By Clive Young, on 20 December 2012
Certified Membership, Association for Learning Technology (CMALT)
Portfolio-Based Professional Accreditation
- Do you use Moodle, Turnitin, Lecturecast, Opinio, My Portfolio, the UCL Wiki? Do you use Email, text, Facebook to contact students, do you read or contribute to blogs or Twitter etc. or use other technologies to support the student learning experience?
- CMALT is a chance to learn about, share and implement good practice in the wide range of technologies that support our students’ teaching and learning. As one of our first group of candidates found: “Working together with colleagues from across UCL was helpful in terms of discovering and developing good practice”.
- CMALT is a national peer-based professional accreditation scheme developed by the Association for Learning Technology and an opportunity to certify your growing skills and experience in learning technology.
- Why not join us to work towards a CMALT certificate?
UCL’s The Digital Department project offers a pilot programme to support teaching administrators and other colleagues for working towards CMALT. This is the second year we are running it and last year’s cohort had an excellent success rate.
1. What does it involve?
Completion of a descriptive and reflective portfolio of about 3,000 words, demonstrating your knowledge in four core areas: operational issues (constraints/benefits of different technologies, technical knowledge and deployment); teaching, learning and/or assessment processes; the wider context of legislation, policies and standards and communication/working with others, plus one specialist option subject. We will run monthly workshops to discuss and work on the core areas of your portfolio, and provide you with a mentor from our team to work alongside you and to ensure you successfully complete your certification portfolio.
2. How long does it take?
It takes about six months from start to submission. Our first cohort estimated it took around 20 hours in all to complete. The new 2013 cohort will start in February 2013.
3. How much does it costs?
It costs £76 to register as a CMALT candidate under the UCL scheme. In many cases last year the candidate’s department was able to cover the fee.
This is an excellent opportunity to support your professional development with lots of support available.
For further information on CMALT, please visit the ALT website at http://www.alt.ac.uk/get-involved/certified-membership
Please register your interest with Alison Gilry firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
We will hold a meeting to provide further information for prospective participants at 3.00 pm on January 15th 2013 pm (location to be confirmed).