by Tom Palmer of ALT
The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) has been working to advance, explore and disseminate knowledge in the field of Learning Technology – the broad range of communication, information and related technologies that can be used to support learning, teaching and assessment – since 1993.
During that time technology has become ever more central to education at all levels, with a corresponding growth in the range of professional roles for which knowledge of and critical engagement with Learning Technology is relevant and necessary.
The ALT Annual Conference
This year’s 24th ALT Annual Conference, taking place 5 – 7 September in Liverpool, will reflect on a situation in which an understanding of the potential benefits of Learning Technology and a commitment to its effective use has evolved beyond isolated pockets of innovation, to the point where it has become an integral feature of the educational environment and a central plank of institutional strategy.
ALT work to increase the impact of Learning Technology for the wider community, to provide representation and recognition for our membership, and, by drawing on and disseminating their expertise, to promote the appropriate and intelligent use of Learning Technology.
The Annual Conference is an opportunity for the community to come together to share research and to think about ongoing priorities and challenges. Between 400 and 500 delegates attend, seeking to expose themselves to the latest developments in educational research, to new ideas, inspiration, and models for the effective use of technology, and to a wider network of professional and personal contacts.
The event is structured by an extensive, peer-reviewed academic programme, with opportunities for networking and a lively social programme sitting alongside. Prominent keynote speakers are live-streamed through the online conference platform; the 2017 conference will be addressed by Sian Bayne of the University of Edinburgh, Peter Goodyear of the University of Sydney, and Bonnie Stewart of the University of Prince Edward Island (you can explore ALT’s YouTube channel to find some memorable talks from previous years).
The keynote speakers will join the rest of the conference presenters in thinking through both the challenges and the opportunities for educators and learners in a context in which the digital, and Learning Technology, has become the new normal.
CoSector – University of London are the headline sponsor of the Learning Technologist of the Year awards. We'll be at stand 16 - come say hello!