Professional Development for Learning Technologist’s - the Institutional cohort approach to CMALT accreditation
1. Professional Development for
Learning Technologist’s - the
Institutional cohort approach to
ALT Scotland SIG 7th June 2016
Educational Design & Engagement
Learning Teaching and Web Division, Information Services
University of Edinburgh
3. How many learning technology and online learning
development posts are there at U of E?
Central posts: ~25
School posts: ~55
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
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)
fellowship Levels 1 to 4
Already support available for teaching qualifications - we want the broader emphasis on technology.
6. Certified Membership of the
Association for Learning Technology - CMALT
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
• A commitment to communicate and disseminate effective practice.
8. keep pace with technology
Become a CMALT assessor
every three years
Certified by peers
Recognised across sectors
Frequently a desirable criterion
for advertised posts
Add CMALT after your name
document and reflect
on your work
Established in 1993, ALT is the UK's
leading membership organisation in
the learning technology field.
Journal: Research in
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. 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
Provide training events and support to focus on
Finding time to write Writing retreats
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).
12. CMALT support plan
• Fund CMALT registration
• Support a group of staff applying for CMALT to complete within 1 year
1 2 3 4 SO
Fin FinInt Fin
Ongoing support and general cheerleading
Presentations sessions for the whole community
Regular short productive cohort meetings