grown significantly in recent years as Learning Technology has become a fundamental part of learning, teaching and assessment and we embrace the diverse range of roles, titles and terminology in Learning Technology across sectors. As a community we have shared values and we also have a common definition of Learning Technology. Our definition has been updated and now states:
We define Learning Technology as the broad range of communication, information and related technologies that are used to support learning, teaching and assessment. We recognise the wider context of Learning Technology policy, theory and history as fundamental to its ethical, equitable and fair use.
Since we were established in 1993, our community has grown to over 3,500 Members as Learning Technology has become a fundamental part of learning, teaching and assessment. The pervasiveness of learning technology means that many working in education will be involved with it in some form, so therefore we embrace the diverse range of roles, titles and terminology in Learning Technology across sectors. We believe ‘you don’t have to be called ‘Learning Technologist’ to be one.
What we do
We work across the UK and internationally to:
- Strengthen recognition and representation for Learning Technology professionals from all sectors;
- Enhance professionalisation of Learning Technology nationally;
- Increase the impact of Learning Technology for public benefit.
Our overall charitable objective is "to advance education through increasing, exploring and disseminating knowledge in the field of Learning Technology for the benefit of the general public". Our core activities are focused on membership services that help us achieve our strategic aims and generate the majority of ALT’s income as an independent charity.
Read our new strategy in full.