Now open for entries: 2017 Learning Technologist of the Year Awards

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The Awards are open to individuals and teams based anywhere in the world and celebrate and reward excellent practice and outstanding achievement in the Learning Technology field and to promote intelligent use of Learning Technology on a national scale. 

First, second and third prizes will be available in each of two categories: individual, and team, as follows: 1st prize £1000; 2nd prize £500; 3rd prize £250. A Community Choice Award, voted for openly, will also be awarded. The Awards will be presented at the ALT Annual Conference in September 2017 at the University of Liverpool, UK. 

Find out more about previous winners:

Judging Panel

The panel will be chaired by Fiona Harvey, President of ALT. The full list of judges will be posted below shortly.

Selection process and criteria

Entries will be judged (from the completed entry form, and, if short-listed, at interview) on the basis of evidence summarised in the following four areas:

  1. A clear description of the actions taken to develop and support the achievement
  2. 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
  3. Major and beneficial impact on practices within the applicant's or team's organisation, community, or sphere of influence
  4. Outstanding overall contribution in managing, researching, supporting or enabling learning, teaching or assessment with the use of Learning Technology.

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

How to enter

The closing date for entries is Sunday, 4 June 2017. Please complete each section of the online form at

  • Short-listed entries will be notified in mid-June.
  • Interviews will take place in late June.
  • Videos & supporting information required in July.
  • Public voting will be open in August.
  • Awards winners will be announced on 6 September.

The awards are free to enter and finalists (up to two free places for teams) will be invited to attend the ALT Conference Gala Dinner to receive their Awards.

Face-to-face, telephone or virtual interviews of short-listed entrants will take place in June or July (in London if face-to-face).

NEW 2017: announcing the inaugural Award to recognise research in Learning Technology

Now in their 11th year, the Learning Technologist of the Year Awards have established national recognition of individual and team achievements. As part of the 2017-2020 Strategy consultation, Members expressed strong support for establishing a new Award to recognise research in Learning Technology. At this year's Annual Conference we will thus be launching the inaugural Award which will celebrate outstanding research achievement and in particular early career researchers. 


Community Choice award

We are also giving everyone the opportunity to vote on the shortlisted finalists to select this year’s ‘Community Choice’. To help the community decide who to vote for, shortlisted finalist will have the opportunity to provide information about their application, including a short video, in July. More details about how to vote will be published on the ALT Annual Conference 2017 website. Voting will be open in the run-up to the Annual Conference in August.

Supporting the 2017 Learning Technologist of the Year Awards: if you are interested in supporting or sponsoring this year’s awards, please email