NIACE and ALT sign Memorandum of Understanding

Issued 24 August 2011

To improve digital learning opportunities for adults, NIACE has cemented its relationship with two key leading national partners in the field of learning and technology this week - JISC Advance and the Association for Learning Technology (ALT).

NIACE, JISC Advance and the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) share a common commitment to ensuring that access to adult learning opportunities are enhanced and enabled by ICT. The Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) between NIACE and JISC Advance and NIACE and ALT seal long-standing relationships and will strengthen proven good partnership working.

Concerning the NIACE/ALT MOU, Mark Ravenhall, NIACE’s Director of Policy & Impact, said:

“We’re pleased to be formalising our existing good relations with ALT through the signing of this MOU. We have a track record of successful working and clear areas of common interest, so we look forward to the continued growth in our collaboration.”

Alastair Clark, NIACE’s lead for Digital Learning, said:

“Although NIACE and ALT have clear and distinct roles, we do have a strong common interest focussed on ensuring good quality learning for adults. Where adults choose to use digital technology as part of their learning programme, they should have the best. Our partnership with ALT will help both organisations to make this case at policy and practice level alike.”   
Seb Schmoller, Chief Executive of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT), said:
"ALT and NIACE see eye-to-eye on the importance of technology-enhanced learning, and we are pleased to now put our collaboration onto a firm footing through the signing of a formal Memorandum of Understanding. We look forward to working with NIACE in the future."

Notes to Editors

1) The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) aims to encourage all adults to engage in learning of all kinds.

2) ALT (the Association for Learning Technology) is a professional and scholarly association which brings together those with an interest in the use of learning technology.

3) Well over 700 individuals belong to ALT, as do over 200 universities, colleges, other learning providers, Government Agencies, and businesses. Sponsoring members include:

Adobe Systems Europe Ltd | BIS | Blackboard Learn | Blackboard Collaborate | BTL | Desire2Learn | Epigeum Ltd | Google | HEFCE | JANET(UK) | JISC | Kaltura | LSIS | Microsoft | The National College | Panopto | Pearson | Scottish Qualifications Authority | Talis | The Higher Education Academy | The Positive Internet Company | Sonic Foundry – Mediasite | Techsmith | Toshiba Information Systems (UK) Ltd | Tribal Education Ltd | Ufi | ULCC | Welsh Assembly Government

Association for Learning Technology, Gipsy Lane, Headington, Oxford, OX3 0BP Tel: +44 (0)1865 484 125; Fax: +44 (0)1865 484 165;  Email:; URL:

ALT is a Registered Charity in the UK, number: 1063519

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