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What is ALT?

The Association for Learning Technology describes itself as is the UK's leading membership organisation in the kearning technology field. It is a registered charity, founded in 1993. ALT's purpose is "to ensure that use of learning technology is effective and efficient, informed by research and practice, and grounded in an understanding of the underlying technologies, their capabilities and the situations into which they are placed". ALT does this by improving practice, promoting research and influencing policy.

More details about ALT can be found here:
or on their blog.

Read the latest ALT newsletter


Durham University is an Organisational Member of ALT. As such all employees of the University have the option of a free Associate Membership, providing individual access to member services - including discounted conference registration rates.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Subscription to the ALT news digest and option to submit content
  • Access to the ALT Members only discussion list
  • Free access to ALT's online events and live participation
  • Discounted access to ALT's face-to-face events including the annual conference
  • Free access to ALT publications including the newsletter, journal and occasional publications
  • Opportunities to contribute to policy work and member surveys
  • Options to create and run Special and Regional Interest Groups
  • FREE Associate Membership for all employees

Dr Malcolm Murray is the University's ALT Institutional Representative. If you have any queries about ALT, please get in touch via the IT Service Desk.


The ALT annual conference, ALT-C, is the UK's main conference for learning technologists and one of the largest conferences of its kind. It is held over three days every September, providing a valuable and practical forum for practitioners, researchers, managers and policy-makers from education and industry to solve problems, explore, reflect, influence and learn.

The 25th Annual Conference of the Association for Learning Technology, takes place from the 11th to the 13th of September 2018, at the University of Manchester.

More information about the conference can be found here:


ALT offers a peer-based professional accreditation scheme for individuals whose work involves learning technology - CMALT.
Several members of CIS have already achieved this accreditation.

Details of the scheme (including how to apply) are available from

Find out more about ocTEL


ALT runs an online course designed to help people better understand ways to use learning technology for teaching, learning and assessment. This is known as ocTEL - the Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning. It is open to anyone and a great opportunity to refresh your skills and increase your learning network. The course runs in cycles, for details of the next one, please consult this page: