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Professional Development for Learning Technologist’s - the Institutional cohort approach to CMALT accreditation

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Presentation for ALT Scotland SIG 7th June 2016

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Professional Development for Learning Technologist’s - the Institutional cohort approach to CMALT accreditation

  1. 1. Professional Development for Learning Technologist’s - the Institutional cohort approach to CMALT accreditation. ALT Scotland SIG 7th June 2016 Susan Greig Educational Design & Engagement Learning Teaching and Web Division, Information Services University of Edinburgh ALTCCBY
  2. 2. 3 Colleges 20 Schools 3 Support Groups 35,000 + Students 9,000 + Staff (as FTE) http://www.ed.ac.uk/maps/maps
  3. 3. How many learning technology and online learning development posts are there at U of E? Central posts: ~25 School posts: ~55
  4. 4. The University of Edinburgh Strategic drivers support for new technologies “enabling our staff to embrace new technologies as part of enhancing the learning experience, and to deliver prompt and effective feedback” Strategic Plan 2012-2016 increase in online distance learning: “Many more students benefiting from the Edinburgh experience (largely or entirely) in their own country – supported by deep international partnerships and world-leading online distance learning” Strategic Vision 2025 http://www.docs.sasg.ed.ac.uk/gasp/strategicplanning/Strategic-Vision_web2.pdf http://www.docs.sasg.ed.ac.uk/gasp/strategicplanning/201216/StrategicPlan201216.pdf
  5. 5. Why CMALT at U of E? In house qualifications already offered by U of E: PG Cert in Academic Practice – L2 HEA Fellow PG Cert in Digital Education – L2 HEA Fellow Edinburgh Teaching Award (EDTA) http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/learning-teaching/cpd/teaching-award HEA fellowship Levels 1 to 4 Already support available for teaching qualifications - we want the broader emphasis on technology.
  6. 6. Certified Membership of the Association for Learning Technology - CMALT https://www.alt.ac.uk/certified-membership https://www.alt.ac.uk/membership/membership-benefits ALT Principles and values “Learning technology is the broad range of communication, information and related technologies that can be used to support learning, teaching, and assessment.” The principles and values that inform the development of the scheme are: • A commitment to exploring and understanding the interplay between technology and learning. • A commitment to keep up to date with new technologies. • An empathy with and willingness to learn from colleagues from different backgrounds and specialist options. • A commitment to communicate and disseminate effective practice.
  7. 7. https://www.alt.ac.uk/certified-membership https://www.alt.ac.uk/membership/membership-benefits Our aim is to support colleagues working in schools, colleges or ISG to become CMALT accredited. Can we make University of Edinburgh the employer with the largest number of CMALT accredited staff in the U.K.? Challenge Meeting by marco antonio torres CC BY-SA 2.0
  8. 8. keep pace with technology CMALT Professional Development Become a CMALT assessor ALT community update certification every three years Recognition Certified by peers Recognised across sectors Frequently a desirable criterion for advertised posts Add CMALT after your name document and reflect on your work #altc OER16 SIGs Association for Learning Technology Established in 1993, ALT is the UK's leading membership organisation in the learning technology field. Journal: Research in Learning Technology https://www.alt.ac.uk/ ALTCCBY ALTCCBY
  9. 9. Produce a portfolio Addressing 5 areas Describe what you have done Reflect on this Provide supporting Evidence What do you need to do for CMALT? Submit for peer assessment Feb/June/Oct This is my portfolio from 2008 in PebblePad
  10. 10. What stops people completing CMALT? Reasons why people don’t complete CMALT How we plan to avoid this Social isolation Support a cohort together Lack of line management support Seek high level buy in for the scheme Application form with line manger sign off Missing areas of experience – problems finding evidence Provide training events and support to focus on filling gaps Finding time to write Writing retreats
  11. 11. Supporting a group of CMALT applicants There are several institutions with CMALT groups in the UK and in Australasia - in the UK these include UCL, Imperial, a Bloomsbury group, Queen Mary's in London; Plymouth, Notttingham, York, Glasgow, Edge Hill (list supplied by ALT). Thegreat8CCBY2.0
  12. 12. CMALT support plan • Fund CMALT registration • Support a group of staff applying for CMALT to complete within 1 year August 2016 June 2017 1 2 3 4 SO Writing retreat Writing retreat Writing retreat Writing retreat Key Ideas Key Ideas Key Ideas Key Ideas Fin FinInt Fin Key Ideas Ongoing support and general cheerleading Presentations sessions for the whole community Regular short productive cohort meetings
  13. 13. LLL LL http://www.ed.ac.uk/institute-academic-development/research-roles/research-only-staff/courses/writing-retreats Writing retreat Writing retreat Writing retreat Writing retreat Opennes and copyright Records Manage- ment Key Ideas Key Ideas Key Ideas Presentations sessions for the whole community elearning@ed community 1 2 3 4 SO Fin FinInt Fin Ongoing support and general cheerleading Regular short productive cohort meetings Educational Design & Engagement Team Institute for Academic Development Invited Experts Invited Experts Invited Experts Invited Experts Invited Experts ALT
  14. 14. Any Questions/Suggestions? Susan Greig CMALT s.greig@ed.ac.uk

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