Malcolm Read made an Honorary Life Member of ALT

Issued 15 September 2011

Honorary Life Membership of the Association for Learning Technology awarded to Malcolm Read for his outstanding contributions to the field of technology enhanced learning

Malcolm Read, Executive Secretary to JISC and major influence in the creation of the Online Learning Taskforce, has been honoured for outstanding achievement in the world of learning technology in higher and further education. 

Dr Read has led the JISC since 1993 and has been influential in many different ways. For example he was influential in the creation of the Government’s Online Learning Taskforce, in his work to secure support by the Research Councils for Open Access publishing, and in ensuring that substantial investment has been made in UK HE and FE in technology enhanced learning.

Seb Schmoller, Chief Executive of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT), said, “ALT awards Honorary Life Membership only occasionally, and only to individuals who have made an outstanding and sustained contribution to the advancement of ALT’s aims for the development of learning technology in a national or international context through research, practice, policy-development, leadership, or a combination of these. I’ve worked with Malcolm on and off since the late 1990s. Throughout this period, Malcolm’s approachability and wisdom have been immensely valuable to ALT and the community that ALT serves.”

Malcolm Read said: "ALT and JISC have a long history of working together to help UK education get the most from learning technology, so I am genuinely very honoured that ALT has now made me an Honorary Life Member.  I have been particularly impressed by the way ALT has successfully created a profession for learning technologists, enabling e-learning to greatly benefit the student's educational experience. I look forward to contributing to future debates and interacting with ALT members who form a vast network of technological expertise."

Professor Sir Tim O'Shea, Principal of the University of Edinburgh, and Chair of the JISC said: "There's no doubt that Malcolm has contributed to the continued success of learning technology in the UK - in particular showing considerable foresight in securing funding for open educational resources.  I'm pleased for both ALT and for Malcolm that this incredibly fruitful relationship is set to continue."

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