Thanks to a generous grant from JISC, ALT has launched a new time-limited scheme to enable individuals to apply for Certified Membership of ALT (CMALT) at preferential rates until 31st July 2008. The aim of this support is to build up a critical mass of CMALT holders. Any individual working in UK higher or further education (including Adult & Community and Work Based Learning) may apply at a 50% reduction on certification fees.
Seb Schmoller, Chief Executive of ALT, says, “Learning technology is playing an increasingly important role in education and training in the UK, and certification is one way for learning technologists to have their experience and capabilities judged by peers, and to demonstrate that they are taking a committed and serious approach to their professional development.”
David Burrows, Director of Public Sector, Strategy and Marketing, Microsoft UK, says, “[Alongside our own Microsoft Certified Professional brand], we recognise the value of schemes like CMALT, with its emphasis on enhancing the professional standing of people whose work involves the effective application of IT in teaching and learning, wherever they are employed.”
Full details of how to apply for CMALT, can be found at: http://www.alt.ac.uk/cmalt/ where you will also find details of the JISC supported preferential rates for staff registering before 31st July 2008, alongside details of how to join the low volume Jiscmail list to stay informed about CMALT.
In a further new development, a team working towards CMALT at Salford University has launched an online group portfolio initiative that offers collaborative and individual spaces for CMALT applicants to reflect on their practice and professional challenges. The system will use a software platform called freefolio, and provide online peer support to help break the 'circles of isolation' that learning technologists can experience even when working within a single institution.