ALT Annual Conference gets underway

The 22nd annual conference of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) kicks off today at the University of Manchester

With close to 500 delegates, 185 sessions over three days the ALT community is coming together to explore key questions around open education, learner engagement, the power of the crowd and collaboration. 

ALT chief executive Maren Deepwell said: ‘The more powerful technology becomes in our society, the more important it becomes to understand its applications and its potential. For over two decades ALT’s members from across education sectors, industry and government have worked in community to explore how best technology can enhance learning, teaching and assessment.” 

Prof Steve Wheeler, Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at Plymouth University in collaboration with two students from the university, is opening the conference.

On the following days participants will also hear keynotes from Laura Czerniewicz, Director of the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CILT) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa and Jonathan Worth, Senior Research Associate at Newcastle University Open Lab.

The more powerful technology becomes in our society, the more important it becomes to understand its applications and its potential.’

The closing keynote will be by Phil Long, Associate Vice Provost for Learning Sciences and Deputy Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Clinical Professor in Educational Psychology and in the School of Information, at the University of Texas, Austin.

While the conference programme reflects different learning contexts there is a particular strand focused on vocational education and skills on Wednesday 9 September, with industry-related sessions and others demonstrating working (and presenting) in partnership with learners.

Focusing on current policy, Bobbie McClelland, Deputy Director at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will talk about priorities in Further Education and will be followed by a short session led by Bob Harrison, Ambassador of ALT and Education Advisor at Toshiba. 

Other speakers include Ellie Russell, Student Engagement & Partnership Manager for The Student Engagement Partnership and Dr Rebecca Ferguson, lecturer in the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University.

All conference information and live streams are available at