Association for Learning Technology

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The Association for Learning Technology (ALT) is a United Kingdom professional body and scholarly association. Founded in 1993 as a Registered Charity,[1] ALT brings together people and organisations with an interest in the use of learning technology.


ALT has over 200 organisational and sponsoring members, and over 900 individual members.[2] Organisational members include the majority of the UK's universities.[3] Sponsoring members include public sector agencies such as the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Higher Education Academy, and companies such as Blackboard, Google, Microsoft and Toshiba. There are three categories of individual member: Associate Member, Ordinary Member, and, under a scheme which has operated since 2005, Certified Member (CMALT).


ALT's activities include the following:


ALT's aims [17] to:

  1. be an authoritative voice on the place that learning technologists and learning technology have "at the heart of modern learning";
  2. support member organisations to achieve their missions more efficiently and cost effectively;
  3. recognise and acknowledge excellence in professional achievement, research and practice;
  4. bring together those with shared problems across sectors, technologies, pedagogies, job roles and countries to help to provide research-informed solutions;
  5. be an agile and transparent organisation, responding quickly and effectively to developments, and espousing open standards and processes;
  6. remain an independent membership organisation thereby achieving extra reach and leverage.


  • Research in Learning Technology, an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal[18] which aims to raise the profile of research in learning technology, encouraging research that informs good practice and contributes to the development of policy;[19]
  • a public wiki with resources of interest to the learning technology community;[20]
  • a members' digest, which is sent fortnightly to nearly 2000 subscribers;[21]
  • a quarterly printed and web-based Newsletter available at

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "ALT's details on the Charity Commission website". The Charity Commission. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  2. ^ "See page 11 of 2010/2011 Annual Report and Accounts for membership numbers". ALT. 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  3. ^ "November 2011 List of Organisational and Sponsoring Members". ALT. 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  4. ^ "Martin Bean's keynote at ALT-C 2009". ALT. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  5. ^ "David Cavallo's keynote at ALT-C 2008". ALT. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  6. ^ "Eric Mazur's keynote at ALT-C 2012". ALT. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  7. ^ "Natasa Milic-Fraying's keynote at ALT-C 2012". ALT. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  8. ^ "Sugata Mitra's keynote at ALT-C 2010". ALT. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  9. ^ "Richard Noss's keynote at ALT-C 2012". ALT. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  10. ^ "Hans Rosling's keynote at ALT-C 2008". ALT. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  11. ^ "Michael Wesch at ALT-C 2009". ALT. Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  12. ^ "Consultation Responses on the ALT website". ALT. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  13. ^ "Review of research and evaluation on improving adult literacy and numeracy skills". Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  14. ^ "Details of joint AoC/ALT event held on 12 October 2011". Association of Colleges. 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  15. ^ "NIACE signs MOUs with digital learning partners". NIACE. 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  16. ^ "WebCite version of partnership page on the TEL website". Technology Enhanced Learning Programme. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  17. ^ "ALT 2011-2014 Strategy". ALT. 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  18. ^ Shieber, Stuart (2012). "Switching to open access for the new year". The Occasional Pamphlet on Scholarly Communication. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  19. ^ "Aims and Scope of Research in Learning Technology". Co-Action Publishing. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  20. ^ "ALT wiki". ALT. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  21. ^ "JISCMAIL Announcements List, used to distribute the ALT Fortnightly Digest". JISCmail. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-03.