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ALT - the Association for Learning Technology

Important announcement

From 20 April 2011 this site will no longer be maintained; and during June 2011 we will take it down altogether. The URL of our new site will be

ALT is a professional and scholarly association which seeks to bring together all those with an interest in the use of learning technology. With over 200 organisations and over 700 individuals in membership, we:

  • represent and support our members, and provide services for them
  • facilitate collaboration between practitioners, researchers, and policy makers
  • spread good practice in the use of learning technology
  • raise the profile of research in learning technology
  • support the professionalisation of learning technologists
  • contribute to the development of policy

Join ALT as an individual or organisational member.  Keep in touch with ALT on Twitter [2 or 3 tweets a week].  ALT's YouTube channel.  Open Access Repository.  "What research has to say for practice" wiki.

Key current links

Chairing the 2012 ALT conference. Here is the 23 March 2011 call for expressions of interest in chairing the 2012 ALT conference. The closing date for responses is 3 May 2011.

ALT-C 2011 final call for proposals for full proceedings papers, demonstrations, symposia, workshops, short papers, and short presentations (ePosters) at the conference. The submission system has now closed.

Lunchtime webinars. Jointly with the E-Learning Network, ALT is running a series of free lunchtime webinars: 21 March: Visual language for designers - an hour with Connie Malamed, 11 April, 24 May, 28 June, 20 July, 15 September, 10 October, 16 November and 13 December.

Call for papers. Here is the 8 October 2010 call for papers for a Special Issue of ALT's journal "Research in Learning Technology", for which the guest editors will be Laura Czerniewicz (University of Cape Town, South Africa) and Chris Jones (Open University, UK).

2010 Annual General Meeting. Here are the draft minutes of the 2010 ALT AGM [21 kB PDF], held in Nottingham on 8 September 2010.

9 September 2010 - ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Award. We have announced the winning and highly commended entries in the 2010 award. Please see this 4 page document [600 kB PDF] for full details.

What research has to say for practice wiki. Our wiki has nine research-informed guides about different aspects of technology in learning.

ALT-C: our annual international conference. ALT-C 2011: Thriving in a colder and more challenging climate will be held at the University of Leeds, England, 6-8 September 2011. Keynote speakers include Miguel Brechner, President of the Uruguayan Centre for Technological and Social Inclusion (CITS), and Head of Plan Ceibal, Uruguay's One Laptop Per Child (and Teacher) project; Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, and previously head of Apple's leadership and advocacy efforts in education, where she focused on the intersection of education policy and research, emerging technologies, and the reality faced by teachers, students and managers; and John Naughton, Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology at the Open University, a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, the Observer's technology columnist and co-founder of the technology start-up Cambridge Visual Networks. ALT-C 2010: 'Into something rich and strange' - making sense of the sea-change was held in Nottingham, England, between 7 and 9 September 2010. Audio recordings, YouTube videos from ClipsFromALT.

New Associate Membership scheme. For details of the new scheme, which is free for the staff of ALT organisational and sponsoring members go here.

Research. In November 2009 we published a revised Research Strategy.

New ALT Special Interest Group - ALT Learning Environment Review SIG (LERSIG). For more information please refer to the LERSIG CrowdVine site.

2009 ALT Conference keynote speeches and invited speaker sessions. Links to videos and Elluminate Live! Sessions are now available on the Keynotes and Invited Speakers page.

Keep in touch with ALT. Subscribe to any or all of three key ALT information lists.

ALT Strategy. Here is a link to the revised and updated ALT 2008-2011 Strategy [38 kB PDF].

Awards. Find out about our awards from the awards and competitions page.

ALT Newsletter. Read the most recent issue of our Quarterly Online Newsletter.

Policy consultation responses. Recent consultation responses by ALT are available for download.

CMALT. Find out about our accreditation scheme for learning technologists. Opt-in mailing list.

Forms for joining ALT as a member. For further information see our membership information page.


Well over 700 individuals belong to ALT, as do over 200 universities, colleges, other learning providers, Government Agencies, and businesses. Our sponsoring members are:

Adobe Systems Europe Ltd | Becta | BIS | Blackboard | Blackboard Collaborate | BTL | Desire2Learn | Epigeum Ltd | Google | HEFCE | Intel | JANET(UK) | JISC | LSN education | LSIS | Microsoft | National College for Leadership of Schools and Children's Services | Pearson | Scottish Qualifications Authority | SFA | Talis | The Higher Education Academy | The Positive Internet Company | Toshiba Information Systems (UK) Ltd | Tribal Education Ltd | Ufi | Welsh Assembly Government

To view a complete list, including contacts of all our members, please go to Sponsoring and Organisational members.