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#altc: a personal history

It’s this time of year again! Time to prepare for ALT’s Annual Conference, pack your gadgets, conference shoes, pin badges, stickers, research notes and gala dinner outfit(s) and make your way to Warwick or indeed online (although in that case most of the above applies likely only to the top half of you which may be on camera 🙂 . Also, don’t forget to pack a piece of #edtech or #altc history for the onsite…

Feeling like a CEO?! – My last career transition update: July 2023

When I first started in my role in spring 2012, I started working with a wonderful mentor, Margaret. Initially it was meant to be a short-term measure to support me as I stepped up into my first executive role. As it turned out, Margaret and I established a long term relationship that reached well into 2018, and has since turned into a wonderful friendship. We co-wrote three blog posts in 2018, mentoring unpacked, reflecting on…

Top 5 listens on the Leading Virtual Teams podcasts

It’s July and time for a mid-year top 5 review, helping you catch up on the most popular episodes on the Leading Virtual Teams Podcast! No. 1 – S02E12 – How to Lead Virtual Teams: Part 1 The most popular episode so far this year is the intro to my How to Lead Virtual Teams Course. In the first course podcast, I introduce the topics of the course and show you how to take part.…

Career transition update: June 2023

Things have moved on a lot since I last shared an update, so there’s a lot to cover this month: First, I am glad to see the announcement of ALT’s next CEO meet with such warmth and welcome! It’s been great to see Members and stakeholders welcome Billy Smith, and it’s been good for me to start working with Billy as we begin our handover. If you don’t already, follow Billy on social media and…

Hope on the Horizon. An EDEN Annual Conference 2023 Keynote

I am delighted to be one of the keynotes at EDEN’s 2023 Annual Conference at Dublin City University this year. The conference theme is “Yes we can!” – Digital Education for Better Futures: This theme focuses on the language of opportunity and challenges participants to dream big! While there are many big and small challenges that we can’t ignore in building a more inclusive digital future, the conference places the spotlight on the “art of…

ALT appoints new Chief Executive: Billy Smith

We are delighted to update members that the Association has appointed Billy Smith as our new Chief Executive.  Since the announcement of this leadership transition in February, the recruitment panel, chaired by ALT’s Chair Helen O’Sullivan, has worked through a rigorous and competitive selection process that involved the staff team, Trustees and ALT’s HR and EDI advisors. Helen commented:  “Billy immediately stood out from the strong pool of applicants through his strong commitment to the values and…

Career transition update: May 2023

In this month’s update, I want to share how things are going now that we are entering a very busy period, both in ALT’s year and my coaching business. Reflecting on the past month at ALT… This month at work has been incredibly busy, but also included a wonderfully relaxing week of annual leave! May is the month in which we review progress made in Q1, finalise our annual accounts, start working on our Annual…

Career transition update: April 2023

In February I shared the news that I will step down as ALT’s CEO this September to focus on my work as a coach. This is a monthly update on how things are progressing from my perspective, sharing some of the experiences along the way. Reflecting on the past month at ALT April had a very busy start indeed, as it was time for this year’s OER Conference. No matter how busy it was, OER23 was a…

Empowering agency and expertise for EdTech futures

This week, I am looking forward to speaking at Bett for the first time in a few years, having missed last year’s event with Covid 🙁 . This year however promises to be a lot of fun, and I am excited to speak alongside two inspiring colleagues: uiyin Wong and Julie Voce. Here is what’s in store for our session: The Association for Learning Technology was established 30 years ago, in 1993. Since then, much…

Career transition update: March 2023

A month ago, I shared the news that I will step down as ALT’s CEO this September to focus on my work as a coach. It’s been a hectic few weeks since the announcement and I want to take a moment to step back and reflect. In 2018 when ALT started to work as a virtual team, we shared monthly updates on that transition and what we as a team learnt along the way. Just…