A new ethical framework for Learning Technology – launching at this year’s Winter Conference


As part of ALT’s strategic aim to strengthen recognition and representation for Learning Technology professionals from all sectors, one of the priorities Members identified for this year is to develop an ethical framework for Learning Technology.

Building on ALT’s professional accreditation framework, CMALT, which was expanded to include ethical considerations for professional practice and research last year, our initial aim is for ALT to establish a practical checklist that can be used as a starting point for informing the ethical use of Learning Technology by professionals, institutions and industry.

The need for such a framework has become increasingly urgent as Learning Technology has been adopted on a larger scale than ever before and as the leading professional body for Learning Technology in the UK, representing 3,500 Members, ALT is well placed to lead this effort.

Building on the checklist and outline framework launching at this year’s Winter Conference, we will develop a full framework with input from Members in 2021 including working with commercial organisations who are Members to road-test the framework with industry.

Members of the initial working group led by ALT Trustees Bella Abrams, Sharon Flynn and Natalie Lafferty, will take part in the opening plenary of the conference and the checklist will be shared under an open licenced for Members and the wider community.

If you’d like to find out more or become involved, we invite you to email us enquiries@alt.ac.uk and look out for the main consultation phase launching at the conference.

The opening plenary is at 10am (GMT) on Tuesday, 15 December, and we look forward to seeing you there. You can already see an outline of the programme here.

Register to attend the conference  and help us spread the word #altc on social media. Scholarship places are also available.

Stay informed and get involved

This is an important development for our community and we are looking for your input to develop ALT’s new framework. If you’d like to stay informed or get involved, please sign up here.  We are looking for:

  • input from staff, students and providers to inform the framework overall;
  • individuals and organisations to help road-test the framework;
  • existing research and frameworks to draw on.