The form ends with three boxes that are obligatory but not assessed. The first concerns your plans for the future. This can be as detailed as you like. The purpose of this is to help you plan for your professional development; it will also be useful when preparing to meet your continuing professional development requirement to remain in good standing.
The second allows you to provide details of a person (or persons), known to you, who would be a suitable assessor for your portfolio. You may wish to choose, for example, someone who works within the same sector or who has a similar role. You should not nominate someone who is directly responsible for your work or who has worked with you in the production of any of the evidence included in your portfolio. Your portfolio will be assessed by two people; at least one of them will be someone who is not chosen by you, who may not be known to you and who may work in a different sector or a different kind of role. For this reason, you should ensure that your statements and evidence are comprehensible to someone whom you might consider to be a lay reader rather than someone with the same expertise as you. Note that you should have sought people’s permission before including their details here, and that inclusion does not oblige ALT to call upon them.
The third is a declaration that the portfolio you have submitted is honest and fair. If there is reasonable cause to believe that you have given false evidence or breached procedure in some other way, your certification may be revoked.
Working through my CMALT application has provided me with an opportunity to reflect on the work I have undertaken in the first three years of my role as a Learning Technologist, examine how effective this has been, and consider how I will learn from these experiences in the future.
Two common themes of the projects covered in this portfolio are that I have taken a central role in projects and there have been a number technical issues which have required I adapt to. When beginning my role as a Learning Technologist I saw these technical issues as failures, however I have come to reflect that being adaptive to problems is a normal part of the landscape of being a Learning Technologist.
Looking to the future, my aspirations are to continue to work on improving our online training provision for staff. I am also very interested in exploring the use of self and peer assessment and as we move to updating our VLE I will be looking at how these aims can be achieved.
Further aims are to continue to develop case studies and raise awareness of the supported tools that support our VLE such as Edublogs and Padlet.
I am also interested in developing research at the University and have recently been successful in an application for funding to look at how technology is being used to support with collaborative group projects.
In January 2020 I will be changing to the faculty area of Health, I am excited by this as it will provide new challenges and am particularly looking forward to helping staff with virtual reality training.
I do not have a preference on who assesses this portfolio. Rob Howe is an assessor and the Head of Learning Technology at The University of Northampton, and has provided a reference for this portfolio so it would not be appropriate for him to assess this work.
I declare that this portfolio is an honest and fair account of my own work.
My line manager is Robert Farmer, Learning Technology Manager at the University of Northampton. If you have any questions on this work, please feel free to contact him for clarification.