From the innovative to the norm(al): ALT-C 2017 conference

An attentive audience at ALT-C 2016

ALT-C is the annual conference of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT), providing an international platform for learning technology research, practice and policy work from across all educational sectors. The 2017 conference will run from 5th-7th September at the University of Liverpool under the umbrella title Beyond islands of innovation – how Learning Technology became the new norm(al). It will be chaired by Pete Alston and Professor Helen O’Sullivan, both of the University of Liverpool.

The call for proposals has been published, and abstracts are invited to address the following themes:

  • Empowerment in Learning Technology: supporting students through staff/student partnerships, students as influencers, developing skills and supporting staff at all levels;
  • Learning Spaces: impact of Learning Technology on the physical and the virtual, strategies for enabling innovation, effectively managing change;
  • Moving from the practical to the ‘publishable’: reporting from the forefront of innovation and research, policy and strategy fit (or not) for what’s ahead, sharing practice and scaling up Learning Technology through large scale institutional projects;
  • At the forefront of innovation: ethical implications of ‘data’ for learning and teaching, making use of data in assessment, the hype around AI, machine learning and learning analytics and what’s beyond;

There is also a ‘wildcard’ theme, under which you are free to contribute any aspect of your research, practice or policy work.

Members of Academic IT attend ALT-C every year, and more often than not we present as well. We invite any member of staff or research student who has an idea to consider submitting a proposal of their own. Send an email to if you’d like to discuss it with us.

The closing date for submissions is Monday 20th March.

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