Getting involved in the wider ALT community

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As well as getting involved in the Northern Ireland member group there are currently a few other calls for you to get involved in the wider ALT community. These are vacancies within ALT, an ILTA – ALT CMALT initiative and a new CMALT pilot for Early Career and Senior/Leadership CMALT strands.

1. Open call to get involved in ALT: vacancies now available

Each year ALT issues an open call for Members to become more involved in their work. To get involved in any of the areas listed below, please complete this short form: http://go.alt.ac.uk/2rEx9GM by 25 August. This Call includes Operational Committees and also other activities of ALT. ALT seeks expressions of interest from:

  • all sectors of education and training including schools, vocational education, Higher Education and work-based learning
  • people in research, practitioner, management, technical and policy roles as well as learners who have a special interest in Learning Technology
  • the private and public sectors
  • within and outside the UK (subject to reaching agreement on an effective method of participation).

Full details can be found on the website, but a list of key vacancies are:

  • Operational Committees
  • Editorial Board: Research in Learning Technology
  • Join the #altc blog editorial team
  • 2017 Online Winter Conference Committee
  • 2018 OER Conference Committee

2. ILTA and ALT announce new initiative

ILTA and ALT are pleased to announce a new joint initiative to evaluate the CMALT programme in terms of personal professional development and appropriateness for the Irish TEL community.
As part of this initiative 10 free places are being offered to ILTA Members to undertake CMALT and submit their portfolios for assessment by 1 February 2017. In return ILTA asks that ILTA Members wishing to participate commit to the following deliverables:
  1. That you co-author a report on your CMALT experience
  2. That you co-author and submit a journal article to the Irish Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning
ILTA Members interested in participating should contact ILTA directly.

3. New CMALT initiative – sign up now

Following member feedback from the Annual Survey, and as set out in the ALT Strategy 2017-2020, ALT is launching a new CMALT initiative designed to provide a structured, peer-based framework for individuals undertaking CMALT independently or as part of a group.

Open online support will be provided – in the form of dedicated resources and feedback from tutors and peers – for candidates as they complete CMALT. They will be able to follow a variety of pathways, including any or all sections of the CMALT portfolio, over a period of up to 6 months, leading to completion and submission of their CMALT portfolio.

The new initiative will incorporate the piloting of two new CMALT strands, for early career candidates, and for candidates in senior and leadership roles.

CMALT is suitable for learning technology professionals with at least two years of professional experience.

Early career CMALT will be appropriate to professionals who are seeking to gain an entry level accreditation in Learning Technology (incl. postgraduate and early career professionals).

The Senior/Leadership CMALT strand will be appropriate for professionals with three or more years experience, whose role involves learning technology and who are seeking to gain an advanced accreditation.

If you would be interested in finding out more about this initiative, or in taking part in one of the new strands being piloted within the CMALT framework, or if you have CMALT resources you would be interested in contributing, please sign up at: http://go.alt.ac.uk/cmalt-pilot-registration

Find out more about CMALT at https://www.alt.ac.uk/certified-membership

** ALT NI are planning CMALT writing workshops so watch out for further information. **

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